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Xplore completes MobileIron Android MDM compatibility testing
Xplore announced that it has successfully completed the MobileIron Android Self Testing Program with its XSLATE D10 fully rugged tablet PC. The program is designed for manufacturers to verify whether their devices support the Google standard APIs, which are used by MobileIron to enable enterprise features such as password policies, encryption, and certificate management. Bryan Bell, VP, Engineering, Xplore, said “Xplore’s goal is to provide an easily managed enterprise mobility experience for our customers, whether they’re using a few Xplore rugged tablets to support small municipality workflows or deploying thousands of Xplore rugged tablets to drive complex global operations." [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by chb

Handheld updates ultra-rugged Algiz 10X tablet with full-HD procap screen, concurrent GPS
The Handheld Group announced it has upgraded its 10.1-inch Algiz 10X ultra-rugged tablet computer from a 1366 x 768 pixel resistive touch screen to a 1920 x 1080 pixel 10-point capacitive multi-touch screen with optional active capacitive pen. Handheld also upgraded the positioning system of the Algiz 10X from a u-blox NEO-6T to a u-blox NEO-M8N with concurrent GPS and GLONASS support. The upgraded version uses Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (64-bit). [See Handheld media release and Algiz 10X product page] -- Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by chb

DT Research launches DT395 rugged tablets with lower TCO than consumer devices
DT Research announced two new DT395 Series 8.9-inch tablet that the company says can have a lower total cost of ownership than consumer-grade tablets over the lifetime of the product. Powered by a quad-core Intel "Cherry Trail" Atom x5-8300 processor, the capacitive multi-touch tablets offer full 1920 x 1200 HD resolution, IP65 sealing, numerous integrated options, and run Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. [See DT Research media release and RuggedPCReview description, analysis and specs of the DT395GS and DT395CR] -- Posted Monday, September 19, 2016 by chb

Analysis: GammaTech's updated DURABOOK R11 with keyboard
In July, GammaTech announced it was now making available a special keyboard to go with its thin, lightweight DURABOOK R11 rugged tablet. That way, the R11 could work not only as a tablet, but also as a laptop, making it a more complete high-performance mobile computing solution. The resulting combination can be used for any mobile application subject to constant movement, bumpy rides, or use in damp or dusty areas, and where real-time information and updating is crucial. RuggedPCReview has now had the chance to examine GammaTech's solution. [See GammaTech DURABOOK R11 + keyboard] -- Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by chb

IDC: Basic wearables soar, smart ones not so much
IDC reports that shipments of wearable devices reached 22.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, growing 26% year-over-year as new wearable uses (including enterprise productivity potential) slowly emerge. However, while basic wearables (mostly fitness trackers) surged ahead, smart wearables declined. Fitbit stayed in first place with 5.7 million shipped, but Apple tanked from 3.6 million down to just 1.6 million. [See IDC media release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by chb

Intel introduces Kaby Lake, the 7th generation of Core processors
In August, Intel officially introduced the first few of its 7th generation Core processors, codenamed "Kaby Lake." That comes at a time where the news about PCs generally isn't very good, where Microsoft has a very hard time convincing users to switch to Windows 10, and where it's becoming increasingly more difficult for vertical market hardware manufacturers to keep up with Intel's rapid-fire release of new generations of high-end processors. [read full RuggedPCReview blog article] -- Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by chb

Wacom releases reflective electrostatic Bamboo Omni pen
Projected capacitive multi-touch is terrific, unless you want to write, do art or do anything else that requires a precise pen. Wacom is now addressing this issue with their new 5.6-inch long Bamboo Omni pen with a super-fine 1.9mm tip. It uses Reflective Electro Static (RES) technology that does not need a Bluetooth connection, but does have a rechargeable battery. The pen is supposed to work with most iPads, the iPhone 6, and most Android devices without pairing. Available November 016 for US$49.95. [See Wacom Bamboo Omni] -- Posted Thursday, September 1, 2016 by chb

Congrats to Xplore Technologies: 20 years of rugged tablets, and only rugged tablets
At the January 1997 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I walked into the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center on the lookout for something — anything — new and exciting in tablets or pen computers. Sure, Microsoft had announced Windows CE at the Fall Comdex in response to Apple’s Newton Message Pad and the emerging “Palm Economy,” and our bi-monthly Pen Computing Magazine was doing well. But, by and large, handhelds and tablets were very far removed from the booming world of desktop computers and laptops and printers and the latest of absolutely-must-have PC software. But there, amidst all of the glitzy, glossy booths of mainstream computing was… an even glitzier and glossier booth by a company I had never heard of. They called themselves Xplore Technologies, and they were thinking big... [Read Congrats to Xplore Technologies: 20 years of rugged tablets, and only rugged tablets] -- Posted Monday, August 29, 2016 by chb

VDC Research on the global market for enterprise tablets
VDC Research issued a new report entitled "The Global Market for Enterprise Tablets." While VDC Research sees the overall tablet market to shrink some over the next five years, they project the rugged tablet market to slightly grow from US$590 million in 2016 to US&624 million in 2020. VDC Research projects that while Windows will remain the primary OS in rugged tablets, Android will gain significant growth. Competition between consumer grade and rugged tablets in enterprise Line-of-Business deployments remains fierce, with protective cases currently the most popular accessory. And what's the most important enterprise deployment selection criterion? Battery life. [See Executive Brief of The Global Market for Enterprise Tablets] -- Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 by chb

Xplore blog: Buying accessories to fit the tablet, or vice-versa?
It's a chicken or the egg thing. Some may say the inclination to select a rugged tablet first — and then hope you can find the right mounting design to support it in your forklift or patrol car — is all wrong. That it’s more logical to think about the accessories needed to support your workflows first... and then decide which mobile computers should be shortlisted. Who's right? [Read The Mounting Debate: Do You Buy Accessories to Fit the Rugged Tablet, or Vice Versa?] -- Posted Monday, August 22, 2016 by chb

