smart·​phone | \ˈsmärt-ˌfōn \

Definition of smartphone 

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

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Electronic parking permits turn smartphones into portable meters, while a City Lab program solicits tech-centric companies and provides an incubator-like setting for digital experiments. Thomas Kostigen, WSJ, "Denmark’s New Wave," 3 Dec. 2018 When smartphones put shopping at our fingertips 10 years ago, digital giants began to launch sales before the turkey was even in the oven. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Black Friday, Explained: A Complete History," 23 Nov. 2018 The new visual style is meant to make large smartphones easier to use. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 As the world-wide smartphone market sputters, the iPhone maker is trying to accelerate a growing services business that includes app store sales, mobile payments and a music-streaming subscription offering. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Apple Partners With Movie Studio A24 to Make Feature-Length Films," 15 Nov. 2018 And despite this very obvious truth and the fact that excessive screen time has been linked to exacerbating just about every mental and physical health condition that besets us, smartphone addiction is a stark reality for many—if not most. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why an Old-School Alarm Clock—Not a Smartphone—Is the Secret to a Better Night’s Sleep," 10 Nov. 2018 Two versions of the filter are available for each respective smartphone camera. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Unveils New Halloween Features," 27 Oct. 2018 Tour this refreshed, move-in ready home on your time with smartphone access. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This House-Flipping Startup Eliminates The Most Stressful Part Of Buying A Home," 21 Sep. 2018 Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation Wet n Wild tested this formula under seven different lighting conditions with top smartphone models to essentially selfie-proof their product. Allure, "The 17 Best Drugstore Foundations for All Your Coverage Needs," 6 Sep. 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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