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I think Nokia had a nice idea calling their smartphones - communicators.
 
a doorstop? paperweight? ad hoc projectile?
 
Let's start narrowing it down. A noun, adjective, or verb?
 
Call it what it is. A mobile computing device.
 
The Droid2 with no cell service my daughter uses is a Gameboy.
 
Why not keep the name. It feels warm since qe got used to it...
 
Just call it a computer with a phone app.
 
A communicator (star trek)
 
"Mobile" does the job for most already.
 
I have an idea, how about:  "Google Glass"?
 
Nothing, it's title has gone.
 
Calling it a "mobile", as they do in the UK, still works.
 
"Slate." It conjures the image of thin, sleek and cool to the touch. 
 
a device that is used for calling
 
+Jeff Jarvis I tease my daughter that we shouldn't call her's a phone.  It's primarily a texting machine.
 
How about "communicator?" Seems a bit long so maybe we go through a brief period saying the whole thing and then shorten it to comm.
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dicom
 
A "phone" might still fit. A car, though filled with navigation, messaging and soon to be autonomous features, is still a mode of transportation and still called a "car".
 
+dicom . But regardless of the rest of that the primary purpose of the car has remained the same. Many people rarely actually use the phone function of their smartphone.
 
Phone is just fine for now. We still say we "dial" it, so why not just stick with another misnomer?
 
We'll continue to call it a phone, but the meaning of the word "phone" will most probably evolve to mean the new device.
 
The same that through which we already filter our world, and apt with the prevalence of curved displays.... a "Lens".
 
Personal computing device  :-)
 
Lets see, telegraph = distant writing, telephone = distant sound, television = distant seeing, tele-actor? because it allows you interaction from a distance? 
 
Personal Data Assistant is already taken, unfortunately. Scifi recommends: "exoself" or "eButler".

There was a lot of work on software that followed people (both in the physical and digital sense) from area to area in the early 2003's under the  "Mobile Code." The assumption driving the research at the time–that computers would be omnipresent but not personal–but a lot of cool research was done in making "shadows", which were digital processes that followed people physically and represented their interests to local resources.

But the actual evolution of technology was such that everyone is carrying around a high-res screen and fairly sophisticated computer, so a "shadow" would be a physical device like our phone now. 
 
I think most of the world calls them "Mobies"
 
"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;"

If you still make phone calls on it, it's still a phone.  Sure you can make phone calls from computers, but the reality is that for many of us if someone wants to call you they'll call a specific number that happens to be tied to a distinct device, and that is your phone.
 
A bit surprised no one has suggested "The Guide" yet.
 
+Cory Doctorow has suggested "comm".
 
This thing which takes up much time and costs way too much to own and operate; that honestly, most of us could not live without.
 
Since I would find it extraordinarily difficult to live my life without it: a prosthesis.

Although, actually, in my family we generally call them "devices". Unless we need to look up some information online; then it's "The Oracle".
 
The device formerly known as phone, and then refer to it only by a pi-sign. Maybe it will only work for a little while ;)
 
a pmp.
that is, if you took a smartphone, and removed the dialer. It would be a pmp. like the Galaxy player.
However, I dislike how people think that smartphones are not computers. They have processor, memory, a compiler, an operating system, inputs and outputs. Just because its an arm processor as opposed to an x86 processor shouldn't matter.
When people start thinking of phones as computers, then perhaps people will start asking questions like "how is it ok that I can only download Programs from the app store?" "How come my isp can lock me out of services?" (many providers say if you have a 'smartphone' that you HAVE to have a dataplan), "How is it ok to be forbidden from having root access?" "how is it ok for apple to have remote access to  every 'computer' they make?"
 
If we stop calling them phones, my wife won't let me have one anymore.
 
An organizer (that's how I call my Samsung Galaxy Note): it's a Palm on steroids.

Later update - I got mixed up: it's in French I call my mobile "un organiseur", in English it's a PDA (personal digital assistant). One of the rare cases where the translation is better than the original, so maybe organizer should after all cross the Pond?
 
I just call it what it is, my life lol. Everything I need and use is in there and it interacts in everything I do from playing with my son to dealing with customers. 

Have a new appointment? I'll add it to my "life", take a picture with my "life" make a note and add it to my "life". Works perfectly and fits the bill. 
 
PCD - Personal Communications Device, and I did just make that up right now.  Didn't see it somewhere.
 
Hand-held computer? but i don't think computer is a appropriate title anymore anyways....
 
Something that is an acronym probably.
PID- Personal (or Portable) Internet Device
PCD- Personal (or Portable) Communication Device
MIR- Mobile Internet Receiver

This could be fun.

