xTablet T1270 Rugged Tablet Review

xTablet T1270 Rugged Tablet Review

Rugged PC Review took a look at our full size T1600 tablet in the past so decided to put the new xTablet T1270 rugged tablet review through its paces.

T1270 is now available and finding new users. Users like the traditional MobileDemand ruggedness and ease of use features, Core i5-7200U, giant 12.2″ bright screen, Windows 10 Pro, plenty of memory and drive choices as well as options like desk dock, vehicle cradles, barcode scanning 3D camera and 4G. T1270 ships with lifetime helpdesk a 3 year return to UK base warranty or 3 year xProtect accidental damage cover. All in all we believe T1270 will be a hit in the field service surveying, public sector and utilities markets.

xTablet T1270 Rugged Tablet Review Excerpt:

MobileDemand’s new xTablet T1270, the company’s biggest and most powerful tablet PC to-date, and one that may well contribute to redefine tablet PC customer expectations.

We’re not sure how the xTablet T1270 came about. Maybe those enterprising minds at MobileDemand got together and figured that light and handy tablets with 8 and 10 inch screens worked great for many tasks in the field and in factories where dedicated, touch-optimized software is used to collect data within Microsoft IT infrastructures. But that for other work — logistics, planning, positioning, financial, or advanced project work come to mind — a tablet with a larger screen is better, as is the performance users generally expect from a desktop or big laptop.

Not many tablets can meet that challenge. In fact, while the average desktop monitor measures over 22 inches diagonally, and the average laptop screen about 16 inches, most tablets are quite small, with just a few over 12 inches. And for thermal management reasons, most of the small Windows tablets are limited to lower-end Intel processors.

So what did MobileDemand come up with? In essence, a tablet that provides a larger screen and more performance for power users. The xTablet T1270’s screen measures 12.2 inches diagonally. That’s the biggest screen they have ever offered.

xTablet T1270 Rugged Tablet Review

To learn more about the xTablet T1270 Rugged Tablet Review click here take a look at the specs or get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about T1270.

Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 inch

Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 inch

Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 inch

This rugged case for iPad 9.7 inch is proven rugged, easy to carry and offers extended functionality for business and education users. The add-on capability of the case allows for users in retail environments to add PCI-compliant point-of-sale payment terminals and PIN pads to take payments in a mobile setting. In many settings the the built in Snap Mount allows for easy and inexpensive installation in a variety factory office Fork Lift and vehicle scenarios.

Read the review.

Excerpt:

The xCase for iPad increases drop resistance very substantially. It not only passes the stringent MIL-STD 810G, 516.6 IV military test, it far surpasses its requirements.

As is, the test requires 26 drops from 4 feet onto plywood over concrete, one each on each of the six surfaces, one each on the twelve edges, and each on the eight corners of a device. A device must still be operational at the end of 26 drops to pass. Drops are with power off, but after each drop power must be turned on to see if the device still works. And the test actually allows using five test devices. If one survives, it’s a pass.

That made no sense to MobileDemand, as out there in the field you won’t have four spares, just in case.

So they used just one single iPad in a case for their tests. And they left it on, because it’s quite possible that it’s on while it’s dropped. That single iPad passed the 26 drops of the 4-foot military test.

But sometimes they get a little nuts over there at MobileDemand. So they dropped it 26 more times from 5 feet. Still worked. 6 feet, 26 more drops. Still worked. 7 feet. Passed. Worked. 8 feet (!!). Passed. Still worked. That is more than impressive.

Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 inch

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10 Facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone That Will Amaze you!

10 Facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone That Will Amaze you! Calling mobile workers in all marketplaces here are 10 facts about the Cruise 1 Rugged Smartphone logistics, transport, shipping…! Ever wondered how much easier it would be to work with your own personal smartphone? The latest addition to the MobileWorxs array of handheld […]

Potential Uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

Potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

 Potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

In this blog we will take a look at the potential future uses of a Intel Realsense 3D cameras, some of which are currently being tested there required environment. Check out our previous post on what Intel Realsense is and how it works.

Where could Intel Realsense 3D Cameras be used?

Intel Realsense 3D camera technology brings an entirely new toolbox to many industries. Firstly let’s briefly cover some of the applications of Realsense 3D in devices.

