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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Nokia E71x to launch on AT&T on 24 March?

Nokia E71x to launch on AT&T on 24 March?

My current favorite Nokia device is the Nokia E71 (see my review) and I think it is the BEST S60 device I have every owned. It is sleek, solid, and a superb performer with only the camera serving as the weak point of the device. The Boy Genius Report has information that the E71x may finally be coming to the United States through a wireless carrier with a 24 March rumored launch on AT&T for US$199.99 after rebate and contract.

March 20, 2009 by in Mobility

Update: RIM has nearly twice the Apple share, gap should continue to grow

Update: RIM has nearly twice the Apple share, gap should continue to grow

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about the US smartphone market and in particular RIM (I may go buy a T-Mobile Curve 8900 soon) so it was quite timely when I read the excellent article from Michael Mace titled Watch out for RIM. I wanted to offer some of my thoughts concerning the US smartphone market and why RIM is the current leader and the one I think has the potential to move faster than Apple and others moving forward. The latest Gartner worldwide numbers show that RIM is number two, behind Nokia, with almost double the market share of Apple. I haven't seen any US specific numbers, but with the long history of BlackBerry devices here in the US I imagine their market share percentage in the US may be even great than double that of Apple.

March 19, 2009 by in Hardware

Should Villanueva have posted to Twitter during NBA halftime?

Should Villanueva have posted to Twitter during NBA halftime?

Twitter popularity is growing and you can now find several celebrities and sports stars using this social networking service. It seems that Charlie Villanueva took it a bit far last week as he posted a Tweet at halftime of a NBA game. Villanueva is a player for the Milwaukee Bucks and the coach wasn't too happy with the Tweet being made during the game as he wants players to stay focused on the game and not be distracted. Twitter definitely can be a distraction and I have to make sure to turn off the stream when I need to crack down and get work done.

March 19, 2009 by in Social Enterprise

Follow all the March Madness action on your mobile phone

Follow all the March Madness action on your mobile phone

In a couple more hours that yearly tradition that we fondly call March Madness tips off with in office brackets and rabid fans cheering on their teams (go UW Huskies!). I thought it would be helpful to pull together a quick list of how you can follow your favorite teams on your smartphone devices.

March 19, 2009 by in Mobility

Three more HTC Google Android devices coming in 2009

Three more HTC Google Android devices coming in 2009

I wrote up a comprehensive review of the T-Mobile G1 back in October and use the device a few times a month to see what is new and interesting in the Android space. I LOVE the notifications on the Android platform and this feature alone is almost compelling enough for me to suffer through the poor battery life and miserable memory management issues. I think the current hardware is targeted more at the mobile phone geek rather than the end consumer, but was pleased to read that three new HTC Android devices will arrive in 2009.

March 18, 2009 by in Mobility

Where is the excitement and buzz for the Android Market?

Where is the excitement and buzz for the Android Market?

I pop my T-Mobile SIM card into my T-Mobile G1 about once a week to see if there is anything interesting going on in the Android Market and I have to say there is not much that really excites me after almost 6 months of using the device. One of the reasons I purchased my G1 was because of the speculation and hype that the "open" nature of the Android OS would have developers churning out applications and taking the device to the next level. There were some excellent free applications available at or soon after launch, such as ShopSavvy, imeem Music, Bonsai Blast, PacMan, and The Weather Channel with the hope that priced applications would bring even more goodness to the platform. I personally have a few reasons that I have been hesitant to purchase applications from the Android Market and am curious if other G1 owners feel the same.

March 18, 2009 by in Developer

Best free apps for smartphones

Best free apps for smartphones

I subscribe to a couple of actual magazines and was just reading through Laptop this past weekend and found a very helpful article that I though readers here may enjoy. I am a major 3rd party application fan on my mobile devices and enjoyed reading the Best Free Smartphone Apps article in the magazine. You can view an online version of the article that also includes some recommend priced applications for the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry platforms. I posted my own S60 best apps on Nokia Experts to complete the mobile platform roundup.

March 16, 2009 by in Hardware

MobileTechRoundup show #165, iPhone 3.0, Palm Pre, smartphone market share

MobileTechRoundup show #165, iPhone 3.0, Palm Pre, smartphone market share

Apple is announcing the iPhone 3.0 software next week and James, Kevin, and myself kick off MobileTechRoundup show #165 about what we think may be in this update. Palm and Sprint held their Palm Pre webcast this week and you just may find all three of the MoTR guys with a new Sprint line when the Pre comes out so listen to the show to hear why we are all considering it. The 4th quarter 2008 smartphone numbers are in and I tried to stand up for Nokia even though their numbers continue to fall. James is also pleased to find eReader now on the BlackBerry platform.

March 13, 2009 by in Hardware

New wireless carrier to offer unlimited VoIP and data for $70

New wireless carrier to offer unlimited VoIP and data for $70

Tired of your traditional wireless carrier here in the US and looking for a change? Sascha Segan reports that a new wireless carrier will be launching soon with no phone calls going over the GSM voice network. Calls from the ZERO1 Mobile network will all be VoIP calls made with their proprietary VoIP application that will first be available on Windows Mobile 6 handsets. You will be able to get unlimited data and VoIP calls for US$69.95 per month on a month-to-month basis with no contract or credit check required.

March 12, 2009 by in Mobile OS

Cupcake update may be coming to the G1 Android device in April

Cupcake update may be coming to the G1 Android device in April

I wrote a couple of times about the upcoming cupcake update for the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device and it now looks like this updated may be coming to us in April. According to Pocket-lint T-Mobile confirmed to them that the update is coming to G1 owners soon. There was no confirmation on the rumored G2 that may also be coming in April, but I will be at CTIA later this month and we may see more news about this non-keyboard device then.

March 11, 2009 by in Mobility

Windows Mobile does better than iPhone in 4th quarter 2008

Windows Mobile does better than iPhone in 4th quarter 2008

Back in December we saw Gartner's 3rd quarter 2008 report on the world smartphone market with Nokia showing its first decline in sales. Today, Gartner released the 4th quarter 2008 data and Nokia continues to show a decline in market share. Compared to the same quarter in 2007 Nokia is down from 50.9% to 40.8%. Apple went from 5.2% in 2007 to 10.7% in 2008 while RIM also saw an increase from 10.9% to 19.5%. HTC also saw a minor increase from 3.7% to 4.3%.

March 11, 2009 by in CXO

Is Nokia's focus on services keeping them out of the US?

Is Nokia's focus on services keeping them out of the US?

I wrote about the Nokia announcements made this morning and then I was interviewed for a few minutes on KCBS about the announcements as they pertain to the Nokia Music Store. The questions focused on looking at the world's largest phone maker and asking if there is any threat to Apple and the iTunes store. I tried to answer as best as I could, but there are a lot of unknowns about Nokia in the US. The interview and this mornings announcements gave me a chance to think a bit more about Nokia, their services, and US marketshare and I am now more depressed than before about the prospects for Nokia here.

March 11, 2009 by in Mobility

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