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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MWC 09: Nokia brings two new form factors to the Eseries with E75 and E55

MWC 09: Nokia brings two new form factors to the Eseries with E75 and E55

Nokia made a few device announcements today at Mobile World Congress, including the Nokia E75, E55, 6710 Navigator and 6720 Classic. The Nokia E75 and E55 build on the Eseries, enterprise-focused, with a new form factor in one and improved features in both. Nokia is well know for their GPS functionality with Nokia Maps and devices focused on navigation. At Mobile World Congress today, Nokia announced the Nokia 6710 Navigator and 6720 Classic.

February 15, 2009 by in Government

REDFLY Smartphone Terminal now supports Opera Mobile 9.5

REDFLY Smartphone Terminal now supports Opera Mobile 9.5

As a 2+ hour daily commuter I have been enjoying the REDFLY Smartphone Terminal for quite some time now. One thing that always bothered me is that I had to install and use an older version of Opera Mobile (8.65) to be able to work in a decent browser on the REDFLY. I just read on Brighthand that the latest beta drivers, discussed here on WMExperts, include support for Opera Mobile 9.5. You can check out the beta page to see the full list of supported devices and detailed change log.

February 15, 2009 by in Hardware

Review: Destroy tanks, bunkers, enemies and more with Astraware iPhone games

Review: Destroy tanks, bunkers, enemies and more with Astraware iPhone games

My original iPhone is finding its way into my hands more and more lately with the incredible assortment of 3rd party applications that I just cannot resist. I checked out an Astraware iPhone game last summer with GTS Racing Challenge and in the last couple of months we have seen several more Astraware titles released for the iPhone/iPod touch. These devices are becoming compelling mobile gaming platforms that are always with you for a quick 5-minute game or longer 30-minute game session. Five recent games I had a chance to play with include Platypus, Board Games, Glyph, My Little Tank, and Hellfire.

February 14, 2009 by in Mobility

Qik and Boingo are in love, share your love to win

Qik and Boingo are in love, share your love to win

Do you have Qik on your mobile phone? Is there someone out there that you love? If both of these apply to you, then you may want to record a declaration of that love with Qik for a chance to win one of three free year-long Boingo Mobile subscriptions (US$95.40 value). Boingo and Qik have announced a partnership to focus on the Boingo solution that gives you WiFi access at more than 85,000 hotspots around the world. Boingo Mobile is available for US$7.95 per month and it works globally.

February 12, 2009 by in Mobility

Exclusive hands-on: Android beats the iPhone to full GPS voice navigation

Exclusive hands-on: Android beats the iPhone to full GPS voice navigation

There are hundreds of applications now available for my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device (see my review) in the Android Market, but honestly there are only about 15 or so that I have kept over the long haul and use regularly. I imagine the quality and choice offerings will go up as soon as Google turns on the ability for commercial applications. Today, we found out that one very high quality application and service will be available for the G1 in just over a week. TeleNav is bringing the first GPS navigation service to the T-Mobile G1 on 24 February. You will be able to download it on that day from the TeleNav website and eventually from the Android Market. Check out my video below and the image gallery for hands-on experiences with this software on my G1.

February 11, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

We have reached the end of the Palm OS

We have reached the end of the Palm OS

With the announcement of the Palm WebOS in January we knew this day was coming and according to PreCentral Ed Colligan confirmed that the only Palm OS devices coming in the future may be Centro devices from other carriers. Palm ended dedicated PDA/non-phone devices a couple of years ago and now confirms that they will focus on WebOS and Windows Mobile Palm devices moving forward. I am sure there will be many fans of the current Palm OS who are disappointed, but the OS has been around for 12 years and will continue to live for a few more as people still use their PDAs, Treo, and Centro devices.

February 11, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Quickoffice to demo Office apps for iPhone and Google Android at MWC 2009

Quickoffice to demo Office apps for iPhone and Google Android at MWC 2009

I mentioned here last week that DataViz should be showing off and/or announcing their Office suite products for the Apple iPhone and Google Android next week at Mobile World Congress. I just received word that Quickoffice will be giving demonstrations of its products on the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms next week as well. Quickoffice is loaded on S60 devices to provide document attachment support and they have a Quickoffice Premier product for editing and creation of documents on the S60 platform.

February 11, 2009 by in Collaboration

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 now available for $199.99

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 now available for $199.99

I posted my thoughts on the T-Mobile BB Curve 8900 a couple of weeks ago and today you can pick one up at T-Mobile for US$199.99 after $200 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate. If I was able to use a BlackBerry with my work account and didn't mind giving up my T-Mobile G1 then I would be all over the Curve 8900. It doesn't have 3G, but for email and basic surfing EDGE is just fine and it is much more prevalent on T-Mobile than 3G. In addition, you can use WiFi to connect to any T-Mobile HotSpot or other WiFi access point you have permission to use.

February 11, 2009 by in Mobility

Mozilla Fennec browser released in pre-alpha form for Windows Mobile

Mozilla Fennec browser released in pre-alpha form for Windows Mobile

One of the weakest features of Windows Mobile is the current web browser, Internet Explorer Mobile. There are several better alternatives such as the fantastic Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile that is included on some devices as the default browser and the Skyfire proxy browser (I can watch Hulu.com with this browser). There has been talk for quite some time about Mozilla entering the Windows Mobile space and as reported by WMExperts.com the Fennec browser is now available in very early pre-alpha form (aka milestone release) to try on HTC Touch Pro devices. Make sure you have a backup of your device and are willing to risk a hard reset before trying this software out as it is very early in the development cycle and not that stable.

February 11, 2009 by in Mobile OS

Tax Refund Special: Smartphones

Tax Refund Special: Smartphones

The average tax refund for 2008 was about $2,500 and with the shape the economy is in here in 2009 it may be a good idea to spend some or all of that to give the economy a bit of a boost. It is also important during this time to stay in touch with family and friends to provide support and communication. What better way to stay in touch via voice or text than with a new mobile phone. So as you consider spending that money on a new mobile phone, I wanted to give you five suggestions to consider.Since there are four major wireless carriers in the U.S. (Alltel is now part of Verizon) I will give you my top recommendation from each carrier and one SIM-unlocked device to consider.

February 11, 2009 by in Apple

Nokia announces 5630 XpressMusic device with 600MHz processor

Nokia announces 5630 XpressMusic device with 600MHz processor

Nokia launched its touch screen UI and S60 5th Edition softare on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device and this caught me a bit off guard as I was expecting touch on a Nseries device. Today they again used the XpressMusic line of devices to announce another first for Nokia. The 5630 XM runs on a 600MHz ARM 11 processor. The device is fairly feature packed and will retail in the second quarter of this year for only 199 Euros.

February 10, 2009 by in Microsoft

Unlocked Nokia E63 available now in the US for only $279

Unlocked Nokia E63 available now in the US for only $279

The Nokia E63 was announced in November 2008 and today Nokia announced that the red and blue E63 devices are now available in the US. The E63 is a device that is similar in form factor to my current favorite S60 device, the E71 (see my review) with some additions and subtractions from that device. The real deal here though is that you can pick up this fantastic device for just US$279 as a SIM-unlocked model. If you are looking for a good messaging device running an extremely stable OS with outstanding phone performance then I highly recommend you think about picking one of these up.

February 9, 2009 by in Mobility

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