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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Smartphone lines; rock concerts for the mobile phone geek

Smartphone lines; rock concerts for the mobile phone geek

Yes, I am in line yet again for a new smartphone. The funny thing is that I was not planning to line up for the Palm Pre or this current iPhone 3G S just two weeks ago. I couldn't resist the Pre with my business trip to Hawaii and desire to get some good hands-on time with the Pre. I was able to sell my iPhone 3G for a good price on Craigslist yesterday that makes this iPhone 3G S a fairly inexpensive upgrade and after reading several reviews I think I will really appreciate the updated camera, faster speed, and longer battery life (I still want Pandora to stream in the background though Apple). People used to sleep outside for days for concert tickets (maybe they still do) and I see these smartphone lines as nothing really different. The original iPhone was the first time I stood in line and now it has become something of a geek tradition with my 3rd iPhone line.

June 18, 2009 by in Telcos

Nokia Ovi Store fails in many ways, buy with extreme caution

Nokia Ovi Store fails in many ways, buy with extreme caution

I have now had two issues with the Nokia Ovi Store over the past couple of weeks and will no longer buy ANY application from the Ovi Store until I see some major improvements in how business is conducted and carried out. Andrew (and I) thought that the Ovi Store could actually rival the Apple App Store, but I see now that this is not going to happen anytime soon, if at all. The Ovi Store is a major failure, in my opinion, for a few reasons that I will discuss below and Nokia may want to think about going back to the drawing board and seeing what others are doing to get it right.

June 17, 2009 by in Developer

Palm Pre returned, Sprint coverage and Android main factors

Palm Pre returned, Sprint coverage and Android main factors

As readers know I waited in line in Hawaii to pick up my Palm Pre and then followed up with my one week thoughts on using the device. I am a fan of Palm devices and even though the device has some issues and very few applications available I would have kept it to test out and explore Palm's WebOS if it was released on a GSM carrier. I would probably have even forked over the $75 monthly fee to keep it as a Sprint device if I was able to get decent Sprint coverage where I live, work, and play. I could have made due with the lack of coverage at my house with the use of WiFi, but I was not seeing good solid coverage in most every area where I commute and travel. Some of these coverage issues may also be related to the device as I was seeing it bounce between no coverage to full coverage in places that were close together.

June 17, 2009 by in Hardware

T-Mobile announces Dash 3G and confirms 2nd Android announcement

T-Mobile announces Dash 3G and confirms 2nd Android announcement

One of the more impressive devices I had a chance to see at CTIA in April was the HTC Snap. Today T-Mobile USA announced that the HTC Snap will be coming to T-Mobile as the T-Mobile Dash 3G and serve as the successor to the very popular T-Mobile Dash. THe T-Mobile Dash was the smartphone that had my wife switch to the Windows Mobile platform and never look back and she actually went through three of them. I imagine I will have to pick one of these new Dash 3G devices up for her when they are released in July too.

June 17, 2009 by in Smartphones

Update: Solved iPhone OS 3.0 update fails connecting to cellular data network issue

Update: Solved iPhone OS 3.0 update fails connecting to cellular data network issue

I updated my iPhone 3G this morning as soon as the update became available. Everything seemed to go without a hitch and all of my content, apps, and settings appeared to transfer over just fine. However, when I tried to check email, surf the Internet, or perform anything require a data connection I received the following error pop-up, "Could not activate cellular data network: You are not subscribed to a cellular data service." The thing is, I do pay AT&T $30 per month for my wireless data service so I am indeed subscribed to a cellular data service.

June 17, 2009 by in Mobility

What can you expect with the iPhone OS 3.0 update?

What can you expect with the iPhone OS 3.0 update?

Today is the day that all of us existing iPhone owners will be able to upgrade to the iPhone 3.0 OS. I waited up until midnight last night with a bit of hope that Apple would turn on the update just as we pased midnight Pacific time, but that didn't happen. The talk around the Internet is that the update should go live at 10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time. In the meantime, to get you prepped on what to expect with your 3.0 update The iPhone Blog put together a detailed iPhone 3.0 software walk through that I highly recommend you check out.

June 17, 2009 by in iPhone

Flick through iPhone search results with Taptu

Flick through iPhone search results with Taptu

Search has become one of the main functions people perform on their mobile devices and I know I use all of mine for this on a daily basis. With the finger friendly touch UI on the iPhone, it was just a matter of time before companies started rolling out iPhone-friendly optimized search applications. Taptu was announced today and is available for free in the App Store (iTunes link).

June 16, 2009 by in iPhone

RIM announces BlackBerry Tour with CDMA/GSM support, no WiFi

RIM announces BlackBerry Tour with CDMA/GSM support, no WiFi

Today, RIM announced and confirmed all the rumors regarding the BlackBerry Tour device that will be coming to North American CDMA carriers this summer. CrackBerry.com has a full hands-on review that gives you all the details on this latest messaging device from RIM. Verizon Wireless has their BlackBerry Tour site up and running.

