What is the difference between a cellphone and a computer?

@annierose (18937)
Philippines
January 14, 2011 1:02am CST
In today's world, it seems that cellphones and computers just play same function. Things that can be done using the computer can be done also using cellphones. I think, it is just with the size that computer and cellphones differ from each other. Aside from that, can you cite what other differences do both of them possess?
9 responses
@Strovek (868)
• Malaysia
14 Jan 11
Almost everything has a computer in them - cars, washing machine, elevators etc. Take iPad and iPhone. Both are running the same operating system, processor but different form factor 9" vs 4". Would you call iPad a computer? Some phones also run Linux which is the same operating system running big computers. However, most people still think of computers as one with a screen and keyboard (wait a minute - some phones have both too). Right, a cellphone is a type of computer!
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
hi strovek, One of my friends told me that we can also use a cellphone to type some of our documents using MS Word and other MS Office application. I don't know if it is true since I haven't encounter my friends using their cellphones in using MS Office programs. Yes, I think so that cellphone is a type of computer just like calculators and those things you mentioned above.
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
I see..I know now why I haven't encounter any of my friends having that kind of phone. I think it is very expensive.
@Strovek (868)
• Malaysia
14 Jan 11
It is possible with the newer "smartphones". If you use Windows Mobile, it is already provided. If you use Palm or iPhone, you might need to install additional applications. For those uncomfortable writing on the small screen, they can connect bluetooth keyboard to perform the typing.
• India
14 Jan 11
There is such a huge difference between a cellphone and a computer that you wouldn't even imagine comparing the two. Cellphones are handy. You can carry it anywhere. You can chat with your friends even while you're at dinner table. There are microcontrollers in most of the cellphones. These chips have limited capabilities. You can't do huge calculation and processing of information with such machines. The operating systems on the cellphones are meant to do minor works whereas computers are used to do larger processing. Most cellphones I've seen are not equipped with multitasking, which is a major part of computing. Computer processors are faster and more capable of handling multiple jobs at the same time. You can even set priorities for those jobs. But most of these jobs are handled by the operating systems internally. They can do it because highly advanced operating systems can run a computer. You can't load such an operating system in cellphones. The ones you use in cellphones are simpler and reduced version of those operating system. There are computers where precision and accuracy matters the most because they do real time jobs. There is no real time constraints in cellphones. So the applications can be run for an indefinite amount of time. You can say, cellphones are a toned down version of computers.
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
Very informative post again getbiswa Thanks for sharing this with us. Do you think so that we can communicate in a more efficient, quicker , and cheaper way using a cellphone rather than a computer?
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
Thanks for answering my question atprudente6 What you said is true..In terms of communication, still mobile phones are faster than computers and they are handy too that makes them easy to carry anywhere.
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
Yes definitely, communicating with Cellphones are more efficient, quicker and cheaper than computers. Eveidences are as follows: 1. Quicker: Cellphones are smaller than computer. We can carry the cellphones anywhere we go and use them anytime we need. While on the other hand, computers are always left at home. 2. Efficiency: we don't need to setup any applications (like Yahoo messenger, Skype or the likes) to communicate using the cellphones. We just need to buy a sim card and load it and voila we can now call anybody anytime. 3. Economy: As mentioned in (2), to communicate using cellphones, we just need to buy a sim card and load it. While to communicate with computers, we need to apply for internet connection (and a telephone line to go with it).
@dpk262006 (58720)
• Delhi, India
14 Jan 11
Hi anni! A PC has more functions, larger capacity and better viewing screen than a mobile phone. A mobile phone may be a good substitute for a computer, as now a days 'smart (mobile) phones' come loaded with all facilities, which one can find in a computer. An internet enable mobile phone could be carried anywhere and could be used, while you can not do so with a Desktop PC. I enjoy working on both.
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
yes, I also enjoy both of them. As of now, I just have an old model mobile phone.I do not have an internet access on my mobile phone so I cannot do the things I am doing with my netbook on my mobile phone. However, I hope someday, I can also have a mobile phone which I can use to surf the internet.
@shibham (16977)
• India
14 Jan 11
Computer has mouse(except laptop). Computer has more switch than call phone.
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
hi shibham Yes, definitely true. I haven't seen a cellphone with mouse. Computer has many switches also compare to a cellphone. In addition with that, computers can be used by just plugging it to electricity while a cellphone doesn't need it except when we are going to charge it.
@Strovek (868)
• Malaysia
14 Jan 11
Notebooks don't need to be plugged in to work. Neither does it need a mouse - it has the touch pad. Older DOS computers do not need mouse to work! I disagree that mouse or power is needed. PS. Don't get offended. Just want to make this lively!!
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
Yes, it is true. Other kinds of computers like laptops, netbooks, and notebooks don't need to be plugged in to work. I have here a netbook and it is not a problem for me if there is no outlet or there is no electricity because it has a battery. However, personal computers still needs to be plugged in before we can use it.
@EdnaReyes (2622)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
I still prefer computer cause cell doesn't have a mouse which I use to navigate from my net. I have touching the screen ,I'm afraid of radiation, one more thing, computer (desktop) is not that easy to be stolen, cell, part away from it in a second, by a second it will be stolen!
@annierose (18937)
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
hi ednareyes, Computers can be stolen also but not as easy as with cellphones. We can put our cellphones inside our pockets and we cannot do it with our computers. Anyone can get our cellphones without us noticing it because it is just small compare to a laptop, notebook or netbook which is quite bigger.
@asliah (11137)
• Philippines
18 Jan 11
hi, there's no difference between cellphones and computer this days, same functionality and features, but the only thing that make differ with them are the size only, because cellphone is handy and can bring anywhere, not like the computer that really needs to fixed in the house.
@maezee (42263)
• United States
14 Jan 11
Honestly, it weirds me out how capable cell phones are becoming of doing "computer-type" things. It makes me wonder if an actual computer will be obscure in 2020. But you know what? Computers are WAY more efficient than cell phones, and I feel like they always will be. Much more reliable, much faster. Sure, you can go to MOST sites on your cell phone - but it will take twice as long to do everything - even with 4g. And as far as typing goes, that can be a pain in the butt too.
@sunnycool (12714)
• India
14 Jan 11
Each of us might have varying differences ---- as of me few of major differences are the hard disk capacity and RAM...never the less we can type in with ease in normal keyboards unlike the qwerty ones which are associated with latest mobile sets.Someone like me with such big fingers it is never comfortable to use those qwerty ones lol.great day.
15 Jan 11
I love them both because they allow me to communicate with friends and loved ones in so many different ways. But you can only use a cellphone to text or call. Computers are more versatile since you can chat, email, call, even play online games together and allows you to put in a lot of application that you might need for school or work :)