The present mobile phones are known for their increased mobility and enhanced network coverage. And, manufacturers are constantly coming up with newer devices endowed with superior features to meet the demands of the consumers.
A few years ago, manufacturers came out with high-end mobile phones that were similar to personal computers and were similar to an entertainment system – the Smartphone.
These devices can now be described as multifunction entertainment systems which offer superior features not offered by traditional mobile phones. The vast variety of options available has further benefited consumers so they can now choose a model that meets their requirements and preferences. Smartphones can now be described as a multimedia package, messaging system and social networking tool and such features have contributed greatly to the popularity of smartphones.
According to reports submitted by Gartner, Smartphone sales are expected to increase by 46 percent compared to that of other mobile phones by the year 2013. Moreover, it is expected that the sales of touchscreen mobile phones will cross the 362.2 million units by the end of the year 2010. In addition, the sales of touch screen devices are expected to account for 58 percent of mobile sales in 2010.
Smartphones also have all the features of PDA phones and are also endowed with GPS tracking systems which enable consumers to download and navigate different maps. Users can also run loads of different applications and software on these mobile phones.