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Your Best Chance To Win A Smartphone Is Right Now .As we revealed earlier this week, we have the first winner in our competition to give away four Nokia Lumia 710 phones, thanks to Windows Azure. There are still many phones to win, and right now is your best chance of winning.
The phone goes each week to the person who has completed the most challenges by registration and answering a simple question and points accumulate as long as your code is running. So the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll (potentially) rise to the top. (Previous winners can keep taking part for their own amusement, but can win a second phone.)
Smartphones are a class of electronic device that incorporates multiple computing capabilities into the basic form of a cellular phone. Beyond basic phone and text capabilities, smartphones typically offer audio/video playback, personal organization applications, Internet access, and global positioning systems (GPS). In many cases, they allow users to do away with having multiple electronic devices, such as PDAs and MP3 players, in addition to a cell phone.
AudioWhile cellular phones with audio playback are nothing new, smartphones allow users to play more types of audio files than the average phone. Most models can play not only MP3s, but AMR-NB, AAC+, eAAC+, Flac, WMA, and other formats. They can also store more songs than basic cell phones. In addition to built-in storage space for music and other media, many smartphones have removable memory cards. Thus, owners can use them to make large music libraries portable.
VideoThe additional memory helps smartphones store more video. In turn, smartphones tend to have larger screens with higher resolution than basic phones. This provides a quality of video playback closer to that of a full-fledged personal computer, allowing users to watch entire movies in virtually any location. The phones also usually come with high-resolution cameras complete with video capture ability. This allows users to connect via video chat and to make video clips at a moment's notice.
Personal OrganizingSmartphones have all the organizing applications associated with personal digital assistants (PDAs). These include to-do lists, calendars, address books, automated reminders, and memo pads. They are also often compatible with external QWERTY keyboards, allowing users to input data just as they would on their personal computers.
InternetWhile most cell phones can access the Internet, they usually only allow smooth navigation of the mobile versions of websites. These sites have simpler interfaces and little to no multimedia content. Smartphones, however, provide larger screens, increased processor power, and advanced navigational controls such as touch screens and scroll wheels, enabling owners to use the same versions of websites they would view on a personal computer. Most smartphones have access to 3G networks, providing Internet connectivity when Wi-Fi networks are unavailable. Some models can be used as modems, allowing personal computers to connect to the Web through the smartphone.
GPSGPS triangulates the smartphone's position anywhere it has a line of sight with the global satellite network. This not only provides location information, but when used in tandem with mapping software it enables owners to find directions from their current location to virtually any other destination.
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