What Are PDAs?

By: Dusty Arlia
Published on September 16, 2011
Last Updated on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:55 PM
Total Updates: 4

PDAs, an acronym for Personal Data Assistant or Personal Digital Assistant, are handheld devices that have advanced capabilities. The term PDA was first used to describe devices that were very similar to the first smartphones.

The first PDAs were not used for phone calls. In fact, the first PDAs functioned more like handheld computers then an actual cell phone. As PDAs started integrating phone capabilities, the term PDA started to be used less frequently and the term smartphone was used more and more often.

When compared to an older cell phone, PDAs have more capabilities. These capabilities may include, but are not limited to office applications for things like email, storing your contacts, and creating documents. Also, PDAs were the first handheld devices with Internet browsers.

Technically all smartphones can be called PDAs. More often PDAs are usually referred to as smartphones. When referred to in casual conversations smartphones are simply called phones. The phones we use today have gone through many technical advancements. To learn more about the advancements of our current smartphones, please read our upcoming article on smartphones.