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 AppleCare Protection Plan available now for US$69

iPhone AppleCare Protection Plan available now for US$69

My buddy Reggie Suplido, from sites such as MicroPCTalk, is a fellow Apple iPhone owner and let me know that Apple is now offering AppleCare for the iPhone for US$69. The AppleCare Protection Plan extends your one year repair coverage to two years from the original purchase date. The site states you can purchase the Protection Plan any time within the one year initial coverage to extend it for another year. I thought previous reports stated this Protection Plan would cover the interim iPhone while yours is in the shop for repair or replacement, but I could not find this detail in any of the literature. Since I now have a two year AT&T obligation, I may purchase the Protection Plan as I approach the end of the first year with the device and imagine by that time I'll be aware of any issues with the device. Be aware that residents of Alabama, Connecticut, Nevada, and Wyoming are not eligible to purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan.

July 24, 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

MobileTechRoundup show #105: What hosts now have iPhones?

MobileTechRoundup show #105: What hosts now have iPhones?

Readers here know that I went back to an Apple iPhone and if you listen to MobileTechRoundup show #105 then you will hear if any other hosts on the show were swayed by the beautiful device. There were a couple of birthday notes on the show, including the ThinkPad computers. A new browser was released for the Nokia N800 and with the recent Skype update this Internet Tablet is getting more and more capable. A couple new devices are coming soon, including the HTC Kaiser and BlackBerry 8820 that includes WiFi and UMA support. A listener submitted a great email and if you are looking for a great deal on a wireless data plan I highly encourage you to listen to what Jeff had to write in to us.

July 23, 2007 by in iPhone

Apple seems to have forgotten the phone in the iPhone

Apple seems to have forgotten the phone in the iPhone

I just passed 10 days of iPhone ownership after waiting in line for 24 hours and then posting my first and second impressions of the device. I was quite excited about the iPhone after finding out that the AT&T data plan was reasonably priced and gave it an honest evaluation. Although the iPhone is priced the same as high end smartphones, I tried to resist comparing it to the Windows Mobile and S60 operating systems since they blow the iPhone out of the water in terms of functionality and the iPhone is more of a high end feature phone with iPod functionality. So looking at it as a high end feature phone, I have to say the iPhone falls flat when it comes to mobile phone functionality and features. The free mobile phone you get when you sign up with your carrier has more functionality and performs better as a phone than the iPhone.

July 9, 2007 by in iPhone

How can you read an ebook on an Apple iPhone?

How can you read an ebook on an Apple iPhone?

One reason I continue to carry a device other than my iPhone is for ebook reading while commuting and traveling. Kevin Tofel posted some thoughts on reading ebooks on the iPhone using Amazon Upgrade that then prompted me to email myself a PDF version of a book. The PDF version is viewable, but emailing PDF ebooks to yourself is not the optimal solution either. I prefer to read Mobipocket formatted books, but I couldn't find any way to print these books to PDF. Another possible way to read ebooks was brought up by Mike Cane and referenced The Open Library collection that is still in beta/demo mode.

July 20, 2007 by in iPhone

MobileTechRoundup show #112, iPhone update, Palm Centro, N95-3

MobileTechRoundup show #112, iPhone update, Palm Centro, N95-3

Kevin and I discussed the newest iPhone firmware update to kick off MobileTechRoundup show #112 and James still has no interest in getting the iPhone, although the iPod Touch may soon be in his collection. I may be upgrading my Slingbox Classic to a SOLO soon and am loving the N95 SlingPlayer Mobile client. The US N95-3 is available now for US$699 and this may be the next device on my list to obtain. The Palm Centro is coming soon to Sprint at only US$99, but James doesn't think it will have much of an impact on the smartphone market. Kevin and I chime in with our thoughts too. Is the Apple mobile device just wishful thinking or will we see something in 2008? Office Mobile 6.1 as a stand-alone application was linked online, but then pulled. It will be coming soon though so stay tuned if you want this Office software for your mobile device.

October 2, 2007 by in iPhone

Travelocity launches iPhone-optimized travel site

Travelocity launches iPhone-optimized travel site

I recently mentioned that Pocket Express released an iPhone-optimized site for traveler information. I guess it really does pour when it rains as Travelocity also just announced the availability of their iPhone and iPod Touch optimized mobile travel site. Simply point your Safari mobile browser to iphone.travelocity.com to access this new site.

January 22, 2008 by in iPhone

JiWire providing free WiFi access for iPhone and iPod Touch owners

JiWire providing free WiFi access for iPhone and iPod Touch owners

All of us iPhone owners know that the AT&T EDGE network is a bit poky, especially for web browsing. JiWire just announced free Wi-Fi access across the United States for all iPhone and iPod Touch users. This is an ad-supported program so you will have to view JiWire-supplied ads on your device. However, this seems to be a small price to pay for free Wi-Fi access at more than 100,000 hotspots.

January 15, 2008 by in iPhone