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 was a co-host, with Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast for 13 years and authored 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 Google Pixel 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, LG V60 ThinQ, Google Pixelbook Go, Microsoft Surface Pro 6, and many more, along with plenty of wearables, 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 Swappa to buy more. Many other devices are sent for review on a typical 30-day or long-term loan basis and then returned to the carrier or manufacturer.

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MobileTechRoundup show #90, Windows Mobile 6 is announced

MobileTechRoundup show #90, Windows Mobile 6 is announced

The news this week is Windows Mobile 6 and in MobileTechRoundup show #90 and we spent a few minutes talking about this latest update that was officially announced today. James, Kevin, and I have also been loading up Vista on our devices and there may be noticeable battery drain on notebook batteries with Vista installed. James has some theories as to why this may be happening and we will continue to look into it. Nokia also made some great announcements at 3GSM today and I talked a bit about some mapping freeware for Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. TabletKiosk announced a couple of new Sahara slate Tablet PCs with both passive and active digitizers in one high end model. We record our show using Skype and last week twenty-five tips and tricks for Skype were posted so give them a try.

February 13, 2007 by in Windows

MobileTechRoundup show #89, Vista and driver updates

MobileTechRoundup show #89, Vista and driver updates

Vista was launched and MobileTechRoundup show #89 contains lots of discussion of this latest Micrsoft operating system. James, Kevin, and I are all installing Vista on our devices with James trying it on the Fujitsu P1610 and Kevin and I on the Samsung Q1 UMPC. Drivers are being released by many manufacturers, although Samsung hasn't released any for our Q1s yet so we have had to brute force a few aspects. Kevin is happy to have Sammy back and told his readers that Sammy is looking for a new home so contact Kevin if you are interested. EV-DO Rev. A is rolling out from Verizon as well and I am having good experiences with Sprint. Kevin is testing the Netgear SPH-101 Skype phone and it sounds good. Google Maps is available for free for Windows Mobile and Palm devices so make sure you download it now.

February 6, 2007 by in Windows

MobileTechRoundup show #70, Name my UMPC contest!

MobileTechRoundup show #70, Name my UMPC contest!

Listen here (MP3, 31MB, 34 minutes) Subscribe to the show with this link (RSS) In MobileTechRoundup show #70 James, Kevin and I talked a bit more about our Q1 UMPC experiences and decided that we are going to have a naming contest with some pretty decent prizes.

September 29, 2006 by in Windows

MobileTechRoundup show #106: U.S. 3G, Palm OS and Vista, and the iPhone

MobileTechRoundup show #106: U.S. 3G, Palm OS and Vista, and the iPhone

James, Kevin, and I kick off MobileTechRoundup show #106 by reading and responding to a couple of listener emails concerning Bluetooth keyboards and gestures on Windows Mobile. The HTC Cavalier Windows Mobile smartphone is available now from U.S. importers and supports 3G on AT&T. When is T-Mobile ever going to roll out 3G in the U.S.? Palm OS device owners will also be happy to know that Palm Desktop for Windows Vista is now available. We have a freeware of the show and then end by chatting a bit about a couple new developments in the iPhone arena.

July 27, 2007 by in Windows

MWC08: HTC Shift available in Europe today with Origami Experience 2.0

MWC08: HTC Shift available in Europe today with Origami Experience 2.0

I had a chance to spend some time with the HTC Shift back at CES 2008 so I know that it is not a vaporware device and will be launching, it just seems like it has taken forever. Good news for those in Europe though as HTC just announced that the HTC Shift is available in Europe today. I actually saw an advertisement on a small billboard in the Barcelona airport from one of the carriers (Telefonica) launching this device. In addition, the Shift will include the new Origami Experience 2.0 from Microsoft that enables improved access and consumption of content with new RSS feeds and finger-friendly browser. I will definitely be looking for this device on the show floor and at Telefonica.

February 10, 2008 by in Windows

PhatWare PenCommander 2.0 supports Vista and adds more functionality

PhatWare PenCommander 2.0 supports Vista and adds more functionality

PenCommander 2.0 has been launched around the Vista release and includes support for Windows Vista, which is timely since I plan to put Vista on my Q1 this weekend. PenCommander 2.0 also includes an updated scripting engine to allow for new user-level functions and improved performance, new customizable user interface for Visual PenCommander, new PenCommander skins, ability to select a handwriting recognition engine (important if multiple languages are used), and the ability to make the input panel semi-transparent so you can work on applications with PenCommander sitting on the desktop. IMHO, a gesture/shorthand command application like this is essential for UMPC and Tablet PC users as it improves productivity and makes using the pen a much more enjoyable experience.

February 1, 2007 by in Windows