I was working on some reviews this weekend and took a look at all of the devices in my current collection and started reflecting back on my mobile device history. Mickey recently asked me about my PDA/phone history on TCPJ Unlocked Show #004 and I thought a few of you may be interested in seeing what devices I have owned over the years. The list I put together shows 84 mobile devices (PDAs and phones) and I think I was able to recall all of them.
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Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, and Windows.
Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on 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 over 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 1520, 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".
We had a list of several topics for consideration in our latest show, but with the big news of the T-Mobile G1 Android release it was tough not to spend most of MobileTechRoundup show #148 discussing the release. James, Kevin, and I each gave our take on the device and why James and I have both already ordered one. We spent a couple minutes talking about the incredible Celio REDFLY $199 deal that is going on. Kevin also stated why he thinks now is a good time for Apple to enter the netbook market, what do you think?
I just wrote about web browser alternatives for Windows Mobile devices and then I read over at Pocket PC Thoughts that the Microsoft Deepfish web browser preview project has been cancelled. You can read all about it on the Deepfish website. If you are using it on your device now be aware that the service will be discontinued on September 31, 2008. (Wait a second Microsoft, there are only 30 days in September so are you saying that Deepfish will never be discontinued now?)
I talked about the Skyfire browser back in January and tried it on a couple of devices over the last few months. I read on Brighthand that the private beta has been expanded to a public beta so that anyone can download and try it out. Simply visit the Skyfire site and sign up. What browser do you use with Windows Mobile?
One of the primary concerns I mentioned in my T-Mobile G1 Android first impressions was the embracing of the Google Android platform by developers. The key to the success of the Android and the G1 is not the hardware, but the software and the developers need to be there to enhance the entire experience. I mentioned needing an Office Suite for enterprise users to even consider using an Android device and just received word from my QuickOffice contact that they have been working on an Android-compatible product that is in the advanced stages of development and sent me an official statement.
As a long time T-Mobile customer and gadget geek I was so excited about the Google Android device that I flew out to NY from Seattle for the launch event for just 1 day. I wrote up some coverage during the event and then spent almost 2 hours playing with the T-Mobile G1 device. I have to say that the press event was a bit underwhelming and a bit disappointing when you compare it to Nokia and Apple press events I have been, primarily due to the short statements and limited content. However, they did an excellent job in providing a LOT of devices for us to play with and no one had to leave without getting as much hands-on time as they wanted.
I spent the last few years flying all over the place and have lots of airline miles so I decided to go a bit crazy and fly out to New York for the day to cover the T-Mobile Google Android announcement taking place here this morning. I plan to post updates to this post throughout the event (assuming I can get connectivity) and afterwards as I hope to get some hands-on time with the device.
It has been over 2 months since I wrote up my first impressions of the Nokia E71. At that time I was getting flooded with review and purchased devices such as the Palm Treo Pro, Samsung OMNIA, Touch Diamond, Treo 800w, MWg Zinc II, iPhone 3G and loads of applications with iPhone 2.0, Touch Diamond updates, and the iPAQ 910. Most of those devices are gone now, but the one that keeps earning the honor of carrying my AT&T SIM card is the Nokia E71. The fantastic hardware, valuable notifications on the standby screen, outstanding 3rd party application support, and form factor keep it in my pocket most of the time.
My T-Mobile SIM is living in my BlackBerry Curve and it is tough to get away from the excellent QWERTY keyboard and support for 3rd party applications (TwitterBerry, Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, Gmail) and email that I find quite valuable. We have seen rumors, news, and photos of the BlackBerry Bold and Storm and I have to admit I was a bit confused about whether the Javelin was just another name for the Bold since they look very similar in photos and I didn't dive into the details. CrackBerry posted a detailed first look at the Javelin and starts off with some Javelin history that I found particularly helpful.
Sascha Segan posted a new article today detailing some very interesting thoughts on the HTC manufactured Dream Android device that is being announced tomorrow by T-Mobile in New York. He discusses something that James, Kevin, and I talked about on MobileTechRoundup show #142 where the lines are blurred between smartphones and feature phones and Sascha stated that there will no longer be a label of "feature phones" in the future and phones will just be considered to have lower end and higher end operating systems. Once LG and Samsung come to market with their Android devices in 2009, then we will see if Android is the real deal.
One aspect of the Apple iPhone that I can't stand is the lack of quickly viewable notifications and I am actually very surprised that Apple doesn't have a better system in place on the device. Then again, I think the notification system for most mobile operating systems can be improved. On the iPhone, the notifications appear for a few seconds and then disappear. You then see a notification indicator on the text messages, email, and phone icons, but you have to go into each application and sometimes you may not even have that application on the visible "home screen". According to MacRumors Apple has filed a patent application for a cool new notification screen. It is a bit strange that a patent would be needed for something like this that even basic feature phones already use in some manner.
At the beginning of this week HTC announced three new Touch Windows Mobile devices. There is now a video of the HTC Touch HD up on YouTube, inserted below, that shows it in action in comparison to the Samsung OMNIA and iPhone 3G. As pointed out by Ryan Block on the latest episode of the GDGT podcast, the dimensions of the HTC Touch HD are EXACTLY the same as the iPhone 3G and this can't just be a coincidence.
I usually have a pretty good idea of the rumors surrounding mobile devices, but I was caught completely by surprise with the news of the Nokia E72 and E75 that was posted over at Symbian Freak today. The E72 is the first Nokia device to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard much like several Windows Mobile devices (Touch Pro, HTC Vox, and new HTC S740) while the E75 looks like an upgrade to the E71.
Palm just posted their Q1 FY09 results on their investor relations site and they continue to experience challenges in the mobile space. TreoCentral has a post comparing the numbers from last quarter and they show that the loss was less and the revenue more this quarter so there is a slight positive sign there. Palm is hosting a conference call on the results and will probably talk about the continued success of the Centro and the newly released Treo 800w that should be coming soon to Verizon.
While it remains to be seen whether or not the Seinfeld/Gates Microsoft ads are effective, funny, or stupid, mobile phone companies are getting quite creative with their advertising and I have to say I am liking what I am seeing. Sony Ericsson kicked off their recent Johnny X video promotion for the SE XPERIA X1 launch. Today we see the launch of the new Nokia Legends campaign that I personally think is very cool.