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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BlackBerry Storm commercials are appearing on TV

BlackBerry Storm commercials are appearing on TV

Larry posted a bit earlier about the possible 17 November launch date for the BlackBerry Storm. I don't watch much TV, but I have already seen two Storm commercials (one can be found on YouTube) so I think the date is most likely correct. You can also check out the BlackBerry Storm 9530 interactive guide. It is interesting to see that the main steps shown in device setup include inserting the SIM card, yet the Storm is launching with Verizon on their CDMA network where SIM cards are not used. I understand Vodafone should be getting a GSM version of the Storm, yet the link for the demo clearly indicates it is for the US market.

November 10, 2008 by in Mobility

mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G now shipping

mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G now shipping

Jason mentioned the new RichardSolo 1800 iPhone battery pack earlier today and after returning from my recent business trip I discovered one was sent to me for evaluation. Unfortunately, I no longer have an iPhone 3G so I am returning my evaluation unit and hope to try out their new RichardSolo 1800 for BlackBerry to use with my new BlackBerry Bold. Another very popular battery pack also arrived at my house (again, I will have to return it without an evaluation) for the iPhone 3G and it is now available for everyone to purchase. The mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G can be purchased for US$99.95.

November 10, 2008 by in Networking

First impressions of the RIM BlackBerry Bold

First impressions of the RIM BlackBerry Bold

My AT&T SIM has been bouncing back and forth between the Nokia E71 (see my review) and Palm Treo Pro (see my review and with these two devices I have confirmed that QWERTY devices are my preferred form factor. Another couple of new devices recently launched with this same form factor, including the Samsung Epix and the BlackBerry Bold. I was just sent a BlackBerry Bold evaluation unit to spend time with and wanted to post some of my initial thoughts and experiences, along with an image gallery of the hardware and some of the software aspects of this new BlackBerry device.

November 9, 2008 by in BlackBerry

Apple moves into 2nd place in worldwide smartphone sales

Apple moves into 2nd place in worldwide smartphone sales

It is pretty amazing watching the growth of the Apple iPhone in the worldwide smartphone market and the latest Canalys Q3 2008 report shows that Apple is now number 2. Nokia continues to lead with a large percentage, but others are catching up fast. There is also some encouraging news for U.S. smart phone fans, like myself, as the numbers show the smartphone market in the U.S. has doubled since last year.

November 7, 2008 by in Mobility

Can mobile shopping apps help you offset & justify your new phone purchase?

Can mobile shopping apps help you offset & justify your new phone purchase?

I was reading the new article on the New York Times related to using your mobile phone for shopping comparison functions that may save you money and in the end even help offset the cost of your new smartphone. In particular, the T-Mobile G1 has a couple of bar code scanning/shopping comparison applications available to help you get the best price. While the G1 is getting all of the attention for this capability, there are also other shopping applications that may be quite helpful that require you to enter search terms using your phone's QWERTY keyboard or keypad.

November 5, 2008 by in Telcos

T-Mobile G1 Android is jailbroken, provides app install to external card

T-Mobile G1 Android is jailbroken, provides app install to external card

My T-Mobile SIM continues to live in my G1 Google Android device (see my review) and I continue to be impressed with the Google integration and Gmail functionality. There are more and more third party applications appearing and I am liking the web browser more and more as I get used to the navigation methods. I just read on Ars Technica that the G1 has been jailbroken by those hard working developers over on the XDA Developers site. It is still early in the process and not everything has been made simple yet so if you are not adventurous then you should probably hold off performing the process.

November 5, 2008 by in Collaboration

New and updated S60 apps include Friend View social application and RoadSync 4.0

New and updated S60 apps include Friend View social application and RoadSync 4.0

I keep going back to placing my AT&T SIM into the Nokia E71 because it is such a powerful and slick smartphone. In the last couple of days a few new and updated applications were released for S60 that I just added myself and wanted to share with you all. A new social application from Nokia, a new piece of integration with Ovi appeared, and a powerful Office suite was updated.

November 5, 2008 by in Mobility

BlackBerry Bold available for FREE at Wal-Mart

BlackBerry Bold available for FREE at Wal-Mart

I read through Josh's hands-on with the BlackBerry Bold and am disappointed I missed the FedEx guy by 2 hours before leaving town for the week. However, I am seriously thinking of swinging by an AT&T store on the road to pick one up for myself. If you are thinking of the Bold I read on Michael Gartenberg's site that you can even pick one up for FREE at Wal-Mart (after US$199 rebate and new contract). We usually see these devices drop to free on Amazon after a month of so and it is a bit surprising to see the Bold available for free already at Wal-Mart.

