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Nokia N810 and Sony mylo 2 top Amazon "MID" search

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The MID according to Intel may not be the hot topic these days, but it appears that Amazon.com at least recognizes the acronym as a valid search term (and not a prefix) and relates it to "mobile internet device" and "umpc" searches. This isn't breaking news, of course, but I think it's pretty significant that such a mainstream retailer knows what to do with such a non-mainstream keyword. Buy.com, Best Buy, Newegg, and J&R, for example, all return irrelevant results.

Anyway, with nothing from Intel (who coined the term in 2007) in its database, the best Amazon can come up with is the Sony mylo COM-2 and Nokia N810. I personally wouldn't call either of these devices MIDs because I still follow Intel's definition, but compared to what's out there, I'd say they're deserving of the top two spots (though they should be switched). Actually, given the amount of people who identify it as the "perfect MID," I'm surprised that the iPod touch isn't on the list.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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7 thoughts on “Nokia N810 and Sony mylo 2 top Amazon "MID" search

  • Avatar of Ah Haaa

    I’ve been looking at these two devices for the past two weeks…. I want it at the lower prices but then I want to know whats coming next…. Good to see.

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  • LOL… considering Psion’s claim to the term “netbook” I wonder what a Amazon search of that term would display.

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  • Avatar of Meda East

    I looked at the N810, but it’s over priced for the features. Instead, I went with a Mio C320 GPS unit, which is hackable. I’ve now got a damned good GPS unit that is unlocked, running a Windows CE platform called MIO Pocket, making it a PDA, too. With an Ambeon SDIO WI-FI, I even surf the Internet if I’m out and about with it. All this for $100 shipped.

    I was an early adopter of PDAs and spent too much money for proprietary, crippled Windows CE systems that were never upgraded. I won’t spend much on a MID if it’s locked down. In fact, I’m inclined to wait now for a netbook–the Asus T91, which will swivel and go to into tablet mode. If it’s priced too high, however, I may stick with my old favorite HP and get their business class netbook, which has gotten excellent reviews.

    Sorry, I’m not a Sony fan. We approved purchases of a few Sony laptops when I headed my firm’s tech committee. They were the least robust and most expensive. Maybe we just got lemons, but once burned twice shy.

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  • Avatar of Patrick

    Jenn, can you refresh my memory about Intel’s MID definition? My flaky memory suggested that it fit. All I can imagine is that it must have an Intel processor. In any case, to counter the comments about N810’s cost, the past week or so has seen some deals on it in the $220 range (I recall Buy.com had it around that price). Such a drastic drop indicates to me that the follow on is near. Nokia have revealed it will be TI Omap powered, but I don’t recall if there were more HW details. It will also be including the next evolution of their OS, the SDK framework name being Maemo 5. I am guessing that the new OS will require new hardware, unlike the N800 to N810 transition (I own the N800).

    Patrick

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  • Avatar of Nokia Nxxx Series tester over the years

    Nokia has had a big price drop for the N810. Do you know what that means? Well, the last time I saw them with a price drop like this, as just before the N810 came out, you could get the Nxxx before it for much cheaper all of a sudden. Watch Nokia to blow thru the doors now with a brand new device.

    And knowing Nokia, they will do something impressive.

    Only this time, I hope that they have a normal size SD flash memory slot, no need for GPS (as I have never gotten lost without one, so I don’t need it as part of the price of a device), external keyboard that is affordable as their extras one before cost almost as much as a netbook, USB ports that are normal USB ports, etc… – Maybe this time Nokia will do themselves one step better than ever before. Who knows?

    I do like their OS and the Maemo stuff is pretty good (sure wish that Claws email had a Sync Kolab add-on to store contacts and stuff up on an IMAP server)…

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  • Avatar of turn.self.off

    i suspect the ipod touch, along with the recent archos are sorted under pmp rather then mid…

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