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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Opera Mini serves up 1 petabyte of data in January 2009

Opera Mini serves up 1 petabyte of data in January 2009

Even though I have mobile phones with powerful web browsers, such as the G1 browser and S60 browser, I still go back to using Opera Mini the majority of the time. I like that I can login to my Opera Link account and have the same bookmarks on every device I use with no real effort on my part. I also find the speed to be excellent and the shortcuts and viewability to be extremely useful and attractive. On my G1 I can cache data to the storage card while the integrated browser consumes all of my onboard memory. Opera just released their latest State of the Mobile Web report for January 2009. Usage of Opera Mini went up 12.2% to 20 million unique users.

February 24, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Review: T-Mobile Samsung Memoir 8 megapixel camera phone

Review: T-Mobile Samsung Memoir 8 megapixel camera phone

The line between feature phones and smartphones continues to blur and in some cases we are seeing feature phones that are more powerful than smartphones. T-Mobile and Samsung now have the Memoir available for US$249.99 after mail-in rebate (US$50) and T-Mobile contract of minimum service. The major distinguishing feature of the Memoir is that it has an 8 megapixel digital camera with Xenon flash and if you look at the phone you may actually think it is a camera more than a phone. I have been playing with the Memoir for a few hours and post some thoughts on it below, along with a small image gallery and video of the new phone.

February 24, 2009 by in Mobility

imeem Mobile for the G1 adds ability to serve up your own music collection

imeem Mobile for the G1 adds ability to serve up your own music collection

As I mentioned shortly after the Android Market was up and running imeem Mobile was, and still is, one of my favorite Google Android applications. I had an update notice on my G1 this morning, this is provided in the latest firmware update, for imeem Mobile and after that received a press release announcing this latest update. This new version of imeem Mobile includes MyMusic, "Favorite" stations, and the ability to share songs with a friend.

February 23, 2009 by in Mobility

Pantech Matrix Pro available from AT&T

Pantech Matrix Pro available from AT&T

The Pantech Matrix Pro was just recently announced and is already available for purchase from AT&T. Both Brighthand and Mobile Tech Review have reviews of the device posted already to give you personal perspectives on using this new Windows Mobile Standard (non-touch screen) device. The Pantech Duo launched in early 2008 as a low cost touch screen Windows Mobile device so it is interesting that the follow-up device moves to a non-touch screen model. Both have the interesting dual slider (keypad in portrait and QWERTY keyboard in landscape) that makes these devices quick unique and also a bit thick.

February 23, 2009 by in Mobility

MWC 09: Documents To Go and RoadSync demoed on T-Mobile G1

MWC 09: Documents To Go and RoadSync demoed on T-Mobile G1

I posted about the Quickoffice viewer for the Google Android G1 device and was disappointed that it is currently only a viewer application. Dieter had a chance to swing by the DataViz booth and saw Docs To Go and RoadSync on the Google Android platform demoed. Documents To Go has editing for Word and Excel documents and is targeted for release in March.

February 18, 2009 by in Mobility

Is the Android Market 24 hour refund policy acceptable for app trials?

Is the Android Market 24 hour refund policy acceptable for app trials?

One issue many people have with the iPhone App Store is the lack of trial versions that force you to pay for an application even if you are not sure it will do what you need or want it too. Many developers have created Lite versions that act as trial versions and are available for free. According to Android Central the Android Market's new paid applications can be purchased and used for 24 hours with a return policy if the application doesn't live up to expectations.

February 18, 2009 by in Mobility

MWC 09: DataViz shows Documents To Go on iPhone with copy and paste

MWC 09: DataViz shows Documents To Go on iPhone with copy and paste

We knew that DataViz was going to demo their Documents To Go product at MWC for the Apple iPhone and Dieter Bohn had a chance to sit down with them and get a live demo of the product in action on an iPhone. At this time Word document editing is working with Excel editing still not quite there yet. Their product will provide Word and Excel support along with PDF viewing. They also do have cut and paste support within the application.

February 18, 2009 by in Collaboration

MWC 09: Nokia Ovi Store better than Apple App Store?

MWC 09: Nokia Ovi Store better than Apple App Store?

Dieter Bohn is working hard at Mobile World Congress this week and stopped by to chat with the folks at Nokia about the upcoming Ovi Store. While the press release I wrote about had a few details, such as the "social location" functionality, Dieter was able to find out many more details about the application store. Dieter even stated that it was better than the Apple iPhone App Store, which is saying something since Dieter is still learning about Nokia and the S60 platform and has an iPhone.

