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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 Nov. 7, 2008 / 9 Mar-Cheshvan 5769

T-Mobile Offers Google's iPhone Rival

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If you're wondering whether you should buy the new T-Mobile G1, the handheld phone/e-mail device running the "Android" operating system, or pay $20 more for a basic Apple iPhone, here's a definitive answer: it depends.


The new G1, available for $179 after a massive $220 "instant discount" that is likely tied to your remaining a T-Mobile customer for a spell, is a remarkable achievement for T-Mobile, for Google and for HTC, the Taiwan-based hardware maker. But it's not an iPhone clone or even an iPhone killer. That doesn't mean you should dismiss the G1, but anyone contemplating either phone should view each realistically.


The G1 is a boon for T-Mobile because it helps the cellular carrier achieve a niche in the market. Yes, T-Mobile has Research in Motion's BlackBerry devices, and yes, they've had a wide range of interesting phones, PDAs and hybrids, the "Sidekick" being the most notable. But the G1 puts T-Mobile in a new category, by offering a device that can take pictures, handle e-mail, browse the Web, make calls — and do it all in an integrated fashion.


It's an accomplishment for Google because the "Android" software is supposed to be open source, and thus adaptable and improvable by many people, including those outside of Google. In theory, this should mean more applications for the Android more quickly, and more devices for the software to use, such as "netbooks," and other "smart" gadgets. This is, I believe, the first time Google has launched an operating system, and while there have been some concerns expressed about security vulnerabilities, overall "Android" is a great achievement.


And, finally, it's a win for HTC. I trashed — and, I believe, rightly — the AT&T Tilt, which was also made by HTC, because its "rough edges" outweighed its plusses. Indeed, two colleagues who had the phones dumped them, and happily.


But this G1, which has a slide-up screen and keyboard similar to the Tilt, performs better. Typing is better, the display is clearer and overall, it's a better product, with one glaring exception that I'll discuss in a moment. Battery life seems to be good, and the unit includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections; there's no jack for a headphone or headphone/microphone combo, though, and that's a negative. Not everyone wants to use Bluetooth headsets, after all.


The G1 offers music, via Amazon's MP3 service, but it doesn't seem easy to load your own music. It offers 3-megapixel photos, but the camera was an underperformer in low light, despite claims to the contrary. Toe-to-toe with the iPhone, it was the Apple device that shot a better picture in low light, and by a wide margin. That's a big problem, in my view.


Where the Android software shines is in its integration with Google. If your contact list and e-mail are Google-branded, you're going to love this phone. Enter your user name and password, and you've got your e-mal. It's possible to add your own e-mail accounts, but apparently not in the integrated manner in which the iPhone now adapts to Microsoft Exchange, which is the dominant corporate e-mail system. This is something that needs to be addressed, and pronto.


I also had a bit of a hard time finding applications for the G1; so far, there aren't many. Granted, it took Apple a year to add resident applications to the iPhone, but Google has had enough time in developing Android: this is another area that needs work.


The iPhone's strengths have long been discussed here, and they make the device a winner for many, many users. That said, some folks may prefer the G1's form factor, price structure and network. For them, and perhaps for the future, the G1 and other Android-based devices bear watching.

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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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