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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 27, 2012 / 4 Adar, 5772

Samsung Galaxy Note lives up to its name as notable 'phablet'

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In one of the more memorable scenes in the 1980s comedy "Crocodile Dundee," the Australian outback curiosity played by Paul Hogan is accosted on the streets of lower Manhattan by a thug with a switchblade.

"That's not a knife," Hogan/Dundee drawls in his best antipodean twang, producing an instrument with which a crocodile could, indeed, be field dressed. Holding the massive blade before the awestruck ruffian, he adds, "Now, THAT'S a knife."

Spend $299 and commit to a two-year AT&T wireless contract and you can get a Samsung Galaxy Note, a 6.28 ounce smartphone with a tablet screen larger than an iPhone and sharper than, well, possibly sharper than your HDTV at home. But before you short your Apple, Inc., shares, keep reading.

On the very positive side, the Galaxy Note is a great phone - audio quality is great - and not too shabby as a mini-tablet; the combination has earned the device a new category name of "phablet," merging both words. The device measures 5.78 inches by 3.27 inches by 0.38 inches, versus the iPhone 4S, which checks in at 4.5 inches by 2.31 inches by 0.37 inches. The iPhone is 1.38 ounces lighter than the Samsung device.

And, as noted, the Samsung Galaxy has the far larger screen: 5.3 inches (diagonal) versus 3.5 for the iPhone 4S, or about 51 percent bigger. Both devices have 8 megapixel cameras, both have front-facing cameras for real-time video as well.

There is, then, a lot to like about the Samsung product. Lacking some of the media resources - my test unit from AT&T lacked access to Samsung's MediaHub application, as well as AT&T's live TV option - I could only test the video by dialing up some YouTube clips, including a couple from a recent episode of "Glee." The quality, even streaming over Wi-Fi, was remarkable, both for sound and audio. Plug in a headset and you'd have a concert-quality experience, I believe.

Using applications on the Samsung Galaxy Note is a generally pleasant experience. Amazon.com's Kindle for Android application - yes, this is an Android-based phone - is very nice to use on a screen this size. If Amazon mated a smartphone with its Kindle Fire tablet, the Samsung device could've been the result. Another favorite app, Logos Bible Software, installed and ran very well here, too. I tested this because it is highly text-intensive, and again, the Galaxy Note screen is good for such applications.

One of the big differentiators between this "phablet" and other smartphones is the built-in stylus, which slips out for use with applications such as S Memo Lite, a combo note-taking/drawing app. Artistic types, which I am not, will appreciate such features more than I did. But I could imagine times where a stylus would come in handy.

Samsung sells, but I did not test, a car-mount for the Galaxy Note. My standard phone holders couldn't accommodate this large device, which made using it as a GPS a bit of a challenge. That's a shame, because this size would be quite suitable for that purpose.

So with all these pluses, would I buy a Samsung Galaxy Note? Would I use it as my cell phone of choice? And should you do either?

For me, as appealing as the Samsung device is, I still have reservations, some of which I've expressed in reviewing previous Android-based phones. I'm still concerned that rogue applications can easily make it into the Android application "marketplace" from which they can be downloaded; by contrast, as noted here before, Apple's App Store process is far more rigorous.

And, there's a lot more, in terms of expansion, accessories and supporting items for the iPhone platform. You can buy an iPhone for use on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint; and the phone can be made to work with T-Mobile's network as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note, so far, only works with AT&T's network.

I'm impressed by this device, but not so much that I'm ready to give up my iPhone, not just yet. Add some more carrier options, give me better applications security, and I could yet be tempted, however.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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