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Aigo P8860 reviewed: Hackable, admirable, but perhaps not buyable

Aigo P8860 reviewed: Hackable, admirable, but perhaps not buyable

Aigo's P8860 has been one of the more interesting mobile internet devices (MIDs) we've been keeping track of, not least because it actually managed to move out of prototype stage and into the hands of buyers.  The 800MHz Atom powered ultraportable has a 4.8-inch touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and runs a specially tweaked version of Linux intended to make mobile computing straightforward; Jenn at Pocketables has been putting the P8860 through its paces, and while there's plenty to recommend it, there are also a few big questions left over at the end.

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aigo P8860 MID gets internal 3G HSDPA mod: Video Demo

aigo P8860 MID gets internal 3G HSDPA mod: Video Demo

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

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Aigo P8860 MID vs. Archos 5 PMP: Internet device battle

Aigo P8860 MID vs. Archos 5 PMP: Internet device battle

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.

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aigo P8860 MID video dissection: HSDPA upgrade possible

aigo P8860 MID video dissection: HSDPA upgrade possible

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!

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Aigo P8860 MID gets worldwide availability; XP drivers coming October

Aigo P8860 MID gets worldwide availability; XP drivers coming October

If half the problem with MIDs and UMPCs is explaining to would-be buyers why they really ought to consider one, the other is actually finding them for sale.  Aigo's P8860 MID is a case in point; on sale since August in Hong Kong, trying to find one elsewhere will force you onto eBay.  Now, finally, an official reseller has been nominated, Direct From Japan, who will happily ship you the P8860 anywhere worldwide.

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aigo P8860 MID launches in HK; XP version shows up too

aigo P8860 MID launches in HK; XP version shows up too

As expected, aigo held a press launch for their P8860 MID today in Hong Kong, at the Mongkok MK1 Super Digital Mall. Sadly SlashGear wouldn't pay for me to fly there, but UMPC Fever stopped by to watch aigo execs take the wraps off of the 4.8-inch touchscreen Silverthorne device. They also managed to score some time with an exclusive Windows XP version; check out the video demo after the cut.

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aigo MID turns UMPC with battery, OS and casing mods

aigo MID turns UMPC with battery, OS and casing mods

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.

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Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet: Android 2.1 slate for $300

Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet: Android 2.1 slate for $300

Velocity Micro are no strangers to tablets - the company attempted to crack the market with the M5 MID back in 2009, a rebadged aigo P8860 - but we reckon they've a better chance this time around with the Cruz Tablet and Cruz Reader.  Each model has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, runs Android 2.1 and supports Flash 10.1, but the real boon is the price: the Cruz Tablet is expected to come in at $299.99, while the Cruz Reader will be $199.99.

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Android MIDs emerge: Eston MID-02 plus SFR M! on video

Android MIDs emerge: Eston MID-02 plus SFR M! on video

Is it the morning for Android-based MIDs?  Jenn over at Pocketables has turned up evidence of two devices both running Google's open-source mobile platform, in the shape of the Eston MID-02 slider and a video of French carrier SFR's M! PC Pocket running the OS.  Eston's device - which is also branded as the M4301 - has a 4.3-inch resistive touchscreen and can dual-boot Windows CE 6.0 and Android.

Video demo after the cut

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