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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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

Review: Spb Wallet 2.0 for the Apple iPhone

Review: Spb Wallet 2.0 for the Apple iPhone

I have been using Spb Software's excellent applications on my Windows Mobile devices for years and was very pleased to see them branching out to support other mobile operating systems, including S60 and the iPhone. I posted a review of Spb Wallet for S60 devices and now that the iPhone version made an appearance on the iPhone App Store I can share my thoughts with you on this excellent application. With the large display and Safari integration, Spb Wallet is a real winner in my book. You can check out the full press release posted yesterday and my image gallery and video of the application in action.

February 9, 2009 by in iPhone

Google Mobile Sync for iPhone syncs Google Contacts and Calendar data

Google Mobile Sync for iPhone syncs Google Contacts and Calendar data

This past weekend I went back to using my original iPhone to check out some applications that I am evaluating and have to say it really is an easy and fun device to use. I just read on The iPhone Blog that Google announced Google Sync for iPhone that lets you synchronize your iPhone calendar and contacts with your Google account. This sync feature is a major strength and selling point of the Google Android and it looks like you can now get this functionality on your Apple iPhone.

February 9, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Nokia Maps 3.0 beta updated with sync support and more device compatibility

Nokia Maps 3.0 beta updated with sync support and more device compatibility

Back in December 2008 Nokia announced Nokia Maps 3.0 in early beta form. At that time, the beta was available on only a few select devices and the particular S60 device I tried it on at the time did not work correctly and it actually ended up making my Nokia Maps 2 version unusable without a full reset of the device. I decided to then hold off until the beta was further along. Today, the Nokia Beta Labs blog posted on the update to Nokia Maps 3.0 with Ovi Maps that adds support for several more devices, including my E71 and N85 devices that I plan to load it up on right now.

February 9, 2009 by in Mobility

DataViz to announce Office for iPhone and Android, Exchange for Android at MWC

DataViz to announce Office for iPhone and Android, Exchange for Android at MWC

DataViz started talking about Office support for the iPhone last Fall and according to AppScout we should see the official announcement of Documents To Go for the iPhone at MWC in just over a week. In addition DataViz may be announcing Documents To Go for the Google Android platform as well as RoadSync for Android. I use their excellent RoadSync product to sync to my Exchange server on my Nokia E71 S60 device and it is killer. I have been testing and liking TouchDown on my G1, but with the vast experience of DataViz I am looking for an even better product in RoadSync.

February 6, 2009 by in Microsoft

Update: Microsoft Skybox service appears as My Phone beta, Microsoft issues statement

Update: Microsoft Skybox service appears as My Phone beta, Microsoft issues statement

Mary Jo discussed Microsoft's Skybox cloud service a couple of days ago and the folks at Engadget appeared to find what appears to be the Skybox site branded as Microsoft My Phone. It doesn't appear that you can sign up or use it yet, but you can click the more info link to find out several more details about the beta service that looks like it will launch around Mobile World Congress in less than 2 weeks.

February 5, 2009 by in Microsoft

T-Mobile Samsung Memoir brings 8-megapixels to the phone

T-Mobile Samsung Memoir brings 8-megapixels to the phone

One of the best camera feature phones I have ever tried was the Motorola ZINE ZN5 5-megapixel model from T-Mobile USA. T-Mobile may be trying to be the carrier with the best camera phones with the announcement today of the 8-megapixel Samsung Memoir SGH-t929. The Memoir is a full touch-screen phone similar in appearance to the Samsung Behold that has a 5-megapixel camera. The Memoir also supports T-Mobile USA's 1700 MHz 3G wireless data network, but does not have an integrated WiFi radio.

February 5, 2009 by in Mobility

Review: Nokia 7510 UMA and Motorola Renew eco-friendly phones

Review: Nokia 7510 UMA and Motorola Renew eco-friendly phones

Since this particular reviews blog is focused on cell phones and smartphones I thought it was about time I start posting some reviews on feature phones and not just the higher end smartphones since there are millions who just want a good phone that makes calls. The first two phones I am taking a look at below each have something a little out of the ordinary that appealed to me to want to try them out. The Nokia 7510 works with T-Mobile UMA HotSpot technology and the Motorola Renew is constructed of recycled water bottles and is very eco-friendly. I have a video walk through for each phone below, along with an image gallery of the Nokia 7510. Both phones are available now on T-Mobile.

February 4, 2009 by in Mobility

Google Latitude included in OTA T-Mobile G1 maintenance release

Google Latitude included in OTA T-Mobile G1 maintenance release

As detailed by Larry Dignan Google Latitude is now available for mobile devices and gives you some social networking capabilities. I mentioned that the T-Mobile G1 maintenance release (1.1 RC33) is rolling out to Android devices at this time. T-Mobile just sent a note along that the maintenance release contains the new Google Latitude features in the Google Maps for Mobile client. Google Search by voice is also part of the maintenance release.

February 4, 2009 by in Collaboration

Cage match: Windows Mobile vs. Google Android

Cage match: Windows Mobile vs. Google Android

I posted on the status of Windows Mobile 7 that the Motorola CEO spilled out in a recent earnings call. This really wasn't much of a surprise since it has been rumored for months, but this was the first public official acknowledgement of the upcoming OS. The Motorola CEO also talked about the Google Android OS during that earnings call and stated that Motorola was focusing on Android instead of Windows Mobile in 2009 because Android "is more competitive" this year than Windows Mobile will be. Since I have spent an extensive amount of time with both the T-Mobile G1 (see my review) and several Windows Mobile devices (see my HTC Fuze review) I think I can offer up a fair comparison between the two operating systems speaking from real-life experiences so that you can make an informed decision about which is the better OS to focus on at this time.

February 3, 2009 by in Mobility

Motorola CEO states Windows Mobile 7 coming in 2010, is that too late for Microsoft?

Motorola CEO states Windows Mobile 7 coming in 2010, is that too late for Microsoft?

According to recent financial reports Motorola is not doing too well in mobile devices. Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha was on an earnings conference call and according to AppScout he stated that Microsoft will be releasing the rumored Windows Mobile 7 OS in 2010. You can view the full transcript of the call yourself to see what was stated. In addition to the Windows Mobile 7 statement, Android was also brought up quite a bit as a focus for Motorola in 2009.

February 3, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

T-Mobile G1 RC33 update rolling out OTA, not the cupcake update

T-Mobile G1 RC33 update rolling out OTA, not the cupcake update

All of us T-Mobile G1 owners are waiting for the cupcake update, but in the meantime TmoNews reports that the RC33 update is rolling out now and is NOT the cupcake update. The official word is that the update will appear OTA on devices from 5 February until 16 Februay, but some are reporting that it is already starting to arrive on their devices. It has not yet shown up on my G1 here in the Seattle area.

February 3, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile device rumored to launch with 1 GHz Snapdragon processor

Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile device rumored to launch with 1 GHz Snapdragon processor

As readers know I do enjoy using Windows Mobile devices and think they still have a lot to offer, especially for Exchange users. I just read over on The Boy Genius Report that Toshiba may be getting back into the smartphone game with the TG01 Windows Mobile device. Toshiba has made some fantastic VGA devices in the past, but never was a huge player in the Windows Mobile space because they seemed to come in and out with devices and some earlier models did have issues.

February 2, 2009 by in Hardware

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