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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Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 800 and N9

Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 800 and N9

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first Nokia Windows Phone and it copies the Nokia N9 MeeGo device in terms of form factor, with just a couple minor differences. Is the Lumia 800 going to be the hit that Nokia and Microsoft need at this time?

November 7, 2011 by in Telcos

HTC EVO 3D brings glasses-free 3D to Sprint

HTC EVO 3D brings glasses-free 3D to Sprint

3D is a buzz word today, but HTC did a fine job of bringing it to a handheld device and capturing 3D images and video is a fun thing to do on the EVO 3D. That said, even if we took that away the device is a solid new generation Android smartphone that Sprint customers should seriously consider.

June 30, 2011 by in Telcos

Image Gallery: Hands-on with the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two

Image Gallery: Hands-on with the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two

Microsoft just announced their latest mobile phone project, targeted at the feature phone market. The KIN ONE and KIN TWO run a version of Windows Phone that is optimized for the socialologist who wants to share their life with friends. These two devices will be launching in May on Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, but no pricing or plan information has yet been revealed.Make sure to check out the thoughts about the Kin One and Two from my two teenage daughters on the ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones blog post.

April 12, 2010 by in Telcos

Image Gallery: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Image Gallery: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

I recently purchased a Verizon Wireless MiFi and then saw that Sprint rolled out a 4G WiMAX network in my local area. I said I wanted a MiFi-like device to access this network and Sprint now has such a device available with their Overdrive device from Sierra Wireless. Sprint also lowered the price to $59.99 per month and if the 4G connection is not available you bounce back to a strong 3G connection. Observed download speeds were easily twice as fast as that seen on the Verizon Wireless MiFi so this looks to be the king of high speed wireless connectivity.

February 1, 2010 by in Telcos

Image Gallery: HTC Hero Google Android device running on Sprint

Image Gallery: HTC Hero Google Android device running on Sprint

It has been just about a year since the first Google Android device launch on a US carrier, the T-Mobile G1. It seems to me that adoption of Android has been quite slow by US carriers, but Sprint came through in a big way with the upcoming HTC Hero device that is the best Android device on the market. It has better features than the Apple iPhone and is my recommendation for a Sprint customer looking for a functional touchscreen device.

October 5, 2009 by in Telcos

Image Gallery: First thoughts on the T-Mobile Samsung Memoir 8 megpixel camera phone

Image Gallery: First thoughts on the T-Mobile Samsung Memoir 8 megpixel camera phone

Manufacturers are continuing to improve the capabilities and functionality of feature phones and smartphones. Samsung and T-Mobile released the 8 megapixel Memoir that brings a powerful camera to T-Mobile. This high end feature phone supports T-Mobile's 3G network, captures still photos with the Xenon flash, and functions fluidly with the touchscreen display and TouchWiz interface

February 24, 2009 by in Telcos

Image Gallery: Sprint Touch Pro and AT&T Fuze Windows Mobile devices

Image Gallery: Sprint Touch Pro and AT&T Fuze Windows Mobile devices

HTC has been pushing the limits with Windows Mobile devices and improves the HTC Touch Diamond for the enterprise by adding a QWERTY keyboard and larger battery. The device is known as the HTC Raphael or Touch Pro and the two models I had a chance to play with from Sprint and AT&T are slightly different (primarily in the keyboard design). The Touch Pro and Fuze are high end Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional devices with 3G radios, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

November 17, 2008 by in Telcos