Xplore receives US$13.5 million follow-on order for Android-based XSlate D10 rugged tablets
Xplore announced that one of the largest broadband and wireless telecommunications companies in the United States has ordered more than 9,000 XSLATE D10 fully rugged tablet PCs. With this $13.5 million investment, the customer intends to completely eliminate the use of laptops by its fiber optic service division. Xplore says that after extensive field testing, the XSLATE D10 rugged tablet was the only mobile computing solution with the flexibility and adaptability to meet the division’s field-service performance standards and Total Cost of Ownership target. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by chb

DT Research All-in-One medical-cart computers first to power continuous data access at Point-of-Care
DT Research announced the DT590 Series of All-in-One Medical-Cart Computers, integrating small and inexpensive hot-swappable batteries to facilitate mobility for healthcare applications. The DT590 series — available in 19, 22, or 24-inch versions with a Intel 5th Generation Core or Celeron processors — boasts a 3-bay hot-swappable battery system for zero downtime work environments to increase mobility over traditional workstations and decrease costs and maintenance associated with medical cart systems. [See DT Research media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DT590 Series] -- Posted Monday, August 15, 2016 by chb

Review: Advantech's multi-talented rugged MIT-M101 Windows tablet
Sometimes, what's needed is a rugged, speedy, unique and modern Windows tablet designed for a wide range of applications, both indoors and outdoors. And that's what we found the 10.1-inch, procap, Intel Bay Trail-powered MIT-M101 tablet from Advantech to be. It's a no-nonsense, expertly made multi-purpose platform equally well suited to demanding applications in the field as in clinical environments and mobile patient care settings. [See full review of the Advantech MIT-M101 rugged tablet] -- Posted Monday, August 15, 2016 by chb

Success report: University of Minnesota researchers choose Surface tablets in MobileDemand rugged case
The University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities is home to the Freeman Lab, an academic biological research group of professors and students who are constantly exploring the in’s and out’s of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, investigating interesting enzymes made by bacteria and fungi that play a role in making antibiotics. When they decided it was time replace pens and paper as their main source for data recording, the Freeman Lab chose the Microsoft Surface 3 with a MobileDemand rugged case as their perfect solution. [See MobileDemand success story] -- Posted Monday, August 15, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports fiscal Q1/2017 financials
Xplore Technologies announced revenues of US$16.5 million for Q1 of 2016 (down from US$24.04 million for Q1 2016). Q1 2017 showed a net loss of US$1.7 million compared to a net loss of US$224k in Q1 2016. For fiscal 2017, Xplore continues to anticipate revenue to range between $85 million and $95 million, reflecting the impact of what the company believes is a temporary global slowdown in the rugged tablet market and shipment delays experienced during the first fiscal quarter. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Thursday, August 11, 2016 by chb

Review: Tablet Technologies ConkerTab NX10 with Pixel Qi
Assume you work outdoors a lot, in the blazing sun. And you need a computer for your work. If you use a laptop or tablet with a conventional display, even if it's one of the best, chances are you may not a happy camper. But there are a very few tablets that have a special "Pixel Qi" display that works in direct sunlight, the brighter the better. One of them is the 10.1-inch, Bay Trail-powered ConkerTab NX10 from Tablet Technologies in the UK. [See full review of the ConkerTab NX10 with Pixel Qi display] -- Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by chb

Xplore rugged tablets now available to Pennsylvania's public sector agencies via COSTARS
Xplore Technologies announced that its complete portfolio of Xplore and Motion by Xplore rugged tablet PC solutions is now available for purchase through the COSTARS Cooperative Purchasing Program in Pennsylvania. The COSTARS IT Hardware Contract 003-437 awarded to Xplore VAR partner Allegiance Technology now enables all Pennsylvania state and local government agencies — including law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments — to directly purchase any of Xplore’s ultra-rugged, fully rugged or rugged tablet PCs and accessories through Allegiance without additional authorization. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by chb

RuggON helps Artemis Racing optimize America's Cup performance
On the case study front, Artemis Racing, a professional sailing team with a long tradition and Swedish heritage, sealed the preliminary victory at America’s Cup World Series Chicago, a global classic sailing race from June 10 to 12, 2016. Remaining consistent throughout all four rounds of the race was key to achieving the victory, and RuggON's Intel Broadwell-based 10.1-inch PX-501B helped in tracking and recording data and performance throughout the practices. [See RuggON case study and RuggedPCReview's detailed assessment of the RuggON PX-501] -- Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by chb

Juniper Systems: Using the Mesa 2 rugged tablet as a desktop PC
With the great proliferation of smartphones and tablets, more and more work is being done on mobile devices. But there will always be a need to sit down in an office and work on a full keyboard and a large desktop screen. A recent blog by Juniper Systems' Katelyn Heiner describes how to use the company's super-rugged Mesa 2 Windows 10 tablet as a desktop PC. [Read How to use the Mesa 2 rugged tablet as your desktop PC] -- Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by chb

Xplore: When rugged tablet displays show their true colors
In a new blog entry, Xplore's Tom Kost mused, "Unfortunately, the loose definition of 'outdoor viewable' and the wide variations of display technology used within each mobile device class make a confident decision challenging sometimes without seeing a laptop or tablet’s true colors for yourself — in the actual outdoor working environment, not a simulated one." That, of course, is ever so true, and Tom's article is a good trigger to think the outdoor viewability issue through again. [Read When rugged tablet displays show their true colors] -- Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by chb

Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5
Seems like only yesterday that we spoke with Corning's Dr. Nagaraja Shashidhar in 2009 about their Gorilla Glass, on the occasion of Motion being the first to use Gorilla Glass in a tablet. By 2010, Gorilla Glass was used in 200 million phones, and by 2012 in over a billion. Gorilla Glass 2 (2012) was thinner, Gorilla Glass 3 (2013) more scratch-resistant, and Gorilla Glass 4 (2014) was "twice as tough." Now, Corning introduced Gorilla Glass 5, which provides better protection against breakage from everyday drops. Corning said that "In lab tests, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 survives up to 80% of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces." [See Corning media release] -- Posted Friday, July 22, 2016 by chb

GammaTech adds detachable keyboard option to Its popular DURABOOK R11 tablet
GammaTech announced the addition of an optional detachable keyboard for its 11.6-inch DURABOOK R11 rugged tablet. "Rugged mobile tablets, such as our DURABOOK R11, make it possible to have the Internet, high-definition cameras, spreadsheets, GPS capability, and more at users' fingertips, no matter where their jobs take them," stated Tom Wang, GammaTech president. "Add in a keyboard, and that handy tablet now acts like a laptop, with all of the pluses of easily using word processing programs, updating files, and writing emails at the job site thrown in." [See GammaTech media release] -- Posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by chb

Preview: DT Research DT311H
With the large-screen 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch DT311H, DT Research offers a high-performance Intel Broadwell-powered thin-and-light Windows tablet for complex applications that require extra screen real estate. An optional active digitizer with high-precision pen is available as well. And the addition of a 2-in-1 version of the DT311H makes the platform that much more attractive [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT301H] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016 by chb

Preview: DT Research DT301S
With the handy and compact 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch DT301S, DT Research offers a state-of-the-art, Intel Skylake-powered thin-and-light Windows tablet that's tough enough to be deployed in vast array of applications that require more than run-of-the-mill consumer tablets can provide. And the addition of a 2-in-1 version of the DT301S makes the platform that much more attractive [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT301D] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016 by chb

DT Research announces two ultra-rugged 2-in-1 tablets
DT Research announced new 2-in-1 ultra-rugged versions of its 10.1-inch DT301 and 11.6-inch DT311 series. Built to withstand extreme outdoor environments, the slim, lightweight designs with numerous customizable options are also well-suited for the office with water-resistant detachable keyboards, full 1920 x 1200 pixel capacitive multi-touch displays, IP65 sealing, internal hot-swappable batteries, and advanced hardware-software security. [See DT Research media release] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016 by chb

U.S. Army Reserve expands deployment of DT Research's ultra rugged tablets
DT Research announced the U.S. Army Reserve is expanding use of the DT311H rugged tablets into other army facilities to support training missions and other logistics. This marks the second Army Reserve contract for Rugged Tablets that DT Research has been awarded this year. “We are delighted that the Army Reserve has decided to leverage our Ultra Rugged Tablets within additional environments,” said Daw Tsai Sc.D., president of DT Research. “The U.S. Army Reserve sets a high bar for hardware and software solutions with many specialized requirements and their expanded deployment of our DT311H tablets underscores our commitment to deliver the highest quality purpose-built computing products in the industry.” [See DT Research media release] -- Posted Monday, July 18, 2016 by chb

GammaTech introduces highly customizable ultra-rugged, Broadwell-powered all-in-one military PC
Field computing hardware available to military and homeland defense customers is often quite obsolete. That's where GammaTech's new Intel Broadwell powered DURABOOK V10BB all-in-one military PC comes in. Providing no fewer than 24 programmable buttons and astounding ruggedness specs, the V10BB skillfully merges state-of-the-art tech with legacy standards and requirements. [See GammaTech media release] and our description, analysis and specs of the DURABOOK V10BB] -- Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by chb

Janam supports Asian elephant conservation efforts
Janam Technologies announced that Trunks & Leaves, a non-profit organization focused on the ecology and conservation of wild Asian elephants, is using the Android-powered XT1 rugged mini-tablet from Janam to more efficiently capture data about how human activities affect wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Janam’s XT1 allows Trunks & Leaves research biologists to work more efficiently – ultimately generating faster results and providing more time for additional data gathering and analysis. [See Janam media release] -- Posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports record revenue for fiscal 2016
Xplore Technologies reported financials for all of their fiscal 2016 that ended ended March 31, 2016. For the entire fiscal year 2016, Xplore reported record revenues of US$100.5 million, up 136% from US$42.6 million for fiscal 2015. There was net loss of US$0.36 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$0.25 million in 2015, attributable in part to expensed integration costs related to the Motion acquisition. Note that fiscal 2016 revenue benefited from a significantly expanded product line, as well as new addressable markets and global sales capabilities through the Motion acquisition in April 2015. Xplore is now #2 in global rugged tablet marketshare. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 by chb

Getac announces significantly enhanced 2nd generation of its compact, rugged 8.1-inch T800 tablet
Getac announced the next-generation Getac T800, an enhanced version of its compact IP65-sealed 8-inch tablet designed for one-handed operation. Now with an Intel "Cherry Trail" processor and a variety of tech improvements, the new version switches to a sunlight-readable IPS display with perfect viewing angles, hard-tip stylus, glove and wet modes, and beefed-up security. [See description, analysis and specs of the Getac T800 G2] -- Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by chb

ARBOR adds 8-inch IoT-800 compact panel PC
ARBOR Technology introduced the compact Android-powered IoT-800 with an 8-inch capacitive multi-touch screen for emerging Internet of Things projects as well as Point-of-Sale/Service deployments, retail, hospitality, and a myriad of other other projects that require a compact, friendly, versatile panel to interact with all sorts of systems. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR IoT-800] -- Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 by chb

