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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First look: A 15-year old's perspective of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009

First look: A 15-year old's perspective of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009

It looks like my fellow mobile enthusiasts all received the new T-Mobile Sidekick LX on Friday when my two-week eval unit arrived. I decided to start with a slightly different method of providing you with a first impressions since the T-Mobile Sidekick lineup is more appealing to teenagers than the enterprise crowd. My first converged device was the original T-Mobile Sidekick back in 2002, but I haven't used one since then. My oldest daughter is 15 and loves her Sidekick 3 device so I gave the Sidekick LX to her to use for the last 3 days and then conducted a Q&A with her to find out what she thought about it. I will spend some time with it over the next week or two and plan to provide my thoughts then.

May 3, 2009 by in Mobility

T-Mobile G1 US cupcake 1.5 update, nothing to see here

T-Mobile G1 US cupcake 1.5 update, nothing to see here

I posted that the T-Mobile G1 cupcake (aka 1.5) update was rolling out to G1 owners yesterday, but with no official T-Mobile confirmation and some confusion in the Android space I am no longer certain the update really is rolling out here in the US. Conducting a search on Twitter shows that those receiving the update seem to all be in the UK. There is also lots of confusion around the update since there is definitely a 1.5 update for Android Developer Phone models (unlocked) available right on the HTC site. People either have these ADP models or have already rooted and updated their T-Mobile G1 devices to get the cupcake update so it is difficult to know if people are all talking about the same thing. Can anyone confirm they have received the G1 1.5 cupcake update on a standard, locked, non-rooted T-Mobile G1 in the USA?

May 1, 2009 by in Hardware

Is the Palm Eos going to be AT&T's WebOS device?

Is the Palm Eos going to be AT&T's WebOS device?

Today must be the day for Palm rumors as we had the Mini-Pre rumor earlier and now have the Palm Eos rumor from Engadget. There are even a list of specs to accompany the Eos rumor and it looke like it will also be a WebOS device, except for a GSM version going to AT&T. It looks a bit like a Palm Treo Pro in a sleeker form factor

April 30, 2009 by in Hardware

T-Mobile rolling out Android 1.5 cupcake update to G1 owners

T-Mobile rolling out Android 1.5 cupcake update to G1 owners

A couple of days ago I mentioned that the Android 1.5 update was available for Android Developer Phone models of the G1. According to Brighthand T-Mobile USA and UK have started to roll this update out to T-Mobile G1 owners over the air. Some people are reporting that the update arrived last night, but I haven't seen mine updated yet and the last time there was an update I didn't get it for a week or so and I was one of the first to buy the G1.

April 30, 2009 by in Mobility

Will a Palm "Mini-Pre" be out in 2009 too?

Will a Palm "Mini-Pre" be out in 2009 too?

I finally had the chance to see and touch the Palm Pre at CTIA and think it is an exciting device that may keep Palm going for a bit longer. I am not the biggest fan of the keyboard and think that the rumored "Mini Pre" mentioned by Michael Arrington last night may even be a more compelling product. The iPhone is extremely popular and it does not have a physical QWERTY keyboard so there is no reason a more compact Palm Pre without a keyboard cannot do just as well.

April 29, 2009 by in Hardware

iPhone Quickoffice 1.1.1 update available, was the product released too early?

iPhone Quickoffice 1.1.1 update available, was the product released too early?

Last week I mentioned that Quickoffice submitted an update for their iPhone Office application and I have been checking iTunes daily to find out if the updated was available. I was pleased early this morning to see the update was indeed present and available for download as Quickoffice 1.1.1. I updated my iPhone 3G to this latest version to try out the new features and updates. However, I am not able to get a couple of these new features to work on my iPhone and the update is quite minor.

April 27, 2009 by in Hardware

Android 1.5 available for installation on Android Developer Phone

Android 1.5 available for installation on Android Developer Phone

Do you have a developer version of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device? Then you can now update the device to Android version 1.5 and tell us all about it. The Android Developers Blog makes it clear that this update is currently intended for developers and not for those looking to use their Android device for daily, regular usage. HTC has clear directions and the image packages needed to update your developer Android device and it really makes me wish I had purchased one of these rather than the T-Mobile branded version. Those of us with the T-Mobile G1 should get the update sometime in May, at least that is what the tea leaves indicate.

April 27, 2009 by in Mobility

Clash of the Touch Titans summary; which device is my favorite?

Clash of the Touch Titans summary; which device is my favorite?

I completed my Clash of the Touch Titans articles last week and wanted to thank all of you for your active participation. I had quite a few comments on those posts and received several emails from people thanking me for the posts on each device. As I stated in my first post I use these types of comparisons as a way for me to make personal device buying decisions and evaluate different devices. Take a look at this comparison spreadsheet for a snapshot of features and specifications of each of these Touch Titans as it may help you when thinking about which device fits your needs best.

April 27, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

TouchDown Exchange Android app updated to version 3.0

TouchDown Exchange Android app updated to version 3.0

I've written about TouchDown for Google Android in the past and it is one of the best priced apps I have purchased for my T-Mobile G1. I actually popped my SIM card in my G1 yesterday morning and discovered there was an upgrade to TouchDown that brought it up to version 3.x. I then received an email from the company with all the details surrounding this latest upgrade. As I mentioned before in my TouchDown articles, the NitroDesk Inc. people have been regularly updating the application to make the Exchange experience better and better for Google Android devices.

April 23, 2009 by in Collaboration

Google optimizes Product Search for Android and iPhone browsers

Google optimizes Product Search for Android and iPhone browsers

Google develops and releases some outstanding mobile tools and according to the Official Google Mobile Blog you can now try out Google Product Search for Mobile that is an optimized website for the iPhone and Google Android web browsers. Simply go to Google on your device and then go to Product Search to see the results in the US and UK.

April 23, 2009 by in iPhone

Over 1 billion App Store downloads, AppReview helps you sort the 32,000+ apps

Over 1 billion App Store downloads, AppReview helps you sort the 32,000+ apps

Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners have now downloaded applications more than 1 billion times in the nine months that the App Store has been live. Anyway you slice it, that is a fantastic achievement. According to a well written TechCrunch article that works out to an average of about 27 apps per device. I personally have downloaded over a hundred different apps and some more than once so I probably account for at least a couple hundred downloads myself. There are still a few problems with the App Store and with something over 32,000 apps in the App Store it is a daunting task to find apps you need or want to try.

April 23, 2009 by in Mobility

Should the US government impose wireless fee limits like the EU?

Should the US government impose wireless fee limits like the EU?

Zack forwarded me a link to a rather interesting BBC News item on how the EU is setting caps on text messaging, data roaming, and voice calls. As a US wireless carrier subscriber I was a bit surprised to read that government officials are able to set maximum limits wireless carriers in the European Union can charge their subscribers for services. While these are limits, I imagine that carriers will try to secure subscribers by seeing who can get the furthest under this cap while still being profitable.

April 22, 2009 by in Collaboration

The iPhone is clearly the king of 3rd party apps

The iPhone is clearly the king of 3rd party apps

I just read a post over on The iPhone blog that links to the Read Write Web article on smartphone applications. Read Write Web states that the iPhone is king, smartphones are the new laptops, and iPhone applications can and do make money. The data shows that the iPhone is clearly and undisputably the king when it comes to mobile applications. The quality and content of the apps are the main reason I use my iPhone from time to time because the phone itself lacks functions I find much better on Windows Mobile and S60.

April 22, 2009 by in iPhone

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