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[smahrt-fohn] /ˈsmɑrtˌfoʊn/
a device that combines a cell phone with a hand-held computer, typically offering Internet access, data storage, email capability, etc.
Also, smart phone.
Origin of smartphone
1995-2000 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for smartphone
  • Many of these programs can also sync to your smartphone, helping your productivity when you are away from the office.
  • Download a water-drinking tracker for your smartphone.
  • smartphone users will even be able to scan bar codes on the sides of individual vats to follow their progress.
  • And a smartphone may be a great decision for practical reasons as well as for diversion.
  • In theory, you stumble across this code on a billboard on a magazine page and you point your smartphone at it.
  • Wired predicts the rise of smartphone apps that allow the device to act as a remote control.
  • For one thing, it's a serious handheld gaming device in the era of the casual smartphone gamer.
  • The majority of smartphone users do not want their hardware locked down or monitored.
  • It's a tremendous amount of time, next to what a charge gets you on your laptop or smartphone.
  • Furthermore, not everyone who has a cell phone has a smartphone.
British Dictionary definitions for smartphone


(computing) a mobile telephone with computer features that may enable it to interact with computerized systems, send e-mails, and access the web
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for smartphone

a mobile telephone with extended features as a personal digital assistant, Internet browser, etc.; also written smart phone


In terms of features, most smartphones support full featured email capabilities with the functionality of a complete personal organizer.

a cellular phone offering advanced capabilities, such as a PC-like operating system and Internet access; also written smart phone


There is no agreement in the industry about what a smartphone actually is and definitions have changed over time.

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