I’m a fan of mobile devices with keyboards and I don’t see a big hole in the market between netbooks and smartphones that needs to be filled. But we’re seeing a growing number of companies putting out 10 inch or smaller touchscreen devices that Intel likes to call Mobile Internet Devices or MIDs, although a few years ago the term was UMPC or Ultra Mobile PC.
MIDs certainly haven’t taken off the way that netbooks have in the past few years, but they’re getting more and more versatile. Two of the biggest proponents for netbooks and MIDs got together recently to have a little cage match dialog. Sascha from Netbook News and Chippy from UMPC Portal and MID Moves shot a little video, which you can check out after the break.
They both make some good points. But as much as I don’t see a lot of feed for a device with a small screen and no keyboard, there is one thing I noticed while watching the video. Chippy’s MID was open and ready to check a web page or send an email throughout the conversation, while Sascha’s netbook was tucked away under his arm waiting for him to get to a place where he could sit down at a table.
via Netbook News.de