The cell phone manufactures have been on a roll lately. Companies like Palm are releasing huge sales numbers because of products like their Treo, SmartPhones with an extended range of features over traditional handsets. It's not hard to understand why this migration is occuring: SmartPhones are light years ahead of their predecessors and have increasing video capabilities, which make them very attractive to the average consumer.
What are SmartPhones? Smartphones are basically what you get when you merge cell phones with PDAs. They're a handheld computer device, which also doubles as your phone. This comes in very handy to an increasingly mobile generation. As the complexity of people's jobs continues to grow, the added need for video has become apparent. SmartPhones address that need by providing top-notch video quality. In fact, SmartPhones are now capable of VGA resolutions at 640 x 480.
SmartPhones are capable of internet communications, as well as doubling as easy-to-use camera-phones. You have the best of breed of camera-phones as well as PDAs, entwined into a sleek package that also handles all of your voice calling tasks. SmartPhones can even serve as geo-locators, if you're lost, so to attempt to call these cell phones does not do them adequate justice. A modern SmartPhone is to a cell phone what an Ipod is to an Eight-Track player. Recent months have also seen the introduction of several search and directory services that are meant to tap into the huge demand for local cell phone calling services. With SmartPhone sales expected to top 123 million in 2006, the number of subscribers who are willing to pay a few dollars per month for subscriptions is growing.
Both Google, Inc and InfoSpace have revealed plans for SmartPhone search that are extremely sophisticated. The nice thing about such an increase in service providers, is that it generally facilitates a rapid expansion of the market. And with increased market share, lower pricing occurs, which results in even more units being sold.
This means the golden age of SmartPhones is upon us. If you look for the power of a handheld computer, with the communication ability of a cameraphone, then you need to seriously shop the SmartPhones. If you plan on buying sometime later in 2006, you most likely will be able to get a VGA screen, so if higher resolution is important to you, I suggest you hold out. Many SmartPhones now have advanced user management, so you can easily manage the custom settings for individual users.
This can come in very handy for someone who shares access to their SmartPhone. There is a flood of mobile video content being made each day now for mobiles, so you can soon expect to watch your favorite television shows and movies, all while driving! Just kidding. Seriously, SmartPhones are so engaging, I suggest you're seated when you use yours. If you've been putting off your decision to purchase a SmartPhone, please look into it now.
Please visit Planet Cell Phone for reviews on cell phones and Mobile Video Content