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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White T-Mobile G1 appearing, same lame keyboard lighting as the brown one?

White T-Mobile G1 appearing, same lame keyboard lighting as the brown one?

It looks like the white T-Mobile G1 is starting to appear in stores for those who don't like the black or brown models. However, after first checking out the brown model, getting my own black model, and seeing the pictures of the white one I would highly advise that you first try one out in the store before buying one yourself. The brown and white keyboards have orange alternate characters and an uncontrollable backlight that makes the keyboard characters virtually impossible to see in most lighting conditions. On the other hand, the black model has outstanding contrast between the keyboard and the background and is viewable in every lighting condition.

November 22, 2008 by in Hardware

Will email and text messages get shorter with the BlackBerry Storm?

Will email and text messages get shorter with the BlackBerry Storm?

I am admittedly a very big fan of physical keyboards on my mobile phones and have what fellow MobileTechRoundup podcast co-hosts James and Kevin call "magic thumbs". I am able to pick up devices like the Palm Treo Pro, HTC Fuze, T-Mobile G1 or BlackBerry Bold and quickly type emails of 250+ words. After a day of using the Verizon BlackBerry Storm I have to say I am still a fan of these physical keyboards. I do think it has a wonderful display and the touch screen, SurePress, technology is very cool, but it isn't an iPhone and I think is too big of a departure from all other BlackBerry devices for serious texters or email fans to be productive.

November 21, 2008 by in Hardware

Nokia Reliability Labs puts the heat on Nokia devices

Nokia Reliability Labs puts the heat on Nokia devices

If you have ever seen one of almost 100 mobile devices I have owned you will know that I take extremely good card of all of them and they rarely even have a scratch on them. I have actually never had a mobile device break on me. I would like to go crazy with them sometimes though and would probably enjoying being one of the people that test out phones before they hit the market. Steve Litchfield had a chance to spend the day at the Nokia Reliability Labs facility in the UK and posted a 35-minute video tour of the place.

November 20, 2008 by in Microsoft

Nokia and IBM announce Lotus Notes Traveler for S60 devices

Nokia and IBM announce Lotus Notes Traveler for S60 devices

One thing I like about current Nokia devices is that they are quite open to supporting a wide range of individual and enterprise needs with services and applications designed to help you out. I enjoy their support of Exchange ActiveSync on my E71 and other devices so I was pleased to hear the latest news on a conference call yesterday. Nokia and IBM announced today that they are partnering to bring enterprise users Lotus Notes Traveler to the S60 3rd Edition platform. Gartner data shows that IBM has a 40% share of corporate email revenue and now with Nokia's support of Microsoft Exchange, Novell Groupwise, and others Nokia supports almost all corporate email solutions with their devices.

November 19, 2008 by in IBM

Be careful when syncing your Gmail contacts with the updated BlackBerry sync utility

Be careful when syncing your Gmail contacts with the updated BlackBerry sync utility

When I had my BlackBerry Bold I used the Google Sync for BlackBerry utility to keep my calendar updated with my Google Calendar since my Google Calendar was also synced to my Outlook/Exchange account. Google has now added contacts sync to the utility that makes it even more functional. If I could have gotten the OWA email to work then I probably could have skipped the desire for Exchange synching on the BlackBerry.

November 19, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

T-Mobile web2go to replace T-Zones and add new download marketplace

T-Mobile web2go to replace T-Zones and add new download marketplace

In addition to the disappointing increase in data rates for voice customers, T-Mobile also introduced their new web2go service. The web2go service is designed to make it easier to view and browse the internet from your feature phone and select smartphone. Yahoo! oneSearch is being used for the mobile search engine and the service also gives you access to the new T-Mobile store front that was talked about a few months ago. It sounds like the web2go service is a proxy service since T-Mobile states that customers can visit virtually any website from even a feature phone and be able to view and navigate the page.

November 19, 2008 by in Telcos

T-Mobile USA increases data plan rates for voice customers

T-Mobile USA increases data plan rates for voice customers

Today, T-Mobile USA is kicking off its web2go initiative that add Yahoo! oneSearch to some devices, a customizable home page, a new mobile shopping and download experience (I'll cover this in a follow-up post), and higher data rate plans. The press release actually states that the data rate plans were simplified, but that makes very little sense since T-Mobile already had a very simplified data rate plan structure in place that couldn't get any simpler. I went to the T-Mobile website and saw that most plans increased in price for data services. Just over a year ago T-Mobile decreased their data plan rates and were the leader in low cost and simplified data.

November 19, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Free cell phones

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Free cell phones

The holiday shopping season is upon us and with people's concerns about the economy spending will most likely be down and buyers will be looking for deals for gifts. In this first holiday shopping guide, I'll collect and present you with informaton for the best free cellphones on the market from each of the four major US wireless carriers.

