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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Nokia N95-1 firmware updated with demand paging capability

Nokia N95-1 firmware updated with demand paging capability

I've been using a Nokia N95-1 off and on for the last 7 months and even though it may not be perfect, it is one amazing device that I keep going back to after trying something new. I just read on All About Symbian that the anticipated firmware update is now available for this device. IMHO, the most significant feature is demand paging due to the limited amount of RAM on the N95-1.

November 25, 2007 by in Microsoft

Image Gallery: Hands-free solutions from Etymotic, Aliph, Nokia, and Spracht

Image Gallery: Hands-free solutions from Etymotic, Aliph, Nokia, and Spracht

In just over a month, you will not be able to use your cellphone in your automobile in Washington State without some kind of hands-free solution. Hands-free laws are in place now or coming soon to many other states and areas of the world so now is a good time to take a look at some of the solutions available to you besides the standard wired hands-free kit included with your cellphone purchase.I had the opportunity to personally evaluate the Etymotic hf2 wired iPhone stereo headphones, Etymotic EtyBlu Bluetooth headset, Aliph Jawbone 2 Bluetooth headset, Nokia BH-903 Bluetooth stereo headphones, and Spracht Bluetooth speakephone. They all have their strengths and weaknesses and it really comes down to your own personal preference when selecting a hands-free kit that fits your specific needs. However, I did find a new personal favorite in the bunch that I plan to use myself now that I can no longer just hold my phone to my head and drive.

May 27, 2008 by in Microsoft

Nokia N81 8GB flash smartphone may be coming in August

Nokia N81 8GB flash smartphone may be coming in August

It looks like Kevin Tofel may have stumbled upon some good news for Nokia S60 fans after seeing a strange image in his Google ads. It seems that there is a viral campaign for the Nokia N81 that leads us to believe we will see an August 29th launch date for this Nokia N91 successor. I actually still use the Nokia N91 to listen to my Yahoo! Music subscription while working in the yard and getting fit. A couple months ago Engadget posted some photos originally found (and then removed) from the Symbian Guru site that detail the N81 slider smartphone.

August 2, 2007 by in Microsoft

Nokia announces a new Eseries smartphone, the E51

Nokia announces a new Eseries smartphone, the E51

Nokia announced a new enterprise focused smartphone today, the Nokia E51, that joins the E90, E61i, and E65 devices. The Nokia E51 looks like an update for the E50 device as it offers users a slim and stylish design for the business professional. The E51 includes integrated Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi (for VoIP calling), a 2 megapixel camera, HSDPA, 130 MB of user accessible storage along with a microSD card slot, and S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1. It also includes software for the enterprise user, including the Nokia Office Tools 2.0 that includes Nokia Team Suite, In-device Search, Quickoffice, Macromedia PDF reader, Zip manager, File manager, and Active Notes.

September 18, 2007 by in Microsoft

WebFives/Vizrea aquired by Microsoft so download your content in the next 30 days

WebFives/Vizrea aquired by Microsoft so download your content in the next 30 days

I set up a Vizrea account back in 2006 when they launched their service that was going to make it easy to get photos and video off of my camera-enabled phone and onto my PC so I could share it easily with others. I used the service a bit at first, but then moved on to just uploading pics to Flickr. Vizrea launched in 2006 with ex-Microsoft engineer Mike Toutonghi kicking off the service that he thought of after some frustrating camera phone experience at the DEMO conference. I just received the following letter in my email inbox, and it looks like Mike may be going back to Microsoft. WebFives (previously known as Vizrea) has been aquired by Microsoft and the service will shut down after 31 December.

November 30, 2007 by in Microsoft

MWC08: Share on Ovi launches as the first Ovi service by Nokia

MWC08: Share on Ovi launches as the first Ovi service by Nokia

Nokia's first Ovi branded services product was launched at Mobile World Congress 2008 and is now available for you to use for free. Twango was purchased by Nokia last year and the new Share on Ovi is the much improved version of Twango. You will actually still see some Twango branding on parts of the site as Nokia works to integrate the service. There are several other services that will be branded under the Ovi name, including N-Gage, Nokia Music, and Nokia Maps.

February 17, 2008 by in Microsoft

Take internet radio on the go with the Nokia Internet Radio application

Take internet radio on the go with the Nokia Internet Radio application

One wireless radio that is included on many Nokia S60 devices that I think rarely gets used is the FM radio. I know I rarely use it since it also requires a wired headset to serve as the FM antenna. As a result, I was very pleased to see the beta release of the Nokia Internet Radio application a week or so ago. I immediately downloaded and installed it on my Nokia N95-1 to give it a try and was very impressed with the slick interface, performance even over my T-Mobile EDGE connection, and ability to play the radio over the loud stereo speakers on the device.

December 19, 2007 by in Microsoft

Auto rotate your display and track your steps on the Nokia N95

Auto rotate your display and track your steps on the Nokia N95

I thoroughly enjoy using my Nokia N95 and with the latest firmware it is a solid device that I highly recommend people consider. One of the features that a Star Wars fan like me was thrilled to discover was the N95 integrated accelerometer along with the Lightsabre application. I have had lots of fun swinging my N95 around in fake Jedi/Sith battles. There has been talk of getting iPhone-like auto screen rotation on the N95 and it looks like Samir has made the free utility available on his site.

December 17, 2007 by in Microsoft

SlingPlayer for S60 going into private beta, signup if interested

SlingPlayer for S60 going into private beta, signup if interested

I just received some wonderful news from Dave Zatz of Sling Media that I have been patiently waiting for, ok rather inpatiently, for a few months. They are looking for beta testers for an initially private beta period to test out the S60 version of SlingPlayer Mobile. If you have a S60 device, I higher encourage you to visit and submit your application for the beta. Luckily, I am getting a chance to get a sneak peek at the beta and plan to try it out on a Nokia N95 (will have to check out the TV-out functionality for road trips in hotel rooms) and Nokia N93 (could be great in landscape mode) and plan to primarily test it out with WiFi. Now when that U.S.-capable 3G Nokia N95 becomes available you will be able to watch video content on the go without a WiFi access point.

August 11, 2007 by in Microsoft