What is a phone without calling? Internet, email, texting, media player, application platform... personal computer basically. In my opinion, the big, clunky thing sitting at the desk should be renamed and the not-phone should be called a PC.
 
At #Leveson, Rupert Murdoch called them "Smart Telephones" - it was sort of modern and retro at the same time. I quite liked it.
 
Mandatory Tethering Accesory
 
When is a phone not a phone?
 
An "Awesome".  

"Hold on, my Awesome is ringing!"  "Let me check my Awesome for the weather".
 
I say we go old school: a "Familiar".
JoPa Mi
 
My vote would be some obnoxious racist term. That way it defuses it to mean something useful and powerful. 

Example: "Got to check my n...er for the weather.", "I got the newest n...er, its awesome, this thing does everything for me", "my n...er only cost me 400 bucks".....

Ok, maybe that might be a really bad idea...
 
Nora Roberts in the J D Robb "In Death" series came up with calling it "a link"
 
MT - mobile terminal (ala Caliban's War)
 
"Poop-Shoot"-- I wonder what kinda sh!t this Ass has to say today.
....hey, I'm laughing.
 
I bought off-contract phones for family members to use as e-readers, mobile gaming platforms, email checkers, etc. We call them "devices" - e.g. "Are you bringing your device? It's going to be a long car ride."

It is, I'm willing to admit, a fairly lame name, but it gets the job done.
 
Andy.  But that doesn't work for other platforms.
R Baker
 
Pocket PC-mopped, they already did that
 
P.I.E.C.E
Personal
Information
Education
Communication and
Entertainment
 
My portable friend who's fun to be with?
 
Just curious though, why are we not calling them phones? Is Apple suing because it is too similar to iPhone?
 
As long as it has a Phone app, I don't care what we call them. 
 
It will never happen, but the term "PDA" actually makes sense again... Perhaps more than it did originally.
 
1 - The Ive Phone.
2 - It that shall not be named.
3 - Noema
 
Hand-held computer. Some are phone sized, some are tablet sized. Some have the "phone" feature, some don't.
 
A "net device" is what it has become but I'm not sure it's a good name. 
 
If it's not a phone, there's no need I rename it
 
HHT - Hand Held Terminal.
 
+James Womack Terminal is what I was thinking for exactly the same reasons, after reading his 1980s sci-fi and finding the devices used there remarkably similar to mobile phones and the internet as it is today, never mind thousands of years in the future.

However, I would still go for "Telling Bone".
 
How about just calling it what it is.. a communicator. :) It does more then the ST communicators ever did. :)
 
Bruce Sterling would call it a "Spime." He probably has a better name for it by now, though. You may as well ask.
 
it's not a telephone because it no longer sends sound over long distances?
 
Why, a tablet, of course!
 
I think you meant tricorder? But no it's a communicator as it has not got the scanning possibilities.
 
The British call it a "mobile". I like that. It's a mobile phone/computer/work desk/gaming console/ect.
 
I am British and forgot that one 'yes I have a mobile' obviously short for mobile phone. The French, Germans and Italians will have their own odd terminology no doubt.
 
My secretary - that doesn't do coffee
 
Jeejah, courtesy of Neil Stephenson. :-)
 
It still provides phone functionality so technically it's still a phone.
 
Provocative question, but..
When does a phone cease being a phone?
(yes, its all those other things too)
 
Virtual interface or Media that massages our thoughts
 
"personal networker" - PN or networker, for short
 
We won't rename it ... for the same reasons we still use anachronisms like "dial" a number or "upper case" letters - they just become accepted euphemisms for the modern equivalent.

Others include  (I'd love to start a list!)
+ "television network"  (networks were needed to connect local affiliates, with antennae ...)
+ "book a flight"  (or, soon, anything with "book")
etc ...

(oh - in the future - will "Blogger", "Website" and "Search Engine" also become anachronisms?  What about email, texting and voicemail?)
 
I think simply calling it a "mobile" like in the UK is still an apt name.  Sure, usage may be high while sitting in the office, or at home, or generally while not moving.  But the point is that a smartphone is designed to easily be portable without any work involved or hesitation about connectivity, power, etc.  So simply calling it a "mobile" covers it.

That's at least what I call it.
 
I haven't called it a "phone" for a long time. To me, and everyone i know, it's a mobile.
 
How about a cell. Like cell phone but really the meaning could be computer cell. The way a brain cell is part of our minds, a smart phone is part of the larger network(s).
 
Got it, from the Latin ..MicroManualPhonoVisiGraph, meaning Small, Hand, Sound, See, Write.
Could be shortened to Mimiphovisigraph.
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