Mobile Internet Devices or MIDs are one example of a small Internet communications unit that provides access to the World Wide Web. Usually, a Mobile Internet Device refers to equipment that is somewhat larger than the newer cell phones that have Internet capability, but still considerably smaller than a laptop computer with a wireless connection. The typical Mobile Internet Device will still be small enough to be held in one hand and operated with the opposite hand.
The MID is understood to have several advantages over both the smaller and larger devices. For example, a Mobile Internet Device will provide a larger viewing screen than cell phones equipped with Internet capability. This can help with simplifying the viewing of various web sites. At the same time, the device is small enough to be carried comfortably in a purse or backpack, and is much lighter than the standard laptop.
The concept of a Mobile Internet Device is relatively new. Intel announced the first prototype for the device during 2007. This groundbreaking prototype is understood to be available at a competitive price, operate with an acceptable amount of RAM and disk space, and offer easy to use Wi-Fi connectivity. Screen resolution for the device is considered to be comparable to that of a laptop. In order to execute quick searching, there is a filter that is understood to streamline the interface somewhat. Other companies have since announced plans to produce similar devices.
Some market analysts note that the Mobile Internet Device is being promoted to reach a sector of the market that is thought to be untapped. Considered to be an ideal solution for consumers who are not interested in lugging around a heavier device but also prefer not to go with a cell phone that has Internet capability, there is a high level of expectation for the popularity of the MIDs. The anticipation is that millions of users worldwide will find the Mobile Internet Device to be the perfect compromise between the devices currently on sale today.