As Sumocat has already pointed out, the results are hardly surprising. If you want to buy a MID in the US, you have to search very hard indeed.
ARS Technica took a list (supplied by Intel Marketing) of MIDs available in the U.S.Â and went on a search. The list of device list was hardly completeâ€¦
- Archos: 9″ Tablet
- Clarion: MiND
- Fujitsu: U820
- Panasonic: U1 Toughbook, H1 Toughbook
- Yukyung Viliv: S5, X70EX
Thereâ€™s only one place on the internet youâ€™ll find a complete list of all UMPCs and MIDs so itâ€™s easy to find the ones that were missing [Full list below] but thatâ€™s not the point of the story. The point of the ARS Technica article is that you canâ€™t find many devices in normal channels. Itâ€™s true and it wonâ€™t change until distributors get some confidence that they can actually sell stock. This is an incredibly niche market weâ€™re working in here and until better products reach the market with better operating systems and some marketing support from Intel, I donâ€™t think anyone is going to be throwing thousands of dollars at marketing themselves and buying large amounts of stock.
I was speaking to Mobilx today and they have the same worry. Thereâ€™s no point buying 500 MIDs until you see a no-risk demand that means you can shift stock in a reasonable amount of time. With companies like OQO, Raon Digital and Wibrain going out of business, that risk of being left with a shelf full of products that arenâ€™t going to get marketing or after-sales support is way too high. We agreed that despite Windows XP being useful and productive, XP is boring is becoming a hurdle in the consumer market. That needs to change and that the time is running out. Intel needs to get Moblin/Moorestown products out ASAP because Android, Maemo and ARM have already reached the MID market.
On the bright side, donâ€™t forget that US is not the primary market for MIDs and weâ€™re very close to the main IDF event of the year which means all the news and marketing has already tailed off in preparation for the next wave. In just 6 weeks we should be getting updates on products, platforms and software and with voice-enabled Moorestown and Moblin, itâ€™s a very different proposition this time round.
List of MIDs on next pageâ€¦
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