Matthew Miller

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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".

Matthew is a professional naval architect by day and a mobile gadgeteer at all other times. He purchases his own devices and then sells them on eBay or Swappa to buy more. Many other devices are sent for review on a 30-day loaner basis and then returned to the carrier or manufacturer. If any are provided as “long term loaner units” this will be clearly disclosed in his reviews.

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Image Gallery: First impressions of the Pharos Traveler 137

Image Gallery: First impressions of the Pharos Traveler 137

Pharos has been making Windows Mobile/Pocket PC devices with a GPS navigation focus for years. They have been rolling out higher end, more modern devices lately and with the Traveler 137 we see the very first Windows Mobile device that supports T-Mobile USA's 1700 MHz 3G wireless data service. The device has a large 3.5 inch, 800x480 pixels resolution display, FM radio, and more.

June 12, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Image Gallery: Windows Mobile 6.5 disappoints with lack of customization and stylus requirement

Image Gallery: Windows Mobile 6.5 disappoints with lack of customization and stylus requirement

I had high hopes for Windows Mobile 6.5 to at least provide a better touch experience, but it only does so on a basic level. We now see no customization support in the Start menu or Today screen and an overall lack of consistency across the platform. Windows Mobile needs major work and I am not sure people are willing to wait until the end of 2010 for Windows Mobile 7.

October 5, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Image Gallery: Almost every screen of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device

Image Gallery: Almost every screen of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device

The T-Mobile G1 from HTC is the first Google Android device to be launched and as a result the OS is completely new and unique. Thus, I decided to post this image gallery for people who want to see just about every screen on the device that includes menu items, pop-ups, and those options that appear when you press and hold in certain areas. There are over 200 screens in the out-of-the box device. Check out my other image gallery for the hardware and key screenshots with an upcoming gallery on 3rd party applications.

October 15, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Hands-on with the Roku XDS streaming media player

Hands-on with the Roku XDS streaming media player

Roku just announced three new streaming media players to replace their lineup dating back to late 2009. The new players all have integrated wireless capabilities with 720p and 1080p (top two models) support. Roku currently has over 85 channels of content for you to enjoy and you will never be bored again with your TV and a Roku player.

September 22, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Image Gallery: Windows Phone 7 Series

Image Gallery: Windows Phone 7 Series

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Microsoft finally made their Windows Mobile 7 plans public at MWC this morning. The name of their next generation devices is Windows Phone 7 Series. Microsoft started naming their device Windows Phones last year in a rather ineffective campaign that hasn't yet seemed to stick with consumers. By stating Windows Phone 7 as a series it gives us the impression that we will see multiple types of devices and platforms designed for a number of people. The press release is quite vague about what to expect in this next generation hardware, but we will see Xbox LIVE games, Zune music and video, and a dedicated Bing button on future devices. The experiences of Windows Phone 7 Series are organized around Windows Phone hubs that will bring you different content, applications and services.

February 14, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Image Gallery: A look at the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on Verizon Wireless

Image Gallery: A look at the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on Verizon Wireless

This review is one of the hardest I had to write because I have a long history with Palm devices (started using them in 1997) and I had high hopes for their new WebOS operating system after they blew us all away at CES 2009. I actually stood in line and bought my own Sprint Palm Pre last summer and posted some thoughts on it at that time. There have been several software updates since last year and at CES 2010 Palm announced the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus launching on Verizon Wireless with the ability for the Pre Plus to act as a MiFi and share out wireless Internet. Palm sent me a device to try out for a couple of weeks and I am glad they did because they saved me a ton of money since I was considering a switch from my Verizon MiFi to the Pre Plus.

February 28, 2010 by in Enterprise Software

Image Gallery: First thoughts on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1a

Image Gallery: First thoughts on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1a

The news of Sony Ericsson's entry into the Windows Mobile space was talked about quite a bit at Mobile World Congress 2008. Almost a year later this high end device is now available for purchase at a premium price. There are a couple unique features of the XPERIA, but you will have to be a serious Windows Mobile fan to pay the $800 selling price for such a solid product.

January 25, 2009 by in Enterprise Software