xTablet T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

We are planning on two major additions to our MobileDemand Rugged Windows 10 Tablet portfolio before the end of 2017. The first one adds a new feature packed 10″ device to the range including removable high capacity battery, 4G comms and  a high definition screen. Rugged PC Review were given an early peek  to do a T1150 rugged tablet review in advance of public availability at the end of October.

Fitness for the task is key with T1150. 4G Integral 2D and Intel RealSense 3D scanning are all options. Along with standard fit 2 cameras Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

T1150 Rugged Tablet Review Excerpt:

“First impression matters, and the xTablet T1150 certainly makes a very good one. Here, the good/better/best certainly applies. The T1550 is a true rugged design and certainly trust-inspiring,  It looks and feels like a serious tool for the job, a rugged tablet that was designed from the ground up to handle the bumps and grind and drops that come with work in the field.

There are hefty bumpers on all four corners, the kind that aren’t just a design element but clearly afford true real-word protection. There are all the doors, compartments, locks, hooks, loops and attachment and mounting points and details that one expects from a rugged tablet. There’s nothing wrong with the gleaming etherial sleekness of premium consumer tablets, but those are detriments out there on the job where the rubber meets the road. With the the xTablet T1150, form follows function, not fashion sense.

Despite being in the same 10-inch display class as the standard Apple iPad, the T1150 is a considerably larger and heftier device. Some of that extra heft and size is due to a good deal of built-in protection, another to the presence of ports and integrated functionality. The display’s 16:10 aspect ratio is pleasant to our eyes, between the iPad’s squarish 4:3 and the narrow (or wide, depending on whether you use them in landscape or portrait mode) 16:9 aspect ratio favored by many non-Apple tablets. 

While consumer smartphones and tablets increasingly have displays taking up the entire front of a device, that makes them damage-prone and such displays really aren’t very practical. So the T1150 has a nice margin around the actual display that’s large enough to a) allow for a flush front glass surface for easy touch operation, and b) allows for easy holding of the tablet without blocking part of the LCD. The actual LCD is recessed just a bit from the housing bezel, just enough for a fairly thick screen protector”

T1150 Rugged Tablet Review

To learn more read the Review or take a look at the xTablet_T1150_Specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about the T1150.

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.

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.

Two New Windows Tablet Devices

Two New Windows Tablet Devices

Two New Windows Tablet Devices

 

MobileWorxs are delighted to announce the availability of two new windows tablet devices joining the MobileDemand line up.

 

 

The 10.1″ xTablet T1500 and the 8″ xTablet T8500 are aimed at users looking for a high performance yet economic windows based rugged device to help improve mobile worker productivity.

Microsoft Windows

xTablet T8500 and xTablet T1500 ship with Windows 10 Professional. Breadth of functionality excellent security ease of navigation and seamless integration with corporate systems make this OS increasingly the standard when it comes to enterprise grade tablet devices.

Research firm Gartner predicts that Windows 10 will become the most widely installed version of Windows ever. Predicting that half of enterprises will have started Windows 10 deployments by January 2017

Intel Performance

Both the devices use the excellent Intel Quad Core Z3735F processor operating at 1.33GHz with 1.83GHz burst frequency. Standard Wi-Fi & Bluetooth  optional 3G WWAN.

Rugged & sealed, we have you covered…

Applications that take place in rough and tumble environments require devices engineered to work and keep working.

These new devices come with a 36 month warranty and deliver excellent multi year total cost of ownership combined with outstanding durability Vs similar priced devices. Airborne dust and water sealing rating for the xTablet T1500 is IP65 and IP67 for the xTablet T8500. Both handle 4-foot drops to concrete and come standard with hand strap, carry handle rubber bumpers and screen protector for added protection.

Productivity

Different applications and jobs require different functionality and accessories. Add a barcode scanner for inventory tracking or point-of-sale, deploy tablet mounts for a space-saving work station or utilize the GPS function for field based surveying.

Two New Windows Tablet Devices xTablet 8500 and xTablet 1500 will be available mid February. Get in touch to book a meeting.

Microsoft Windows Gaining Share on Tablets

Microsoft Windows Gaining Share on Tablets

Research firm Strategy Analytics projects Windows gaining share on tablets as enterprise mobility tablet adoption and the demand for a premium OS on tablets grows. The research sees Windows tablet shipments projected to hit 49 million units in 2019, a 120% increase from 2015 levels.

This would give Microsoft market share growth from the current 10% to 18% in the period most of the gain at the cost of Android which will fall from 68% to 58%, with iOS share staying at around 23%.

Microsoft Windows Gaining on TabletsGet in touch to book a webinar or meeting about Windows based enterprise mobility devices.

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

Unless you have been living under a rock, or on holiday you could not have failed to notice the launch of Microsoft Windows 10 earlier this month.  The objective is to have the same OS across a myriad of devices and finally have something to compete with and beat Android. At a practical level it’s worth pondering how Windows 10 home is different to Windows 10 pro. This is a key question for enterprise mobility projects with a preference for Windows considering a BYOD deployment.

What version of Windows 10 you are looking at will be optimised for smaller screen sizes allowing apps to look the same and sync across mobile and desktop devices instantly.

