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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

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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

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 August 6, 2010 / 26 Menachem-Av, 5770

Your future Smartphone --- iPhone, Droid or Blackberry? Yes.

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | According to research released Monday (Aug. 2) by The Nielsen Company, "Multipurpose smartphones that allow users to access the web and email as well as run thousands of apps and share text and picture messages are now 25 [percent] of the U.S. mobile market, up from 23 [percent] in the last quarter."

As a result, by the end 2011, there will be "more smartphones in the U.S. market than feature phones," the Nielsen firm says.

Will that phone be an Apple iPhone, a Google-powered Droid or a Research In Motion BlackBerry? In a word, yes -- although the iPhone is the more likely choice, Nielsen says. BlackBerry still leads at a 33 percent share, Nielsen indicated, while Android grabbed 27 percent and the iPhone 23 percent. However, Android's gains seem to come from those leaving "feature phones," devices that have a version of e-mail and text messaging along with voice service, and perhaps those switching from the BlackBerry.

All this comes as a backdrop to the recent release of Apple's iPhone 4, which I've had for about 10 days, and which my wife has had since her recent birthday. It's her first smartphone, and viewing the device through her eyes has been a treat.

Jean loves the 5-megapixel digital camera which, now, comes with a built-in LED flash. The pictures she's taken are quite good, and look good when printed in a size larger than the iPhone's screen. Neither of us has done much with the iPhone 4's HD video recording (at 720p resolution), but another friend who has claims the video is better than his larger handheld cameras.

Of course, she didn't get the iPhone solely for photography, but also for voice calls, e-mail and Web surfing. AT&T's voice plan -- unlimited voice calling for $69.95 per month -- is good, and the 2 GB of data per month for $25 should be fine, though I?m nervous pending her first bill. The 200-text-messages-per-month for $5 seems a bit parsimonious at this point (extra texts cost 10-cents each), but given that all our phone charge spending is now approaching $100 for this one device, I didn't want to go further and get 1500 texts for $15. (Full disclosure: my employer provides my iPhone 4 under a corporate plan.)

Once you get past that monthly tab, breathtaking for some, the iPhone 4 is a wonderful tool. Call quality is great, although I find myself 'face dialing' a bit more here than with previous models; headphones to avoid this are, I hope, en route, and in the car, Bluetooth is a better solution.

E-mail is improved under the new iPhone OS 4, with the greatest tool being the grouping of messages in 'threads,' allowing you to follow the back-and-forth of a conversation more easily. Web browsing with the iPhone version of Safari is fine, certainly better than many other devices.

Two of the great advances of the iPhone 4 are the ability to multitask and to share "FaceTime," essentially a videophone call, with another iPhone 4 user. Multitasking lets you run multiple applications at once, with available memory being the only limitation. It's a good feature if, say, you're downloading a file but want to check available restaurants in the area, or are listening to music -- remember, this is an iPod extraordinaire -- and also need to use a GPS to find your way while walking through town.

The FaceTime feature utilizes the phone's voice service for calling and Wi-Fi for the video transmission, as well as a built-in second camera on the phone?s face. While a great innovation, and possibly the first really practical application of video calling since the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, the Wi-Fi requirement might be a bit of a hassle when traveling. One can only hope future technology might advance things, and in less than 45 years.

Apple is also claiming "stellar battery life" of up to 7 hours of talk time on a 3G network, 300 hours of standby time and 6 to 10 hours of Internet browsing, depending on the wireless service, 3G or Wi-Fi, used. I haven't benchmarked these numbers, but performance seems good.

A final, impressive figure is the price. Apple is pricing the 16GB model at $199, and the 32GB unit at $299, with a two-year commitment to AT&T. These hardware prices are very good, and represent a great value for a phone that, if research holds, will likely be your next handheld device.

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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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