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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Opera Mini 4.2 comes out of beta, Google Android beta is now official

Opera Mini 4.2 comes out of beta, Google Android beta is now official

I mentioned finding Opera Mini 4.2 beta on my T-Mobile G1 yesterday and it seems the application appeared a bit early in the Android Market. Today, Opera officially announced Opera Mini 4.2 beta for the Google Android device that was actually a subpart to the announcement that Opera Mini 4.2 is now available for other devices as a full release product and comes out of beta.

November 24, 2008 by in Mobility

Mobile software Monday: Evernote version 3.0 for Windows Mobile

Mobile software Monday: Evernote version 3.0 for Windows Mobile

One of my favorite all-time mobile software applications and services is Evernote since it allows me to capture thoughts, business cards, images, and more for future access. Their iPhone client is a top application in the Apple App Store and I actually read last week that the highest usage of Evernote is from Apple iPhone users at 57 percent. Other mobile clients, including Windows Mobile, are only at 8 percent.

November 24, 2008 by in Hardware

T-Mobile G1 Android gets Opera Mini and visual voicemail

T-Mobile G1 Android gets Opera Mini and visual voicemail

It seems like the gold rush of applications for the T-Mobile G1 (see my review) has slowed down considerably over the last couple of weeks with just a few apps trickling out here and there. I imagine most of this is because developers are waiting for the commercial functionality when they can sell applications in the Android Market. However, two applications I just found this morning when I turned on my G1 were Opera Mini 4.2 beta and Fusion Voicemail Plus and think these are both worthy applications you should try out on your G1.

November 24, 2008 by in Mobility

Check out the Smartphone Round Robin and win your own smartphone

Check out the Smartphone Round Robin and win your own smartphone

At this time of year people are looking for gifts and to help you out and we here at ZDNet are assembling 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. I posted my Smartphone Holiday Guide to help you figure out which smartphone is best for you. Another excellent resource that you may find interesting is the Smartphone Experts Smartphone Round Robin articles. There are five sites in the Smartphone Experts group and they take away the primary device for each editor and have them evaluate the primary devices from each of the other editors through November and December. In addition to reading all of the great perspectives from users of different platforms, there are amazing contests where you can win one of these smartphones for free.

November 23, 2008 by in Mobility

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: The ultimate smartphones

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: The ultimate smartphones

I am a huge fan of smartphones that let me work and play on the go and this holiday season there are some very compelling choices available. I have personally tested most of the models I'll be listing in this Guide and I am finding it tough to decide between which one is the best so I have a couple myself. Most of these smartphones will cost you a few bucks with a 2-year contract, but they are all extremely powerful and are much less than models I have purchased in the past. I recommend you try to get your hands on one of the devices in stores before making the purchase so you can see if the device will meet your needs and desires.

November 23, 2008 by in Mobility

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

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