MID Watch



The two leading MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) currently are the Viliv S5 (pictured left) and the UMID M1 (pictured right). I recently featured the S5 here. jkkMobile has a number of posts on the M1.

The form factor is the obvious difference. The S5 is a slate. The M1 is a clamshell.

Preference between these two form factors is subjective. A hardware keyboard usually is easy to type on than a software keyboard. However, the hardware keyboard adds extra weight and thickness. Since the hardware keyboard on the M1 cannot be swiveled to the rear as on a Tablet PC, it also can make it more difficult to interact via touch with the screen. My preference (bias) is the slate. But that’s me.umid_09

There are other differences. The S5 has 1GB of RAM, the M1 512MB. But the M1 has a Micro SD slot, whereas the S5 has no removable storage. The M1 has a SSD, whereas the S5 has a HDD, though the S5 supposedly will be available soon in a Premium Air version with a SSD and 3G. The M1 also will be available next month in a 3G version per Pocketables

Both are available from Dynamism. So which one will I get? Umm … maybe neither.

My readers know that I have a strong preference (bias) for capacitive screens. Both my phone, a Blackberry Storm, and my Tablet PC, a Dell Latitude XT2, have capacitive screens. The screens on the S5 and M1 are resistive. 

Archos, which makes MIDs and PMPs (Portable Media Players) has announced a press conference on June 11 in Paris. The speculation is Archos will announce an Android MID based on Texas Instruments’ OMAP 3 platform. Back in early March, my TI Joins the (Phone/MID/Netpad) Party discussed this platform and the possibility of its use in an Archos Android. Android is a very interesting platform … and there is speculation (hopefully informed speculation) that the screen will be capacitive.

So as usual, I’ll wait a little longer. In the meantime, I have my HTC Advantage to tide me over.

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