Mobile Internet devices, or “MID” for short, are defined as any hand-held device that has Internet access. That can range from a smartphone to a tablet PC so more and more that phrase is being used less as almost all new mobile devices can access the Internet such as cameras. When someone calls a tablet PC a mobile Internet device or MID, it’s almost redundant, but that’s exactly what Coby Electronics does when it decides to name all of it’s tablet PCs, “MID tablets“.
The question is no longer whether or not to buy a laptop or a tablet, the question is which tablet PC to buy. That’s where sites like Tablet Comparison come in handy. For most people a tablet PC is all they need because they just need a mobile Internet device. They don’t need to edit pictures in Photoshop, edit their website, or compute things in a spreadsheet. They just need to be able to search for something on Google, buy something on Amazon, get on Facebook, and check their email. That’s exactly what tablet PCs do best – in addition to also being a great portable video player (via Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Instant, or Hulu) or ereader.
The iPad 2 has a beautiful ereader, but if ebooks are your thing, then you might want to consider the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet PC. They both have a 7″ form factor. Compare that to the iPad2, which has a 9.7″ screen. You’ll pay more for the iPad though, which starts at $600 and goes up from there while the Kindle Fire goes for $199 and the Nook Tablet is only $249. Compare this to the Coby Kyros tablets which range in size from 7″ to 10″ inches and vary from $150 to $200 depending on model, of which there are at least 12.
So which mobile Internet device is best for you? Maybe the hardware isn’t as important as the service behind it or the accessories available for it. For example, it’s much easier to find iPad covers, Kindle skins, or Nook covers than it is to find Coby Kyros cases. And if human support is important you might want to go with an iPad or a Nook Tablet over a Kindle Fire for access to your local Apple Store or Barnes and Noble book store, respectively. Although Amazon has great support, that support will be over the phone and any trade-ins will be done by shipment, not over the counter. There is a trade-off though because the lack of brick and mortar stores is what makes Amazon so cheap comparatively.
If money was no object, I would buy the iPad 2 simply because of the large selections of apps, accessories, and the look and feel of the device. If I were more budget-conscious I’d go with the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet next. The only real difference in the two is that the Kindle is a little more closed off and locked in to Amazon’s version of Android while the Nook Tablet is running a more standard version of Android. They also each have access to two different sets of libraries, albeit highly overlapping ones. In the end, you’ll have to decide based on the factors that matter most to you.