February 17, 2009 by in Apple

MWC 09: Nokia and Adobe announce $10 million Open Source Project fund

MWC 09: Nokia and Adobe announce $10 million Open Source Project fund

One of the first things people generally ask about when you mention mobile web browsers is, Does it support Flash? Today, very limited support for Flash content is provided on mobile web browsers, but the new Nokia devices do have Flash Lite support. Nokia and Adobe made a joint announcement at Mobile World Congress for the $10 million Open Source Project fund that is designed to help developers create applications and services for mobile, desktop, and consumer electronics devices using the Adobe Flash Platform. This new fund is part of the Open Screen Project, which has more than 20 industry partners.

February 17, 2009 by in Mobility

MWC 09: Quickoffice for Android announced, viewer only

MWC 09: Quickoffice for Android announced, viewer only

I was all excited to hear more details about the QuickOffice and Documents To Go clients for Android at Mobile World Congress, but was let down a bit when I saw the QuickOffice announcement. I was expecting that these applications would support full Office functionality, but the QuickOffice client is a viewer only for Word and Excel files. It remains to be seen what DataViz can do with Documents To Go.

February 17, 2009 by in Collaboration

MWC 09: Nokia and Skype announce partnership, fring wins award and gives you Skype now on S60

MWC 09: Nokia and Skype announce partnership, fring wins award and gives you Skype now on S60

There are currently a few applications on Nokia S60 devices that let you use Skype, such as fring, iSkoot, and Skype Lite, but there has not yet been an official full Skype client on S60 devices yet. Skype Lite works with the cellular network and Skype Out to provide you with limited service. Today Nokia and Skype announced a partnership that will bring Skype to Nokia devices, starting with the Nseries and in particular the N97. This won't happen until the 3rd quarter of 2009. fring gives you Skype access now on S60 devices.

February 17, 2009 by in Microsoft

MWC 09: Microsoft announces My Phone service and Marketplace for Mobile

MWC 09: Microsoft announces My Phone service and Marketplace for Mobile

Microsoft had several parts to its Mobile World Congress announcement, including the Windows Mobile 6.5 update, Windows Marketplace for Mobile, and My Phone service. I've been given beta access to My Phone, but since I am on a cruise vacation at the moment (I know I shouldn't be working, but this is the week of MWC) I won't be able to try it out and report on it until next week. In the meantime, check out what Chris Leckness is currently experiencing with the service. So far he likes what he sees with it, but I have also read other discussions asking how much different it really is than the Dashwire service.

February 16, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

MWC 09: Nokia announces N86 with 8 megapixel camera

MWC 09: Nokia announces N86 with 8 megapixel camera

It always seems to happen just after I buy a device that another successor is announced that has me rethinking my purchase. I recently purchased a North American Nokia N85, which I think is the best Nseries device I have ever used. Nokia announced the N86 with an 8 megapixel camera that has the same dual slider form factor as the N85, N95, and N96. The 8 megapixel camera includes Carl Zeiss optics, of course, and duel LED flash. 8GB of internal memory is provided for storing your photos and videos with an additional microSD card slot for even more memory capacity.

February 16, 2009 by in Hardware

MWC 09: BOLT browser moves to public beta phase

MWC 09: BOLT browser moves to public beta phase

The mobile browser field is getting more and more crowded as companies look to users of the internet on the go. In looking at proxy-based browsers where all the heavy lifting is done on the server we currently have Opera Mini leading the pack with Skyfire in public beta. Today at Mobile World Congress, the BOLT browser moved into public beta. This browser was in private beta from January 15th until now and I tried it on a couple of my phones and found it to be acceptable, but not something I would choose over Opera Mini. The browser has gone through some updates though and is now available as version .86 that is significantly improved over the initial .73 build.

February 16, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

MWC 09: Windows Mobile 6.5 disappoints, where's the beef?

MWC 09: Windows Mobile 6.5 disappoints, where's the beef?

Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6.5 today at Mobile World Congress in Spain and as a fan of the Windows Mobile OS, I have to say I am pretty disappointed with the update and the 9+ months we have to wait to actually see it on any device. I have seen a few demos of 6.5 in action and in my opinion it just adds the UI enhancements we saw on Standard (non-touch screen) devices with Windows Mobile 6.1 and makes it more finger friendly. There is also an improved web browser (Opera Mobile already gives us a superior browsing experience) and some services that will be supported on 6.5 devices. I am sure we will see some cool devices come out in late 2009, but honestly there is nothing I see here that compels me to start saving up to run out and buy a Windows Mobile device.

February 15, 2009 by in Mobility

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