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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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

Will people really pay $800 for a SIM-unlocked iPhone 3G?

Will people really pay $800 for a SIM-unlocked iPhone 3G?

There are rumors of a new iPhone(s) coming in June around the time of the Apple WWDC and this seems to jive with the fact that you can now pick up a SIM-unlocked 16GB iPhone 3G for a low $799.99 from Buy.com. The iPhone is capable of software updates and will allow you to use it with AT&T or T-Mobile without any contract or rebate forms. I buy lots of phones from Buy.com, but $800 for an iPhone 3G is a bit out of my price range and really have to wonder how desparate Apple is to get rid of existing stock. If they were trying to dump stock I would think you could pick up an unlocked model for $600 or so with the AT&T subsidized ones running $200 and $300. This price seems a bit ridiculous to me, especially after I just recently found one on Howard Forums for $400. You can get them on ebay too for something like $500.

April 13, 2009 by in Banking

Clash of the Touch Titans: iPhone 3.0 3G vs Samsung OmniaHD S60 device

Clash of the Touch Titans: iPhone 3.0 3G vs Samsung OmniaHD S60 device

We have now taken a look at the iPhone 3G 3.0 and the Palm Pre, HTC Magic, and BlackBerry Storm. The iPhone, Pre, Magic, and Storm all have capacitive touch screens and the last one in my series with such a display is the Samsung OmniaHD. The Samsung OmniaHD (aka i8910) is the first S60-powered capacitive touch screen device following the Nokia 5800 and N97 resistive touch screen S60 devices. The use of capacitive displays generally makes for a better user experience, except when looking to use handwriting recognition or small stylus-optimized keyboards. The OmniaHD is also one of only a few S60 devices made by Samsung. Let's take a look at how the Samsung OmniaHD stacks up to the iPhone 3G running the 3.0 OS.

April 13, 2009 by in Hardware

Review: First look at the Nokia E75 messaging device

Review: First look at the Nokia E75 messaging device

The Nokia E71, see my review, is one of the best QWERTY smartphones on the market and everyone who holds it wants it because it feels so solid and is extremely powerful and functional. I think the E71x should be a popular handset with AT&T when it launches this month for only $100. Two Nokia Eseries devices, the E75 and E55, were announced in February at Mobile World Congress so my goal at CTIA last week was to hunt these two down and get some hands-on time. I found the Nokia E75 in black and red, but the E55 was nowhere to be found and one person at the Nokia booth told me this device was cancelled so I am still trying to find out what the status is regarding its existence. I was able to secure an E75 to evaluate and have been using it exclusively since last Thursday. Check out my image gallery for photos of the hardware and some software as well as my YouTube video below of the device in action.

April 7, 2009 by in Mobility

Clash of the Touch Titans: iPhone 3.0 3G vs RIM BlackBerry Storm

Clash of the Touch Titans: iPhone 3.0 3G vs RIM BlackBerry Storm

I have now written up my thoughts on the iPhone 3G vs. Palm Pre and iPhone 3G vs. HTC Magic so now it is time to move on to the RIM BlackBerry flagship product, the Storm. The BlackBerry Storm is currently the only RIM device with a touchscreen and thus fits in perfectly with our look at touchscreen focused devices. It also runs the latest version of the BlackBerry OS, version 4.7. 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 BlackBerry Storm 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.

April 7, 2009 by in iPhone

CTIA 09: Is the Palm Pre keyboard the Achilles heel of the device?

CTIA 09: Is the Palm Pre keyboard the Achilles heel of the device?

