SPOTLIGHT: Smartphone, PDA or handheld?

Talk about silly semantics. There is a bit of controversy about whether Palm's Treo device is a smartphone or not. Cingular says it's a handheld. Who cares? In a posting on a ZDNet blog regarding the launch of the Windows Mobile device (I won't weigh in on whether it's a smartphone or PDA, so as to remain politically correct), a Cingular PR rep made it clear that the Treo is a handheld, not a smartphone. Does Cingular think that "smartphone" has a negative connotation? People don't care as long as it serves their needs. Interestingly, Palm calls the device a smartphone in its promotional material. Article