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 impressions of the BlackBerry Onyx appear online

First impressions of the BlackBerry Onyx appear online

Kevin Michaluk is always the first to post hands-on reviews of the latest and greatest RIM BlackBerry devices and continues that trend with his review of the BlackBerry Onyx. The Onyx is a non-touch screen device, but as Kevin mentions every other one of these has had one area of compromise and this one packs it all in with 3G, WiFi, GPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera in a compact form factor.

May 25, 2009 by in Mobility

Engadget reveals AT&T's 2009 smartphone lineup; Android, WebOS, & WM

Engadget reveals AT&T's 2009 smartphone lineup; Android, WebOS, & WM

Usually holiday weekends are slow times for news, but Engadget Mobile was sent some AT&T slides that show just about every smartphone coming to the carrier for the rest of the year. These include devices running the Windows Mobile, Palm WebOS, and Android operating systems. I didn't see any BlackBerry, S60 or iPhone products, but still this information is quite valuable in helping you plan out possible future purchases.

May 25, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

MobileTechRoundup show #172, who is buying a Palm Pre?

MobileTechRoundup show #172, who is buying a Palm Pre?

The Palm Pre release date was announced this past week and if you listen to MobileTechRoundup show #172 you will find out that 2 out of 3 of us will be trying to buy the device at or soon after launch. Kevin was also curious about the Nokia N97 and whether or not it could compete with all of these other devices being launched in the US. I think it may do well, just not here. The new HTC Touch Diamond2 was also mentioned on the show. James loves Pandora and talked about the new Pandora One annual service that is available.

May 22, 2009 by in Mobility

BlackBerry Curve 8900 now available from AT&T

BlackBerry Curve 8900 now available from AT&T

AT&T announced that they would be adding the BlackBerry Curve 8900 to their lineup in the early Summer time frame. It looks like Summer comes early for AT&T users as the Curve 8900 now appears to be available in their online store for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract.

May 21, 2009 by in Mobility

Review: First impressions of the HTC Touch Diamond2

Review: First impressions of the HTC Touch Diamond2

The HTC Touch Diamond2 was included in my Clash of the Touch Titans articles and in my summary article I selected the Diamond2 as MY personal favorite due to the "virtually limitless functionality". What I meant by these words was that there is really nothing limiting the Touch Diamond2 from performing any function possible on a mobile phone. It supports MMS, video capture, a multitude of Bluetooth profiles, GPS voice navigation, touch and stylus input, and much more. HTC has taken a solid and sleek Diamond device and improved it in just about every respect. I spent some time at various times with the device and have now had the chance to play with it for a solid day and offer you these first impressions. Check out my image gallery for a few product photos and screenshots from the device. I also included a video of the Touch Diamond2 and the Diamond.

May 18, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Will Apple allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background?

Will Apple allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background?

As we approach the June WWDC event and the expectation that Apple will roll out iPhone OS 3.0 along with some possible new hardware, the rumors of what else may be in the OS update heat up. The latest speculation is that Apple will allow one or two 3rd party apps to run in the background. Currently, Apple lets you run the iPod music functions in the background, but no 3rd party apps have this capability. The servers side notification support coming in iPhone 3.0 may address the needs for some apps, such as IM apps, but there are still some others that would benefit from running in the background on the iPhone.

May 15, 2009 by in Developer

MobileTechRoundup show #171; MiFi, Sidekick, E71x, DX, and more

MobileTechRoundup show #171; MiFi, Sidekick, E71x, DX, and more

James kicked off MobileTechRoundup show #171 by talking about an accessory that is hot news this week and that is the Verizon Wireless MiFi EVDO router that makes it quick and easy to get up to 5 devices connected to Verizon's high speed data network. I then talked about the Sidekick LX 2009 and Nokia E71x when Kevin chimed in about SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone. Cupcake is rolling out to Android owners. All three of us closed the show by throwing out our thoughts on the Amazon Kindle DX.

May 15, 2009 by in Mobility

For less than $100 do you get a new Samsung Jack or Nokia E71x on AT&T?

For less than $100 do you get a new Samsung Jack or Nokia E71x on AT&T?

The Samsung BlackJack II is a fantastic Windows Mobile smartphone and has regularly ranked right up there as one of the best smartphones available. Today Samsung announced the successor, the Samsung Jack i637 that will be coming to AT&T next Tuesday, 19 May for a reportedly low $99.99 (after rebate and a contract). I just picked up a Nokia E71x and am now seriously considering a return to pick up the Jack instead. The Jack runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, but Samsung stated it will be upgradeable to WM 6.5 this Fall too.

