Life Span of Mobile Devices
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
T1600 Rugged Windows Tablet Update
Since launch xTablet T1600 has been positioned as a powerful Intel i5 based rugged tablet computer for those who need Microsoft Windows in the field. The device has become a favorite with those looking for a bigger brighter screen than most consumer tablets in an attractive package that can handle drops bumps and the elements without a drama.
8 New T1600 Features
Over the last few months we have added some extra features to the xTablet T1600 feature list:
- Display – T1600 has a huge 11.6″ screen 1366 x 768 pixel resolution 135 dpi. The screen uses capacative multi touch technology on three versions. Standard is rated at 400 nits with an outdoor readable version at 730 nits. A new active digitizer is a good option to have for anyone who likes to draw or annotate, or need extra precision more than is available via just finger touch.
- Integral Scanning – Honeywell Intermec EA31 2D CMOS imager module gives great scanning performance and low device power consumption.
- Drive – T1600 is now shipping with 128GB M2-SATA SSD as standard.
- Battery – T1600 has one Replaceable 45.8 watt-hour Li-Ion rated for around 7 hours of operation. A new optional: high-capacity 78.4 watt-hour Li-Polymer battery will be available in November.
- Windows OS – Choose Windows 8.1 Professional and now Windows 10 Professional.
- WWAN – T1600 has always been available with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as standard. The unit now has optional: GPS, 4G LTE WWAN, NFC/RFID reader and mag stripe options.
- Vehicle Dock – New powered cradle for road vehicles and fork lifts.
- Carry case – All T1600’s come with a back of hand strap and carry handle, a carry case is now available in a number of configurations.
Get in touch to learn more about the T1600 rugged Windows tablet update book a 10 day trial or read the review in Rugged Tablet Review
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.
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.
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.
Windows 10 Enterprise is aimed at larger companies with volume licensing, no free upgrade.
Windows 10 Education aimed at educational establishments and BYOD scenarios.
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.
First Rugged Tablets on Windows 10
This week Microsoft has been making available its newest operating system Windows 10. In the rugged tablet sector MobileDemand is introducing the first rugged tablets on Windows 10.
The OS combines the strength of Windows 8 adding in new robust security and productivity features. Including the Microsoft Edge browser, Cortana the digital, voice-activated assistant and apps from the Windows Store.
As one of the first rugged tablet providers to go to market MobileDemand is bringing to life Microsoft’s vision to empower all individuals and organizations to do more. The innovative range of rugged tablet designs provide complete mobile computing systems for enterprises seeking to improve operational productivity.
“Millions of people are already using Windows 10, providing feedback to Microsoft on how to improve the usability and functionality of the OS,” said Matt Miller, President of MobileDemand. “It’s proof how dedicated they are to making it the best operating system they’ve ever released and we believe it 100 percent!”
Windows 10 MDM from SOTI
Early reviews from the trade press have been very positive.
Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro
Guest Blog by Derek Oja Marketing Manager at MobileDemand
As a small, mid-size or even large business, your tablets and PCs are essential tools that affect everything you do. These Top 3 Reasons to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro describe an opportunity to get a radically improved set of tools and reduce costs and security risks at the same time. Can one simple choice help you increase efficiency and respond better to customers and opportunities? Absolutely, when it gives you new ways of working and fully leverages your existing IT infrastructure.
1. Get 3x more business done.
Get more work done and serve customers faster from more locations. Everyday computing is more than 3x faster than on a four-year-old system, with responsive performance and true multitasking. New mobile form factors such as thin, rugged tablets let you respond to opportunities from virtually anywhere and instant-on technology wakes the system in less than 7 seconds.
2. Better security for you and your customers.
New business PCs and tablets with Windows 8 Pro like the xTablet T1600 are built for business and engineered for advanced security—so your critical business data is protected by the very latest security technologies such as Intel® Identity Protection Technology. Combined with Windows 8 Pro and Office security capabilities, they deliver unprecedented embedded protection for your business.
3. New ways to get business done.
Windows 8 Pro was built to work great on touch systems. You can take full advantage of everything Windows 8 has to offer with a mouse and keyboard or touch. Plus you will experience faster boot times, longer battery life, less memory usage and access to thousands of new apps from the Windows Store. You don’t have to choose between an advanced touch device and a hardworking PC, because you can get both.
Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. Get in touch to find out how to benefit.
New Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet
xTablet T1600 weighs in at 1.23 kg and is part of a new breed of of large screen road warrior rugged tablet designs that are fashionably thin and light, run Windows 8.1, use capacitive multi touch and offer adequate on-board I/O. But are are much tougher and better suited for harsh business operational environments than the generally fragile thin consumer tablets. At last the blue collar rugged tablet to replace your laptop .. really !
Intel Haswell Processor Power
The Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet T1600 employs an ultra-low voltage U-Series “Haswell” Intel 4th generation i5 processor. The dual-core i5-4200U runs at a base speed of 1.6GHz, with turbo boost speeds up to 2.6GHz. That appears to be a good match to the 45.8 watt-hour battery for a 7 hour estimated battery life.
11.6 Inch Giant Screen
With a diagonal screen size of 11.6 inches, the xTablet T1600 offers more display real estate than any other we have seen at this price point. In terms of usable area that’s almost a third more than that of an iPad Air, and 2.7 times as much as a typical 7-inch tablet. For a Windows based tablet that can make all the difference especially when wearing gloves on or when using the classic Windows desktop and software with all its small controls, checkboxes pulldowns and sliders.
The 1366 x 768 pixel resolution is a good match for this size display. The T1600 has 10-point capacitive multi-touch that MobileDemand claim can handle rain drops and use with gloves. Alternatively use the metal mesh tip stylus.
