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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Android Cupcake update may be missing major need, memory management

Android Cupcake update may be missing major need, memory management

There have been lots of rumors and screenshots on the forthcoming "Cupcake" update for the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device that may start rolling out as soon as next week. While most of the talk is about an on-screen keyboard, I think there is an even bigger issue that must be included soon or else my G1 will keep being used more as a hobby phone than anything else. The on-screen keyboard makes sense for follow-up Google Android products, but makes no sense to me for the current G1 hardware where the keyboard is perfectly fine and one of the real strengths of the device.

January 23, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Easily get more info and take quick action with Microsoft Tags

Easily get more info and take quick action with Microsoft Tags

I was browsing my RSS feeds last night and Jack Cook's post jogged my memory about the Microsoft Tag demo we saw at Mobius December 2008. Microsoft Tag lets you create identifier tags for all kinds of things and can be used in magazines, billboards, web sites, in-store ads, and more to let you access a URL, dial a number, display text, or see vCard details. It only takes seconds to create tags and IMHO they are much more user-friendly than the QR codes I never quite grasped.

January 22, 2009 by in Mobility

HTC announces an updated Touch Cruise, new software on old hardware

HTC announces an updated Touch Cruise, new software on old hardware

HTC spends a lot of time updating devices with a new feature here and there to get it right and reminds me a lot of what Sony did with the CLIE line several years ago. They launch new products every few months with a tweak made here and there to make it better when I think they should just hold off a bit and get it right the first time. The HTC Touch Cruise was just updated with geotagging capability called HTC Footprints, yet still misses the mark with a rather limited camera that may make reduce how much geotagging someone would have done if they improved the optics. The HTC Touch Cruise is a GPS-focused device in the HTC lineup that should have a larger higher resolution display that misses the mark in a couple ways.

January 22, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Palm Treo Pro available from Sprint

Palm Treo Pro available from Sprint

Despite the slightly cramped keyboard I love my Palm Treo Pro and keep going back to it because it has a near perfect form factor and rock solid performance. I love the touches Palm put into it with the ringer switch, WiFi button, solid design, and long battery life.

January 22, 2009 by in Telcos

Palm WebOS will serve as your true personal assistant

Palm WebOS will serve as your true personal assistant

A few more details and functionality of the Palm WebOS have been coming out now that the announcement has been made and Palm is moving towards release of the Pre. PreCentral.net posted the Sarah Lacy video interview with Elevation Partner Roger McNamee and there were some real treasures revealed that helps you understand why they invested so much money in Palm late last year. One of the coolest features is the contacts, calendar, and location based intelligence where your Palm Pre serves as your personal assistant.

January 21, 2009 by in Mobility

Global Mobile Awards 2009 nominees announced for MWC 09

Global Mobile Awards 2009 nominees announced for MWC 09

Mobile World Congress 2009 kicks off in Spain in just over three weeks and the press releases are already starting to appear as companies get ready for big announcements and product showcases. One of the first releases concerns the nominees for the Global Mobile Awards. MWC is a mobile show focused on world markets so you will see many services that are provided outside the US in the list of nominees. I was pleased to see two of my personal favorite devices, the Nokia E71 and T-Mobile G1 appear in the Best Mobile Handset or Device category along with the INQ1, LG KS360, and BlackBerry Storm 9500.

January 20, 2009 by in Mobility

T-Mobile G1 rumors, data only plan option and replacement battery

T-Mobile G1 rumors, data only plan option and replacement battery

The T-Mobile G1 (see my full review) is currently the only Google Android device on the market and is available only from T-Mobile. There are a couple of rumors surrounding the G1 that I am trying to verify with my T-Mobile contacts. The first one concerns a possible US$20 price drop for the G1 and the option to purchase one and activate only a data plan for US$34.99 with no voice plan. The second rumor is that T-Mobile is sending new batteries to current G1 owners.

