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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Is this HTC's 2009 product roadmap?

Is this HTC's 2009 product roadmap?

I heard about the supposed leak of the HTC 2009 roadmap images this morning and now see that Ed Hardy has put together a very nice breakdown of the devices by type, category, and operating system. Some devices are no surprise, one or two may really please me, and one actually shocked me a bit. Keep in mind this info is some kind of roadmap info so these devices may or may not be what we actually see ship from HTC in 2009 and some may be ideas and prototypes. I like the looks of most of what I see, but also need to see the OS behind the devices before I start forking over more of my hard earned cash.

January 12, 2009 by in Mobility

Will Microsoft's limiting of devices allow them to react faster in the mobile space?

Will Microsoft's limiting of devices allow them to react faster in the mobile space?

Regular readers know that I use devices from all the mobile operating systems and am pretty flexible on what I am using day-to-day. I keep falling back to Windows Mobile devices (mainly my Palm Treo Pro and HTC Fuze) because I find the Exchange experience to be superior to ANYTHING else on the market and I like having such a broad choice in form factor. As I wrote last Fall this expansive choice of devices may also be a weakness in today's market due to expectations people now have for their mobile device that is primarily a result of the iPhone's methods for upgradeability and ease of usability. At CES, a Microsoft representative stated that they plan to start limiting the number of devices running Windows Mobile in order to improve the value of the license.

January 12, 2009 by in Mobility

Exchange support provided on the Google Android G1 via TouchDown

Exchange support provided on the Google Android G1 via TouchDown

I have now been using a T-Mobile G1 for about 3 months and still find it to be a rock solid device that is a blast to use. A coworker visited my desk today and said she picked up the G1 and loves it so far, but wondered how she could get her work email on the device. We just switched to Exchange about six months ago and also have IMAP support. She figured out all the needed IMAP settings, which was quite impressive because I couldn't get it right and it was very customized compared to a standard IMAP setup. Her question encouraged me to look again for any kind of Exchange client on the G1 and in the spirit of the football playoffs I scored a TouchDown!

January 9, 2009 by in Mobility

Palm WebOS is all about the Mojo

Palm WebOS is all about the Mojo

The excitement surrounding the Palm Pre and WebOS announcements is still quite high and is definitely the talk of CES 2009. Today, Palm posted some details on the Mojo application framework that developers will be able to use to write applications for the new device and OS. The hardware of the Pre is nice, but others have outstanding hardware as well. The success of the Pre and Palm comes down to the user experience, services, and developer support.

January 9, 2009 by in Mobility

Welcome Palm Web OS, now what happens with Palm OS 5 applications?

Welcome Palm Web OS, now what happens with Palm OS 5 applications?

As I keep thinking about the Palm Pre and Palm Web OS announcement and looking at the stunning image gallery I can't help but think about all of those millions of Palm OS fans and developers wondering about the future of the current Palm OS. Palm is definitely moving fully into the cloud with the Palm Pre as they focused on their Web OS and never showed any desktop syncing capability. This means we have pretty much seen the end of any non-phone mobile devices from Palm, and pretty much everyone else now as well. What about all the money people have sunk into Palm OS 5 applications? Does the Palm Pre and Web OS support legacy Palm applications?

January 8, 2009 by in Mobility

CES 2009: Palm announces the Palm Web OS and the Palm Pre device

CES 2009: Palm announces the Palm Web OS and the Palm Pre device

With Microsoft's rather anemic keynote at CES 2009, the show was up in the air for another company to step up to the plate and garner all the attention from the press. Thus, Palm was in a perfect position to steal the show and after following the various live feeds (Scoble's live video kyte feed was the best) I would have to say that Palm did just that. Palm should have had a live feed themselves since most people's live coverage kept dying out. I was quite nervous for Palm and was hoping they weren't going to come out and show a different color Treo Pro. They really needed to show something big or I think we would see Palm fade away into the history books of PDAs. As I watched the coverage I would have to say that Palm did a nice job with their announcements.

January 8, 2009 by in Mobility

CES 2009: Slacker Mobile for BlackBerry and FlyCast for Google Android, PC, & Mac announced

CES 2009: Slacker Mobile for BlackBerry and FlyCast for Google Android, PC, & Mac announced

Streaming internet radio is very popular today with mobile clients and desktop clients like Pandora and Last.fm. At CES today, two more services announced expanded coverage, improved features, and availability. Slacker, Inc. announced Slacker Mobile for the BlackBerry so you no longer need to have a dedicated Slacker player to enjoy music on the go. FlyCast announced a client for the Android/T-Mobile G1 and desktop players for Windows PCs and Mac.

January 8, 2009 by in Apple

CES 2009: HTC and T-Mobile announce new Shadow with UMA support

CES 2009: HTC and T-Mobile announce new Shadow with UMA support

While I think the T-Mobile Shadow appealed to a number of people moving from a feature phone (at least that is the type of demographic I saw every time I went into the T-Mobile stores) I don't think it struck a strong chord with mobile phone enthusiasts. I personally found the T-Mobile Shadow to be one of my favorite non-touch screen smartphones (see my review and follow up thoughts). Today, HTC and T-Mobile announced the next generation Shadow that will be available in January or February.

January 7, 2009 by in Hardware

How to: Add Gmail label/subfolder access to your Nokia Email accounts

How to: Add Gmail label/subfolder access to your Nokia Email accounts

Now that I have Nokia Email back up and running on my Nokia N85 I was looking at some of the new features, including subfolder support. I use Gmail as my primary email account(s) and was disappointed to see I apparently could not use IMAP subfolders with my Gmail labels. I just received an email from a member of the Nokia Email team that showed me how I could actually use Gmail labels as subfolders with Nokia Email.

January 6, 2009 by in Microsoft

BlackBerry Curve 8900 is coming to T-Mobile USA in February

BlackBerry Curve 8900 is coming to T-Mobile USA in February

Rogers was the first to get the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 (aka Javelin) and it looks like T-Mobile USA may be the first carrier in the U.S. to get this updated device. According to a flyer/ad posted on TmoNews the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will be launching on 11 February. This latest generation Curve is smaller than the Bold, but has many of the same specifications.

January 6, 2009 by in Mobility

SlingPlayer Mobile and Laridian PocketBible coming soon to the iPhone

SlingPlayer Mobile and Laridian PocketBible coming soon to the iPhone

There are a couple of applications that I particularly enjoy using on my Windows Mobile devices that have actually been so compelling that they have kept me using Windows Mobile over other devices. Two of these applications are now being demoed for the iPhone and will be coming in the near future. Sling Media is showing off SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone at Macworld 2009 and Laridian posted a video of PocketBible for iPhone.

January 5, 2009 by in Hardware

MWSF09: Truphone brings improved Skype and IM experience to the iPhone and iPod touch

MWSF09: Truphone brings improved Skype and IM experience to the iPhone and iPod touch

I believe fring was the first to bring Skype calling capability to the iPhone back in October 2008. Today, Truphone announced the upgraded version of Truphone that will support Skype calling and instant messaging functions. With Truphone you can also place Skype calls without a WiFi connection and be billed just for your cellular plan minutes thanks to Truphone Anywhere.

January 5, 2009 by in iPhone

CES2009: HTC announces S743/Rose with U.S. 3G support

CES2009: HTC announces S743/Rose with U.S. 3G support

When I posted my HTC Rose/S740 review last month I had no idea that a US version of the device would be coming and was quite excited to get a press release announcing the HTC S743 with 850/1900 MHz HSDPA support. The HTC S743 is a slick non-touchscreen device with a 12-key keypad and full QWERTY keyboard.

January 5, 2009 by in Telcos

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