Mid Moves is a new site focused on highlighting the power and capabilities of Mobile Internet Devices and the full internet experiences they offer. There are four writers and each will be taking at least two of the latest MID’s with them for a real tour over the next 8 days. It’s a mega-mobile extravaganza!
There’s some great unboxing content as well as very real world experience being shared to understand how these pocketable devices perform. If you are interested in the category, it’s a must read.
So I’ve had some great comments and discussion since yesterday’s post on finding my likely netbook (the MSI Wind) and it seems the Samsung NC10 is clearly worth a serious look as well.
For starters it offers a considerably larger keyboard (93% vs. 80%) and battery life is well over 6 hours … possibly closer to 8 through conservation. Both of these features are well worth a pause over the Wind and believe me, I’ve spent some time researching again today. What I think is really driving me though is the option for a SIM slot. Apparently, the Samsung NC10 has a SIM slot hiding behind the battery (a 6-cell comes standard) though it’s unclear so far if the current model actually has a modem inside. The modem / SIM combo is what initially drew my attention towards the HP Mininote, but it seems the MSI wins on a few counts there – for now anyway. Netbooks are hot and the competitive nature of the various companies is bringing new features and enhancements pretty rapidly.
Back to the Samsung… I need to confirm the SIM slot is functional of I’ll be waiting for the next rev to arrive — or will just wait it our for that updated MSI model. You can get an Acer at Radioshack now for as low as $99 if you are willing to sign up for a 2-year data plan with AT&T though I’m quite certain I can get data for less than $60/mo. The Acer did feel quite solid though – especially compared to the ASUS systems I saw recently at Best Buy.
via jkkmobile of course!
This new MSI Wind U120 system sounds killer!
- 10 inch 1024 x 600 screen
- 1.6 GHz IntelÂ® Atomâ„¢ with1GB RAM
- 160GB HDD
- Wifi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.0edr
- 3G HSDPA/HSUPA
- 3 x usb2
- 4-in-1-card reader
- 1.3Mpix cam with mic
- 4400mAH 6 cell battery
- XP Home
Of course I’m still more than capable of being swayed by a surprise from Apple if they feel up to it at MacWorld.
Steve aka Chippy at UMPCPortal has compiled an amazing 5-part, 11,000 word, 28-page Ultra Mobile Computing Buyers Guide into a single FREE PDF file. This is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in ultra mobile computing …
Thanks Steve – this is a fantastic resource!