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: Hands-on with the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

Image Gallery: Hands-on with the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

T-Mobile was the first carrier in the US to launch a Google Android device with the T-Mobile G1. HTC and T-Mobile partnered up again to release the myTouch 3G Slide with a similar form factor. The Slide has some high end specifications and functionality, but still is more of a mid-tier device when you look at high end devices like the Google Nexus One.

May 23, 2010 by in Mobile OS

MWC08: Sony Ericsson announces XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile device

MWC08: Sony Ericsson announces XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile device

Over the past few days as I was preparing for Mobile World Congres 2008, I heard a rumor that was quite exciting and today Microsoft and Sony Ericsson confirmed it when they announced the upcoming Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile device. The XPERIA X1 will be coming in the second half of 2008 and is a slider phone with a 3-inch wide VGA display and QWERTY keyboard with a metal shell. Sony Ericsson has long been focused on UIQ mobile devices and it is quite a statement when they decide to partner with Microsoft to bring out a Windows Mobile device.

February 10, 2008 by in Mobile OS

smart2go gets you where you need to go on the HTC Advantage

smart2go gets you where you need to go on the HTC Advantage

I was pretty impressed with the GPS receiver on the HTC Advantage, but the Google Maps application isn't that functional for routing and navigation compared to other dedicated 3rd party applications. As I stated back in February, Nokia made their new smart2go mapping solution available to owners of S60 and Windows Mobile Pocket PC devices. I just loaded it up on the HTC Advantage to try it out and while the fonts are not sharp on the VGA display, the program provides many more options than seen on Google Maps. Again, I was able to get a fix in my basement rec room within a minute or so and see lots of points-of-interest near my house. What is your favorite mapping application that you recommend I try on a Windows Mobile device?

August 8, 2007 by in Mobile OS

Microsoft announces System Center Mobile Device Manager

Microsoft announces System Center Mobile Device Manager

Microsoft is really starting to gain serious traction with Windows Mobile in the enterprise arena and their latest announcement made today at CTIA shows how dedicated they really are. Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft's System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 server. With this new server system IT professionals will be able to increase their management capabilities and improve their security functionality with Windows Mobile devices. The Mobile Device Manager will also enable OTA application deployments so companies can standardize their devices and roll out applications quickly and easily.

October 23, 2007 by in Mobile OS

Acer to aquire E-TEN in recognition of converged device market

Acer to aquire E-TEN in recognition of converged device market

I just read over on Pocket PC Thoughts that Acer will be aquiring E-TEN in the third quarter of 2008. Acer has traditionally made stand alone PDAs while E-TEN is known for their high end touch screen Windows Mobile devices. Acer understands that the future is with converged devices and this move to aquire E-TEN makes sense. You may know E-TEN by their new branding of Glofiish.

March 2, 2008 by in Mobile OS

Documents to Go 3 for Windows Mobile now supports Office 2007 formats

Documents to Go 3 for Windows Mobile now supports Office 2007 formats

Back in December I mentioned that Office 2007 native file formats were not supported on any mobile device or 3rd party application. I have been using Documents to Go on a Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone and was confident that DataViz would probably be one of the first out to support these new formats. It seems I was right as DataViz announced Documents to Go for Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone and 6 Standard version 3 that supports these new formats. You can pick up this powerful application that even has more features, and now even more functionality, than Windows Mobile 6 apps for US$29.99. This update follows closely to the update for Palm OS devices that also support Office 2007 formats.

May 15, 2007 by in Mobile OS