- Feature phone
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. 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, and smartphone and feature phone are not mutually exclusive categories. 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.
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.
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- ^ Andrew Nusca (20 August 2009). "Smartphone vs. feature phone arms race heats up; which did you buy?". ZDNet. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/smartphone-vs-feature-phone-arms-race-heats-up-which-did-you-buy/6836.
- ^ http://news.cnet.com/Sendo-sets-date-for-smart-phone-redux/2100-1037_3-984688.html
- ^ http://www.brighthand.com/article/Study_Says_Smartphones_Will_Outsell_Handhelds/
- ^ Don Kellogg (1 September 2011). "40 Percent of U.S. Mobile Users Own Smartphones; 40 Percent are Android". Nielsen Company. http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/40-percent-of-u-s-mobile-users-own-smartphones-40-percent-are-android/.
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