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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First look at the Nokia N95-3 with US 3G support

First look at the Nokia N95-3 with US 3G support

Darla Mack is one lucky woman and gets lots of opportunities to check out the latest and greatest Nokia S60 devices. This time she has the Nokia N95-3 device in her hands that has US 3G support (AT&T network), more RAM (about 80 MB vs 20 MB free on the N95) and a larger battery. Darla has a first look at the battery life (comparing non-3G devices) and the new battery appears to significantly increase the run time of the device. The faster data network will require more power and you may not see a huge difference in battery life if you are using the 3G network. While the 3G network support is nice (I won't see it on T-Mobile though), I am personally more excited about the much greater RAM and battery capacities.

September 25, 2007 by in Processors

Vulcan FlipStart drops a whopping US$800 to US$699

Vulcan FlipStart drops a whopping US$800 to US$699

I am on the lookout for a reasonably priced, say under US$800, UMPC type device and just saw the news that the Vulcan FlipStart has been dropped from US$1,499 to a href="http://www.dynamism.com/flipstart/pricing.shtml">US$699. That is a whopping US$800 price drop on an ultra portable PC that runs a full version of Windows (XP or Vista). Obviously, it hasn't been selling very well to see this kind of price drop. I have not had the chance to check one out myself and personally do not like the form factor or fact that it does not have a touch screen or active digitizer. However, dropping it down to this price range makes it quite appealing for someone looking for a portable device that runs a full version of Windows.

January 16, 2008 by in Processors

Is the Motorola CLIQ good enough to recommend?

Is the Motorola CLIQ good enough to recommend?

The Motorola CLIQ review embargo was lifted last night and the review floodgates were opened. Most every review has the same feelings about the processor speed and keyboard and it looks like the 528 MHz processor may be the limiting factor on current Android devices.

October 15, 2009 by in Processors

MobileTechRoundup show #149, Netbook talk, WiMAX available, new phones in the house

MobileTechRoundup show #149, Netbook talk, WiMAX available, new phones in the house

While we were recording MobileTechRoundup show #149 Kevin was able to swap out internal parts on his MSI Wind and is trying out for the Netbook pit crew. We chatted about the long-awaited release of WiMAX in Baltimore, my Palm Treo Pro, the N96 devices that James and I are now evaluating, and the 16GB microSD memory card announcement. James has a Lenovo S60 netbook and all of this talk about them has me seriously thinking of the MSI Wind that should arrive soon for me to evaluate. We also had a couple freeware products that turn your phone into a trackpad or mouse.

October 6, 2008 by in Processors