Free Juniper Geode webinar June 16, 1:00-1:30PM EST
Juniper Systems will be demonstrating their new universal Geode sub-meter GNSS receiver in a free webinar, held on Thursday, June 16th, 1:00 to 1:30PM Eastern Standard Time. Learn about the Geode, and how it can easily go with you mounted on a pole, in a pack, or held in your hand to collect real-time sub-meter GNSS data in harsh environments, using almost any handheld device. [Sign up for free Juniper Geode webinar] -- Posted Monday, June 13, 2016 by chb

Why are some rugged tablets immune to typical corrosion?
Anyone living on a coastline knows about the perils of rust. And salt fog (or sea air) is especially corrosive, with frequent exposure leading to oxidation that can deteriorate any type of metal or electronic device over time. A new Xplore blog entry discusses what makes a rugged mobile computer fit for ship, submarine, or port operations, or for military maritime duty. [See Xplore blog Maritime Mobility: Why Some Rugged Tablets are Immune to Typical Computer Corrosion -- Posted Monday, June 13, 2016 by chb

Juniper introduces the Geode rugged sub-meter GNSS receiver
Rugged data collection solution provider Juniper Systems, announced its newest product, the Geode—a real-time, sub-meter GNSS receiver. The IP68-sealed Geode features one-button simplicity and can be used with any of Juniper Systems’ rugged handhelds, as well as a wide range of Windows, Windows Mobile, and Android devices, ideal for bring-your-own-device workplaces. [See Juniper's media release and tthe Juniper Geo page] -- Posted Thursday, June 9, 2016 by chb

Full review: MobileDemand's versatile and very affordable rugged 10.1-inch Windows xTablet T1500
With the xTablet T1500, MobileDemand complements their existing and similarly sized Flex 10 with a tablet device that offers a significantly higher degree of ruggedness, while still keeping costs remarkably low. Starting at just US$995, the T1500 has a superb display, industrial-grade scanning, very good cameras, and ample online connectivity. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1500] -- Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by chb

iRuggy Systems launches versatile iRUGGY G10 Mobile Tablet
iRuggy Systems announced their next generation Windows 10 IoT-based iRUGGY G10 10-inch Mobile Tablet, which features a modular design for user configurability through mix-and-match ADD-f(x) function modules. “We engineered the iRUGGY G10 to be versatile,” according to Mark Wallace, iRuggy executive vice-president. “The ADD-f(x) modular design allows us to continue expanding the suite of vertical applications supported and offers a future upgrade path for our customers.” First out ADD-f(x) module options include a 1D/2D scanner, biometric fingerprint reader, RFID, encrypted MSR and EMV-certified smart card reader. [See iRuggy media release] -- Posted Monday, June 6, 2016 by chb

Handheld Group adds e-ticketing capabilities to its versatile Algiz RT7 Android rugged tablet
Handheld Group announced the Algiz RT7 eTicket, a new version of its Algiz RT7 Android tablet that adds a specialized RFID reader so transit workers can use it for mobile ticketing tasks. The 7-inch Algiz RT7 eTicket tablet offers an optimum combination of functionality, transaction speed, light weight, reliability and ruggedness for mobile transit environments. The contactless electronic link between card and reader provides a fast interface to handle a high volume of transactions. The integrated Arcontia smart card reader makes for fast and dependable contactless payment collection. The reader is MIFARE compatible, supports ISO/IEC and ISO14443 A/B RFID tags/cards, and has two integrated Secure Access Modules (SAM) for secure transactions. [See Handheld media release]
-- Posted Thursday, June 2, 2016 by chb

MobileDemand launches rugged xTablet T8650 capable of dimensional data acquisition
MobileDemand announced the xTablet T8500, an innovative rugged 8-inch Windows 10 tablet computer with integrated Intel RealSense R200 camera system that can not only enhance productivity by quickly performing near-field automatic length and volume measurements, but also has the potential to revolutionize the generation of photorealistic 3D models as well as provide an entry to the emerging field of dimensional data acquisition. [See description, analysis and specs of the MobileDemand xTablet T8650] -- Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by chb

DT Research announces DT315CR Point-Of-Service tablet
Selecting just the right venue, DT Research announced the DT315CR mobile Point-Of-Service tablet at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. The Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise-based 9.7-inch DT315CR is multi-function tablet that provides secure mobile data capture, storage and transmission for food ordering, tableside check-out, mobile check-in and efficient inventory management, with seamless front and back office application integration and advanced security. [See DT Research media release and our description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT315CR] -- Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 by chb

Bright House orders an additional 3,000 Getac computers
Bright House Networks has ordered 3,000 Getac fully rugged F110 tablets and V110 convertible notebooks so that its field technicians and supervisors can serve their 2.5 million cable, Internet, voice and home security customers more efficiently. Bright House chose Getac because they were able to collaborate and develop a custom solution that dramatically improved their diagnostic workflow. Before placing the order, Bright House conducted a rigorous, long-term pilot test with Getac products to ensure that their features, functions and rugged design could handle the everyday stress associated with the wide range of extreme environments in which the Bright House team operates. [See Getac media release -- Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by chb

RuggON's new PM-311B rugged tablet puts cutting edge technology into the hands of the law
RuggON Corporation introduced the RuggON PM-311B, a tough Intel Bay Trail quad-core powered tablet with a super-bright 7-inch capacitive multi-touch display. Running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for tablets, the PM-311B is equipped with advanced fingerprint reading, FIPS 140-2 encryption options, and a snap-on MRZ+MSR reader to meet the needs of always-connected law enforcement and similar deployments. [See description, analysis and specs of the RuggON PM-311B] -- Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by chb

FBI certifies AMREL's latest Android rugged tablet
AMREL announced the FBI's certification of its Flexpedient AT80B Rugged Biometric Tablet. It is now on the exclusive FBI's Certified Products Listing. AMREL developed the AT80B in cooperation with Integrated Biometrics. Fingerprints are captured by the industry-leading Sherlock, an Integrated Biometrics module which utilizes a state-of-the-art Light Emitting Sensor. This sensor is fully rugged, uses little power, needs less maintenance than traditional methods, and captures FAP-45 quality images. [See AMREL media release and our review of the AT80] -- Posted Monday, May 23, 2016 by chb

