Mobile device

A mobile device (also known as cellphone device, handheld device, handheld computer, "Palmtop" or simply handheld) is a pocket-sized computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard. In the case of the personal digital assistant (PDA) the input and output are combined into a touch-screen interface. Smartphones and PDAs are popular amongst those who require the assistance and convenience of a conventional computer, in environments where carrying one would not be practical. Enterprise digital assistants can further extend the available functionality for the business user by offering integrated data capture devices like Bar Code, RFID and Smart Card readers.

Types of mobile devices

Smart phones

Mobile computers

Handheld game consoles

Media recorders

Media players/displayers

Communication devices

Personal navigation devices (PNDs)


Operating Systems

There are currently many different operating systems for mobile devices available. A list of the main handheld operating systems is given below.

Handhelds at work

Handheld devices have become ruggedized for use in Handheld computers used at work have molded over time into a variety of form factors, including SmartPhones on the low end, handheld PDAs, Ultra Mobile PCs, Tablet PCs, and even notebook computers.

Major manufacturers of handheld devices for the work environment include:

Internet faxing with handhelds

Mobile Device Security

Mobile devices have wireless capability to connect to the Internet and office/home computer systems. However wireless capability poses a number of security risks. Managing the risks to mobile assets requires a knowledge of the threats posed to mobile devices and the vulnerabilities that may allow those threats to be realized. The Mobile Device Vulnerability Database (MDVD) is an online database for collecting vulnerability and countermeasure information on mobile computing devices and their technologies (Smart phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WiMAX, VOIP, etc.) with references to all vulnerability and countermeasure information. View all information in the database as well as add vulnerability and countermeasure information on mobile computing hardware and software technologies.


See also

Search another word or see Mobile_deviceon Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2015, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature