Hands-on: Clarion’s Mind MID

By Posted 22 Feb 2009, 22:06

We have had a chance to play with Clarion’s new Mind (Mobile Internet Navigation Device), which could be bought for many reasons including GPS.

The ClarionMind could be sold mainly as a navigation system but has so much more to offer the user. The hardware shines thanks to its powerful Intel Atom Processor that runs at 800MHz. with a 400MHz FSB and 512MB of DDR2 memory.

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For storage you have a 4GB SSD flash drive that is mostly used by the software and leaves around 1GB of memory before installing anything else. There are no worries here as this can be expanded via the microSD card slot.

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Clarion’s MIND does not really shine above other GPS or portable devices, instead its been designed for the user that wants much more from these specific features.

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You will be able to use the MIND for GPS, as a PDF viewer, to watch YouTube videos on the move, as a file manager, to send and receive email, as a contact manger and for full desktop type web browsing.

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Other key features include using MySpace, RealPlayer, and a Notepad, getting weather information and reading news.

Clarion’s MiND seems to be at a crossroads and sits between a UMPC, netbook and Smartphone. The problem is you will still need a Smartphone and computer for other tasks that the MIND cannot do.

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The pre-installed software is very impressive and has a very professional touch. The device impresses from the moment you turn it on and browse the main applications and control options. You realize that this device offers so much in a relatively small form factor.

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While Clarion’s MiND is much bigger than other devices like the iPhone and competitive personal navigation devices, its larger screen will appeal to some buyers wanting much more than just navigation.

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We would like to see good 3rd party application support added, a better battery life as standard and more memory for smoother operation. All in all the MIND is a winner and can offer a lot pleasure for those that want its unique set of features.

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In the box you will find warranty info, a desk stand and car mount, a stylus in the MIND device, an in-vehicle and AC charger.

The Clarion’s MiND is available to buy now for around $699. You can get more information at clarion.com or view more photos and specs below.

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Main Features:

  • Weight 325g with standard battery
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.78 x 1.05 inches
  • 1.5 hours battery life or 4.5 hours with the extended battery
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR with DUN support
  • Built-in Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Intel Atom Processor 800MHz
  • 4GB SSD flash drive
  • 512MB DDR2-SDRAM
  • 800 x 480 pixel 4.8-inch Wide Color Touch Screen
  • Intel High Definition Audio
  • GPS
  • Stereo headphone Jack, USB 2.0 and Mini USB 2.0, DC-in and I/O ports

More Photos:

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  • S. Bains

    These Intel Atom processors are much faster than those Arm ones used in devices like iPhone. This is the ideal device with GPS and Internet in a portable form factor. Standalone GPS devices without a web browser these days should be made obselete. You need a next gen connected GPS like this one.

  • jojo

    Can I hook this up to Clear with my USB wimax dongle?