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Smartphones and Cell Phones
Matthew Miller provides you with news, commentary and in-depth reviews of the latest in mobile phones sporting iOS, Android, and Windows.
Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on 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 over 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 1520, 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".
Kodak is an iconic name in imaging and as millions use their phones to capture images it's great to see this brand coming to mobile devices.
There are a number of excellent high end smartphones available today and most will satisfy buyers. Matthew updated his September list with some new candidates and a bit of reshuffling based on hands-on experiences.
Currency is unstable in Russia at the moment and last week Apple closed down its online store. It is now open again, but prices are significantly higher.
Even with Apple Pay serving as your digital wallet, there remains the need for physical cards and that is where the Q Card Case comes in handy.
With Apple Pay providing your digital wallet, it is handy to have a phone case to carry your other physical cards around.
A recent ITG research report indicates that people are adopting Apple Pay. Google Wallet is also doing better than expected and Apple's awareness of mobile payments may be helping.
The Sony Xperia Z3 has been in Matthew's pocket for over a month and continues to impress him on a daily basis.
You can now leave your credit cards behind when you have your smartphone. In Iowa you will soon be able to flash your phone to show off your driver's license.
Republic Wireless provides low cost, no-contract service with a focus on WiFi connectivity. The new Moto X is launching on their network and is a compelling offer for frugal wireless customers.
Loss of a smartphone is reported in 10 percent of all thefts and robberies in the US. Secure your iPhone with Apple's activation lock and apply a security setting to your device now.
Microsoft continues to actively extend its Bing search capability to the Android platform, including Android Wear watches and smartphones.
Coffee drinkers in Portland can now place a drink and food order on their iPhone, pay, then pick it up all without talking to a single person. Welcome to the future of mobile ordering.
The new Nexus 6 is a six-inch Moto X running a pure Google experience. Matthew is convinced the Motorola enhancements make the Moto X a better choice.
While 16GB iPhone models are popular with consumers, that's not enough memory to store all your photos, apps, and games. With T-Mobile you can get a 64GB iPhone 6 for the price of a 16GB model.
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