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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Review: RIM BlackBerry Handsfree Visor Mount Speakerphone

Review: RIM BlackBerry Handsfree Visor Mount Speakerphone

We usually associate RIM with their BlackBerry smartphones, but lately they have been creating more and more accessories (check out my thoughts on the BlackBerry Premium Multimedia Headset) to optimize the BlackBerry experience. The BlackBerry Visor Mount Speakerphone is a versatile solution that gives you hands-free support in your vehicle. It gives you more functionality than seen in many Bluetooth speakers with a cool integrated FM transmitter. Check out some product photos in my image gallery and my thoughts on using the device below.

July 5, 2009 by in Hardware

Celebrate 4th of July on your smartphone with Handmark Fireworks

Celebrate 4th of July on your smartphone with Handmark Fireworks

I thoroughly enjoy launching and watching fireworks on the 4th of July and with the native American reservations close to my house I get the chance to buy some pretty fantastic explosives. If you want to play it a bit safer and save yourself some money you can visit Astraware and load up their free Handmark Fireworks application on your iPhone, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile device.

July 2, 2009 by in iPhone

CoPilot Live GPS navigation solution now available for Google Android devices

CoPilot Live GPS navigation solution now available for Google Android devices

I posted a full review of TeleNav GPS Navigator software on the T-Mobile G1 and for a long time it was the only voice navigation software for the platform. Today, ALK Technologies announced the release of CoPilot Live for the Android platform that can be purchased for $34.99 in the Android Market. It is designed to run on the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), HTC Magic, and upcoming HTC Hero. One of the major differences between this software and TeleNav's solution is that you download all the maps for your selected region and store them on your microSD card so that no data connection is needed for the full navigation experience.

July 1, 2009 by in Mobility

Review: T-Mobile Dash 3G takes the Dash torch and runs with it

Review: T-Mobile Dash 3G takes the Dash torch and runs with it

This summer is a blockbuster season for touchscreen smartphones with the Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS, Nokia N97, HTC TouchPro2, and T-Mobile myPhone. However, not everyone is crazy about touchscreen devices and they just want a solid smartphone that gets the job done in a compact form factor that is easily operated with a single hand. One of the hottest selling smartphones ever for T-Mobile has been the T-Mobile Dash. I personally used this device for about a year and have given out a couple I had to family and coworkers who still enjoy using the Dash today. T-Mobile announced the Dash 3G a couple weeks ago and I have had the chance to spend the last week and a half evaluating one of them. Actually, T-Mobile may have a tough time getting this review unit back anytime soon :) You can check out product images and software screenshots in my image gallery along with a short video of it in action and my thoughts on the device below.

June 30, 2009 by in Mobility

Palm gets personal, Apple & RIM don't

Palm gets personal, Apple & RIM don't

Very few people ever seem to read the manuals that come with the products they purchase and I imagine it is even more rare for someone to read all of the terms, conditions, and privacy documents related to their smartphone. A ZDNet reader sent me a note about Palm's WebOS terms and conditions because they seemed quite intrusive and the reader wondered if every smartphone company was the same. I found and reviewed the privacy information for RIM and Apple too and found that Palm's WebOS privacy document is overly personal compared to these other two companies.

June 29, 2009 by in Mobility

MobileTechRoundup show #176, I need a Hero

MobileTechRoundup show #176, I need a Hero

We missed recording a show last week since I was in line for my iPhone 3GS, the first time, and so now have our second show of the week for you all to enjoy. James, Kevin, and I all started off MobileTechRoundup show #176 by talking about the announcement of the new HTC Hero and HTC Sense UI coming later this year. Palm seems to be doing well with Pre downloads, but needs to get their SDK out for applications to start filling up the Palm App Catalog. Kevin mentioned that iPhone tethering works with a simple provisioning file and then we each told how much we would be willing to pay for the service that should be coming to AT&T a bit later. There are a couple of slick new netbooks available from HP and ASUS and Kevin has one in his shopping cart. There won't be a show next week since we'll be off enjoying the 4th of July.

June 27, 2009 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

TouchDown adds Private appt creation in Google Android

TouchDown adds Private appt creation in Google Android

One reason I keep a Windows Mobile device around is because of the outstanding Exchange support. I recently mentioned my experiences with Exchange and other operating systems as most of them integrate Exchange support. I understand the new HTC Hero Android device may have some kind of integrated Exchange support, but I also wanted to remind current T-Mobile G1 and future myPhone 3G that there is an outstanding client from NitroDesk called TouchDown. I found out that one of my desired functions, private appointment creation, is now integrated into the latest beta of TouchDown.

June 25, 2009 by in Hardware

Do Palm Pre owners have to look to the past to get apps?

Do Palm Pre owners have to look to the past to get apps?

