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Open Letter to Newt Gingrich: Don't Be Puzzled

Dear Mr. Gingrich,

Thank you for your brave efforts to rename the cell phone, a device you so aptly call your "handheld computer."

As you explain in your video, “If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone. If it has a McDonalds app that tells you the closest McDonalds based on your GPS location, that’s not a cell phone.” 

This is something we take very seriously at iPhone Life magazine. We’re sorry you’ve been taking flak for your insightful video. But take comfort in that you've fulfilled your mission to generate discussion of new names. “Federation Hand Widget” came out of the comments section today, and be honest, would you have been able to think of that on your own?

After consulting with other members of our team, we have great news to share with you. We’re confident we’ve determined the name of the device you hold in your hand: it's called a smartphone.

To show our appreciation for your efforts, we’ve decided to give you a free one-year subscription to iPhone Life magazine to assist in your smartphone education.


iPhone Life team

This letter is in response to the video below entitled "We're Really Puzzled," posted by Gingrich Productions May 10:

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Donna Schill Cleveland is an associate editor at iPhone Life magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and earned her bachelor’s degree in media and communications from Maharishi University of Management. Before she joined iPhone Life, Donna worked as a staff writer for a daily newspaper. Raised by a family of tech enthusiasts, she shares her love of storytelling with a weakness for Apple products. While away from her desk, she enjoys travel, gardening and yoga.