xTablet T1550 Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet T1550 Rugged Tablet Review

Rugged Tablet Review

 

Rugged PC Review carried out an xTablet T1550 Rugged Tablet Review when the device took over from the previous T1500 model.

Affordable flexibility is the key with T1550. Integral 1D or 2D scanning GPS and NFC are all options. Along with 2 cameras Wi-Fi and Bluetooth a serial port is also a standard feature something not very common on devices at this market level.

Excerpt:

While the xTablet T1550’s processor and memory make concessions in the interest of affordable pricing, the tablet’s display definitely does not. Measuring a roomy 10.1 inches diagonally — it’s very noticeably larger than the 8-inch screen of the smaller xTablet T8540 — it offers WXGA resolution. That’s 1280 x 800 pixel in 16:10 wide-format — 30% more pixel that the 1024 x 768 XGA format that was commonly used in rugged tablets (even ones with larger screen sizes) for many years, and is still being used today.

On a 10.1-inch tablet screen, that translates into 149 dots per inch (dpi), which is not very high by today’s standards, but still more than adequate. The xTablet T1550 uses 10-point projected capacitive multi-touch for effortless tapping, panning, pinching and zooming. We can’t think of many crucial operations that require more than just a couple of fingers, but Microsoft wants ten, and so ten it is.

The display is of the IPS (in-plane switching) variety that makes for perfect viewing from all angles. We cannot overemphasize how important a wide viewing angle is for a satisfying, non-disruptive viewing experience. Older and lesser display technologies are prone to often dramatic color and contrast shifts when viewed from different angles, something that we don’t consider acceptable anymore. The xTablet T1550’s IPS display is totally immune to such shifts, which makes it a pleasure to use. And outdoors the display feels brighter than its listed 320 nits luminance rating.

rugged tablet review

To learn more read the review take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the T1550.

Rugged Tablet Keyboard

Detachable Rugged Tablet Keyboard

Rugged Tablet Keyboard

 

One of the major innovations with the new Flex 10A has been the detachable tablet keyboard. An inexpensive option that goes really well with the easel which at low cost it turns the Flex 10A into a great productivity tool across a variety of application scenarios.

Hybrids are a real growth area of the overall PC and tablet market. Just take a look at the innovative detachable keyboards on the market and all the heat  around the Microsoft Surface and it’s competitors. Even rugged manufacturer Panasonic has replaced their Toughbook laptops with hybrids.

Back in the real world where budgets are perhaps not so generous the tablet keyboard for the Flex 10A is an 87% scale QWERTY with US layout. That aside the Flex 10A tablet keyboard has a sturdy hinge that benefits from the addition of the easel and excellent tactile keys that actually move! Unlike some of the space age designs on consumer grade devices.

You are connecting the tablet keyboard to a Quad Core Intel device which has 64GB of Storage and 4GB of memory.that can be ordered with Windows 10 Home or Professional. Flex 10A is an entry level is MIL-STD-810G 26 drops rugged it is not “sealed” tablet that has a 1280 x 800 10 point 10″ capacitive screen at 280 nits.  The Flex 10A ships with a mesh tip stylus, 2 cameras, AC adapter, back of hand strap carry handle integral WI-Fi and Bluetooth.

Rugged tablets and hybrids have historically been over-specified for many users who require a level of ruggedness beyond consumer grade but balk at the huge investment needed. If this sounds like your project and the Windows OS is on your wish list then the Flex 10A may well be for you.

Rugged Tablet Keyboard

To learn more take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar our 90 Minute Tablet Workshop to discuss the Flex 10A.

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro 2017

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro 2017

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro

 

The latest version of the Microsoft Surface Pro gets a mild update to keep it among the best Windows hybrid PCs on the market. Reviews have been positive and most geek magazines have ended up recommending it.

Our rugged case has been approved by Microsoft and now supports this latest version of the Microsoft Surface Pro. More of our clients are using their Surface in the field for what have always been rugged laptop applications. Pressure on cycle times and site labour costs all add to the having the right mobile computing system is critical to productivity.

