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problem of terminology with new (i)Phones

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I find myself feeling rather awkward when just trying to label these new iPhone like devices. We tend to just call them smartphones or merely phones, but I can't escape the fact that by being so much more than that they pretty much escaped the traditional definition of a "phone" too much to be called a "phone".

So what is it? If you forget all the historical terminology connotations for a moment and look at iPhone, all you basically see is a small computer device with a certain set of functions. When you look at Neo1973 you see it even more as a small computer because, while it has a certain set of functions by default, they can be changed quite a bit by changing the software on it.

So, does anyone have an idea for a better naming of these devices or are we to settle with expanding the meaning of a "phone" to cover these?

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MCCD: mobile computing &

MCCD: mobile computing & communication device

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PDD

Personal Digital Device

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I think I got it: phonputer

I think I got it: phonputer Laughing out loud

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how about "mobile magic"

how about "mobile magic" ;-) VERY non-technical and inaccurate, so it should go well with most people.

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To be honest none of them

To be honest none of them strike me as something that would be mass adopted, except *maybe* a play on "Personal Digital Device" (though that's a bit vague too) - PDD > PADD (a name from Star Trek).

I'd be fine with just "pad".

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PDD would lead to jokes

PDD would lead to jokes about the use of such devices being absorbing and unsocial Laughing out loud .

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Indeed. Well, I think padd

Indeed. Laughing out loud

Well, I think padd or pad would be most suitable and easy to get used to. And no that doesn't have anything to do with me being a Star Trek fan. No sir. Sticking out tongue

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of course it bloody has.You

of course it bloody has.

You haven't told us that PADD stands for Personal And Digital ToolDool

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Hm well it's actually