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An MID Wishlist

Since having played with an iPad, I’ve been thinking about the kind of mobile internet device device that I would buy without hesitation. Here’s what I’d like to see:

Must Have

  • 3/3.5/4G wireless internet
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • GPS
  • A form factor that can actually fit in a pocket. iPhone/Droid-sized plus an inch or so would be great.
  • A standard screen resolution or aspect ratio. The iPhone’s 3:2 aspect makes video transcoding a pain.
  • A touch screen interface
  • An actual web browser. Opera Mobile or Safari are both excellent for this task, in my opinion.
  • 16GB on-board storage and expansion via MicroSD
  • Connectivity to an actual computer via mini or micro USB.
  • A battery life of 8 hours+
  • A user replaceable battery

Would Be Nice

  • A camera, rear facing moderately preferred to front facing, but either would do and both would be gravy.
  • A built-in microphone for voice commands or recording
  • A slide-out keyboard

Basically, I think I’m looking for a smartphone that doesn’t have a phone. There are times when I don’t want to be called, but would still like to have the convenience of all the other things a smartphone can do. Does anyone out there know of a device like that that’s readily available in the US? I’ve been looking online and found several awesome Android devices that are only available in Europe or China.

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