12 Reasons why the New Microsoft Surface Pro and our Rugged Case is Such a Great Combination

  1. Access to powerful modeling and rendering tools.
  2. A mobile computing device small enough to carry, yet powerful enough to handle demanding tasks enables even greater workflow efficiencies
  3. Use the programs you know and trust: Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Autodesk’s AutoCAD, Rhino, Dassault’s Katia 3DS and of course Office 365.
  4. Microsoft Surface Pro seamlessly transitions from office to vehicle to work site.
  5. Make changes immediately using mouse, keyboard finger or pen input.
  6. All of the project files, sketches, schematics, and notes are at hand and available on the cloud.
  7. Lightweight and portable with long battery life and large display.
  8. HD Cameras for documentation, progress updates and video conferencing.
  9. The rugged case comes with an easel, multiple carrying straps, protected ports, rubber bumpers and is compatible with the Type Cover.
  10. The Microsoft Surface Pro & rugged case combination has been tested by an outside agency to military standards MIL-STD 810G
  11. Unlike most rugged cases that can use up to 5 operating units before failing the test our Rugged Case for the Microsoft Surface Pro passed using only one.
  12. First rugged case to pass the thermal testing process for the new Surface Pro.

Rugged Case Microsoft Surface Pro

To learn more read the review or get in touch to arrange a webinar or meeting about using our rugged Case for the New Microsoft Surface Pro. Buy one here.

 

MobileWorxs Partners with Aegex For Rugged Intrinsically Safe Tablet

MobileWorxs Partners with Aegex For Rugged Intrinsically Safe Tablet

 

Intrinsically Safe Tablet

 

MobileWorxs Appointed as Value-Add Partner for Aegex Intrinsically Safe Tablet.

UK-based enterprise mobility specialist MobileWorxs has formed a strategic partnership with US-based Aegex Technologies to supply its innovative range of enterprise tablets for the hazardous location market, including oil & gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical manufacturing and other industries with combustible atmospheres.

Aegex provides the first Windows 10 tablet that is globally certified as intrinsically safe for use in the most hazardous, explosive operations worldwide.

Under the terms of the partnership, MobileWorxs will offer the full range of Aegex intrinsically safe devices and solutions to its clients across the UK and EMEA region.

Aegex Channel Manager Scott West commented, “Aegex allows enterprises worldwide to increase productivity and control in hazardous environments. Our strategic partnerships with MobileWorxs and other channel partners around the world will allow us to deliver better service and support to users of our products”

MobileWorxs’ Managing Director, Andrew Cahill, said, “We see huge market potential for the Aegex Intrinsically Safe Tablet in the UK and EMEA. Process automation using mobile computing with a tablet form factor is experiencing major growth, and we’re looking forward to leveraging this opportunity in conjunction with the well-known Aegex product range.” 

About MobileWorxs

MobileWorxs aims to help companies improve the productivity, efficiencies and responsiveness of workers through the use of application-specific rugged devices. The company focuses on solutions that are quick to deploy with minimal disruption to business and rapid return of investment.

About Aegex

Aegex Technologies is a premier engineering and design services firm that specialises in creating intrinsically safe mobile solutions for hazardous industries. Aegex globally certified intrinsically safe Windows 10 tablets provide cloud connectivity to personnel working in some of the world’s most volatile environments, including ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 and UL913 C I, II, III D1 hazardous locations in oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety, defense and other industries with potentially explosive atmospheres.

 

MobileWorxs Partners with Aegex For Rugged Intrinsically Safe Tablet

To learn more take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the Aegex Intrinsically Safe Tablet.

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

Rugged PC Review had taken a look at the classic Flex 10 3 years ago and decided to do a new xTablet Flex 10A rugged tablet review and put the new Cherry Trail version through its paces.

The New Flex 10A has been a real hit since it’s launch earlier this year. Users like the traditional MobileDemand ruggedness and ease of use features, Windows 10 Home or Pro OS, accessories such as the detachable keyboard and of course great value for money.

Excerpt:

It’s important to understand MobileDemand’s philosophical approach to the Flex line. In essence, the difference between the company’s higher end xTablets and the Flex models is that the former are designed and built as cohesive, fully integrated rugged tablets with significant performance and capabilities, whereas the Flex line makes a ruggedized package available at the lowest possible price.

For the Flex models, MobileDemand is sourcing generic tablets that meet the company’s features and performance goals. MobileDemand then custom-designs protective rubber boots with thick bumpers to securely cushion and cradle the tablets, and that assembly then goes into a sturdy, also custom-designed polycarbonate backplate. The picture below shows that the Flex approach goes well beyond what any third party aftermarket case can offer.

Unlike the weird waver-thin accessory keyboards offered for many consumer tablets, MobileDemand’s Flex 10A keyboard is a true keyboard with full keyboard functionality, good key travel, and excellent tactile feedback. It also has a very sturdy hinge that allows for a very solid connection to the tablet. Combined with the easel, it makes for full and complete laptop functionality, should that be required.

xTablet Flex 10A Rugged Tablet Review

To learn more read the review take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the Flex 10A.

