Most technology consumers will assume that as long as an electronic device is easily portable then it can be referred to as a mobile device. This is however a misconception because being easily portable doesn’t automatically make an electronic item a mobile device.
In this article, we are going to look at the 3 distinct characteristics that determine what can be referred to as a mobile device.
1 It must be portable
As the name suggests, a device is considered as mobile if it’s easily portable and can be operated continuously and with ease even while it’s being moved. Such devices are meant to have their own source of power, and network source that doesn’t get disrupted when the device is being moved from one place to another.
2 It must be small in size
Mobile devices will often range in size, from devices such as mobile phones that can comfortably fit on a person’s hand and even pocket, to compact devices such as phablets or tablets that can fit in a very small pouch. Depending on the design, most of these devices will have an inbuilt keypad that can be accessed through a touch screen whereas some will have a small external keypad attached to it. There are others which have a detachable keypad.
3 It must have wireless communication
Mobile devices are designed to be able to easily communicate with each other as well as other devices as long as they share a network, which is often a wireless connection. Most mobile devices will rely on GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Infrared networks among many other wireless communication that enable interconnectivity of these devices.
There you have it. The next time you are trying to evaluate whether a device fits the criteria to be referred to as a mobile device, you need to make sure that it has satisfied all these three requirements.
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