Mobile Internet Devices (MID)
On my last trip I almost bought an Asus EEE PC but chickened out at the last minute. I did bring a bulky Garmin GPS and was surprised to find it very useful and fun even though we knew the area. I started searching and I think a MID might be a fun toy to have so I'd thought I'd see if anyone had a favorite.
I'm hoping to get something that can surf the web to look things up like places to see or phone numbers for a place to eat (nothing big). Having something to take notes or a to-do list would be great too. Being able to play music is a must so it can replace my iPod. Videos wouldn't be bad but I don't record them to devices much because it was a major time killer. GPS was a requirement but now that I look it's not looking good.
I searched and found a few. There's the iPhone of course but the monthly fee and switching to AT&T is a downer for me. Plus I don't think I need to connect to the internet at all times, only a Wi Fi hotspot should be fine for this device. The iPod Touch is a possible choice but it lacks a GPS you can use on the road, which would mean also taking the GPS too.
The Nokia N810 (Nokia nSeries) gets some good reviews. But it's GPS requires a hefty fee to the provider to get driving directions. It is Linux based which means free apps but that is hard to predict prior to buying. It lacks any kind of to do list feature but again maybe a free download can handle that. Finally it's storage is low compared some other options.
Archos has some new internet devices set to come out soon, but some of their older models are nice too. Drawbacks on these are they lack the to-do list type of stuff and GPS is extra via a bracket that actually has the GPS chip in it. They appear to have nice screens and would handle videos well. Storage is huge too.