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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 Dec. 2, 2011 / 6 Kislev, 5772

A tale of two smartphones: Android and Windows

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So, you want to give (or get) a smartphone for the holidays, but you're just not into Apple's iPhone. What to do? Samsung and Microsoft each want you to consider models running either the Google Android or Windows Phone 7.5 operating systems. You can pick Samsung's Galaxy IIS, the Android phone, for $199, or the Samsung Focus, the Windows model, for $49.99, although each prices comes with a cellular service contract. There's a number of similarities among the three products.

Like the iPhone, both the Samsung Galaxy IIS and the Samsung Focus (the latter running Windows Mobile), have color display screens, lots of cute icons and applications to play with. To be fair, the iPhone's catalog of apps is exponentially greater than that of either the Android or Windows Phone 7.5 platforms. But there's a lot to choose from on any of these models, particularly for those tasks most of us rely on daily.

So, how is one to decide? Let's look at the newest challengers.

I'll start with the Samsung Focus, since it's offering Windows Phone, and because the price will be attractive to many shoppers. It's a nice little device, and I can't say too much against it the actual hardware: it's solid, easy to handle, and pocket-worthy. Battery life seems good, particularly in relation to the Galaxy IIS, but more about that in a moment.

The big question is whether or not you want a device running Windows Phone 7.5. Before deciding, some background and perspective is in order.

Time was, about 10 years ago, that the then-Windows Mobile operating system was rather slick for its time. It gave Palm Inc.'s PalmOS a run for the money, and outclassed it on some levels. Then this computer maker in Cupertino came up with something that was both a smartphone and a music player and, well, you know what happened after that: Palm's smartphones receded into the dim mists of has-been-dom, and Windows Mobile similarly faded.

So this new operating system would have to be really slick and impressive to have a chance of winning customers, at least in my view. But Microsoft did that once before, making this a not-unreasonable hope.

Windows Phone 7.5 - please, Microsoft, come up with something catchier! - is good as far as it goes. The company says the focus is on the people with whom you connect: all the elements about your digital links to mom or your spouse or your boss are collected under their name and identity. If someone updates their Facebook status or tweets their approval of the new Caps manager, it shows up on your phone, provided you're linked to them in those ways.

It's a decent enough premise, if that's what you're looking for. On the apps side, you'll find a lot of things available on other phones (including an Amazon Kindle reading app), but you'll also find your music via Microsoft's Zune service. Zune is kind of like Apple Inc.'s iTunes, but without the critical mass or gravitas.

Thus, the question is whether you want your digital entertainment hitched to Microsoft's Zune star. That is something you'll want to think about carefully, especially compared with iTunes or Amazon.com's music downloads, which play on bunches of different devices.

The Galaxy SII, also from Samsung, has a massive 4.3-inch display screen, about 22 percent more display area than the iPhone, in a unit which is only slightly better. It runs the Android operating system.

This means two things: really poor battery life (in my opinion), and potential insecurities. I've mentioned before that Google seems far more lax in permitting apps to join the "Android Marketplace" than Apple does with its "App Store," and this concerns me, security-wise. The battery life issue can be ameliorated by adjusting some settings (killing wi-fi should save a fair amount) or by adding an external case from PowerSkin (www.power-skin.com) that contains its own rechargeable battery.

There are users who really, really love the Android platform. I'm not there yet, but if you are, the Galaxy SII is a compelling product worthy of consideration.

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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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