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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 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".
LG continues to improve its flexible display technology with a higher resolution Android smartphone that boasts high end internal specifications.
HTC's UltraPixel technology is an interesting camera innovation and the company should emphasize its usefulness. Serving as a front facing camera seems to be the perfect application.
Geeky looks, high cost, and short battery life are major complaints about smartwatches. Withings has a new smartwatch that addresses all of these concerns.
Communications are critical and when Sony was shut down by cyber attacks they ended up finding help in an archived collection of BlackBerry phones.
T-Mobile's brash CEO has been shaking things up in the US wireless industry and that has been a good thing for all subscribers. His antics will continue next year.
Apple continues to be a holiday favorite with iPads and iPhones being delivered and activated far more than any other brand. Microsoft's low-cost Lumia strategy seems to be working too.
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.
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