Welcome to Nokia Experts, who is this guy?
Hello everyone and welcome to the Nokia Experts site. I wanted to put up an introductory post for all of you new readers so you know a bit about me and my history with mobile devices. My name is Matthew Miller and I am also known online as palmsolo, which is an online name I created many, many years ago due to my usage of Palm Pilots and my love of Star Wars and Han Solo. I am a father of three wonderful daughters and a husband to my wife of 15+ years. By day, I am a professional naval architect/ship designer who earned my Bachelor’s degree from the US Coast Guard Academy and my Master’s degree from University of California, Berkeley. I used to write for Geek.com’s PDA section and currently now write for ZDNet on the Mobile Gadgeteer and Smartphones and Cell Phones technical blogs.
First, thanks to Dieter and Marcus for giving me the opportunity to work with them and launch this new Nokia and S60 focused site. I follow all the outstanding Smartphone Experts family of sites and when I saw that the S60 mobile operating system was not being covered I made a proposal to launch a site. I do completely understand though that Nokia still has a rather limited presence in the smartphone market here in the U.S., but they are still the world leader and have made recent commitments to increasing their presence here so maybe with some open discussions here and elsewhere we can encourage Nokia to actively market themselves in the U.S. I also think with such a powerful platform there are a lot of you with questions about your device and I hope to use this site to help you out.
I started using mobile devices back in 1997 with the US Robotics Pilot 1000 that I used when I flew out onto the scene of maritime casualties to help refloat ships. The Palm Pilot immediately earned a spot in my heart and since then I have personally owned over 100 devices and tried out many more. I am pretty device agnostic for the most part and have AT&T and T-Mobile SIM cards that I pop in and out of many devices. I used a couple of Nokia devices (Series 60 at the time) back in the early 2000s and then in 2005 I was asked to be part of a unique group of bloggers who would get a chance to try out Nokia Nseries devices and provide honest feedback to Nokia. The Nokia Nseries Blogger Relations program has allowed me to test several Nseries devices that actually spurred me to buy other Nokia devices for myself (particularly the North American versions) and get quite familiar with S60 devices.
My current favorite devices are the Nokia N85 (review coming here soon), Nokia E71, Nokia 5800, Palm Treo Pro, T-Mobile G1, HTC Fuze, and original Apple iPhone. I also just received the XPERIA X1 (likely I may return it though) and am saving up for the Nokia N97.
I love the amazing media creation capabilities, complete customization functionality, 3rd party application support, outstanding phone and RF quality, and hardware designs of Nokia devices and am very excited to write about them here on Nokia Experts. Please feel free to contact me with any story ideas you want me to cover, devices you want me to buy/obtain for reviews, questions you have about any S60 or Nokia device, or anything else related to Nokia or S60 you wish to see discussed here. You can reach me at matthewATnokiaexpertsDOTcom.