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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 Dec. 1, 2006 / 10 Kislev, 5767

Palm's latest home run

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The performance of the Washington Redskins may be a tad spotty - one week down, another week up - but the overall performance of Palm, Inc., maker of handheld PDAs-cum-cell phones, is rather solid. Truth to tell, I can't remember the last time they had a swing and a miss, to borrow a baseball phrase and mix metaphors.


Their latest out-of-the-park achievement, available now, is the Treo 680, a mobile phone that seems to defy gravity, if not expectations. Gone is the nubby antenna; instead, there's a smooth shape and no "handle," as some users call it. Memory available to users is double: 64 Mbytes versus 32 Mbytes for the Treo 650. Battery life seems longer, and you can, with the appropriate data plan from your carrier, use this as a wireless Bluetooth modem for your computer.


This is a GSM/GPRS phone, which means it can be used overseas, subject to your carrier's plans and/or the purchase of an appropriate "SIM" (stet) card for your phone from another carrier. The Treo 680's system for mounting and using SIM cards, by the way, shows a fair amount of promise: the holder is secure and unlikely to see the kind of card displacement I've observed in other phones.


Palm has also updated the placement of a SecureDigital (stet) or SD card for added memory. It's now behind a tiny door on the side of the phone, making it far less likely to fall out or become lost. This one change helps elevate the new phone to a higher plane; keeping such cards in place can be very important.


The Treo 680 also comes in four colors, probably for the fashion conscious, according to the www.palm.com/us Web site, where data about the phone can be obtained. Right now, Cingular Wireless is offering the device for $199, depending on service plan selected. An "unlocked" version of the phone - meaning you don't have to sign up for a new service deal, is $399.


What else is there to like about the phone? In my book, a lot: it retains the ease of use and more-than-decent keypad of the earlier Treo's. Palm's operating software is, in my view, a superior mobile phone platform to Windows Mobile, and the 680's use of the Palm OS offers users a phone that's easy to learn, and easy to keep using. There have been a few tweaks to the interface, all of which make using the phone less taxing. A voice dialing option remains available, and the Bluetooth connection can work with a hands-free device to make calling while driving a bit easier and safer.


The 320-by-320 pixel TFT display screen is very bright and easy to read, even outdoors. Sound quality is impressive, and if you plug in the right headphones, your multimedia will come out in stereo, as will happen when you dock the Treo 680 with the Altec Lansing InMotion (stet) mobile speaker system, sold separately.


The camera is described as being "VGA" in quality, but the images I took were in resolutions of 72 dots-per-inch and thus suitable for a Web page more than a magazine page. However, if I had to document a car accident, or show someone a ceiling fan at Home Depot, I suppose it would be more than adequate.


In short, there's very little not to like with the Treo 680, especially since it's $100 less than the 650 with more memory, a better (if not perfect) camera, and no "stub." Would I want one in my holiday gift bounty? You bet!

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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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