Janam partners with ID Card to deliver industry's most affordable virtual ticket solution
Janam Technologies announced that it is working with Johnston Amusements to deploy a ticketless solution at all of Johnston Amusements’ fairs and festivals. The solution is powered by Janam’s XT1 rugged mini-tablet ( see our review of the Janam XT1) and ID Card Inc. ticketing software. The system will ultimately reduce lines and enhance the guest experience. Janam CEO Harry B Lerner said, "to provide a more enjoyable guest experience, intelligent organizations like Johnston Amusements look for new and unique ways to eliminate the common frustrations fair and festival patrons encounter. Our XT1 enables Johnston employees to spend more time on guests’ needs, while also helping management improve overall staffing and accounting operations." [See Janam media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by chb

Full review: Handheld Group Algiz RT7 rugged Android tablet
Swedish Handheld Group's Android 5.1.1-based 7-inch Algiz RT7 tablet computer is the latest in the company's lineup of rugged mobile computers for field workers in all sorts of demanding environments. Weighing less than the original iPad, the Algiz RT7 has a very responsive 7-inch daylight-viewable wide-format capacitive multi-touch touch screen, good wired and wireless communication, industrial grade scanning, and it is tough enough to go anywhere. [See full review of the Handheld Group Algiz RT7] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by chb

Handheld Group introduces intrinsically safe ultra-rugged computer
Handheld Group announced its first certified intrinsically safe model, a special version of the Nautiz X1 compact handheld. The product is being brought to market through a collaboration between Handheld Group and MCS (Mining Consultancy Services Pty Ltd), with offices in South Africa, Australia and Russia. The special version of the Nautiz X1 will first be introduced to the market in South Africa, where the Ex ia (Zone 0) and Ex ib (Zone 1) certifications have been issued. The international equivalent certifications, IECEx for Zone 0 and Zone 1, are in progress and are expected to be approved later this summer. [See Handheld media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by chb

Full review: Winmate M133W rugged 13.3-inch Tablet PC
With their new 13.3-inch M133W rugged tablet, Winmate Communication addresses the growing demand for larger tablet displays with higher resolutions in packages that take advantage of advanced Intel Core processor technology. RuggedPCReview has had an opportunity to examine the big M133W in detail and found it to be a compelling package for numerous applications that not only require Windows in the field, but also enough screen real estate for professional-grade applications. [See full review of the Winmate M133W 13.3-inch Rugged Tablet PC] -- Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by chb

Getac introduces 3rd gen V110 fully rugged convertible
Getac introduced the next generation of their V110 fully rugged 11.6-inch convertible, with emphasis on performance demands and security threats in the most extreme environments. The V110, which offers a full-size keyboard and transforms easily between tablet and notebook modes, is now based on Intel "Skylake" 6th generation i5 and i7 Core processors. It's, among numerous other deployments, ideal for officers who need a tablet in the car and a full-size keyboard for typing reports outside the vehicle. [See Getac media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the third generation Getac V110] -- Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by chb

Getac introduces 3rd gen F110 fully rugged tablet
Getac introduced the next generation of their F110 fully rugged 11.6-inch tablet, with emphasis on performance demands and security threats in the most extreme environments. The F110, Getac's thinnest Windows tablet and now based on Intel "Skylake" 6th generation i5 and i7 Core processors, is an attractive mobile choice with a FullHD webcam, 8MP autofocus camera and optional 1D/2D barcode reader to video conference and capture data. [See Getac media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the third generation Getac F110] -- Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by chb

Utilities aren’t the only ones finding their way with GIS
In its latest blog, Xplroe Technologies points out that geospatial applications aren’t exclusively beneficial to traditional field service sectors. Thanks to the proliferation of more advanced mobile computing technologies and the collective efforts of organizations such as Esri and industry leaders, GIS information is influencing the operational efficiency of professionals in almost every global industry. Xplore's Vertical Solutions Architect Bob Ashenbrenner explains the situation and opportunities in considerable detail in Geo Informatics Magazine. [See Geo Informatics article] -- Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 by chb

IDC: overall tablet sales down, detachables gaining
According to IDC, worldwide tablet shipments were down 14.7% in Q1/2016 vs Q1/2015. Of the 39.6 million, 87.6% were pure tablets, though mostly low-end. Apple's marketshare was at 25.9%, Samsung's at 15.2% Detachable sales rose to 4.9 million units. "Microsoft arguably created the market for detachable tablets with the launch of their Surface line of products," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "With the PC industry in decline, the detachable market stands to benefit as consumers and enterprises seek to replace their aging PCs with detachables." [See IDC media release] -- Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 by chb

Xplore gets $1 million order from leading US utility company
Xplore Technologies announced it has been awarded a $1 million order for its Xplore XSLATE B10 fully-rugged tablet from one of the nation’s top 10 electric power and natural gas utility company. The continued deployment and additional orders for the XSLATE B10 tablet are to help the company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in the utility field service. [See Xplore media release -- Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by chb

Full review: Trimble's impressive Kenai 10-inch rugged tablet
While Trimble is best known for its GPS products and expertise, the company integrates all sorts of positioning technologies (GPS, laser, optical and inertial) with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. With the Intel Bay Trail-powered Kenai, Trimble adds a rugged, versatile 10-inch class Windows 10 tablet with full 1920 x 1200 resolution and finger, stylus and glove capable capacitive touch. RuggedPCReview has now had the chance for a full, in-depth review of the Trimble Kenai. [See full review of the Trimble Kenai rugged tablet -- Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by chb

