The world of cellphones is changing continually to increase mobility and productivity for consumers. When purchasing a cellphone, a consumer has two main options, that is a smartphone or regular phone. While the phones may look similar, each has highly different features and capabilities that can fulfill consumers' varying needs.
As of 2010, almost all cellular phones have internet capabilities. A regular cell phone will allow consumers to browse the web, find information and complete some tasks on various webpages. A smartphone presents the webpage identically as it would appear on a home computer. The internet capabilities of a smartphone also are faster. Some carriers will tether phones to computers, so the smartphone will act as a modem for the computer's internet in a place where there is none.
Smartphones are appealing to business owners because they are able to create, receive, change and save word processing documents, as well as create attachments and send them via email. Documents can also sync with a computer, where they may be altered or shared. The QWERTY keyboard allows for faster texting and email response on smartphones as well. Some regular phones have this full keyboard as an option, but no standard cellphones can process word processing documents.
As of October 2010, smartphones are able to use the software program Drivesafe.ly. This program reads text messages and emails to the owner while they are driving and responds with a generic message to the sender. Drivesafe.ly is the first step in hands-free texting. Android-based phones are the first to offer voice-to-text message and email sending for their customers. Smartphones also have a built-in GPS, which can be subscribed to through the wireless carrier. None of these options is available on regular phones.