WebRTC Expert Feature

February 10, 2020

Types of Modern Communications Devices

The advancements in modern technology allowed people to communicate with each other no matter where they are in the world, regardless of the time zone differences. Apart from simply keeping in touch, this paved the way for an efficient and immediate dissemination of necessary information and updates that covers various topics. Hence, it is noteworthy to take a look into the modern communication devices that revolutionized how people interconnect with each other.

Cellular Phones

Cellular phones are considered as the first mobile phones that entered the technological scene late in the 70s. After the first cellular phone network was launched in Japan, several other countries followed suit and not long after that, several people already own cellular phones that allow them to not only call other people, but also send text messages. Several cellular phones were also reinvented to offer certain games, much to the delight of the people using it.


Cellular phones were revolutionized into smartphones, which can be considered as a small computer that also functions as a telephone. Apart from allowing people to make calls and send messages, several apps, or applications can be installed on a smartphone, which permits people to send emails or surf the internet. There are also several devices that can be used with this modern phone such as Bluetooth earphones or speakers. The experts behind American Inventor Spot even scrutinized some of the coolest gadgets that you can use in conjunction with your smartphones such as a wireless and USB charger, a screen cleaner, as well as a Wi-Fi booster. The features of smartphones may vary from one manufacturer to another, with the camera and audio functionality often proving to be the distinction.


Tablets are already considered as communication devices because with a reliable internet connection, or with a certain data capacity, people can reach out to each other using their tablets. While the first types of tablets already appeared in the 80s, it wasn’t until the first iPad was launched in 2010 wherein tablets were appreciated by the general public. IPads held a fair share of the market until Android tablets came into the picture. Tablets generally have similar features to a smartphone, and perhaps the most notable difference between the two is the size of the device. With a tablet, people are able to initiate audio and video calls, as well as send messages through different apps and channels.


Laptops are portable computers that may come in different weights and sizes. When laptops were first introduced in the market, they were often deemed as glorified calculators. Currently, modern laptops boast of the features of desktop computers with the added advantage of portability. There are several types of laptops that are intended to fit a specific purpose, such as for business needs, for gaming and entertainment purposes, for recording and music, as well as for personal use. Nevertheless, with a stable and reliable internet connection, people have the ability to get in touch with each other through different messaging software installed in their laptop computers. Apart from messaging services, people can also utilize email services and video conferencing through their laptops.

Personal Digital Assistant

Personal digital assistants, or PDAs have similar functions as that of laptop computers. Its features often include phone service, fax service, email and Internet connections. These are usually utilized by employers to equip their employees in instances wherein the use of laptop computers are not possible.

Virtual Assistants

The recent addition to the modern devices utilized for communication would be virtual assistants. More and more people are now using virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa to send text messages, emails, as well as phone calls through their smartphones, especially when they have no means to do so or when it is inconvenient for them such as when they are driving on the road. In parallel to this, the recent years brought about the development of smart home assistants such as Amazon Echo or Google home, which can relatively do the same communication functions if programmed to do so.

Thanks to various technological innovations that brought about modern communication devices, allowing people to be connected no matter how geographically far they are from each other. Modern communication devices allowed families to stay in touch even if there is a need for some members to live overseas. In the same manner, these technologically advanced devices also allow businesses to continuously operate their processes, allowing them to reach their customers regardless of geographical distance and time zone differences.

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