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Need a MID or smartphone that can replace a laptop for travel – comparing the iPhone 4 to the Nokia N900 to the HTC Advantage

The hunt is on for a new MID or smartphone or something very portable that can still meet my productivity needs while travelling. I’ve narrowed it down to a few contenders and put them up against the iphone 4 for good measure. I’m almost set on a smartphone bu the viliv N5 could make the cut if the 3G model is not too expensive. Here’s my table trying to compare apples with apples.

Nokia N900 IiPhone 4 HTC Advantage x7510
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 2100, UMTS 850 / 1900
Announced 2009, August 2010, June 2008, February
Status Available. Released 2009, November Available. Released 2010, June Available. Released 2008, June
Size Dimensions 110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm, 113 cc 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm 133 x 98 x 16 mm
Weight 181 g 137 g 375 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 65K colors TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors (65K effective)
Size 800 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches 640 x 960 pixels, 3.5 inches 640 x 480 pixels, 5.0 inches
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off – Scratch-resistant surface – QWERTY keyboard
– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate – Multi-touch input method – Handwriting recognition
– Full QWERTY keyboard – Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
– Three-axis gyro sensor
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones Vibration, MP3 ringtones Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes, with stereo speakers Yes Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5 mm audio jack 3.5 mm headset jack 3.5 mm headset jack, dual speakers
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days 100 received, dialed and missed calls Practically unlimited
Internal 32 GB storage, 256 MB RAM 16/32 GB storage, 512 MB RAM 16 GB storage, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB, buy memory No Mini SD
Data GPRS Class 32 Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps Yes
EDGE Class 32 Class 10, 236.8 kbps Yes
3G HSDPA, 10Mbps; HSUPA, 2Mbps HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps HSDPA, 1.8 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP Yes, v2.1 with A2DP Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port Yes No No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB Yes, v2.0 Yes, miniUSB
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2576×1936 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash, video light 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging Touch focus, geo-tagging
Video Yes, WVGA(848 x 480)@25fps Yes, 720p@30fps, LED video light, geo-tagging Yes
Secondary Yes, VGA Yes, videocalling over Wi-Fi only VGA videocall camera
Features OS Maemo 5 iOS 4 Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional
CPU ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX530 graphics 1 GHz Apple A4 processor Marvell PXA270 624 MHz processor
Messaging SMS (threaded view), Email, Push Email, IM SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds HTML (Safari) WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML ( Opera 9)
Radio Stereo FM radio (via third party software); FM transmitter No No
Games Yes, 5 + downloadable Downloadable, incl. motion-based Yes
Colors Black Black, White Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps Yes, with A-GPS support Yes
Java No No Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Skype and GoogleTalk VoIP integration – MicroSIM card support only – Voice memo
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ music player – Scratch-resistant glass back panel – MP3/AAC/AAC+/WMA/OGG/AMR player
– WMV/RealVideo/MP4/AVI/XviD/DivX video player – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic. – WMV/MP4 player
– TV-out – Digital compass – TV-out
– PDF document viewer – Google Maps #NAME?
– Photo editor – iBooks application – Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer)
– Adobe Flash Player 9.4 – Audio/video player and editor
– Voice command/dial
– TV-out
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J) Standard battery, Li-Po 1420mAh Standard battery, Li-Po 2100 mAh
Stand-by Up to 278 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G) Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 300 h (3G) Up to 300 h
Talk time Up to 6 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 4 h 30 min (3G) Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G) Up to 6 h
Music play Up to 24 h 30 min Up to 40 h
Misc SAR US 0.92 W/kg (head)     0.82 W/kg (body) 0.48 W/kg (head)
SAR EU 0.80 W/kg (head)

MIO MID – awesome mobile internet device, tablet UMPC and GPS

This little unit seems to have everything we’d ever need:

http://www.mio.com/miocebit2010/MoovV780.html

JKK Video:

Mio Moov V780
A premium navigation, entertainment and Internet experience.

The Mio Moov V780 goes beyond being a navigation device. The iF Award-winning design provides a premium navigation, entertainment and Internet experience, the Moov V780 features the new Mio Spirit navigation software, a 7” flat widescreen, HD multimedia capabilities, digital TV receiver, and wireless connectivity. Rethink your navigation experience with the premium Mio Moov V780.

http://hothardware.com/News/Mios-Moov-V780-MIDGPS-Device-Gets-Powered-By-Tegra/

Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 5.6” Multi-touch screen available next month

A nice looking offering from Fujitsu was launched at CES. The LifeBook UH900 with a 5.6” Multi-touch screen and powered by an Atom X series CPU. Plenty of storage with a 62GB SSD HDD.

• 1.1 pounds – a multi-touch 5.6-inch bonded screen display
• Intel(R) Atom(TM) Z-series processor
• Windows(R) 7 Home Premium
• Built-in GPS receiver and integrated Garmin Mobile(R) GPS Navigation
• 62 GB solid state drive, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, stereo microphone, ECO button for extending battery life, enhanced touch usability with Fujitsu Touch Launcher
•Priced starting at $999

CES launch special on the UMID BZ

Just received this announcement from Dynamism
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Announcing the UMID BZ ultraportable – available for $499 during our CES Launch Event!
Order by Jan 15th and get a $50 CES discount on the UMID BZ – just use CES promo code BZCESP during checkout.  Also, every BZ order will receive a Free VGA Adapter ($25 value).
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The UMID mbook BZ Series is the next ultraportable pc from the same company that brought us the groundbreaking UMID M1.

UMID has further refined the BZ with user-feedback in mind. This ultrasmall devices now features a full USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack (with an option for integrated headphone/mic), an improved keyboard – and an optical mouse has been added to complement the touchscreen.

The result is a device that delivers a no-compromise Windows experience (especially nice for experiencing the true internet) in a surreal form-factor. Even with these improvements, the UMID BZ can easily fit a sportcoat pocket. And, the impressive battery life is unabated with real-world use time of 5 hours.

With an added VGA-out option, the BZ becomes an even more potent business tool. Simply attach to a projector, or couple with a pico projector, for presentations on the go. Thanks to the magic of Skype and the integrated webcam, the BZ (with an internet connection) becomes a tiny and remarkable videophone.

The UMID BZ offers you an amazing, fully-capable, and fully-pocketable, mobile device.

Ideapad U1 Hybrid looks perfect to me

This is exactly the kind of thing I have been waiting for. The Lenovo Ideapad U1.

I owned a HTC Shift which with the dual processor option and the dual operating system setup wouldhave been perfect except that the low power consumption OS (the phone part that promised so much) was horribly crippled by HTC. I loved the idea of being able to fire up the unit to web browse, do email etc and have days of battery life but in that mode you couldn’t access bluetooth, wireless, extra SD storage and heaps more. You had to boot into Windows and then you got an hour battery life. Almost but fail HTC.
Enter the Ideapad U1. A slate with it’s own low power consumption processor, light weight operating system (linux) but if you dock it you get Core Duo power and a full keyboard. The best of both worlds I say. Bring it out, soon!