For connectivity, input options and simply fitting into your pocket, aigo's MID certainly has plenty of potential. Unfortunately, as reviewers have discovered, it's hamstrung by its OS: adding new apps is a struggle, meaning most people will be stuck with what software comes out of the box. One owner, though, has heavily customized his 3G-equipped aigo to better perform as a UMPC rather than just an internet browser; full video demo, plus details of the changes, after the cut.
One of the first Intel Atom powered Mobile Internet Devices, the Aigo MID, has reached the hands of reviewers, and first impressions look good. Basically the same unit as Gigabyte's M528, it packs a 500MHz Z500 processor and runs a Linux-based OS with the Midinux 2.0 GUI. In fact the guys at UMPCFever pay the Aigo perhaps the ultimate compliment: that in use it's just like the iPhone experience.
Check out the video of the Aigo MID in action ater the cut
It’s a basic mobile Internet device. It has a rubberized bottoms, touchscreen, and slide out full keyboard, a very simple user interface, and a stylus. On the back is the battery and a 3MP camera for taking photos.
The U8 MID prototype Lenovo have been flaunting lately is, frankly, lovely, and Josh Bancroft was lucky enough to get some serious hands-on time with the device - and the Aigo MID - at Intel's Mobility Software Enabling Lab this week. Comparing the Lenovo MID to a prototype MID device we've seen in photos before, a Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC, a Fujitsu Lifebook UMPC and Josh's own iPhone, he's promising in-depth video of each new device, but until now this Flickr gallery will have to sate us.
Aigo's Android-based E500 MID has gone up for sale in China, priced at 1,599 Yuan ($235) and offering a 5-inch touchscreen, 600MHz ARM dual-core CPU and 720p HD video support. Connectivity for the tablet includes WiFi b/g, USB 2.0 and a microSD card slot, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack, in addition to 8GB of built-in memory.
Details of a new Aigo tablet, the Aigo N700, running Android on a 7-inch display have emerged, potentially set to be the AigoPad announced earlier on this year. The tablet has a WVGA capacitive touchscreen, second-generation Tegra chipset and up to 32GB of onboard storage, together with integrated Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi and 3G.
Unless you're a MID addict you may not have heard of Aigo, but with the company actually having shipped products rather than merely flaunted concepts we're liable to give them a little extra rope. That makes this new MID - the Aigo N500 - particularly interesting, since it runs Maemo just like the Nokia N900.
After the video breakdown of aigo's P8860 Mobile Internet Device showed there was plenty of space for slotting in some onboard 3.5G WWAN capabilities, it was only a matter of time until the compact touchscreen device had some HSDPA poured into it. jkkmobile - who has already added 3G and touchscreens to a variety of ultraportables - has done just that.
Video demo of the HSDPA-enabled aigo P8860 after the cut
A few months back, when we wondered out loud about abbreviations, one of the easiest targets was the ultraportable device market. Mobile Internet Devices, Ultramobile PCs, Personal Media Players; as manufacturers rush to grant their gadgets more functionality, all seem to end up overlapping. The Archos Internet Media Tablet isn't a MID, not by Archos' own definition anyway, but it does offer internet access, on a touchscreen tablet, in a device that's certainly mobile. Pocketables have been comparing the Archos 5 (soon to be available with integrated 3G WWAN, remember) with the Aigo P8860, a gadget which certainly does claim to be a MID.
Nothing like a good device dissection to clear the pipes on a Monday, and if the BenQ S6 hands-on feedback left you thinking "great, but what's inside those little MIDs?" then this might appeal. aigo's P8860 MID has a similar 4.8-inch touchscreen to the S6, but brings a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to the mixture; in the UMPC Fever forums they've been looking inside to check out possible upgrade potential.
Video dissection after the cut!