Rugged Tablet Scan Handle

Rugged Tablet Scan Handle

 

Rugged Tablet Scan Handle

 

A true first in its class – a Rugged Tablet Scan Handle !. Our cordless, high-performance Bluetooth scan handle for the T8650 allows users to quickly scan 1D/2D barcode images while using a rugged 8″ Windows 10 Tablet at the same time. The handle attaches to the T8650 via a Snap Mount plate which comes standard on the device itself. The module is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery providing users 85 hours of continuous use. This attachment helps to leverage your investment in T8650 platform – read the review.

Rugged Tablet Scan Handle includes:

  • Scan Handle module.
  • Two rechargeable batteries.
  • Two charging cables – Micro USB to USB.

To get a better understanding of how the Scan Handle works take a look at the short video and check out all the specs on the T8650 page.  The Scanning process uses a high performance digital imager scan engine to read in codes in the most fast and efficient way. This can all have a significant impact on inventory operations where a large number of barcodes need to be scanned and access to a larger than PDA screen is preferred.

Rugged Tablet Scan Handle

To learn more take a look at the specs and video or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the T8650 rugged tablet scan handle.

 

How To Manage The Transition From MEAP TO MADP

How To Manage The Transition From MEAP TO MADP

How To Manage The Transition From MEAP TO MADP

 

What is A MADP – Mobile Application Development Platform

MADP refers to an inclusive group of products and services that allow mobile applications for the Enterprise to be developed. Think of MADP as different from the traditional app development tools. Enterprise Mobility generates unique challenges that are different from those faced in the development of consumer mobile solutions.

MEAP to MADP  So what..?

MEAP has been around for a while and can usually be characterised as an interface with existing back end systems to enable data and applications on mobile devices. Whilst popular they were often a jumbled set of “parts” for developers to cobble together with custom code, leading to time-consuming and costly development projects. Headaches teams undertaking B2B enterprise grade app development could do without. In contrast the MADP helps to build a set of common features and services that can be leveraged in mission critical apps for integration to multiple platforms in a “we need it yesterday” business environment.

MADP Platform Selection Essentials

  • Single skill set that client developers can adopt and use.
  • Support for devices to work in network disconnected mode.
  • Make use of dynamic data.
  • Well proven barcode thermal print and GPS support.
  • Built in Mobile Device Management – MDM
  • Desktop console to manage the entire system.
  • Simple to deploy and integrate.

 

Pick a Highly Regarded MADP Supplier

Our partner MobileFrame has been recognized in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms MADP

We have been working with MobileFrame for 10 years providing clients with mobile apps tailored to their unique workflow. MobileFrame is a leading code-free mobile application development platform that includes everything a company needs to ensure that their mobility projects run smoothly.  With MobileFrame technology, companies can give their field force the apps they need on the devices they love. Even the most complex applications can be written once and simultaneously deployed to any iOS, Android and Windows based device.

In their sum up Gartner says that, “if you don’t already use a MADP, evaluate and deploy one as a cornerstone product supporting your mobile development strategy, especially if your organization is starting to develop and deploy mobile apps at high volume (for example, more than six apps per year).”

“We’re proud to maintain and build upon a strong and loyal customer base committed to supporting us in identifying areas of core strength and further growth. Our client testimonials speak to MobileFrame’s ability to deliver better time to market and ease of use through our platform”, said Lonny Oswalt, Chief Executive Officer, MobileFrame. 

Read the entire MobileFrame Press Release about this prestigious award.

To receive a complimentary copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant click here.

How To Manage The Transition From MEAP TO MADP

To learn more get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about MobileFrame MADP.

Microsoft Surface Rugged Case in Education

Microsoft Surface Rugged Case in Education

Microsoft Surface Rugged Case in Education

The Microsoft Surface is one of the best tools for teaching and learning in a learning environment. It has the full power of a laptop in a lightweight touchscreen tablet form factor and has useful digital inking capabilities.  We know how challenging some education environments can be so developed the Microsoft Surface Rugged Case to help you protect your investment and get the most out of your implementation.

Our Microsoft Surface Rugged Case is impact-resistant with protected ports, preventing unwanted water and dust from entering the device – great for those field trips !

The Case is engineered for maximum protection are constructed out of an high grade plastic with rubber bumpers on each corner for added shock absorption. Lightweight yet durable.

Proven Ruggedness

For a device to pass a MIL-STD-810G drop test it must survive 26 drops from four feet. Many companies use up to five devices to pass those tests we only uses only one and provide video recording and test reports as a resource.

Easy to Carry and Hold

The Case offers a comfortable back hand strap, convenient briefcase handle and shoulder strap for reliable mobility. A secure grasp on the device is key to ease of use and preventing students from dropping the device, keeping repair costs down.