January 20, 2009 by in Hardware

Study shows 85% of users are frustrated with setting up their new phones

Study shows 85% of users are frustrated with setting up their new phones

I write a lot about all the great functionality and power of today's smartphones here on the blog. I spend a lot of time showing off my devices to family and friends, including the services and 3rd party applications I use on a daily basis to get things done. I followed a link from the IT Facts blog to the BBC news site that quoted a study that said 85% of users reported they were frustrated by the difficulty of getting a new phone up and working. As a mobile enthusiast who has been using PDAs since 1997 it is easy for me to get wrapped up in mobile technology and think everyone should be as familiar as I am with these devices. My friends and I are often found looking for the latest and greatest and wondering why a certain device has this or that feature missing. In reality, I think those people who don't read this blog and have cellphones just want a few basic features and could care less about the high powered features I care about.

January 20, 2009 by in Mobility

Global copy and paste comes to jailbroken iPhones

Global copy and paste comes to jailbroken iPhones

I previously discussed whether or not copy and paste were needed on the iPhone and after several months of using other devices I emphatically believe it is needed. I actually had to switch back to my Treo Pro a couple of times because I needed copy and paste to get some things done, primarily copying content and email addresses to put into another email message on several occasions. I just read where Michael Gartenberg stated copy and paste is now here for the iPhone and iPod touch. I followed the link to the source and see that it is truly now available for jailbroken devices.

January 19, 2009 by in iPhone

Is visual voicemail coming in a future BlackBerry OS update?

Is visual voicemail coming in a future BlackBerry OS update?

AT&T and the iPhone brought the visual voicemail feature to the forefront of the mobile discussion and people are starting to look for it in new devices. The Sprint Samsung Instinct has it and Verizon Wireless offers it on devices as well. The Boy Genius Report posted some screenshots of the official RIM visual voicemail service that is rumored to be coming soon to select BlackBerry devices. Visual voicemail should be coming as an OS update, 4.6.0.219, on the AT&T BlackBerry Bold.

January 19, 2009 by in Mobility

MobileTechRoundup show #159, Palm Pre and more focused format

MobileTechRoundup show #159, Palm Pre and more focused format

It has been a few weeks since Kevin, James, and I have been able to get together for a podcast due to the holidays, CES, and other travel. We are now back in action and kicking off 2009 with a shorter, more focused plan for our podcasts. In this first new format podcast we spend most of the time talking about the big news at CES 2009, the Palm Pre and WebOS. We also mentioned the new Nokia N85 device I purchased over the holidays and the Agora Pro that will not be coming as the second Google Android device.

January 19, 2009 by in Mobility

RIM now accepting submittals for its BlackBerry application storefront

RIM now accepting submittals for its BlackBerry application storefront

Last year RIM announced a $150 million development fund and then we heard about an upcoming BlackBerry application storefront. RIM just sent a notice to developers that they are now accepting applications for this new storefront so if you are a developer check out the Vendor Portal and get your application in. RIM will contact you regarding the results of their evaluation and the next steps to take.

January 19, 2009 by in BlackBerry

Use those old Palm OS apps on your Symbian device with StyleTap

Use those old Palm OS apps on your Symbian device with StyleTap

My mobile device history dates back to 1997 with my US Robotics Pilot 1000 and I still have a few Palm OS applications that I enjoy using. If you have Palm OS applications that you still need to run and now have moved onto S60, UIQ, or Windows Mobile you can use StyleTap and still use most Palm applications. The Symbian (S60 and UIQ) version has been in closed beta for some time and according to the Symbian Guru the S60 version was just made available for trial and purchase (US$49.95).

January 16, 2009 by in Mobility

Evernote for Windows Mobile updated with GPS functions and file sync

Evernote for Windows Mobile updated with GPS functions and file sync

I am a big fan of the Evernote clients and service and cast my vote for them in the recent Crunchie contest they won so I was particularly pleased to see that they keep improving the Windows Mobile client right along with the iPhone client. The latest release for Windows Mobile brings a host of new features that I can't wait to try out on my Palm Treo Pro and HTC Fuze.

January 16, 2009 by in Mobile OS

Will IE Mobile 6 be available on existing hardware?

Will IE Mobile 6 be available on existing hardware?

The last we heard from a Microsoft source was that you would need to buy a new Windows Mobile device to get the Internet Explorer Mobile 6.1 web browser. WMExperts posted on the rumored Sprint Diamond ROM update that shows MSIE 6.0 in the list of new/different features. If the Sprint Touch Diamond can support IE Mobile 6 then there are a host of even more powerful devices (Touch Pro, XPERIA X1, etc.) that should be able to support it too with an update.

January 16, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

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