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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Don't get too excited, the Palm Software Store is just a browser hyperlink

Don't get too excited, the Palm Software Store is just a browser hyperlink

There have been on-device software stores for several years on different Windows Mobile devices, but these were just store front links to Handango. Apple really kicked it up a notch with the Apple App Store and then Google followed suit with the Android Market. Today, there is a bit of buzz around the Palm Software Store that is available for Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices. Don't get too excited about the Palm App Store (will Apple let them keep this name) because it is a simply 28KB file that just adds an icon that serves as a hyperlink to the online Palm Software Store powered by PocketGear and is no different than the Sprint Store or AT&T Mall software links that have been on devices for years.

December 15, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphone

Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphone

I enjoy checking out Consumer Reports ratings on products and in their January 2009 issue that was recently posted online they rank smartphones, cellphones, and US wireless carriers. I have to say I was quite surprised by their highest rank choice, not because it isn't a fantastic device, but because I didn't think anyone else besides my friends and a few others though the same thing. The highest ranked smartphone by Consumer Reports is currently the Samsung Blackjack II. While at the Mobius event last week, the BJ II was one of the most popular devices being used by attendees and after using it for several weeks myself I have to say it really is a solid choice.

December 15, 2008 by in Smartphones

Can the Palm brand bring developers and carriers to support the Nova OS?

Can the Palm brand bring developers and carriers to support the Nova OS?

I just posted some initial thoughts on the speculation surrounding Palm's CES 2009 announcement and then found a great post by Steve O'Hear over on his last100.com site that I recommend you check out. Steve brought out a couple of issues I was thinking about late last night and did not include in my initial post, namely the Palm brand, developer and carrier issues. Steve is pulling for Palm to make a comeback and as a long time fan of Palm (even though they keep disappointing me) I am too.

December 15, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

MobileTechRoundup show #157, Kevin's solar experiment, Mobius, ShopSavvy

MobileTechRoundup show #157, Kevin's solar experiment, Mobius, ShopSavvy

Kevin announced his new experiment to spend 30 days with his phone only being powered with a solar charge on MobileTechRoundup show #157. Follow his experiment over on jkOnTheRun to see if he can find enough sun and light in the winter to keep his device powered up. I attended the Mobius event last week and gave a short recap of the event and our roller skating contest on the podcast. James and I agreed that ShopSavvy is awesome on the T-Mobile G1 and James also mentioned the issue with turning off data when roaming internationally. We also talked a bit about the subsidized netbook.

December 15, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Is Palm's upcoming New-ness CES event related to the Nova OS?

Is Palm's upcoming New-ness CES event related to the Nova OS?

I received an invite and follow-up phone call from Palm last week inviting me to a special event to be held at CES in Las Vegas in January. Last year when Palm brought people to an off site location, they showed off different color Palm Centro devices and this disappointed most all journalists who attended. Thus, there is a bit of doubt about what Palm will show this year. They are generating a lot of buzz and according to Business Week Palm will actually reveal the Nova Linux operating system that they have been working on for years. I think Nova needs to be the subject of their announcement and anything less will probably mean Palm will be irrelevant in the mobile space moving forward.

December 14, 2008 by in Hardware

Clinton Fitch posts 5th annual Top 10 applications for Windows Mobile feature

Clinton Fitch posts 5th annual Top 10 applications for Windows Mobile feature

I met Clinton Fitch a few years ago at a Mobius event and just had the pleasure of hanging out with him this last week in Seattle. Clinton puts together some of the most comprehensive reviews you can find online and I enjoy reading his material. One feature that I particularly enjoy is his yearly Top 10 Windows Mobile applications article that is now in its 5th year. Check out the Clinton Fitch.com 2008 Top 10 applications article and see if you have these loaded on your Windows Mobile device.