VDC Research: Panasonic has top global marketshare in rugged notebooks and tablets
Panasonic announced the company has been recognized as the global leader in rugged notebook and tablets sales for 2015, according to VDC Research. The new report, “Strategic Insights 2015: Enterprise Mobility Solutions,” revealed Panasonic leads both categories in revenue and units shipped globally and in all regions the report tracks – the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Panasonic sold 58.9% of the rugged notebooks and 50.7% of the rugged tablets purchased globally in 2015. -- Posted Monday, April 11, 2016 by chb

Juniper's Windows 10 Mesa 2 tablet now shipping
Rugged data collection solution provider Juniper Systems announced that its new Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet is now shipping. As the first Windows 10 device produced by Juniper Systems and the only IP68-rated Windows tablet on the market, the Mesa 2 joins a new category of data collection solutions—one that provides users with greater processing power and capabilities. [See Juniper media release and our preview of the Juniper Mesa 2] -- Posted Friday, April 8, 2016 by chb

Xplore wins multi-million dollar order from global transportation company
Xplore announced it has secured a multi-million dollar order for its Xplore XSLATE D10 Android-based rugged tablet computers from a leading global transportation company. The order for the fully-rugged XSLATE D10 tablets is to help the transportation company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in its rail yards. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by chb

BARTEC partners with Winmate to innovate the HazLoc market with advanced technology
Winmate and BARTEC, a leading provider of industrial safety technology, announced a partnership to accelerate the introduction of mobile enterprise solutions in the hazardous locations (HazLoc) market. The partnership has already resulted in the release of a Class 1, Division 2/ATEX Zone 2, 4G/LTE multi-carriers certified Windows platform-based industry tablet PC. A much anticipated Class 1 Division 1/ATEX Zone 1 will follow later in 2016. [ -- Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by chb

50 years of Intel innovations
In light of the recent passing of former Intel CEO Andy Grove, and the 40th anniversary of the microprocessor, TechRepublic ran a fascinating look back at Intel's top contributions to the field. [See 50 years of Intel innovations] -- Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by chb

ARBOR IoT-500: Dashboard for the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is coming on strong, and with it a flood of hardware and software tools and building blocks. One of them is the ARBOR IoT-500, a small Android-based mini-panel PC with a high-res 5-inch procap display and comprehensive connectivity. The ARBOR IoT-500 can be mounted almost anywhere and provides a handy dashboard for visualizing, and responding to, what the Internet of Things is doing. Applications are endless. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR IoT-500] -- Posted Monday, March 28, 2016 by chb

Xplore Technologies launches new integrated website
Xplore Technologies announced it has launched a new fully integrated website that showcases the combined strengths and product offerings of Xplore and Motion Computing. The new Xplore website serves as a central resource for partners and customers, reflecting the integrated product portfolio and future of Xplore. "It has been an exciting year of bringing the Motion Computing product line together with Xplore under one corporate brand and product umbrella,” said Peter Poulin, chief marketing officer at Xplore Technologies. “Feedback from our customers on how best to address the global rugged tablet market was a critical factor in the design, and content, of our new integrated website. We are confident our customers will find the right rugged tablet platform to meet their industry and business requirements.” [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by chb

Full review: Janam XT1 5.9-inch Android rugged mini-tablet
What if you seek a light and handy data collection and communication device with a larger screen than virtually any other handheld computer, but one that comes in a package that's smaller than even compact tablets and offers integrated industrial grade scanning? Then it's time to look at Janam's Android-based 5.9-inch XT1 "mini-tablet." [See full review of the Janam XT1 mini-tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by chb

Handheld signs framework agreement with Saab
Handheld Group announced that its Nordic subsidiary Handheld Scandinavia has signed a strategic agreement with Saab – a global defense and security solution provider. The 2-year agreement includes ultra-rugged tablets for Saab's military, aerospace and emergency services solutions and covers Handheld's existing range of tablets as well as future products. Saab has integrated Handheld’s Algiz 10X rugged tablet with Paratus, Saab’s modular information system for emergency care. The system has been deployed in ambulances throughout Sweden. Most recently, Saab deployed Algiz 10X rugged tablets equipped with SITHS smart card readers. SITHS (Secure IT for health care) is based on a two-factor electronic authentication protocol and is the current standard for all National Quality Registries in Sweden. [See Handheld Group news release] -- Posted Monday, March 21, 2016 by chb

Review: MobileDemand xCase for Microsoft Surface tablets
We've had a chance to field-test MobileDemand's xCase for Surface. Available for the Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4, the xCase is really more than just a case. It's more like a tough, tight-fitting exoskeleton that converts a Surface tablet into a well-protected, easy-to-carry tool for jobs out there in the field, without losing any of the tablet functionality. [See review of the MobileDemand xCase for Surface] -- Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by chb

Gamber-Johnson announces new Zebra TabCruzer docking stations
Gamber-Johnson announced a series of TabCruzer docking stations for the Zebra ET50/55 rugged tablets as an easy solution to meet material handling and other fleet vehicle connectivity needs. The TabCruzer for Zebra has tested and passed MIL-STD 810G vibration and shock testing, SAE J1455 crash testing, and cycle testing @ 30,000 cycles for lock and docking mechanism. [See Gamber media release and TabCruzer product page] -- Posted Friday, March 11, 2016 by chb

Rugged tablet quality: Just what telecoms need to build quality networks
Xplore Technologies' latest blog looks at the fierce competition between telecom providers where pricing wars and special teaser deals are used to gain and retain customers. However, long-term retention and profitability, says Xplore, remains dependent on service reliability and the delivery of innovative, on-demand, cross-platform technologies, And this, the blog states, is why several of the top U.S.-based global telecom operators have invested so significantly in rugged tablet technologies for their mobile workforce over the past decade. [See Rugged tablet quality: Just what telecoms need to build quality networks] -- Posted Monday, March 7, 2016 by chb

