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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 March 4, 2011 / 28 Adar I, 5771

Verizon-based iPhone surprises in use

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In theory, there should be little difference between the disparate versions of Apple's iPhone that work on the wireless networks of Verizon, Inc., and AT&T. The latter carrier has had an iPhone available since the device's 2007 debut, while Verizon's run began last month.

Other than the fact that one, for AT&T, uses the Global Standard for Mobile, or GSM, network technology for calls and the other, for Verizon, uses Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA, the two devices should be almost indistinguishable.

As I said, that's the theory. I was pleasantly surprised by the reality, however: the Apple iPhone 4GS that runs on Verizon's network seems to have somewhat better battery life, and certainly was a lifesaver the other evening. More on both of these points in a moment.

The similarities clearly are there. Both are almost identical visually -- buttons on the left side of the Verizon model are slightly different from those on the AT&T version, but otherwise they're difficult, if not impossible, to tell apart. Both have the same "Retina Display" screen, which is stunningly clear and easy to read. Both have the same features, sounds and basic programs.

But in my testing, particularly on a road trip to "Music City" and the Opryland Convention Center (a Las Vegas-sized resort without the slot machines or indoor smoking), the Verizon model emerged a clear winner.

For one thing, Verizon's network coverage and strength seemed a bit better than AT&T's, particularly inside the Opryland complex. Both phones worked for voice and data calls, but the Verizon consistently showed more connection "bars" on the screen than did AT&T.

For another, as mentioned earlier, the battery life did seem longer on the Verizon model. All sorts of things could factor into this, but when push came to shove, the Verizon unit kept going. (Of course, as mentioned here a few weeks back, any iPhone will easily outlast just about any Android-based phone for battery life. A friend here said she and her husband carry phones with the Google-backed operating system, and neither is happy with the power consumption.)

The lifesaver part came Sunday evening, when I was covering an address by Rep. John Boehner, who is also Speaker of the House. Security rules kept my rolling case -- and iPad -- out of the banquet room, so all I had were my iPhones. As the Ohio Republican spoke, I turned the Verizon iPhone on its side for more screen space and pecked away. It wasn't the ideal means for typing, but it worked, and I was able to send my story using the device as well.

The many other features and advantages of the iPhone platform worked well during my trip here also. It's a great GPS system, with appropriate software, and a very handy voice recorder (that program is built in). The free Dragon Dictate application can also be helpful, transcribing what you say into a format that's easy to edit, copy and paste into an e-mail or other document.

Speaking of applications and of documents, QuickOffice Connect's iPhone version is a lifesaver -- $9.99 and you get the ability to edit Microsoft Word documents, or compose in "plain text." Either way, on the iPhone, you also get a "word count" feature, useful if your boss says they want 425 words, exactly. (Ironically, that feature is not available on the very good QuickOffice iPad suite. Go figure.)

And a far more than honorable mention goes to Scoshe's IPDBAT2, available at retail for less than $40, is a great rechargeable system that will, in turn, let you charge your iPad or iPhone on the go. It features separately rated USB connections for either the iPad or a cell phone, and enough "juice" to get your portable up and running quickly. I highly recommend this.

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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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