At what point is it appropriate to cry "enough is enough" over rebranded devices? I ask because UMPCPortal received a tip about a new Atom-based MID called the Itelco IDOL today, and I think I’ve hit my threshold. An acronym for "Internet Device on Linux," the IDOL has just assumed the fifth position in the growing line of products based on the Aigo MID hardware.
Well, actually it’s the Compal JAX-10 hardware (apparently already available on a small scale), but you could call it the Gigabyte M528 or keyboard-modified SFR M! Pocket PC and still be understood. Anyone following MIDs will know immediately that you’re referring to an 800MHz Intel Atom Z500 CPU, 4.8-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, and 4GB SSD; and they won’t be surprised by the integrated 3.5G, 3-megapixel rear camera, and GPS, which some existing rebadged configurations are already known to have.
The IDOL can be purchased from Itelco for 449 euros (~$573) or picked up free with a two-year data contract (€40/~$50 per month).