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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 April 16, 2012 / 24 Nissan, 5772

Nokia's ignoble effort at an iPhone killer

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nine years ago, on a trip to Tampere, Finland, I rode past the nearby city of Nokia, my host telling me that the then- and still-famous maker of cell phones started life there as several companies, one of which, in Nokia, making products out of rubber, including fishing boots.

Perhaps Nokia, like L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine, should've stuck to their original knitting. The Bean firm observes its centennial this year, and their products are about as reliable as they come. Nokia, started in 1865, should be so lucky, particularly when it comes to the Lumia 900, a recently-released "smartphone" using the Windows Mobile platform.

A big draw of the Lumia 900 - available for $99.99 at AT&T Wireless with the proper cell service contract - is supposed to be its 8 Megapixel camera, complete with Carl Zeiss lens, the same lens system found in ultra-chic and ultra-pricey Leica cameras. If you want to get Leica-quality photos, save your money and buy a Leica (or Panasonic digital) camera. The Lumia 900 doesn't deliver images so stunning that I'd want to ditch my Apple, Inc., iPhone 4S.

Another plus is its ability, via Windows Mobile, to bring all sorts of data to the handset, organizing your life in a more "flip-friendly," way, paging through this or that application. Sigh. It works, except when it doesn't: as many users, and C-Net reporter Dara Kerr found out (http://cnet.co/HCIOX3), there's a bug in the Lumia 900 that disconnects some users from the Internet intermittently. It's a little difficult to stay connected if you're not, well, connected.

In response, Nokia said it is offering affected users a $100 credit, which makes the phone a "freebie," essentially. That may be smart public relations, but it can't be good for Nokia's bottom line. On April 11, Nokia said they'd have a disappointing first and second quarter of earnings in the face of heavy smartphone competition; share prices dropped 14 percent on the news.

Then there's the question of applications - there's a bunch of them, but not nearly as many. There's no Instagram for Windows Phone yet, for example. Android and iPhone users have exponentially more applications (and accessories) from which to choose, which is why those platforms are, well, exponentially outselling the Windows Phone and, specifically, the Lumia devices from Nokia. (You can get lots of other apps, of course, including the Kindle book reading app from Amazon.com.)

As a phone - which, after all, is one of the key reasons for having a smartphone - the Lumia 900 performs quite nicely. It's also very good as an e-mail client, and when connected the Internet is just fine. But "almost as good" isn't quite good enough, not when a prepaid smartphone from your local Wal-Mart can outgun something you've committed to for two years of cellular service. There's a serious disconnect here.

Perhaps the two greatest deficiencies are in areas I've noted in reviewing other smartphones: the music features rely on Microsoft's Zune service. Yes, the iPhone is tied to iTunes, but Zune is about as current, in my opinion, as an 8-track tape player. It's proprietary in the extreme, and the hassle isn't worth the effort, in my opinion. With iTunes, you can more easily import items from your own CD collection, or from MP3 files downloaded from, say, Amazon.com or other compliant services.

The other deficiency, in my view, is the lack of any connectivity with the Apple Macintosh platform. I've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: iTunes runs on Microsoft Windows; you can buy an iPhone and synchronize it with your PC's data. You can't do the reverse with Windows Phone. It's just short of criminal, in my view, and it's certainly short-sighted. If Microsoft opened up the Windows Phone, it would be a smart move.

If you haven't figured it out by now, my verdict on the Lumia 900 is a "no." Don't buy it. Get some boots from L.L. Bean instead.

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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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