Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 200 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Nokia Lumia 830, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, BlackBerry Passport, Sony Xperia Z3, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and many more, along with tons of accessories and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of "palmsolo".

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TouchDown Exchange Android app updated to version 3.0

TouchDown Exchange Android app updated to version 3.0

I've written about TouchDown for Google Android in the past and it is one of the best priced apps I have purchased for my T-Mobile G1. I actually popped my SIM card in my G1 yesterday morning and discovered there was an upgrade to TouchDown that brought it up to version 3.x. I then received an email from the company with all the details surrounding this latest upgrade. As I mentioned before in my TouchDown articles, the NitroDesk Inc. people have been regularly updating the application to make the Exchange experience better and better for Google Android devices.

April 23, 2009 by in Collaboration

Google optimizes Product Search for Android and iPhone browsers

Google optimizes Product Search for Android and iPhone browsers

Google develops and releases some outstanding mobile tools and according to the Official Google Mobile Blog you can now try out Google Product Search for Mobile that is an optimized website for the iPhone and Google Android web browsers. Simply go to Google on your device and then go to Product Search to see the results in the US and UK.

April 23, 2009 by in iPhone

Over 1 billion App Store downloads, AppReview helps you sort the 32,000+ apps

Over 1 billion App Store downloads, AppReview helps you sort the 32,000+ apps

Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners have now downloaded applications more than 1 billion times in the nine months that the App Store has been live. Anyway you slice it, that is a fantastic achievement. According to a well written TechCrunch article that works out to an average of about 27 apps per device. I personally have downloaded over a hundred different apps and some more than once so I probably account for at least a couple hundred downloads myself. There are still a few problems with the App Store and with something over 32,000 apps in the App Store it is a daunting task to find apps you need or want to try.

April 23, 2009 by in Mobility

Should the US government impose wireless fee limits like the EU?

Should the US government impose wireless fee limits like the EU?

Zack forwarded me a link to a rather interesting BBC News item on how the EU is setting caps on text messaging, data roaming, and voice calls. As a US wireless carrier subscriber I was a bit surprised to read that government officials are able to set maximum limits wireless carriers in the European Union can charge their subscribers for services. While these are limits, I imagine that carriers will try to secure subscribers by seeing who can get the furthest under this cap while still being profitable.

April 22, 2009 by in Collaboration

The iPhone is clearly the king of 3rd party apps

The iPhone is clearly the king of 3rd party apps

I just read a post over on The iPhone blog that links to the Read Write Web article on smartphone applications. Read Write Web states that the iPhone is king, smartphones are the new laptops, and iPhone applications can and do make money. The data shows that the iPhone is clearly and undisputably the king when it comes to mobile applications. The quality and content of the apps are the main reason I use my iPhone from time to time because the phone itself lacks functions I find much better on Windows Mobile and S60.

April 22, 2009 by in iPhone

Clash of the Touch Titans: iPhone 3.0 3G vs HTC Touch Diamond2

Clash of the Touch Titans: iPhone 3.0 3G vs HTC Touch Diamond2

This is the final article in my Clash of the Touch Titans articles after taking a look at the iPhone 3G 3.0 and the Palm Pre, HTC Magic, BlackBerry Storm, and Samsung OmniaHD. The iPhone, Pre, Magic, Storm, and OmniaHD all have capacitive touch screens while this last contender, the HTC Touch Diamond2, has a resistive touch display. As I wrote before, I laid out what we know of the iPhone 3G with 3.0 OS operating system in my first article so I won't repost all of that content here. I will run through each section for the HTC Touch Diamond2 and then offer my personal thoughts on how it compares to the iPhone 3G with 3.0 OS update on the last page of this feature. Next Monday I will post a wrap-up post that includes a spreadsheet comparing all five of these devices in simple to view format.

April 21, 2009 by in Mobility

Check out all the user guides for AT&T E71x, launching on 4 May

Check out all the user guides for AT&T E71x, launching on 4 May

The Nokia E71 is one of my favorite devices (check out my review) and I was pleased when Nokia revealed that AT&T would be carrying this device. I had a chance to get some hands-on time with it at CTIA and a tipster sent me all the user guides and information on the device to be posted on my Nokia Experts site. If you visit my post there you will find the full User Guide, Quick Start Guide, FAQs, and more, including an image that shows the E71x should be launched on May 4th.

