Are MIDs irrelevant in today's smartphone world?

We just finished recording Mobile Tech Roundup show #153 where we spent a large chunk of time talking about MIDs. James posted an article this morning asking if MIDs are irrelevant in today's market with the powerful smartphones and other devices like the iPod Touch and Nokia Internet Tablets. As you will hear in the upcoming podcast, I agree with James that the MIDs may be coming too late to the party to have much of an impact and it begs the question, "Who will buy a MID?"

Are MIDs irrelevant in today's smartphone world?
We just finished recording Mobile Tech Roundup show #153 where we spent a large chunk of time talking about MIDs. James posted an article this morning asking if MIDs are irrelevant in today's market with the powerful smartphones and other devices like the iPod Touch and Nokia Internet Tablets. As you will hear in the upcoming podcast, I agree with James that the MIDs may be coming too late to the party to have much of an impact and it begs the question, "Who will buy a MID?"

MIDs are designed to allow you uncompromised browsing of the internet and with the number of mobile browsers (Opera Mobile, Opera Mini, Skyfire, Safari, S60 browser, etc.) the limitations on browsing from a smartphone or existing small device are few and far between. Also, smartphones are optimized for the small screen and for efficient messaging while these MIDs do not seem to be as efficiently designed for these tasks, especially if they are running a desktop OS like Windows XP. Phones are always connected and generally have MUCH longer battery life than a mini computer.

I think the MIDs may be a year or two late and I just can't get excited about the idea myself. I saw several concept MIDs at CES last year and as a mobile geek I do think it is nice to see devices with functions and designs like the OQO (priced over US$1,500) dropping to half the price of where they are now (the Aigo MID is priced at US$699). Do you think there is a place for MIDs today?