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."

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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 Cleveland is the editor in chief of iPhone Life magazine. After a stint as a newspaper reporter, she became web editor at iPhone Life, where she continues to pair her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. Donna holds a masters degree from the University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She also co-hosts the feminist podcast Women & Radio.