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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MobileTechRoundup #175; iPhone 3GS picked up by two hosts

MobileTechRoundup #175; iPhone 3GS picked up by two hosts

James, Kevin, and I all bought the Palm Pre and we started off MobileTechRoundup show #175 going around the horn to see how many of us ended up picking up the new iPhone 3GS. It turns out that Kevin and I did get one, even though only Kevin had planned to get one initially. We talked quite a bit about the new iPhone, then went on to chat about the Palm Pre and Nokia N97. Kevin mentioned that he is particularly enjoying the Nike+ feature integrated into the iPhone 3GS.

June 22, 2009 by in iPhone

HyperOffice announces iPhone corporate e-mail integration

HyperOffice announces iPhone corporate e-mail integration

With the recent announcement of iPhone corporate data plans more people in enterprise may be thinking about how to support the iPhone as a business tool. Steven sent me a press release announcing that HyperOffice is now iPhone ready and will allow you to connect your iPhone to corporate email, contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes.

January 30, 2008 by in iPhone

iPhone and iPod Touch SDK coming from Apple in February

iPhone and iPod Touch SDK coming from Apple in February

There have been rumors and dreams of an iPhone SDK for real 3rd party applications and today Steve Jobs revealed that there will be a SDK for developers in February. I think the timing of his statement was intended to try to take a bit of steam out of the Nokia touch technology announcement made yesterday. While I have hacked my iPhone and have 3rd party applications on it now, I am looking forward to official Apple support for these applications and hope developers are not too angry at some of the actions Apple has taken with iPhone updates. Luckily, the developers have been busy unbricking iPhones so everyone should be able to get their iPhones back up and running again.

October 17, 2007 by in iPhone

The iPhone will cost me at least US$2245, how about you?

The iPhone will cost me at least US$2245, how about you?

So now that the very slick Apple iPhone TV ads are available for viewing, I am sure many of us have our gadget lust peaked and are thinking about what our iPhone acquisition strategy may be on 29 June. As compelling as the iPhone looks, there are also many of us who are not AT&T customers and are locked into other carriers for a period of up to 2 years. My personal situation results in a couple of alternatives for me to get an iPhone, with a total price difference for 2 years of service totaling at least US$2,245 or US$2,383 and after putting it down on paper I may actually go for it so check out the details below if you are with another carrier and thinking about the switch or addition. If you are with another wireless carrier, have you been considering the Apple iPhone and AT&T service too?

June 11, 2007 by in iPhone

Steve Ballmer:Windows Mobile 60%+ vs Apple iPhone at 3%

Steve Ballmer:Windows Mobile 60%+ vs Apple iPhone at 3%

The continued speculation on sales of the Apple iPhone continue to make the news when the device still has a month or more before it hits the streets. Microsoft CES Steve Ballmer thinks Windows Mobile market share will take off and the iPhone will be a minor player in the mobile game, however at this time Microsoft itself is still quite a minor player in the game. Will Microsoft achieve Symbian-like market share figures in the next few years or is this just Microsoft's wishful thinking?

May 2, 2007 by in iPhone

Classic Bejeweled game comes to the Apple iPhone

Classic Bejeweled game comes to the Apple iPhone

One of the all-time greatest games on mobile devices is Bejeweled from PopCap Games. I just read on Mobility Site that they are now offering this classic on the Apple iPhone through the Safari browser. All you have to do is visit www.popcap.com on your iPhone and Bejeweled will appear. You can get instructions on how to play or select to play a new game. I played a couple games and then tried jumping out to other apps and turning off the display and then coming back to the game 15 minutes later and the same game I was playing was still active.

July 30, 2007 by in iPhone

Carnival of the Mobilists #90

Carnival of the Mobilists #90

The timing for my hosting of the Carnival of the Mobilists #90 edition couldn't have been better as the huge Western Washington Fair (aka Puyallup Fair) just kicked off this past weekend. The Puyallup Fair offers you rides, exhibits, food, presentations, concerts, a rodeo, and lots of fun for everyone. The Carnival of the Mobilists also offers you lots of great content and at a much cheaper price than the fair (free actually). Like spending a day browsing the fairgrounds, take a few minutes and browse through this edition of the Carnival.

September 9, 2007 by in iPhone

Apple rewards iPhone beta testers with $200 early buyer penalty

Apple rewards iPhone beta testers with $200 early buyer penalty

As Dan pointed out the iPod Touch will be available soon for US$299 and US$399, which is great news for those who want an iPhone experience without the AT&T service. I was actually thinking of selling my iPhone and cancelling AT&T when a few minutes later in the keynote Steve Jobs slapped all of us suckers who bought an iPhone the last two months with the announcement that the 8GB iPhone is now immediately available for US$399 (versus the US$599 price it was yesterday). Wow, I can understand a price drop after a few months, but just two months after the launch and after it is too late for us to return our iPhones. Hmm, I don't know if I am angrier at myself for being a sucker or at Apple for rewarding all of us beta testers. Apple should seriously consider giving us $50, $100 or $200 in iTunes credit or something to try to ease the pain and thank all of us for the success of the iPhone.

September 5, 2007 by in iPhone

The iPhone Missing Manual preview offers a few tips and tricks

The iPhone Missing Manual preview offers a few tips and tricks

I made it through the night with about an hours sleep in the rain under an umbrella as I wait in position 1 at my local AT&T store. I have been assembling a list of things to check out, downloaded and installed iTunes 7.3, and have played games (primarily UNO) and chatted with my two daughters over the last 17 hours. We only have just over 7 more hours to buy the iPhone and I just received an email linking to some cool tips and tricks from David Pogue. The iPhone Missing Manual Sneak Preview gives you plenty to think about as you plan to use your new iPhone. If you are waiting in line like me and have an internet connection then this makes for some good reading material to build up even more excitement for your new device. If I end up liking the iPhone then I'll definitely be picking up this book to really discover all the features of this new device.

June 29, 2007 by in iPhone

iPhone initial impressions and SIM questions answered

iPhone initial impressions and SIM questions answered

After spending 24 hours in line, I now have my 8GB iPhone in hand and am performing extensive testing. I ran through every application and setup some aspects of the device in this first look. More extensive photos and screenshots will be coming later this weekend after I get a couple hours of sleep and dive into the device some more. Feel free to post questions of things you want me to check out and I'll try to add that as well.

June 30, 2007 by in iPhone