November 4, 2008 by in BlackBerry

Review: BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 from T-Mobile

Review: BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 from T-Mobile

It wasn't until I picked up my Sunset colored BlackBerry Curve a few months ago that I really discovered how functional and powerful a BlackBerry device could be. I tried a BlackBerry Pearl about 6 months before with minor usage attempts over the last couple of years and always felt the BlackBerry devices were strong in email, but not much else. RIM has really been focusing on the consumer with devices like the Pearl and Curve and just recently launched their first flip/clamshell form factor BlackBerry device with the BlackBerry Pearl Flip on T-Mobile.

November 3, 2008 by in Mobility

Motorola MOTOZINE Z5 comes to T-Mobile with 5 megapixel camera and WiFi

Motorola MOTOZINE Z5 comes to T-Mobile with 5 megapixel camera and WiFi

T-Mobile USA has a nice selection of cellphones for customers and even the T-Mobile G1 and BlackBerry Flip have been dominating the smartphone news from T-Mobile there are also capable feature phones being released. The latest mobile phone announced by T-Mobile USA is the MOTOZINE ZN5 that will be available for US$99 with a two year contract. The ZN5 has a 5 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, along with KODAK Imaging technology that makes this one very capable feature phone. The device also has WiFi so you can upload your photos to the Kodak Gallery with one click (it actually uses ShoZu).

November 2, 2008 by in Telcos

Will we see Windows Mobile 6.5 before 7?

Will we see Windows Mobile 6.5 before 7?

There has never been any official Microsoft announcement or release date for Windows Mobile 7, but much has been leaked about this future mobile operating system. Motorola was recently talking about its future mobile strategy and let slip that a Windows Mobile 6.5 update should be coming prior to Windows Mobile 7.

October 31, 2008 by in Hardware

How do I know what applications are updated in the Android Market?

How do I know what applications are updated in the Android Market?

One of my current activities include checking up on the Android Market offerings a couple of times a day because there is lots of activity going on there as developers roll out applications. However, I have several questions about how things are appearing in the Market (that were just echoed by a reader who sent me an email). I currently have something like 25+ applications loaded on the device (with only a miserable 12MB of memory left). When I visit the Android Market I like to view the By Date tab so I can see what has been added since I last visited. What appears though is not what was last added and I am confused about what is going on here.

October 30, 2008 by in Hardware

I like Windows Mobile and am not ashamed to admit it

I like Windows Mobile and am not ashamed to admit it

A couple weeks ago Om Malik wrote an article in the NY Times titled, Why Windows Mobile is in Trouble, and most of the focus was on how the T-Mobile G1 and Google Android poses the biggest threat to Windows Mobile. The article gives an honest assessment of where Windows Mobile is at this time and concludes by stating that Windows Mobile is not a lost cause, but does need to take some actions to stay current and relevant in the mobile space. I agree with this bottom line, but also don't think Microsoft has too much to worry about with the first Google Android device (the G1). I have been using the G1 for two weeks now and while it is great to see a mainstream Linux mobile OS, I am also heavily using my Treo Pro to get things done and stay in touch on the go. I don't see a lot of people standing up and saying they prefer and like using Windows Mobile, but I know there are lots of people out there that do enjoy using this platform and I am one of them.

October 30, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

T-Mobile G1 data stopped working? Free trial is over and new data rates are coming

T-Mobile G1 data stopped working? Free trial is over and new data rates are coming

I just returned from a meeting in Houston and then found I was unable to access the Android Market or surf with the browser, while Gmail and IM seemed to work fine. I went online to check my T-Mobile account details and there was no data services selected on my account. When I ordered my G1 online I signed up for the US$25 data plan and 400 messages and was getting data just fine until today. I called up T-Mobile customer service and found out that T-Mobile gave everyone who bought a G1 free data access for a while (seems to be about 10 days for me) before the system was supposed to automatically add the G1 data plan. Apparently, my switch didn't get automatically flipped over so the customer service representative made the update manually and I should have full data access again in the next few hours.

October 29, 2008 by in Collaboration

Full Office functionality coming soon to the iPhone

Full Office functionality coming soon to the iPhone

Applications for the Apple iPhone continue to be released at a rapid pace and it looks like DataViz may be the first to launch with a full Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) suite in its Documents To Go application. Evernote also continues to be updated and now supports offline note creation and storage for those times when you do not have a wireless connection available.

October 28, 2008 by in Collaboration

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