Fully Adjustable Easel – The cases feature an innovative rugged easel with a strong hinge to allow for viewing at any angle. Strong magnets are embedded in the case which keeps it securely closed when not in use. When closed the easel helps keep the Type Cover Keyboard securely attached to the tablet.

Surface Screen Protector

In addition users can shield the display of the Microsoft Surface from scratches, smudges and chips by attaching a chemically strengthened glass screen protector. The water-resistant screen protector reduces wear on the device while preserving optimal screen clarity and fast response with both touch and Pen.

Microsoft Surface Rugged Case in Education

To learn more read the review or get in touch to arrange a webinar or meeting about using our Microsoft Surface Rugged Case in Education.

Or buy through our official on-line retail partner:

Microsoft Surface Rugged Case in Education

Life Span of Mobile Devices

Life Span of Mobile Devices

Life Span of Mobile Devices And What To Do About It

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A software house develops an application for a 7″ tablet computer. The users want a cheap reliable tablet and a tablet is sourced. The problem lies in the word “cheap”. A cheap tablet can still be somewhat reliable depending on use and with the hundreds of budget tablets flooding the market there will be some.

A cheap tablet means a consumer grade tablet, and with consumer grade items means a limited product life span. Technology is quickly progressing in the tablet and smartphone markets. Upgraded processors are regularly released and internal parts like cameras, NFC, storage, speakers frequently upgraded.

How Long Will My Device Be Available ?

Manufacturers of consumer devices make no commitment to the lifespan of a product. Take for iPhone 6 & 6s for example. Images and specs of the iPhone 7 were leaked soon after the 6 was released. A manufacturer will deem the product a viable option in the consumer marketplace until competition means the unit will need to upgraded or replaced. This could be a 1 year cycle, sometime more, sometimes less.

Enterprise grade mobile devices look at this issue from the other side. Devices are built for a purpose be it warehouse scanning, field service or another vertical. Maintenance contracts can be bought for the units extending their lifespan, plus spares will be available for several years afterwards.

Whereas consumer units are usually on break and replace pair, enterprise units are based on a break fix repair. And that cycle is getting shorter and shorter.

Touching on the software briefly, if a device is changed it is possible the software will need to be altered. Customers are less likely to remain loyal should they need to buy a new tablet each year to continue using the software.

Selecting a cheap tablet has its advantages for cost, there are better alternatives to ensure long term solutions.

To learn more get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about your project. The key point being, do not recycle – fix it!

How Mobile Devices Capture High Resolution Images

How Mobile Devices Capture High Resolution Images

A smartphone with a 16mp autofocus rear camera, 8mp front camera, and recording in 1080p or UHD 4K is becoming somewhat the norm. This is mainly on the case on the consumer side rather than enterprise, but the enterprise is following suit. A typical old school Windows Mobile MC67 for example has an 8MP rear camera.

Windows Mobile devices are somewhat limited here as the 32mb RAM allowance means large images and videos will probably crash the unit. This is where iOS, Android, Windows 8.1 or 10 for the Enterprise are key.

Giving the end user the ability to capture media in high resolution is a big plus point. Images of completed works, or videos problem areas can be highlighted in detail. But at what cost?

Cost!? Surely a high res image is better than a low res image? Agreed, but what is the cost of transmitting a 16mp image, or a 30 second 1080p video? A 16MP image is roughly 5MB, one visit can require 1-10 images for example. Worst case of 10 images, that is 50MB of data. A 30 second video clip in 1080p is about 210MB (other file types may be increase file size considerably.) UHD 4K would be even bigger.

If the device is 4G compatible uploads speeds are very fast @ 8MBps, 3G considerably slower 0.4MBps, under 3G it becomes a big issue. 4G would take about 30 seconds if a good connection.

210MBps video file / 0.4MBps upload speed = Nearly 9 minutes to upload. That assumes a solid constant connection for the full nine minutes. Driving to/from jobs means the signal will strengthen/weaken or stop altogether.

Why Capture High Resolution Images

The purpose of real-time mobile applications is to receive the results back in real-time, no delays, immediate billing cycles customer records instantly updated etc. If working in large cities with a good 4G presence this may work fine, if uploading images over Wi-Fi only this is also a solution, but not real-time in the majority of cases.

Consider if a 16mp image is actually required. Would a 5mp image suffice? On a PDF report to the customer the image will be scaled down anyway. Smaller file sizes improve the mobile connection speed and increase the probability of real-time communication, as well as greatly reducing the storage requirements on the back-end.

How Mobile Devices Capture High Resolution ImagesGet in touch to book a webinar or meeting about Windows based enterprise mobility devices.