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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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

Nokia announces three new music-focused phones for Q3

Nokia announces three new music-focused phones for Q3

Earlier this morning Nokia announced three new music-focused devices, but unfortunately there were no announcements made about rolling out the Nokia Music Store or Comes With Music service in the US. Mexico was one of the countries where the Nokia Music Store was announced today so Nokia is moving into North America. Keep in mind there is a difference between the Nokia Music Store and Comes With Music with the Comes With Music store generally following Music Store rollouts and being in far fewer countries at this time.

March 10, 2009 by in Banking

Dilbert explains why we love our mobile phones

Dilbert explains why we love our mobile phones

Readers here know that I have used tons of mobile phones over my history in the mobile space. I can always be found with at least one smartphone with me and am still ROTFL after reading the Dilbert comic that popped up in my RSS feeds this morning.

March 10, 2009 by in Telcos

Sleek HTC S740 impresses reviewers with power and battery life

Sleek HTC S740 impresses reviewers with power and battery life

I took a look at the HTC S740 in December and still regularly use this non-touchscreen device because I think it is an excellent device with great form factor, long battery life, and cool text entry methods. The upcoming Nokia E75 actually uses this same type of form factor so I thought readers may want to check out a couple more reviews of this HTC device.

March 10, 2009 by in Mobility

Motorola announces new MC55 enterprise digital assistant

Motorola announces new MC55 enterprise digital assistant

Enterprise devices running Windows Mobile are quite common in the retail, healthcare, field service, and government spaces.Motorola announced their latest enterprise digital assistant (EDA), the MC55, that is the smallest and lightest such device with a 3.5 inch color touch screen display. There are two models available, one with and one without cellular capability, to fit the needs of the enterprise customer.

March 9, 2009 by in Mobility

TouchDown provides push email for the T-Mobile G1 Android device

TouchDown provides push email for the T-Mobile G1 Android device

I've written about TouchDown for the Google Android a couple of times (here and here) and as I have said in those posts it gets better and better on a regular basis. I have been using beta versions and the latest available beta supports PUSH email, ability to send attachments, device-local drafts, and more. The folks at NitroDesk, Inc. were able to sign a licensing agreement with Microsoft to support direct push capability through Exchange ActiveSync. I think this is one of the first products for the G1 that provides this functionality, even though a couple others are working on it as well.

March 8, 2009 by in Security

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