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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Soonr and Evernote sync documents to the cloud for iPhone access

Soonr and Evernote sync documents to the cloud for iPhone access

The big news today regarding the Apple iPhone seems to be the launch of Soonr (PDF news release). Soonr is an iPhone application that lets you access and view documents stored in the cloud. You cannot edit or create documents on the iPhone since that functionality is not yet available, but you can share them with others and print to a remote printer from your iPhone. Evernote also recently launched their file syncing capability. Is one better than the other or are both services valuable for iPhone users?

January 5, 2009 by in iPhone

Review: BodyGuardz T-Mobile G1 Google Android skin

Review: BodyGuardz T-Mobile G1 Google Android skin

I am pretty happy with my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device and something I have been doing lately with my touch screen only devices like the original iPhone is using the plastic film skins. I like using these types of cases because they give you full functionality, excellent protection, and don't take away from the sleek design of the device. I tried the BodyGuardz transparent skin on my T-Mobile G1 and after several weeks of usage the skin is performing flawlessly. You can find several images of the skin on my G1 in the image gallery.

January 5, 2009 by in Mobility

Nokia was the world's largest computer maker in 2008

Nokia was the world's largest computer maker in 2008

The tech community is gearing up for CES and Macworld Expo 2009 events this week and it is expected there will be new from the large computer makers, Apple, HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc. However, did you know that Nokia is now the world's largest computer maker with 13.8% of market share? HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, Lenovo, RIM, and Toshiba follow in the stats. These numbers only include the Nokia smartphones and not all of the Nokia mobile phones (Series 40 phones are quite powerful too, but not included) or devices (Nokia Internet Tablets are not included), which would increase their numbers even more.

January 4, 2009 by in Microsoft

Quick iPhone app review: craigsphone craigslist application lets you create and view posts

Quick iPhone app review: craigsphone craigslist application lets you create and view posts

As I have written many times, I am a huge 3rd party application fan and can't help loading up my original iPhone with applications to try out. One of the latest applications that I find very useful for the iPhone is craigsphone. craigsphone brings craigslist to your iPhone and unlike the other craigslist applications on the iPhone App Store you can actually create and post an ad right from your iPhone on the go. You can take a photo with your iPhone and include it in your ad so there is no reason to create another post without a photo.

January 4, 2009 by in iPhone

Does the new Palm Nova device have a slider keyboard and large touchscreen?

Does the new Palm Nova device have a slider keyboard and large touchscreen?

It should be a big week of news with MacWorld and CES taking place and one of the most anticipated announcements surrounds Palm and what they will be revealing on Thursday. CrunchGear just posted some thoughts on the possible new Nova device that we may see this week. According to their source, the new OS is "amazing" and "iPhone-like". Speculation is that the device may have a slider display that reveals a Treo-esque keyboard. As a fan of the Palm Treo Pro and older Treo devices I would find a slider of this design very compelling.

January 4, 2009 by in Mobility

First impressions of the Nokia N85 with OLED display and solid construction

First impressions of the Nokia N85 with OLED display and solid construction

I briefly tried out the Nokia N82 and N78 and while I thought they were both good devices, I still enjoyed using the N95 and N81 8GB more. I then saw the OLED display on the Samsung I7710 S60 device and fell in love with the brightness and true colors. The new Nokia N85 has an OLED screen so I ordered one for myself as soon as the North American version was available. I've now had it for over a week and have to say it is the BEST Nseries device I have used and I am very happy with my purchase. There are a couple of things that could still be improved, but I think it will be the next most popular S60 device that takes the top spot from the N95.

January 1, 2009 by in Hardware

Recommeded improvements to each mobile OS to reach perfection

Recommeded improvements to each mobile OS to reach perfection

As a mobile phone enthusiast I always seem to be on the hunt for the "perfect" device and while many devices come very close there always seems to be a few features that keep a device from perfection. I've been using the Nokia N85 (first impressions coming later this week) for a few days and as we close out 2008 I thought it would be interesting to go through each mobile operating system and post what I think is the best device for each, along with what I would like to see to make the device "perfect" for me.

December 30, 2008 by in Mobility

SlingPlayer Mobile beta for BlackBerry now available to try

SlingPlayer Mobile beta for BlackBerry now available to try

Sling Media announced that a SlingPlayer Mobile client for BlackBerry devices would be coming out as a public beta and it is now available for download. Visit mobile.slingmedia.com/ from your BlackBerry browser to install it since there is no desktop installer for the software. Officially supported devices are the Pearl 8120, Pearl Flip 8220, Curve 8320, BlackBerry 8820, Curve 8900, and Bold 9000. I understand that the EDGE-only devices will also work, but performance won't be as good as you will find on a 3G BlackBerry device. You also need to have BlackBerry OS 4.5 or later to run the software.

December 29, 2008 by in BlackBerry

Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?

Reflecting on the mobile devices of 2008, what was your favorite?

I find my look back at 2007 post to be a good resource/index for my reviews and enjoyed checking out the poll results from you all. Thus, I am posting the same type of article for 2008. This Smartphones and Cell Phones blog just kicked off in September so many of the reviews listed below were posted on my Mobile Gadgeteer blog. More software reviews were added this year and I decided to list some of my favorite applications that I reviewed here too in this 2008 wrap-up. Some "award" titles were again assigned and then I am ending with a list of devices I look forward to checking out in 2009.

December 28, 2008 by in Microsoft

Nokia Email unable to connect issue solved on my new Nokia N85

Nokia Email unable to connect issue solved on my new Nokia N85

After seeing my buddy Rafe's OLED display on the new Samsung I7710 S60 device I pulled the trigger on a new Nokia N85 when the North American versions became available last week. I found a decent deal at Newegg and trust them so I placed my order and to my delight it arrived on Tuesday, the 23rd. One of the first things I loaded up was the Nokia Email client, but unfortunately I kept getting an "Unable to connect with information provided." error and tried to connect for the last few days without any success.

December 26, 2008 by in Collaboration

iPhone nano rumor gains more traction with XSKN case availability

iPhone nano rumor gains more traction with XSKN case availability

As we approach CES and Macworld Expo in January, the rumors of what we may see announced start to fly around. A couple weeks ago, Jason posted about the rumor of the iPhone nano. Today, Gear Live posted some more indications that the iPhone nano may be an actual device thanks to a case maker. XSKN revealed the iPhone 3G last year and it looks like they may have jumped the gun on the iPhone nano as well. You can actually order one of these cases (there are several color variations) for US$24.95.

December 26, 2008 by in iPhone

T-Mobile G1 posts topped the charts of 2008

T-Mobile G1 posts topped the charts of 2008

With news being slow as we wrap up 2008 and head into 2009 with some possible big news coming from CES I thought you may be interested in hearing about the top posts of 2008. Looking at both pageviews and comments, it was interesting to see that the T-Mobile G1 was in 5 of the top 10 posts. BlackBerry news was popular in the top posts too with only one iPhone post making it in the top 10. I was pleased to see that my Nokia E71 review was number 3 in pageviews since I think this is a fantastic device priced reasonably low for an unlocked phone.

December 25, 2008 by in BlackBerry

TeleNav GPS Navigator now available for the BlackBerry Storm

TeleNav GPS Navigator now available for the BlackBerry Storm

It is tough not to compare the Apple iPhone with the BlackBerry Storm, but one distinguishing functionality that is available and made even better today is voice-guided GPS navigation on the Storm. TeleNav just announced that TeleNav GPS Navigator is now available for the BlackBerry Storm. With the large 3.25 inch 480x360 pixel resolution display the Storm could easily serve as an in-car navigation device.

December 23, 2008 by in Banking

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