April 20, 2009 by in Mobility

Image gallery: Quickoffice for iPhone has a couple major limiting issues

Image gallery: Quickoffice for iPhone has a couple major limiting issues

The iPhone is one of my favorite mobile devices, but the lack of Office document support is a bit limiting for those of us who need a device that lets us view, edit, and create documents and spreadsheets on the go. I was quite excited after seeing Quickoffice for the iPhone at CTIA. I talked with them about the upcoming product and some future updates already underway for the application. I have been checking iTunes regularly and finally saw it appear in the App Store so I went out and purchased it. Quickoffice is composted of Quicksheet, Quickword, and Quickoffice Files and you can actually purchase them separately if you like. After a couple hours of usage, I have to say Quicksheet is quite good and Quickword needs a couple of immediate updates. The application still shows how other mobile platforms are far ahead of the iPhone in some important areas (file structure/access and Office document support). Check out my image gallery for screenshots.

April 18, 2009 by in iPhone

Quickoffice for iPhone arrives in the App Store

Quickoffice for iPhone arrives in the App Store

I had a chance to sit down with the Quickoffice folks at CTIA and was extremely impressed with the application. Since you can never tell when applications will appear in the App Store I have been checking it every day and searching for Quickoffice. I was pleased to finally see it appear in the App Store (iTunes link) and immediately purchased it and installed it on my iPhone 3G. I will have a walk through video and review with several screenshots up as soon as I get a chance to spend more time with the application, but wanted to let you all know about it now so you could try it out too.

April 18, 2009 by in Mobility

Sorry Android fans, 21 April T-Mobile event focused on Sidekick LX

Sorry Android fans, 21 April T-Mobile event focused on Sidekick LX

I was getting all excited after reading about the upcoming T-Mobile 21 April event with just about everyone thinking it was going to be an Android launch event. I flew from Seattle to NY for one day for the G1 launch, but was not going to make the same trip for a G2 launch. Speculation then turned to a BlackBerry launch because RIM will be in London that same day for another event with T-Mobile. I received my invite today and can confirm it is a T-Mobile Sidekick Social Club event focused on the new Sidekick LX.

April 17, 2009 by in Mobility

New T-Mobile Sidekick LX to support Exchange ActiveSync

New T-Mobile Sidekick LX to support Exchange ActiveSync

My first wireless data device was the first T-Mobile Sidekick and I was pretty excited to be able to quickly bang out emails and instant messages on the device. T-Mobile just announced the latest and greatest Sidekick, the Sidekick LX, that will be the first 3G-enabled, GPS-toting Sidekick device that is still heavily focused on messaging and communications. It will be available in orchid and carbon colors and have several improvements over existing Sidekick devices. One of those improvements includes Exchange ActiveSync support so the Sidekick LX will actually be a device that could be used by the business user.

April 16, 2009 by in Collaboration

Will we ever see a SlingPlayer Mobile client for the iPhone?

Will we ever see a SlingPlayer Mobile client for the iPhone?

Sling Media showed off a version of SlingPlayer running on an iPhone just about a year ago and we still do not have a SlingPlayer Mobile client available to install. At first The Boy Genius Report stated that AT&T may have asked Apple to reject the application, but their sources then stated that Sling has not yet heard anything from Apple. So at this time, there still may be a SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone application coming down the pike. There has also been a bit of controversy surrounding the news that SlingPlayer on the iPhone will only work with the latest and greatest Slingbox products so many people will have to upgrade their Slingbox just to use the mobile application.

April 15, 2009 by in iPhone

RIM CEO confirms more touch products coming in the future

RIM CEO confirms more touch products coming in the future

Laptop Magazine had a chance to sit down with RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and posted this wrap-up of the interview the includes some vague discussion of future plans, thoughts on the iPhone, and feedback on BlackBerry App World. I recommend you check it out to read what the head of RIM is thinking about at this exciting time in the mobile space.

April 15, 2009 by in iPhone

Workout with your iPhone? Keep that headphone jack dry

Workout with your iPhone? Keep that headphone jack dry

Just about every mobile phone I have used has a moisture indicator somewhere in the battery compartment so a rain drop here and there is not going to void your warranty. I have never dropped a device in water and have never seen this indicator activated on a device before. If you have an iPhone though, you better take extra care to keep any water or moisture from getting into the headphone jack opening where the indicator is located. Since the iPhone has no removable battery or battery compartment Apple decided to place the indicator in a poor location that is actually quite easy to get moisture into. If you use your iPhone to work out you could easily have sweat drip into the opening or if you walk in the rain a drop could easily slide down your headphone cable and into the opening. CNN reported that people are now discovering how sensitive the iPhone can be to moisture.

April 14, 2009 by in Hardware

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