June 15, 2009 by in BlackBerry

Clash of the QWERTY sliders: HTC Touch Pro2 and Nokia N97

Clash of the QWERTY sliders: HTC Touch Pro2 and Nokia N97

I ended my Clash of the Touch Titans series at the end of April and may be looking at forward facing QWERTY phones soon. However, there is another form factor that is popular with Windows Mobile that Nokia just added and that is the slider QWERTY device. HTC is rolling out the Touch Pro2 while the Nokia N97 is being launched worldwide as well. I currently have both of these devices in hand and wanted to offer up some thoughts on how they compare since they have so many similarities. Check out the image gallery for some comparisons and the videos of each device that go along with my thoughts below.

June 14, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Nokia reveals the slim, sleek, and powerful E72 messaging device

Nokia reveals the slim, sleek, and powerful E72 messaging device

The Nokia E71 (see my review) is one of my all time favorite Nokia devices and is a work powerhouse. There are a few issues that I compromise on and with the announcement of the Nokia E72 it looks like Nokia has fixed each of these issues. The major improvements in the E72 over the E71 are a 5 megapixel camera, use of a standard 3.5mm headset jack vs. a 2.5mm headset jack, excellent Nokia Messaging application (like the one found on the E75), digital compass, and other improvements. It should be available in the 3rd quarter of 2009 for an estimated retail price of $488.

June 14, 2009 by in Social Enterprise

Review: Documents To Go raises the bar for iPhone word processing

Review: Documents To Go raises the bar for iPhone word processing

One limitation on the iPhone that has always kept another device in my gear bag ready to go is the lack of ability to create or edit Microsoft Office Word documents. Just over a month ago, Quickoffice launched their Office-compatible product and I bought it right away. It is a solid product, but has a couple of annoying issues (lack of iPhone predictive keyboard support, awkward connection method, etc.) that had me hoping for something more. DataViz did just that for Word documents and launched the outstanding Documents To Go product for the iPhone. They set the bar with this product as it gives you just about everything you need for mobile Word document creation, editing, and viewing. They also took it a bit further and have a product (Documents To Go with Exchange Attachments) that lets you download, edit, view, and resend Word documents from within the application. An Excel spreadsheet product is under development and will be provided for FREE to all customers who buy the Documents To Go product. I was also blown away by the low introductory price of $4.99 and $9.99 (for product with Exchange attachments support), given that I have paid $50 in the past for the Documents To Go product on Palm and BlackBerry devices. I also just recently paid $20 for the Google Android Documents To Go product and it is easy to see that the iPhone pricing model definitely impacts prices that developers can set for products. Check out over 80 product screenshots in my image gallery to see if the product meets your needs.

June 14, 2009 by in Mobility

First thoughts on the Nokia N97, not as impressed as I should be

First thoughts on the Nokia N97, not as impressed as I should be

I am working on an article for this blog to go live on Monday that compares the two latest/upcoming devices from the grandfathers of the mobile world; the Nokia N97 and HTC Touch Pro2. In the meantime, you can check out some of my first thoughts after a day with the Nokia N97. I have to say that so far I am finding the Nokia E71x to be a more useful device for me and am not really loving the home screen widgets or QWERTY keyboard of the N97. The N97 arrived at a good time though as I enter my second week with the Palm Pre with the iPhone 3G S launch just around the corner. I can tell you right now that in all likelihood at least one of these devices will be returned because of either the device functionality or carrier coverage.

June 13, 2009 by in Microsoft

Is our love for Palm clouding our Pre judgement?

Is our love for Palm clouding our Pre judgement?

Palm is where I started with mobile devices back in 1997 and they have had their ups and downs over the years with me serving as a fan and as a hater during different phases of the company. I read Jonathan Feldman's article on being an ex-Palm user and have to also wonder how much of the excitement around the Palm Pre is due to our desire to see a company like Palm succeed and stay competitive in today's mobile space. As I wrote up earlier, the Palm Pre is a good start with many great aspects, but it is a year or so behind the Apple iPhone and several months behind the Android platform. We all seem to remember the good things in our past and try to put the bad things behind us, but we shouldn't be too quick to forget all those rocky times we had with our old Palm devices either.

June 12, 2009 by in Hardware

MobileTechRoundup #174, All Pre with a little iPhone 3G S

MobileTechRoundup #174, All Pre with a little iPhone 3G S

It turns out James, Kevin, and I all purchased Palm Pre devices and spent most all of MobileTechRoundup show #174 talking about our purchase experiences, Sprint experiences, and thoughts on the Palm Pre device itself. We did end the show with a few quick thoughts on the iPhone 3G S announcement as well. Let's see if any of us end up in line for the iPhone like we did for the Pre :)

June 12, 2009 by in iPhone

Hands-on: Pharos Traveler 137 is first T-Mobile USA 3G WM device

Hands-on: Pharos Traveler 137 is first T-Mobile USA 3G WM device

My very first Bluetooth GPS receiver came from Pharos and that baby performed like no other I have seen since then. I could throw the little "hockey puck" GPS receiver in the back seat and it would still get a solid strong signal served up to my laptops and PDAs. Pharos has been making a line of Pocket PC and now Windows Mobile devices with a GPS focus for a few years and I have tried a couple of them without being that impressed. I was just sent their latest device, the Pharos Traveler 137, to check out for a bit and was very interested in it because it is the first Windows Mobile-based device that supports T-Mobile's unique 1700 MHz 3.5G data network. After spending a few days with the device, I think it is one of the best Pharos models made and may be compelling for T-Mobile customers looking for a WM device.

June 12, 2009 by in Mobility

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