March 12, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
An interesting question raised by mobileSquared's Gavin Patterson over a few cervezas at Mobile World Congress the other week.
If he'd asked me a decade ago I could have answered easily - any mobile phone with computer-like processing abilities and connectivity. Today, though, the designation does seem rather redundant. I mean, show me a phone that's dumb that then justifies tagging some 'smart'.
On a related point, it irks me that everyone at MWC seems to believe smartphones were invented in 2007 when Apple launched the first iPhone. They weren't. That credit arguably goes to Palm and Ericsson with devices produced in the late 90s and early 2000s. I can't deny Apple revolutionized the concept, but I really don't think it can take credit for inventing the genre.