  • Computer front facing cameras/ webcams and VR headsets
  • Mobile computers/ tablets and smartphones
  • Areal drones

In this blog we will focus on the uses in tablet devices as the front facing/ webcam camera applications use a short range technology. They are uses for things like facial recognition and motion detection, popular within the gaming industry and education. And then machines such as drones use it for object detection and automation.

Moving onto Realsense in mobile devices. When Intel launched the R200 unit which allows rear facing long range cameras to feature in mobile devices it opened up a whole new level of use for the technology. It could now be used for measuring distances, depth and scanning environments into 3D. We’ve had the chance to get hands on and explore the MobileDemand xTablet8650 that features this technology and demo some of the software currently available. Some of the biggest potential uses are in

  • Logistics and warehousing – For the measuring of boxes, pallets and stock, measurements can be calculated in less than a second.

Potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

  • Medical –Monitor the depth and size of wounds, as well to track progress.  Allowing greater efficiency and clinical decision making.
  • Highway maintenance – Calculate the total size of potholes, cracks and damages. This would give a more accurate measurement for reinstatement calculations and a better understanding of the damage to the surface.

Potential Uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

  • Surveyors and service engineers – For taking 3D scans of areas and environments. A more detailed result can be produces than typical measurements.
  • Airlines – Allows passengers to accurately measure luggage before arriving at airport. Allows airlines to get a more accurate understanding of how much space is being used and provides an audit trail of checked baggage.

 

If you are interested in the potential uses of 3D cameras in tablets then take a look at our units featuring the technology.

8″ Tablet -MobileDemand xTablet8650 

10″ Tablet – MobileDemand xTablet1150

and the new T1270 due out in June. More

 

Potential Uses of Intel Realsense 3D Camera in Tablets

We are sure there will be many other potential uses of Intel Realsense 3D camera in tablets and smartphones in the future. f you would like any more information or have any questions get in touch.

Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life …and introducing T1270

 

Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life

…and introducing T1270

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life has been announced. Due to shifts in technology and components soon to be no longer available, the device will officially be EOL on July 31, 2018.

Service Plan

We are planning to continue full service support for the xTablet T1200 for three years following the EOL date. This is contingent on the ability to acquire replacement parts from component manufacturers. Due to the age of the device design we reserve the right to use refurbished replacement parts in the event that new parts become unavailable.

Accessories

Accessories for the xTablet T1200, including batteries, may continue to be purchased and will be sold on a first come, first served basis until completely sold out. Minimum order quantities may apply on certain parts.

Replacement Product

We are pleased to report that the MobileDemand family of innovative tablets is continually growing to ensure we are meet the needs of our customers and provide the right tablet for the job. There are several new products in 2018. The replacement for T1200 is planned to be released in June 2018. The 12.2” xTablet “T1270” features a 7th generation Intel i5-7200U processor and is potentially the fastest tablet on the market.

T1270 is a next-generation device engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, offering a larger screen and boasting impressive productivity-enhancing options such as a 3D camera, 2D barcode imager, and fingerprint reader.

Rugged Tablet T1200 End of Life

T1200 will be available until July please check out the specs to see if this workhorse may be useful for your project. We encourage you to be in touch with any questions about the current and new products in the range or set up a meeting.

Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember

Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember

Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to Remember

Go to any event about enterprise mobility and be prepared to be blown away with a huge amount of material on security device management integration etc etc.

It’s all good stuff but when it comes to setting up your project in the first place what are 4 practical enterprise mobility things to remember.

 

1. Map the Process.

You are investing in this technology to generate a positive business impact. Likely the process or workflow is either paper based or using an earlier form of mobile tech perhaps on defunct or unsupportable systems. The important thing is does this process map either how the organisation does this task now or how they intend that it should work. The scope for process re-engineering does not come along very often, make sure you take the opportunity to question the norm.

2. Test.

Once your app has been built test it on your selected devices – A step easily forgotten but it’s important. Not all enterprise mobility apps and deployment scenarios are suited to a smartphone. If you are using line of business devices they all behave slightly differently, how does your app run? How do users get on with devices ergonomically? What are  comms like in the locales where the devices will be used?