In the enterprise this effectively means the end of the .NET based Windows Mobile 6.5 which has for many years been the stalwart line of business OS for the PDA format. Windows 10 mobile is due to be made available at the end of 2015 and will have all the new ingredients of Windows 10 including the Edge browser but not IE. Given the right device hardware you will be able to plug into a display and utilise the Continuum interface.

Upgrade

If you are already on a previous Windows version and upgrade those running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will move to Windows 10 Home Edition. Windows 10 Pro replaces Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 Pro. Even Home Edition gets the Edge browser Cortana voice controlled assistant and biometric login.

Windows 10 Pro will be the OS of choice for those businesses looking for more compatibility and security. Home Edition will be just fine for those looking to leverage the Edge browser managing media and doing rudimentary Office functions.

If you are unsure that your machine is up to it get some advice, read this first or buy a book

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

 

Key Features of Windows 10 Home Edition

  • Focus on the consumer – Lower price to compete with  Android Chrome and iOS.
  • Cortana virtual assistant.
  • Edge browser.
  • Continuum the tablet mode makes the taskbar and the Start menu way simpler than with Windows 8.1.
  • Apps from the App store will run on any Windows 10 device.

Why will some Enterprise Mobility Users adopt Windows 10 Professional Instead.

  • Ability to join a Windows domain.
  • Azure Active Directory for single sign on to cloud services.
  • Hyper-V for virtualisation
  • Enterprise mode Internet Explorer.
  • Remote Desktop.
  • A version of the Windows Store for your own business.
  • Enterprise Data Protection containers – coming at the end of 2015.
  • Company Policy.
  • Security and Management.
  • Bitlocker and EFS for file encryption and protection.
  • Custom applications loading and management.

Other Versions

Windows 10 Enterprise is aimed at larger companies with volume licensing, no free upgrade.

Windows 10 Education aimed at educational establishments and BYOD scenarios.

How Windows 10 Home is Different to Windows 10 Pro

A new OS across a multitude of devices, a perfect companion to our “write once deploy anywhere” mobile apps. Get in touch to learn more.

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How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product Key

How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product Key

If you need to re-install Windows 8.1 you will soon find that unlike the good old days your Windows 8.1 product key is not likely to be found printed on a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA) label on the back of the unit.

How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product KeySo how do you find this 25 digit gold dust? This is not an exhaustive list of methods, if in doubt consult your systems admin. The key is stored in the Windows registry but in a binary form that is not human readable.

  1. Was it on an Email confirmation when you bought the OS?
  2. Ask the manufacturer of the unit as they will have the product key and product serial number on file. Serial numbers can be anywhere but often on a rating label or in the battery bay on more rugged units.
  3. Ask Microsoft.
  4. Is it printed on documents that were in that box you carefully saved (!) when the device arrived?
  5. Write some VB script. 
  6. Understand the difference between Product ID and Product Key.
  7. Use a 3rd party piece of software. This involves loading a piece of software on the unit to go find the product key. There are many out there. If you would like to try the one we use get in touch.

How to Find Your Windows 8.1 Product KeyIt all might be easier on Windows 10….

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 Professional

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 Professional

 

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 ProfessionalMicrosoft announced in May 2014 that it would launch a version of Windows 8.1 with a reduced set of features and capabilities. Clearly they are looking to allows OEM’s to compete with the open source OS’s especially Android.

No doubt they would like to emulate the reasons Android has remained dominant in the recent past especially in tablets:

  1. Lots of hardware buy in from OEM’s.
  2. Access to plenty of Apps.
  3. Having something more attractive price wise than an iPad.

I am sure Microsoft will be happy if this expands their reach especially in areas where they have been hammered in recent years by iOS and Android. Even if it does imply another nail in the coffin of RT. Products are shipping already including our own rugged tablets the xTablet Flex 10 and xTablet Flex 8

Is it much different to the Windows 8.1 that you are already used to?  No.

Key Features of Windows 8.1 with Bing

  • Lower price to compete with open source OS’s such as Android Chrome and Linux.
  • Internet Explorer and Bing search are the default browser and search location. Whilst the manufacturer cannot mess with them as defaults users can swap to others.
  • Users can load apps via the app store or load canned or custom desktop software as normal.
  • Want another browser – up to the user to download and install.
  • No “Side Load”. This refers to loading “app store” specifically “Start Screen apps” via non-store loading.
  • Cannot upgrade to 8.1 Pro or Enterprise.
  • Some commercial devices may be bundled with Microsoft Office or a one year subscription to Office 365.

Why do some Enterprise Mobility Users adopt Windows 8.1 Professional Instead.

  • Company Policy.
  • Security and Management.
  • Bitlocker and EFS for file encryption and protection.
  • Custom applications loading and management.
  • Windows domain.
  • Group policy – manage apps and rights by group.
  • Allow use of Hyper V a way of running Windows 7 apps.
  • Latest version of IE.

Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to a tactic Microsoft used in the past to get users to adopt Windows Vista and Windows 7. Whilst these OS’s were crippled in some way 8.1 with Bing is a full install – hoorah!

How Windows 8.1 with Bing is Different from Windows 8.1 Professional

Get in touch to chat about the various OS options to consider during your enterprise mobility project.

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