The T1600’s display offers 400 nits brightness which is about twice that of your average laptop, making it very vibrant indoors and likely adequate for outdoor use as well. Since brighter backlights draw more power, the T1600 uses its light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness, with settings configurable via a special brightness level setup panel. A 800 nit Hi-Brite version is also available.
Connectivity & Scanning
For wired connectivity, the T1600 offers two native high-speed full-size USB 3.0 ports, a combo in/out audio jack, and a docking connector, with RS232 and USB available via the optional dock. T1600 also has an expansion connector that can accommodate various modules.
For wireless dual-band 802.11ac WiFi via an Intel Wireless AC7260 module that also provides Class 1 Bluetooth version 4. Optional 4G LTE WWAN.
Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet includes options such as GPS and either an HF RFID reader or a 1D/2D scanner. There’s a 5mp rear-facing auto-focus camera in addition to the standard 2.0mp front-facing webcam. Along with ambient light, the tablet has a G-sensor as well as a gyroscope and e-compass.
Vehicle and office docks are available. The vehicle dock has a lock option, 75mm and 100mm VESA pattern for mounting, optional keyboard mounting with an AMPS pattern, and provides Ethernet, two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports each, HDMI, RS232 serial, and SMA connectors for external WWAN and GPS antenna. The office dock has the same connectivity minus the SMA connectors.
While the xTablet T1600 is around 2 cm thick ruggedness is impressive. The tablet can survive 3-foot drops, sealing is to IP65 although with the standard back-strap it is easy to carry.
Find out how the Large Screen Road Warrior Rugged Tablet T1600 can be the rugged Windows tablet to replace your laptop.
xTablet Flex 10 Windows Tablet Torture Chamber
The xTablet Flex 10 windows tablet torture chamber video was shot to show how the veterans at MobileDemand have come up with a new class of tablet for enterprise mobility. Not only does the xTablet Flex 10 use Windows 8.1 it is thin and light and comes with a protective case, carry handle, back-strap and scratch-proof screen protector. All of which extends the life of the unit beyond that of a typical consumer-grade tablet. Read the review.
Warning – Don’t try this with your iPAD.
MobileWorxs at PestTech 2014
Come along and have a chat about how we can help you figure out how an enterprise mobility solution can reduce cost and increase productivity and efficiency across your field based organisations.
On the MobileWorxs Stand at PestTech 2014
PestWorxs – our mobile app with contract and call out functionality for Pest Control Technicians is built on enterprise grade IT architecture that you can integrate with other systems. All for less than the price of a cup of coffee per day.
Portable Printers – We will be showing the Brother UK range of mobile printers. Specifically the PJ Series of A4 portable printers which allow technicians to print job reports invoices and other documents in the field without returning to the office.
Why Choose xTablet Flex 10 Over an iPAD Air
Ever since users started entrusting their field based productivity needs to iPAD’s and Android tablets manufacturers on the Microsoft platform have had a problem. A vast number of users have been looking for devices able to run Windows apps whilst being more robust than a consumer product but avoiding the steep cost overhead of traditional WinTel rugged tablets.
xTablet Flex 10 is an entry level 10″ Windows 8.1 tablet with enough computing horsepower to run all but the most demanding applications. Ruggedness is provided by the pre-installation of a purpose made protective case, carry handle and back strap along with a super tough screen protector.
Why Choose xTablet Flex 10 over an iPAD Air – 3 Reasons
We love the iPAD Air but for many field based users who are looking to run traditional Office and desktop apps buying a device that does not run these apps natively can be an issue. Adding an aftermarket case for ruggedness can also prove problematic.
xTablet Flex 10 ships with a bang up to date environment comprising 4GB RAM, 64GB drive, WiFi Bluetooth and Windows 8.1. The unit runs on Intel’s Bay Trail-T Z3770 processor and has a plethora of ports, 2 cameras Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as an e-compass ambient light sensor, G-sensor and gyrometer.
The xTablet Flex 10 has a super sharp 10″ display which utilises 10-point capacitive multi-touch and also has a capacitive stylus. WUXGA resolution with 1920 x 1200 pixels in 16:10 wide-format. Learn More.
2 versions with Wi-Fi are available at launch and are now shipping. Rates include UK delivery. What is the difference between the 2 versions? In comparison a Wi-Fi 64GB iPAD Air is currently around £465 (£559 inc UK VAT) + a protective case.
- Windows 8.1 with Bing at £532 (£638.40 inc UK VAT)
- Windows Professional 8.1 at £646 (£775.20 inc UK VAT)
Call us about pricing in other EMEA countries.
Real Life Computing
As well as the protective case xTablet Flex 10 is available with a variety of carry solutions and a vehicle cradle. The unit is rated to MIL-STD-810G so is able to survive 26 drops from four feet onto concrete. The screen protector enables the unit to survive a ten-ounce steel ball being dropped from three feet onto the screen.
So why choose xTablet Flex 10 over an iPAD Air ? Simple – when your mobile workforce needs a entry level rugged tablet that runs Microsoft apps…
Panasonic FZ-G1 Serves Up An Ace At Wimbledon
Great to see Andy Murray going into the second week of Wimbledon. We spotted the Panasonic Fz-G1 being used for in game scoring on the Umpires chair. This is a nice choice for such an installation as the bright 10″ outdoor readable screen will perform well in the varying lighting conditions of an English Summer and the IP65 rating will be able to cope with the occasional downpour of rain.
FZ-G1 uses an Intel i5 Chipset running Windows 8 along with 4G WWAN GPS Wi-Fi Bluetooth and batteries good enough for 8 hours continuous use.
Using Mobility at sports events is nothing new. Intemec have supplied the PGA Golf Tour with handhelds for some years for on course scoring. MobileDemand have worked with teams in NASCAR and F1 for tyre management.