A large retail stock control project we were recently involved in rejected one device as the scan trigger was considered badly positioned, not something to find out the morning you deploy 100’s of devices.

3. Feedback.

Ask for feedback from the people who will actually be using the mobile application. It does not matter what the app does if the mobile worker is not able to use it successfully. Keep it simple, going from a paper based process to a mobile device is a paradigm shift so plan ahead and do not do the project in isolation.

4. Familiarise.

Take the time to train your team and familiarise them with how the apps and devices work. User experience is paramount. Not everyone is as familiar with technology as we like to think. Task a project member to help others understand how to operate their new device. You know how to turn it on when to charge it and how to flip from numeric to alpha keyboard but does everyone? Host a workshop or create a user guide.

Enterprise Mobility 4 Practical Things to RememberKey Point, No matter how bang up to date your app, deployment or integration, user adoption is critical to project success.

 

MobileWorxs at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014

MobileWorxs at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014

MobileWorxs at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014

MobileWorxs will be exhibiting at The Fleet World Fleet Show 2014 which is taking place next Wednesday 9th April at Silverstone.

On our stand C4 we will be joined by the Professional Services division of Leversedge Telecom who provide installation and maintenance services for all manner of vehicle based activities.

Come along to have a chat about

  • Enterprise Mobility.
  • Rugged Mobile Devices.
  • User definable vehicle inspection software VisWorxs and other apps.
  • In vehicle equipment installation and maintenance.

Our goal is to help you scope define and finance your project in such a way that you improve your business processes and generate a meaningful return on your investment. See you at the show

Motorola Solutions Launch MC40 for Retail Enterprise Mobility

Motorola Solutions Launch MC40 for Retail Enterprise Mobility

The availability of Android based devices for line of business applications continues as Motorola launch the MC40 for retail enterprise mobility.

MC40 joins the Handheld X1 and the Honeywell 70e in what was until recently a category that the major enterprise mobility manufacturers had always populated with .NET product.

Motorola MC40
Motorola MC40

 

MC40 comes with  a 4.1″ 300 NIT capacitive screen running Android 2.3 and all the other bells and whistles we have already learnt to expect from a device in this category

Options include a  Magnetic Stripe Reader and an interesting assortment of charging accessories and cradles.

It is also available in various groovy colours !

Check out the MC40 Specification Sheet for complete details.

 

 

What is it For ?

Motorola Solutions have been talking about this unit for sometime so no surprise that they chose the NRF retail exhibition in New York to introduce it as:

“MC40 is the first multi-purpose mobile computer for retail that incorporates inventory management with collaboration and line busting mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) capabilities in a compelling form factor”

Learn More about MC40

MC40 Appeal Beyond Retail

It is likely that this category of product will start to be seen a lot more in enterprise mobility projects outside the retail as major projects are already asking for Android based rugged handhelds. Users will easily adopt this form factor as it has become so familiar in the consumer area. The MC40 comes with a relatively high list price but do not expect huge discounts unless you have a huge order to place.

Other than Android why else will it appeal to projects outside retail:

  1. Product Longevity – likely to be a lot longer in production than consumer brands which helps make sense of managing the life cycle of a large deployment.
  2. Built for High Frequency use – the enterprise mobility manufacturers know a thing or two about building rugged products that will see many bumps drops and scrapes.
  3. Break Fix and Total Cost of Ownership – Having a rugged handheld in the field is in part based on the premise that in the event of a fault the facility exists to repair it rather than send it for scrap. Manufacturers like Motorola have a lot of their business invested in repair services so expect this to be a big TCO value added dimension for the MC40.
  4. Accessories – I know boring! but having docking cradles spare battery chargers etc can really make all the difference to the usability of any mobile computer.
  5. Like the X1 and the 70e the MC40 could be susceptible to theft so best to revise employee procedures and load up with MDM software.
  6. Bring Your Own Device – The MC40 will make an attractive 3 Year BYOD bundle when combined with finance, support airtime and a process specific app.

MobileWorxs can help you navigate your way through the device selection process and help you deliver an enterprise mobility project that adds value to your business.

