Alternatively referred to as a cell, cellular, and cellular phone, a cell phone sometimes abbreviated as cp) is a mobile or portable phone. It enables a user to communicate almost anywhere in the world. The cell phone was invented by Dr. Martin Cooper, along with his team of developers at Motorola. The first cell phone weighed 2.4 pounds and was 9 inches long. Dr. Cooper also made the first cell phone call at Motorola on April 3, 1973.
As you can see in the picture of the Nokia 6010 cell phone to the right, modern cell phones have changed drastically from the original cell phones (aka bricks). New cell phones are much lighter than the old brick cell phones, much smaller, and have LCD (often a color LCD) to display contacts, pictures, ringtones, apps, games, etc.
Today, many cell phones are called smartphones and are capable of doing almost anything a computer is capable of doing. Below, are just a few examples of what some of the new phones are capable of doing.
- Take and make calls to any other person with a phone
- Send and receive text messages
- Take, view, and store pictures and videos using a built-in camera
- Access the Internet, e-mail, chat, and even download apps for the phone
- Play games and have access to common programs, such as a calculator, contacts, calendar, clock, to-do list, etc.
- Remotely control other devices connected to the Internet or connected via Bluetooth
- Store and run files
- Play music and watch movies