Since I didn't have a chance to see the Palm Pre in person and there are no review units out yet, I couldn't really pick a favorite in my first Clash of the Touch Titans article. Last week I was able to see the Pre in person and get my hands on it a bit. I shot a video of the Pre in action showing some 3rd party apps and overall user experience. I will say that the experience and some of the functionality look quite amazing. However, I was able to also get my hands on and enter text using the Pre keyboard and found it to be a major disappointment that may be the Achilles heel of the device. I find the onscreen keyboard on the iPhone to be much better than the Pre keyboard. So far we have only seen keyboard input as being the only way to enter text so you always have to switch to portrait mode to do this and my first impressions were not good. In the photos I saw before I actually touched it I thought it would be more of a Treo 800w or at least Treo Pro keyboard, but it is much more similar to the Palm Centro keyboard with rubber sticky keys/bumps set on a flat panel. The keyboard felt pretty cramped and I am sure I could get used to it over time since I do have magic thumbs, but Palm was always known for excellent Treo keyboards and to not put one of these types on this new flagship product may be an issue for many people.

April 5, 2009 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

CTIA 09: PalmOS Classic lets you run Palm OS apps on the Palm Pre

CTIA 09: PalmOS Classic lets you run Palm OS apps on the Palm Pre

Are you someone who has a ton of Palm OS apps and do not want to lose them if you upgrade to the Palm Pre? Palm previously said that Palm OS apps would not work on WebOS directly, but did leave it up to 3rd party developers to come up with a solution. As you can see in the video on PreCentral.net you will be good to go with the Palm OS emulator called Classic. Classic PalmOS emulator is from the folks at MotionApps and it actually looks pretty incredible. Applications run fast and may even be faster than what you see on many Palm OS devices today.

April 3, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

CTIA 09: Quickoffice brings Word & Excel view, edit, create to iPhone and it rocks!

CTIA 09: Quickoffice brings Word & Excel view, edit, create to iPhone and it rocks!

I spent some time with the folks at Quickoffice yesterday afternoon and had a chance to see their new Quickoffice for iPhone application in action. It has been submitted to the App Store and should be out next week. I have just three words for you when it appears in the App Store, GO BUY IT. There are some good applications on the iPhone, but I think this may be the best one yet and for someone who wants to actually get some work done it is awesome. It will be priced at $19.99, which is cheap for the product you are getting.

April 3, 2009 by in iPhone

CTIA 09: Hands-on with HTC Touch Pro2, Nokia E75, HTC Snap and more

CTIA 09: Hands-on with HTC Touch Pro2, Nokia E75, HTC Snap and more

In addition to meeting up with friends and developing relationships with mobile application developers, carriers, and manufacturers my favorite part of these trade shows is getting hands-on time with products. I was able to try out several that interest me, including the Samsung OMNIA HD, Nokia E75, Nokia N86, HTC Snap, HTC Touch Pro2, and HTC Diamond2. You can check out my image gallery and thoughts on these devices below. The order of my coverage below is from my personal favorite to least favorite.

April 2, 2009 by in Hardware

CTIA 09: DataViz announces Word/Excel software and push Exchange email for Android

CTIA 09: DataViz announces Word/Excel software and push Exchange email for Android

I have been disappointed by the lack of Android hardware news at CTIA, following the lack of news at Mobile World Congress, and am starting to wonder why it is taking so long for manufacturers to get on the Android train. There was one shining bit of news though that had me purchasing another application on the Android Market this morning. DataViz announced Documents To Go Standard and RoadSync beta for the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic. You can check out their new products and download both from the Android Market.

April 2, 2009 by in Mobility

CTIA 09: Walk through some 3rd party apps on the Palm Pre

CTIA 09: Walk through some 3rd party apps on the Palm Pre

The one device that I have not yet had a chance to see in person was the Palm Pre and all of that changed at the Mobile Focus event last night. Kevin Tofel and I were able to corner Matt Crowley, Palm product line manager for the Palm Pre, and he ran through some things on the Pre for us. I asked particularly about 3rd party applications because I haven't yet seen any in action. He showed us Fandango, NASCAR, and Amazon Music on the camera and then we also heard more about Pandora. Check out the video below to see these apps in action and then a walk through some of the other main features of the Palm Pre.

April 1, 2009 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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