Feature phone


Feature phone
A feature phone

A feature phone is a mobile phone that, like smartphones, combines the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a mobile phone.

Today's models typically also serve as portable media players and camera phones with touchscreen, GPS navigation, Wi-Fi and mobile broadband access.

Feature phones is the term generally used to describe low-end devices, while smartphone is used to describe high-end devices, though there is no official definition to distinguish the two categories.[1][2] In fact, the most important difference between a feature phone and a smartphone is the kind of operating system installed in it, thus both feature phones and smartphones can be low-end and high-end in their respective "feature phone" and "smartphone" categories.

Originally, the term referred to mobile phones with more features than other contemporary "dumb" mobile phones,[3] and smartphone and feature phone are not mutually exclusive categories.[4] As mobile phone technology advanced, all newer low-end phones were categorized as feature phones, though this is still not correct as labeling a phone a feature phone or a smartphone does not depend on its price but on its operating system, as described above.

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Features

Feature phones may allow installation of third-party applications, usually via Java ME or BREW. A feature phone may not provide a complete file system with folder hierarchy and file manager user interface.[citation needed]

Usage

In 2011, feature phones accounted for 60% of the mobile (cellular) telephone installed base in the United States.[5]

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