May 14, 2009 by in Microsoft

Is imeem Mobile better than Pandora or Last.fm on the iPhone?

Is imeem Mobile better than Pandora or Last.fm on the iPhone?

One of the most popular types of applications on the iPhone is the streaming audio player. Pandora has been at the top of the App Store before and looks to be the one to beat. The service I use and enjoy on my T-Mobile G1 is imeem Mobile and I was pleased to see it released for the iPhone. imeem Mobile for the iPhone is available now on iTunes (iTunes link) for free.

May 13, 2009 by in iPhone

Second look: A 40-year old's usage experiences with the Sidekick LX 2009

Second look: A 40-year old's usage experiences with the Sidekick LX 2009

Just over a week ago I posted a few thoughts on what my oldest daughter's first impressions were of the T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009. I let her use it for a couple more days and then I tried it out for the last 4 days or so. As I stated before, my first converged device was the original Sidekick, but things have changed significantly in the mobile phone market and I personally could never go back to such a large Sidekick device. The Sidekick LX 2009 is definitely the BEST Sidekick ever and I think it does a good job of serving as the transition device to move Sidekick teens from this device onto full smartphone devices like the T-Mobile G1, Palm Pre, or Apple iPhone.

May 13, 2009 by in Collaboration

Review: BlackBerry Premium Multimedia Headset

Review: BlackBerry Premium Multimedia Headset

When you think of RIM products you think of their BlackBerry phones. While at CTIA a couple of months ago, I learned that there are also several BlackBerry branded accessories designed to work with your RIM BlackBerry devices. I had the chance to chat with a product manager for a few audio accessories and am really looking forward to seeing the BlackBerry Bluetooth Visor Mount Speakerphone. In the meantime, I was sent a BlackBerry Premium Multimedia Headset to test out with a Curve 8900. This headset allows you to both listen to tunes and hold calls with your BlackBerry.

May 12, 2009 by in Mobility

SlingPlayer Mobile comes to iPhone for $30, WiFi only

SlingPlayer Mobile comes to iPhone for $30, WiFi only

SlingPlayer Mobile always seemed like a perfect fit for the iPhone and it's large display. We have been waiting patiently for it to arrive with it looking less and less likely after rumors of AT&T and/or Apple preventing its release. According to Dave Zatz, SlingPlayer for iPhone is real and should be up and ready for you to buy starting tomorrow for $29.99. You will not be able to use it with your AT&T 3G network though as the application is limited to WiFi connections only.

May 12, 2009 by in iPhone

Amazon launches iPhone-optimized Kindle storefront

Amazon launches iPhone-optimized Kindle storefront

The iPhone Kindle application is a great way to keep reading your Kindle content while out and about when your Kindle is back at home. One big complaint people have had though is the difficult way to purchase Kindle content to read on the iPhone if you do not own a Kindle. You could use the Amazon website, but it was clunky on the iPhone. Amazon announced the launch of an iPhone-optimized Kindle site that makes it much easier to find and purchase Kindle content on the iPhone. Simply tap the Get Books icon in the Kindle for iPhone application to access the new iPhone-optimized store.

May 11, 2009 by in Developer

Mobile software Monday: Evernote comes to the BlackBerry platform

Mobile software Monday: Evernote comes to the BlackBerry platform

One of my favorite mobile apps/services is Evernote because it works across multiple mobile devices with native clients (iPhone and Windows Mobile) and via email while also working on PC and Mac computers. The folks at Evernote have stated they are working on clients for more mobile platforms and the next version is now ready for RIM BlackBerry owners. I've spent a few days using the latest BlackBerry client and you can check out some screenshots of it in action in my image gallery.

May 11, 2009 by in Hardware

Official Microsoft Facebook app for WM provides video uploads

Official Microsoft Facebook app for WM provides video uploads

Facebook seems to be getting more and more popular as "regular" people start to embrace and use it. I know in my group of family and friends I am seeing adoption of Facebook by my church, soccer parents, family members, and more at a rate I haven't seen before. There are several mobile clients out there for various platforms and for Windows Mobile I have been using FriendMobilizer on my Treo Pro. Microsoft just release their official Facebook application that can be downloaded now for free from www.windowsmobile.com/facebook or directly from your mobile browser at mobile.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/downloads/facebook.mspx.

May 7, 2009 by in Hardware

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