smart·​phone | \ ˈsmärt-ˌfōn How to pronounce smartphone (audio) \

Definition of smartphone

: a cell phone that includes additional software functions (such as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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However, for the next generation of royal children, smartphones inside the club will present a far bigger problem. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 The new bikes, which will be introduced in January 2019, have swappable lithium-ion batteries, fancy new displays, retractable mounts for smartphones, and cable locks in the rear. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s new Jump e-bikes are easier to charge and harder to vandalize," 18 Dec. 2018 For smartphones, retailers and carriers alike will have offers for big-name phones from Apple, Google, OnePlus, and Samsung—but beware of the fine print. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: The Black Friday 2018 tech deals that might actually be worth buying," 18 Nov. 2018 The best ways to lower high levels of cortisol are exercising regularly, establishing a daily restorative practice such as meditation, and cutting down on excessive use of smartphones. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why Every 20-Something Should Know More About Their Hormones—and Their Body," 25 Oct. 2018 Combinations of different logic gates give smartphones, computers and the internet the ability to run programs, crunch data and send and receive information. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 Last year, the faith doubled the number of missions where technology is allowed and swapped out tablets for smartphones. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "No more snail mail: Mormons to receive mission calls online," 6 Sep. 2018 China assembles some 90 percent of the world's smartphones, computers and other electronics. Joe Mcdonald, The Christian Science Monitor, "US tariffs could spur tech development in China," 5 July 2018 These include solid-state drives, memory for smartphones, and products for cars, cloud computing and graphics. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Boise's Micron reports record sales, big profits amid robust demand for memory," 20 June 2018

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1996, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of smartphone

: a mobile telephone that can be used to send and receive e-mail, connect to the Internet, take photographs, etc.


smart·​phone | \ ˈsmärt-ˌfōn\

Kids Definition of smartphone

: a cell phone that includes additional functions (as e-mail or an Internet browser)

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