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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Good power banks should have an output of at least 1A to charge smartphones and 2A for anything larger. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Over 20,000 people love these portable chargers," 2 July 2019 Google parent Alphabet continues to grow its core online ad business along with its constellation side hustles like smartphones and cloud computing. Fortune, "Alphabet," 1 July 2019 But the emergence of Locast, which makes over-the-air programming available on smartphones and other devices, is likely to get a cold reception from broadcasters, many of... Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Streaming Service Challenges Broadcasters with Free TV Feeds," 1 July 2019 Another example is Semtech, which makes communications chips for smartphones and optical components used in networking. Don Clark, New York Times, "Trade War Has Damaged U.S. Chip Industry in Ways a Deal May Never Fix," 27 June 2019 All subscriptions include all smartphone and tablet apps and access to on your desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Detroit Free Press, "There's so much to explore as a subscriber of the Detroit Free Press family!," 26 June 2019 Today’s tablets are far from just larger smartphones and dumber laptops. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tablets You Can Buy in 2019," 13 June 2019 She and a handful of women from nearby villages were all given a smartphone and some basic lessons in how to use it. The Economist, "How the world’s poor are discovering leisure online," 8 June 2019 This chic multi-compartment crossbody bag features an envelope snap pocket that perfectly fits a smartphone, and two zippered compartments to neatly stow all of your necessities and then some. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "Coach Is Having an Incredible Summer Sale — And You're Going to Want to Stock Up," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of smartphone

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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