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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "D-Pad"?

(Aldo known as a directional pad) is a control mechanism found on most gaming controllers and some mobile phones. As the name suggests, a D-Pad has directional arrows which are standard as up, down, left, and right, with many modern pads also offering more nuanced directions (8-way pad with diagonal directions).

A D-Pad is one of the most recognizable features of a gaming controller with its easily definable arrow keys, although this kind of physical control is seldom used for smartphones.

Also known as: "Directional Pad"

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