MID is an acronym for Mobile Internet Device. If you were looking for the MID file extension check MIDI.
|Business-class device for enterprise users||Consumer-class lifestyle device|
|Runs a "heavy" OS like Vista||Runs a 'lightweight" OS with quick startup like Linux or Windows mobile.|
|Optimized for office-use applications like Excel, Word, etc.||Optimized for things like media playback and web surfing|
|Use Intel Core chips||Many use the Intel Atom chip|
In 2009 (or so) Moorestown-based devices will be classed as MIDs only. 2009 Devices have targeted the MID devices as having a screen size somewhere in the 4" range (3.9" to 4.9"). In between Smartphones and Netbooks.
See also: Web Tablets
Added for completeness. Note: not per Dan Monahan. These would all be MID devices in his definition but not in the evolving 2009 definition which often refers to them as Netbooks.
- A Sub-notebook (ULCPC) attempts to deliver the promise that laptops have mostly abandoned.
- a real portable computer that can be used on the road for extended periods
- small enough to not weigh you down carrying it.
- Low cost
- standard laptop like features like a keyboard.
- Typically runs XP or Linux
Samsung introduces Mondi, the first WiMax 'Mobile Internet Device' 2Q 2009
http://en.smartdevices.com.cn/ has MID devices with 5 and 7" screens.
Here is a MobileRead review of the 7
They also have a 4.8" device running Windows and available with 1024x600 and/or 800x480