Mobile Microblogging Devices. A List that Doesn’t Include Intel.

Updated on 12 November 2019 by

The Devices

I’ve been thinking again (a lot) about the ideal mobile microblogging device. Taking my previous thoughts about what the best mobile microblogging device could be like and my original Carrypad definition from 2006 I’ve updated the list to include the fresh faces on the scene. Rather than split the devices into ‘classes’ as I did last time, I’m just listing what I think are the best choices based on my current knowledge. ALL MIDS AND UMPCS HAVE DROPPED OUT OF THE LIST based on the poor quality of software and the lack of important accessories like GPS, Camera, compass and accelerometer that drive the leading-edge creative mobile microblogging applications.

‘UMPCPortal lists Smartphones as leading Mobile Devices’ I can see the headline now!  In this segment of new, creative, mobile social applications, smartphones are leading and there’s no argument in my opinion. Even the important ‘Tweetdeck’ advantage for UMPCs and MIDs? Is gone. Tweetdeck is now available on the iPhone as are a number of other very rich  microblogging apps. Desktop software can’t keep up with the pace of development on smartphone platforms in this market.

Here’s my list of top mobile microblogging devices (in no particular order)

Image Operating System CPU Weight Screen Size Resolution Notes.

HTC Touch Pro 2

Windows Mobile 6.1 ARM 11 at 528mhz 175gm 3.6in 800×480 520 Euro

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Windows Mobile 6.1 ARM 11 at 528mhz 145gm 3in 800×480 430 Euros

Nokia E90

Symbian Series 60 ARM 11 at 330mhz 210gm 4in 800×352 550 Euro

Nokia N97

Symbian Series 60 ARM11 at 434Mhz 150gm 3.5in 640×360 550 Euro

Samsung Omnia Pro

WM6.1 (with 6.5 upgrade) ARM11 at 800Mhz 160gm 3.5in 800×480 460 Euro

Acer M900

Wm 6.1 ARM 11 at 533Mhz 188gm 3.8in 800×480 unknown

Sidekick LX 2009
Proprietary ARM 11 165gm 3.2in 800×480

$449 (318 Euros)

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21 Comments For This Post

  1. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    My list of top Mobile Microblogging devices. Intel not inside. See which one I bought.

  2. Pavels Romanovskis says:

    RT @chippy: My list of top Mobile Microblogging devices. Intel not inside. See which one I bought.

  3. turn_self_off says:

    Technically, recently(today in fact) released firefox 3.5 should allow a gps enabled device to share its position data with a correctly enabled page…

  4. chippy says:

    I thought FF3.5 would only use Google Location Service and not a local GPS device. Happy to be wrong because it will be a great step forward for geo-enabled web apps.

  5. turn_self_off says:

    hrmf, seems i was wrong about the gps thing, tho i could have sworn thats how its been presented in the past…

  6. turn_self_off says:

    Ugh, as i poke at it, i find contradictory data.

    Best i can tell is that it defaults to the google service, but should also be able to make use of a GPS device, if so found (or something).

  7. chippy says:

    I think the idea is to allow a plugin to access GPS data and feed to FF3.5 but I agree, there’s some contradictory info out there.

  8. says:

    Yep, thats the impression im left with to…

    Odd that they could not include a bit of code that could maybe read a com port and collect gps data…

  9. Vadim says:

    May be offtopic, but new FF 3.5 is SO FAST! I’m realy impressed..

  10. Wishmaster says:

    Chippy check toshiba k01 it is tg01(you mistyped it LG01) but with slideout keyboard with capacitive touchscreen should come early next year so it may suggest that it will be released with wm7 all at 16mm. Considering that tg01 has USB host option k01 should have too only video out(miniHDMI or DVI) is something that should be included in k01 to make it the best ultraportable.
    You should keep an eye on this one!

  11. Chippy says:

    Wishmaster. Thanks for that. Correction made. k01 now on the watchlist!


  12. animatio says:

    nice assay again, chippy. you show again that the market, means the user decides which way to go, the street to chose and not a company . at least not if she is not willing to kep in close contact with the custoners and to respect their opinin and wishes.
    water finds always its own way downhill – if hindered it will force it

  13. animatio says:

    just forgot to mention the new mobiles that are capable to act as pda, smartphone, camera (still and motion), gps, modem, digital TV/radio, video/music player, usb data storage device (using mini sd cards) … just got such one, didn’t cost me more than 200 bucks. the ideal companion to my netbook.

  14. suchus says:

    I’m really happy with my new 32GB iPhone 3G S.
    It’s probably not the best device when it comes to productivity, due to the lack of a physical keyboard.
    However, for everything else it is absolutely perfect (at least for me).


  15. admin says:

    I really think Apple could reach out to a new sector if they did hardware keyboard on a device. I doubt they will do it though. Shame.

  16. Ken Neal says:

    Chippy, you are on the right track, to find a device for microblogging. My similar interest could be called Micro-Business. Imagine the same device with PTab spreadsheet, and maybe someday a mobile OpenOffice.

    Intel has a quickly shrinking window to make Moorestown comparable. There is no doubt they will get the hardware done. Moblin sounds interesting, but unless they get a large base of software, it will go slow. Moorestown doesn’t run Windows initally, it seems.

    You made a great choice on a device. Now that Apple has gone Cortex, the others will have to follow shortly. HTC is rushing to sell Touch Pro 2 before they will look slow to the rest. Concerning the devices without keyboards, a BT one seams a workable solution.

    I see you did not alter this site’s name. I am glad you covered this subject. Still cannot find a good name for these Unique Mobile Phone Computers.

  17. Vakeros says:

    Of course it could stand for
    Ultimate Mobile Portal Creator

    For a door either to the cloud or to blogging sites etc. I sampling a Kohjinsha SX4 with built in 3G, 3MP camera and 1.3 Webcam. Just need GPS and I’ll have everthing on Chippy’s list – once the software comes for Geologging….

  18. admin says:

    Unique Mobile Personal Communicators? ;-)

    Vakeros, I just don’t see the location based software coming to the ‘desktop’ OS soon. It’s funny, like the smartphone arena always lags on FIE, the desktop is going to always be behind on advanced mobile services like this.


  19. animatio says:

    @Ken Neal. as far as winmobile is concernd exists a full office suite (ms compatible) – softmaker office (text, spreadsheet, database, powerpoint)

  20. Christian Kurz says:

    I think windows mobile is the next OS generation, though its not quite there.
    Until WM7 or WM8 a dual OS solution like “Snapvue” on th HTC Shift is the way to go.
    Mobile device really need to get rid of the booting process. They need to get more serious software too.
    By incororating a dual OS solution you get both until a newer Windows Mobile will be able to replace the Desktop OS`s…

  21. Vakeros says:

    A dual OS will remain due to legacy apps. whether it is possible to be dealt with in virtual windows as Win7 is meant to be doing for XP and previous OSes.
    If WM7 ticks all the right boxes that they are talking about, then you might see it spread to bigger devices. With the power of ARM processors increasing, you can already run Virtual OSes on a smartphone (though limited to older ones), with the release of Win7 and WM7 it might be possible to run both on one chip. With one of them virtualised. The problem with Snapvue is it requires a separate chip – thus increasing cost and complexity.

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