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Introducing the Handheld Algiz 10X

Introducing the Handheld Algiz 10X

Rugged 10" tablet PC
New Algix 10x Rugged Tablet PC

The New Handheld Algiz 10X Rugged Tablet PC uses sophisticated and well proven technology that help it withstand harsh weather conditions and rough handling.

The perfect match for today’s mobile workforce.

 

 

Running your existing or process specific applications is easy as the 10X operates on a powerful Intel® Atom™ N2800 dual-core processor. It has either a 64 or 128 GB SSD, expandable via microSD™ and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, offering top-of-the-line computing capability and massive storage capacity. It runs Windows 7 Ultimate, and is ready for Windows 8.

With a starting price of under £2,000, the Handheld Algiz 10X is more expensive than non-ruggedized tablets, but it’s a great return on investment and a bargain for businesses that cannot afford the downtime that breakages with consumer grade devices often cause.

Handheld Algiz 10X Durability

Even with such a portable size, the 10X rugged tablet pc is built to withstand the harsh conditions that come with all kinds of industry fieldwork. It’s IP65-rated and meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for protecting against dust, water, vibrations drops extreme temperatures and varying altitudes.

Handheld Algiz 10X Ergonomics

10X features the latest generation of MaxView™ technology, with a brilliant 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s perfect for field professionals who need a large display to handle detailed maps or other visuals. The screen’s ambient light sensor adjusts the back light automatically – so collecting data in bright sunlight is just as easy as reviewing it indoors. The 10X is also only 32mm thick and weighs in at just 1.3 kg.

Read a full review of the 10X at Rugged PC Review

At MobileWorxs we believe the Handheld Algiz 10X offers a great return on investment with a  3 year extended warranty it is available for around £62 a month on a 36 month  lease. The versatility of the 10X makes it ideal for users in any environment considering rugged tablet pc deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.

How can NEW Handheld Algiz 10X rugged tablet PC help in your Enterprise Mobile deployment ? – try one FREE for 10 days.

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Cloud Solution Vs Thick Client – Devices

Cloud Solution Vs Thick Client – Devices

10" Rugged Laptop at work
Choose the right device for the application Algiz XRW notebook

When looking to move away from outdated paper forms to a mobile application businesses have two options; choose a cloud solution Vs thick client based solution. Choosing the device should be the easier part !

Many people new to mobile applications often consider using the latest iOS Smartphone or Android tablet  as they look stylish, the workforce wants a new phone and they are cheap when compared to other devices. Taken in isolation 9 times out of 10 this has been proven to be a costly error, why? because the mobile application development should fit the business need before selecting the device. Choosing the wrong device is expensive creates issues for the users and does not leverage the investment made against the application. It can also make a nonsense of any total cost of ownership projections.

The application needs to be defined –What data needs to be captured i.e. scan barcodes, RFID, capture GPS, capture signature, how much text? How long will the application be in use for each day? What environment is the device used in? How big will these screens be? How many pages will the application span over? Will other software be required to run?

If a signature is required the device criteria is quickly narrowed down removing a vast percentage of Smartphone devices that are touch only screens. Adding barcode scanning and/or RFID can be done with Smartphone devices and a handheld scanner, but for ease of use a rugged handheld would be the recommended option with a scanner built in. If the application is used throughout the day power consumption will be high so you may need extended batteries and a stable method of charging the device when on the move.

The environment needs to be factored in if the device should be rugged to avoid damage when knocked or dropped? Does it need to be protected from heavy rain showers or continuous bright sunlight? Could the user be wearing gloves or have dirty hands needing a stylus or keyboard? And is the device used indoors or outdoors? Screen brightness for good readability changes from device to device.

Another high priority is the screen size. Larger screens means less pages, quicker form completion and increased application overview. The trade off is size Vs ease of use.

Other factors are what other applications need to run on the device and the level of warranty required. If users need desktop software in the field the quick solution would be to look at Windows 7 Rugged Tablets. A one year limited warranty on a smartphones Vs a 3 year fully inclusive maintenance agreement  on a Rugged Tablet PC could mean that in a typical deployment a project could be acquiring Smartphones 2 or 3 times over.

When considering a Cloud Solution Vs Thick Client – Devices. The key question is: If a device doesn’t have the correct features to fit the business needs then why consider it for short-term savings? Buy the correct device once or buy the wrong device several times over?