December 12, 2008 by in Mobile OS

Great tips for using your cellphone as a smartphone

Great tips for using your cellphone as a smartphone

The lines of features, functionality, and price are blurring between cellphones and smartphones, but there are still many cellphones (check out my free phones and feature phones Holiday Guides) that are very good at serving as a phone that the majority of the people are looking for. Jeremy Toeman put together a good article that list how you can use even your current feature phone as a smartphone for many tasks that I think meet the mass market needs. I am reviewing the Motorola ZN5 and T-Mobile Behold and have to say there is some appeal to a standard cellphone.

December 11, 2008 by in Smartphones

Pastebud brings limited copy and paste to the Apple iPhone

Pastebud brings limited copy and paste to the Apple iPhone

According to Gizmodo a new solution called Pastebud will bring limited copy/past functionality to the iPhone. This solution doesn't require you to jailbreak your iPhone or install any applications and just uses two Safari bookmarks to work. This is limited to only copying text from Safari and pasting it into Mail or another web page. There is no copying and pasting into Notes or anywhere else on the device.

December 10, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Skype Lite now available for more mobile devices, including the E71

Skype Lite now available for more mobile devices, including the E71

I've used multiple clients, like fring, on my S60 devices to try to connect to Skype. I was very pleased when Jason Harris, Techcraver, posted on Twitter about an official Skype Lite version for S60 devices. You can visit the Skype website to find the application and load it on your S60 device. You can also visit skype.com/m in your mobile browser to download and install the application on your device.

December 9, 2008 by in Tablets

Smartphone purchasing considerations to help you this holiday season

Smartphone purchasing considerations to help you this holiday season

We put together our Holiday Guide on Smartphones to help you see what some of the great devices are available this holiday season. Airwide posted a press release that presents some considerations you will want to consider as you try to figure out which smartphone is best for you. As I evaluate and post reviews on mobile phones here on the blog, I try to give you a complete understanding of the device and how it works for me. Smartphone purchases are personal and there will never be a single device that is the best for everyone.

December 8, 2008 by in Hardware

BlackBerry Curve 8900 (aka Javelin) announced by RIM and Rogers

BlackBerry Curve 8900 (aka Javelin) announced by RIM and Rogers

I have been very pleased with my Sunset BlackBerry Curve on T-Mobile and was very impressed with the BlackBerry Bold that I had for a couple of weeks. Today, RIM and Rogers announced the BlackBerry Curve 8900 (aka Javelin) that has been known to be coming for a few months. The Curve 8900 builds upon the Curve and offers a device that isn't as large as the Bold for those still looking for a more compact QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry device.

December 8, 2008 by in BlackBerry

Is this a possible future Palm device?

Is this a possible future Palm device?

It's Monday morning so what better way to start off the week than with a bit of mobile phone rumor news. Jenn at Pocketables posted a photo and some information on a possible new Palm device that some are calling the Quatro. Jenn was wondering if it was some kind of new UMPC/MID concept design and now others are saying it may be a future smartphone. The similarity of the keyboard to the Palm Treo Pro and Centro devices indicate it may be a Palm device.

December 7, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reviewers are quite impressed with this powerhouse

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 reviewers are quite impressed with this powerhouse

I have way too many phones as it is now, but one device that keeps drawing me closer is the Sony XPERIA X1 and a couple of new reviews aren't helping to keep it out of my hands. Lisa Gade posted an excellent and detailed review (aren't they always great?) on MobileTechReview and Joel Evans chimed in with some initial impressions on Geek.com. Both of these mobile phone enthusiasts are quite pleased with the device and agree that it may be the best current Windows Mobile Professional (touch screen) device on the market.

December 6, 2008 by in Windows

Want an unlocked Google G1 Android device for $399?

Want an unlocked Google G1 Android device for $399?

I am pretty pleased with my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device (see my review) and in a couple of months I understand I will be able to unlock it and use it with my AT&T SIM card or overseas too. If you want an unlocked G1 now, according to Engadget you can buy one for just $424 right now. The G1 is US$399 and then you have to register as a developer and pay the US$25 fee to get access to the purchase option from T-Mobile USA.

December 6, 2008 by in Mobility

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