"My distant memory of a year of Science German in the 6th form says that not only can German do this "
Wasserstoffionenkonzentrationbestimmunggeraet. (pH meter)
But in the same language a mobile phone is a handy. Presumably using one is a hand job.
The French, of course, had a proper committee to organise technical terms (I don't know if they still do, but I was once sat at a dinner with a member of said committee). Hence caméscope, logiciel and so on. But also navigateur being a browser (wonder why) while the similar job function of pilote is actually a driver.