November 19, 2008 by in Samsung

Review: OtterBox Impact and Defender Series cases for the BlackBerry Bold

Review: OtterBox Impact and Defender Series cases for the BlackBerry Bold

I picked up a RIM BlackBerry Bold a couple of weeks ago and was extremely happy with the device. The inability to sync with my Exchange account forced me to return it though. If you own a BlackBerry Bold then you may want to check out one of these two OtterBox cases that offer differing levels of device protection. The OtterBox Impact Series and OtterBox Defender Series cases are attractive, durable solutions designed to protect your new device from minor to major impacts. You can check out my image gallery that shows both cases wrapped around the RIM BlackBerry Bold.

November 18, 2008 by in Mobility

LG INCITE Windows Mobile 6.1 device now available from AT&T

LG INCITE Windows Mobile 6.1 device now available from AT&T

Wow, I just can't keep up with AT&T's high end mobile phone releases. Today, AT&T and LG announced the availability today of the LG INCITE Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device. This is the first entry into Windows Mobile in the U.S. by LG and it looks like a direct competitor to the outstanding Samsung OMNIA that is a major iPhone challenger. I just picked up the HTC Fuze on Saturday and after looking at the specs on this device think the Fuze is still better for my needs.

November 18, 2008 by in Mobile OS

Review: New REDFLY C8N Smartphone Terminal serves as a media player too

Review: New REDFLY C8N Smartphone Terminal serves as a media player too

The REDFLY Mobile Companion (now marketed as the REDFLY Smartphone Terminal) has served me well for a few months as I have stated in my first and second impressions. In October the price on the original C8 model was dropped to US$199 and then extended until mid-November. With today's announcement we now know that this model will be replaced by the C8N with the new C7 also available for those looking for a lower cost and smaller device. I've been using a beta version of the C8N for several days now and am posting my review below along with an image gallery and video of it in action.

November 18, 2008 by in Mobility

Quick iPhone app review: Cronk

Quick iPhone app review: Cronk

I look at the Apple iPhone store and am blown away by the number, variety, and quality of applications that are now present after just a few short months in existence. Developers are definitely embracing the Apple iPhone and Apple has a winner on their hands with the App Store. I used to work with Joel Evans on Geek.com and when I saw that he was involved in development of an iPhone game I bought it as soon as it was released a couple weeks ago. Cronk is a moving matching game that seem to be quite popular today. I enjoy playing Astraware's Zuma on my Windows Mobile devices and Bonsai Blast on my T-Mobile G1 and now I enjoy playing Cronk on my iPhone. Check out some screenshots of the game in my image gallery.

November 17, 2008 by in iPhone

MailShadowG syncs Outlook data to Google and thus your G1

MailShadowG syncs Outlook data to Google and thus your G1

After checking out my T-Mobile G1 review and reading how I was looking for a way to get my Exchange information on my device, Clay sent me an email with a link to the press release announcing MailShadow for Google Apps or MailShadowG. I have been using the free Google Calendar Sync tool to keep my Outlook/Exchange account calendar and Google Calendar synced up, but it would be nice to have full email, contacts, and calendar synchronization capability.

November 17, 2008 by in Microsoft

Review: Sprint Touch Pro and AT&T HTC Fuze Windows Mobile devices

Review: Sprint Touch Pro and AT&T HTC Fuze Windows Mobile devices

Last week I was quite excited about the BlackBerry Bold and think it is fantastic piece of hardware and the best BlackBerry device currently available. However, I could not get my Outlook Web Access to work with my work Exchange server and the BlackBerry (security settings prevented the connection) and as much as I loved the Bold hardware I couldn't get past the limited functionality with Exchange. After our Saturday morning soccer game I swung by the AT&T store and swapped the Bold for the new HTC Fuze. I was also sent the Sprint Touch Pro last week so this article is a first impressions of both with a bit of a comparison. You can check out my image gallery and video below for images and experiences with the devices.

November 17, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Mobile software Monday: Spb Traveler 2.0 for Windows Mobile

Mobile software Monday: Spb Traveler 2.0 for Windows Mobile

I am quite impressed with the excellent applications developed by Spb Software House and I just wish that they were able to develop them for S60 and/or BlackBerry devices too. One of their latest titles that is a perfect fit for me and my regular travels is Spb Traveler 2.0. The software is designed for the mobile road warrior and offers several tools to help make your travel a much better and more organized experience. Please visit my image gallery for screenshots of the software running on my Palm Treo Pro. You can also view the video below to see the software in action.

November 16, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

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