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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 August 10, 2007 / 26 Menachem-Av, 5767

A handheld to adore

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Someday, perhaps, all handheld computing/communication devices will be like this: a press one of two different buttons, and it powers on. Press a single button, and you can select from several applications. Touch the screen with your index finger, or other digit, and the desired application launches.


Keep touching the screen to place a telephone call, examine (or even delete) an e-mail message. Writing one can be done with the same on- screen keyboard, coupled with some rather good predictive typing, resulting in quick composition of most messages. Flip through a roster of music, or videos, and select the one you want. The small built-in speaker don't sound small; you won't fill a room, but you can hear the music easily.


Want to surf the net, you can, either via a Wi-Fi connection or a wireless data network. The latter is a tad slow, but sometimes can be rather agile in responding. However, the network is rather good for voice calling and you can even "conference" two people, at least, together.


Oh, and did I mention it weighs less than 5 ounces and can provide up to eight hours of talk time?


By now, savvy readers will have puzzled out that I'm speaking about Apple Inc.'s IPhone, which arrived about a month back for the public and about a week ago for this reviewer. I'm quite enamored of the device, even if there are some enhancements necessary before it can be pronounced totally perfect.


Perhaps the most important thing to note about the IPhone is that its interface is generally flawless. You really can negotiate the device with one finger and have it work without hassle. Yes, "typing" on the on-screen keyboard takes some adjustment, but it's not as steep a learning curve as I expected. Paging through photos or songs is super easy; on-screen controls work without a hitch.


One hiccup arose when the IPhone's e-mail program opened a Microsoft Word attachment, but didn't close it. Holding down the "home" button at the bottom of the device's face forced the program closed and I was able to go back into action.


Other reviewers have noted something which I'd also note: the horizontal and vertical viewing ability of the IPhone's Safari Web browser, which lets you pivot the screen to view more of an Internet Web page and zoom in on text or a photo, is great. It would be greater if it extended to e-mail and e-mail attachments. Perhaps that can happen in a software revision; I certainly hope so.


That said, the Web browsing experience on an IPhone has no equal, none, in the handheld world, at least that I've seen. Handhelds from Palm and Research In Motion offer useful Web viewing, but neither firm can equal Safari on the IPhone. I don't believe that Microsoft's Windows Mobile can, either.


So for many tasks, the IPhone is a near-perfect device. Phone calls, e-mails and Web browsing can be accomplished with ease. There's an "airplane mode" to let you enjoy multimedia without having the phone's wireless radios - GSM, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi - wreak havoc in the skies. The case is elegant and smudges wipe off easily.


Perhaps the greatest consumer objections will be price — $499 for a 4 Gigabyte model and $599 for the 8 Gigabyte IPhone - and restriction to both AT&T's wireless service as a provider and the need for a two- year contract. I imagine the price will come down as the IPhone range expands, and perhaps other carriers will be added at some point.


But when you hold the IPhone, you quite literally hold the future of wireless communications in you hands. Apple has raised the bar to a very high level, and it is one that other makers will have to work diligently to meet, let alone cross.

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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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