James provided his hands-on impressions of the Mobile Internet Experience, or MIE, version of HP’s Mini 1000 and I see that Notebooks.com has a video of the shell. After watching this video and thinking back to other customized Linux faces I’ve used on netbooks, I walked away much more impressed overall with HP’s effort. While the custom shell on the Asus Eee PC and Acer Aspire One were geared towards simplicity, the MIE on the Mini 1000 is far more refined and looks to offer a more enjoyable experience.
In the end, I still believe the wide variance of Linux implementations isn’t helping its cause in the netboook market, but the HP MIE is slick and could make the Mini 1000 stand out from the crowd. Take a look and see if you agree.