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.
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 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.
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.
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.
To learn more get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about MobileFrame MADP.
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
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!”
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.
Weighing in at 1.1kg xTablet Flex 10 has the dynamics of a consumer product without the steep cost associated with a traditional rugged tablet pc. Get in touch for more details.
Along with Brother UK we will be on stand 4 at NPTA’s PestTech 2014 on November 5th at the Birmingham Motorcycle Museum showcasing key Enterprise Mobility solutions and products.
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.
Devices – We recently launched the xTablet Flex 8 and Flex 10 rugged tablet PC’s. Enjoy Windows 8.1 functionality without the steep cost overhead of traditional rugged tablets.
Whatever the size of your project we will help you plan finance and implement a solution using proven products that improve business processes and generates a meaningful ROI.
In vehicle mobile computing is a key element of many deployments we get involved with. This interesting article has an number of tips to ensure your mobile environment is safe.
One of the key points is to ensure that the device is mounted in such a way that it is effective but not distracting for the user. Consider how often the user will be docking and un-docking the device from the cradle what apps are loaded and how they can be locked down during a journey. Read the whole article in Electricity Today
We can help you get this important element right to ensure that your installation fits your mobile business processes.
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.
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…
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.
What other sporting events have you been to where mobility is being used to automate a former paper process?