Come on now people, let the Palm OS apps go and move on to the future of mobile technology. I received an email notifying me that MobiHand and MotionApps announced the grand opening of the MobiHand Classic App Store that is dedicated to offering those ancient Palm OS apps to run in the MotionApps Classic Palm OS emulator. It seems a bit sad that there are still so few apps for the WebOS and Palm Pre while the Classic Palm OS emulator has to be promoted as the place to get applications.

June 24, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

HTC announces the Hero with HTC Sense and Adobe Flash Player 10

HTC announces the Hero with HTC Sense and Adobe Flash Player 10

HTC held a big event in London today to announce the new HTC Hero Google Android device running with their new HTC Sense user interface. The Hero is a sleek looking Google Android device that appears similar to the HTC Magic with a slimmer form factor that still incorporates that distinctive "chin". The HTC Sense UI integrates methods of communication to improve the end user experience and is a UI that will be incorporated across HTC devices in the future. HTC and Adobe also announced that Flash Player 10 will be integrated in the Hero.

June 23, 2009 by in Mobility

Review: In depth look at AT&T Navigator voice navigation system on the iPhone 3GS

Review: In depth look at AT&T Navigator voice navigation system on the iPhone 3GS

Back when I saw the TeleNav client come to the T-Mobile G1 I knew it was just a matter of time before we would see this application come to the Apple iPhone. It has taken Apple a lot longer than I thought it would for them to open up true voice navigation, but the 3.0 OS now allows for this functionality and TeleNav wasted no time at all in rolling out AT&T Navigator for the Apple iPhone. Check out my image gallery containing screenshots of the application and service in action, as well as my video below. The application is quite fast and responsive on the iPhone 3GS and is pretty full featured. There are some areas for improvements, but it is a great first start and I am excited to see it on the iPhone.

June 23, 2009 by in Tech & Work

Qik rolls out live video streaming for Google Android

Qik rolls out live video streaming for Google Android

My T-Mobile G1 is my preferred T-Mobile device and it just gets better and better all the time with more developers supporting the Google Android platform. The latest software/service available for the Android devices is Qik mobile video streaming application. iPhone users cannot say, "There's an app for that." since Apple still does not allow video streaming with Qik. I have been using Qik a bit lately on my Nokia N97 because it allows me to simultaneously upload videos I take to Facebook and YouTube, as well as my Qik site. The Qik Android alpha requires a device with firmware 1.5 (aka Cupcake) and a microSD card.

June 23, 2009 by in Mobility

Voice guided navigation comes to the iPhone as AT&T Navigator

Voice guided navigation comes to the iPhone as AT&T Navigator

I wrote how the T-Mobile G1 beat the iPhone to voice-guided navigation with the TeleNav client on T-Mobile. Today, AT&T and TeleNav announced that AT&T Navigator is now available in the Apple App Store. AT&T Navigator is the AT&T-branded version of the TeleNav software found on many Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Nokia S60 mobile platforms, as well as their dedicated PND, and brings true, high-powered voice navigation to the Apple iPhone. AT&T Navigator is a subscription-based service costing $9.99 per month, billable through your AT&T phone service. I now have it loaded on my new iPhone 3GS and will be using it tonight and posting a first impressions article for you to all see it in action so you can make an informed purchase decision.

June 23, 2009 by in Mobility

MobileTechRoundup #175; iPhone 3GS picked up by two hosts

MobileTechRoundup #175; iPhone 3GS picked up by two hosts

James, Kevin, and I all bought the Palm Pre and we started off MobileTechRoundup show #175 going around the horn to see how many of us ended up picking up the new iPhone 3GS. It turns out that Kevin and I did get one, even though only Kevin had planned to get one initially. We talked quite a bit about the new iPhone, then went on to chat about the Palm Pre and Nokia N97. Kevin mentioned that he is particularly enjoying the Nike+ feature integrated into the iPhone 3GS.

June 22, 2009 by in iPhone

Does MobileMe's Find My iPhone lead to potential bodily harm?

Does MobileMe's Find My iPhone lead to potential bodily harm?

I am not a MobileMe subscriber because I found I never used it when I did subscribe back when it launched. If you have an iPhone there is a new service called Find My iPhone that provides you with ways to track a lost iPhone. I just read this real-life story of how a lost iPhone was recovered, but do not recommend people take this much direct action to recover a lost iPhone. Remember, it is just a phone and can be replaced and even wiped clean too.

June 22, 2009 by in Telcos

Carrier strength drives smartphone selections

Carrier strength drives smartphone selections

Jason Hiner earlier posted on his buying decision between the iPhone 3G S and Palm Pre and as this blockbuster smartphone Summer kicks off I imagine that many prospective buyers will be looking at the available choices. Fellow MoTR podcast co-host James Kendrick actually owns the flagship device from each of the four major US wireless carriers and posted his thoughts on which phone/carrier combo would he choose that I think you should also check out as you look for a new smartphone. I'll offer my opinion as well since I have tried these devices and carriers as well. As you will see the choice for each personal is highly dependent on their carrier signal strength and performance in the location where they live and work.

June 22, 2009 by in Mobility

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