Differences Between iPhones and Other Smart Phones

By Ashley Bustamante

Smart phones and iPhones differ in interface, software, company and applications.
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When cell phones first hit the public market, they were designed specifically to make phone calls and didn't include much in the way of extra features. However, within the last century, cell phone technology has improved immensely and cell phones are typically used for much more than making a call. Phones that offer a wide variety of features are called smart phones. The iPhone by Apple is a type of smart phone but has features that distinguish it from a standard smart phone.


Currently the iPhone does not allow the use of any third-party software. All iPhone compatible software must either by released or approved by Apple in order to work on the iPhone. Other smart phones allow the user to use third-party programs and are a little more flexible in this area.


The iPhone uses a touch-screen interface that was unique upon its release. Other smart phone manufacturers have since added similar interfaces to their phones, but the iPhone is still the most common. Other smart phones offer non-touch screen interfaces for users who prefer keypad or button navigation.


The iPhone is offered exclusively through Apple. Other smart phones can be purchased from a variety of companies, such as BlackBerry, Motorola or Nokia. The cell phone services that support the iPhone are also limited to Verizon or AT&T, whereas there are other smart phones that can be found for virtually any network.

App Access

Applications for smart phones and iPhones are referred to simply as "apps." The iPhone currently has the largest and most diverse app store available. The app market for other smart phone brands is growing and has the advantage of being open to third-party developers.