Report: Global Medical Tablet PC Market 2016
QY Market Research offers "The Global Medical Tablet PC Industry 2016 Market Research Report" on the current state of the Medical Tablet PC industry. The report is said to focus on leading industry players with company profiles, product pics and specs, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact info. There's analysis of upstream raw materials, equipment and downstream consumers analysis, as well as analysis of Medical Tablet PC industry development trends and marketing channels. (Note: we have not seen the report, nor does the release contain any data) [See Global Medical Tablet PC Market 2016] -- Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by chb

Samwell announces availability of RUGGEDBOOK SR820s
Samwell reports that the first batch of their well-received RUGGEDBOOK SR820s has been sold out and a new production run is underway. The SR820s represents a major performance upgrade to Samwell's long-running, popular SR820 rugged tablet platform. Users of the original SR820 can expect a massive speed and responsiveness improvement, especially if they are migrating from older units with rotating storage. -- Posted Monday, February 29, 2016 by chb

Xamarin acquisition changes Microsoft's Android porting strategy
Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Xamarin, a provider of native mobile development tools. This has an impact on Microsoft's project "Astoria," the Windows Bridge for Android, which is now discontinued. In a February 25 Windows blog, Microsoft says, "For those developers who spent time investigating the Android Bridge, we strongly encourage you to take a look at the iOS Bridge and Xamarin as great solutions." -- Posted Friday, February 26, 2016 by chb

Yet more that the naked eye can't see
As a follow-up on our article on the Cat S60 thermal imagining smartphone (see More than the naked eye can see), thermal imaging isn't everything that can now be done comprehensively and inexpensively in the field: FLIR also offers their GF343, a video camera that can visualize Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as part of their gas detection visualization series of cameras that can "see" a variety of gases (see FLIR gas detection systems). -- Posted Thursday, February 25, 2016 by chb

U.S. Army Reserve Selects DT Research's DT311H rugged tablet for training missions
DT Research, which specializes in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, announced the U.S. Army Reserve has selected the Intel Broadwell-powered 11.6-inch and IP65-sealed DT311H rugged tablet to support their training missions. The DT311H offers ratings for water and dust resistance (IP65), shock and vibration protection (MIL-STD-810G), EMI and EMC tolerance (MIL-STD-461F), and is also HERO (Hazard of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance) certified and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) compliant. [See DTResearch media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by chb

Panasonic announces two more fully rugged handheld tablets
Panasonic announced that it is complementing its growing handheld tablet lineup with fully rugged 4.7-inch IP67-sealed handhelds available either with Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise or Android 5.1.1. Powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, the Toughpad FZ-F1 (Windows) and FZ-N1 (Android) offer glove-touch and rain-sensing procap displays with optional active pen, up to 500 nits brightness, integrated ergonomically angled scanner, 5mp/8mp cameras, and a 6-foot drop spec. Pricing starts at US$1,500. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-F1 and Toughbook FZ-N1] -- Posted Monday, February 22, 2016 by chb

Keeping an eye on the level of technology offered in consumer tech: Dell Venue 8
With the massive global reach of smartphones and tablets, what consumers expect from their personal gear has a direct impact of what they expect from rugged gear. With that in mind, we bought a Dell Venue 8 Series 7000 tablet so we could examine it in detail. What can Dell's 8.4-inch consumer/business Android tablet do? What's the technology inside the US$399 list device? How does it feel and handle? And what can rugged mobile computing manufacturers learn from it? [Read Keeping an eye on the level of technology offered in consumer tech: Dell Venue 8] -- Posted Monday, February 15, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports 64% increase in revenue for their fiscal Q3 2016
For Q4 of 2015 (which is actually Q3 of its fiscal year 2016), Xplore Technologies reported revenue of US$27.02 million, compared to US$16.44 million for the same quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended December 31, 2015, revenue was US$79.92 million, compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2014 revenue of $27.24 million, an increase of 148%. Xplore reported net income for the quarter of $786,000 compared to net income of $2,401,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014, and a net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2015 of $2,039,000 compared to net income of $683,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2014. The increase in revenue was due to revenue associated with the product line Xplore acquired in the April 17, 2015 acquisition of certain assets of Motion Computing. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 by chb

Full review: MobileDemand's remarkably affordable xTablet T8500 with IP67 sealing and integrated scanner option
Tablets are being used in more and more enterprise, government and industrial applications, but the high price of fully rugged devices often stands in the way. MobileDemand addresses this challenge with the affordably priced (starting at US$845) xTablet T8500, a rugged Intel Bay Trail-powered Windows 10 tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel 8-inch capacitive touch display, 8-hour battery life, and full IP67 sealing. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T8500] -- Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by chb

Xplore secures $1 million contract from global logistics leader
X​plore Technologies announced it has received $1 million in orders from a global leader in logistics. The Motion F5m by Xplore Windows-based tablets will be deployed to crews to verify, certify, and analyze delivery routes. Utilizing the 4G XLTE mobile broadband connectivity and u-blox GPS of the F5m, the logistics customer is able to increase efficiency and productivity of route driver. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by chb

Review: AMREL Flexpedient AT80 customizable Android tablet
With the Flexpedient AT80, AMREL offers a tough-as-nails 8-inch Android tablet that's about as customizable and configurable as it gets, down to not only ports and modules, but also color and even branding. This makes the AT80 an opportunity for any number of companies or agencies (or integrators or reseller) that need a tough tablet equipped to meet their very unique needs and standards. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL AT80] -- Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by chb

IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments decline, detachables reach new high
IDC reports that the worldwide tablet market declined yet again in 4Q15 with 65.9 million units shipped, down -13.7% year over year. Total shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million, down -10.1% from 230.1 million in the prior year. Shipments for detachable tablets detachable tablets more than doubled since the fourth quarter of last year and reached an all-time high of 8.1 million devices. Pure slate tablets experienced their greatest annual decline to date of -21.1%. IDC says Apple sold over two million iPad Pros while Microsoft sold around 1.6 million Surface devices, a majority of which were Surface Pro and not the more affordable Surface 3, meaning that price is not the most important feature considered when acquiring a detachable – performance is." [See IDC report] -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016 by chb

Xplore blog on why a tablet alone doesn't a solution make
Excellent new article by Bob Ashenbrenner on Xplore Technologies' blog. It discusses how there's still significant room for improvement in mobile technology utilization. That's because while a growing number of enterprises are leveraging mobile devices in some capacity, many are still striving for greater use and acceptance of mobile devices on a daily basis. Ashenbrenner points out that rugged tablets are a “necessary, but not sufficient” component of smart and successful mobility strategies. "Simply having a rugged tablet at their disposal doesn’t mean they have an effective rugged mobile computing solution. At least not at first," Ashenbrenner says. You need not only the right device, but also the right partner and the right solution for your exact job. [See Converting Mobile Workers into Devout Mobile PC Users] -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016 by chb

DigiTimes 2016 global tablet shipment forecast
Here's what the always well-informed folks at DigiTimes see for the 2016 tablet market in their crystal ball: "In 2016, global tablet shipments will drop 4.8%, compared to a decline of 17.9% in 2015. With the exception of Microsoft and Huawei, most brands will see flat growth or a small decline in shipments. Some other key trends that Digitimes Research expects to see in 2016 include a continued drop in demand for 7-inch consumer price-friendly Wi-Fi tablets or tablets with phone features; increased popularity of Microsoft's Surface series and Windows 10; and slight on-year growth for Apple." Full details are via subscription here. -- Posted Thursday, January 28, 2016 by chb

Navy NAVFAC public works selects DT Research's DT311H rugged tablet
DT Research, which specializes in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, announced the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has selected the Intel Broadwell-powered 11.6-inch and IP65-sealed DT311H rugged tablet to support and streamline their operations and provide a reliable computing tool for staff located in ship yards, warehouses, and other locations. -- Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by chb

UK utility deploys 500 Panasonic Toughpad tablets for field workforce
Northumbrian Water, which operates in the north-east of England, has rolled out 500 Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets to its field workers. The rugged devices are the single mobile tool used by NWL’s field force to provide real-time access to all its major systems. They are used to receive work schedules, locate sites through GIS applications, carryout risk assessments and report activity. Photos of sites or incidents can be taken using the tablet's camera and attached and sent directly to the system. Users can also access their office email and the internet, ensuring they have access to all the important systems when out working. [See NWL deploys 500 Toughpad tablets] -- Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by chb

Avalue unveils reasonably priced 10.1-inch semi-rugged tablet
Avalue Technology — which is a global embedded solution provider and an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance — introduced their new 10.1-inch semi-rugged Intel Bay Trail-powered RiTab-10T1 for warehousing, retail, hospitality and mPOS applications. Avalue says the tablet can run either Windows or Android, is "reasonably priced," and comes standard with USB 2.0, micro SD card, micro HDMI, micro SIM card, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a 5MP rear camera. [See Avalue news release] -- Posted Monday, January 25, 2016 by chb

Review: ultra-rugged Broadwell-powered RuggON Rextorm PX-501 with dual-mode input and excellent hi-res display
RuggON is a relatively new Taiwanese manufacturer of rugged tablets and vehicle-mounts with a growing lineup of impressive hardened mobile computing products. RuggedPCReview has had a chance to examine the company's flagship tablet, the Intel Broadwell-powered Rextorm PX-501, in detail and found a compelling modern tablet solution with dual-mode input and a terrific, super-bright 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display. [See full review of the RuggON Rextorm PX-501] -- Posted Thursday, January 21, 2016 by chb

Xplore Technologies takes top spot in America’s rugged tablet market share for second quarter in a row
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured the number one market share in rugged tablets in the Americas for the second quarter in a row, according to VDC Research. Reported in the 'Enterprise & Government Mobility Hardware Report on Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments', Xplore recorded significant Q3 2015 market leadership growth, growing from 28.3 percent to 37.1 percent market share. In addition to strong growth in the Americas, Xplore also grew its markets share in APAC to almost 11 percent. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by chb

Trimble Kenai — positioning experts deliver a sensible, state-of-the art 10-inch class tablet suitable for almost any job
While Trimble is best known for its GPS products and expertise, the company integrates all sorts of positioning technologies (GPS, laser, optical and inertial) with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. With the Intel Bay Trail-powered Kenai, Trimble adds a rugged, versatile 10-inch class Windows 10 tablet with full 1920 x 1200 resolution and finger, stylus and glove capable capacitive touch. [See description, analysis and specs of the Trimble Kenai] -- Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by chb

Juniper releases fully rugged IP68-rated 7" Windows 10 tablet
Juniper Systems introduced the Mesa 2, the company's first ever handheld device to run full Windows. The Intel Bay Trail-powered Mesa 2 has a 1280 x 800 pixel 7-inch glove- and wet-capable capacitive multi-touch display with Dragontrail protective glass, runs Windows 10, and weighs just 1.5 pounds. Available with battery life up to 15 hours, the Mesa 2 is the only rugged Windows tablet with an IP68 rating, meaning it's totally waterproof. Juniper offers special GEO, barcode and RFID reader versions. [See media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Juniper Mesa 2] -- Posted Monday, January 18, 2016 by chb

Panasonic Toughbook continues sponsorship with NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports, now with Kasey Kahne's #5
Panasonic announced that Panasonic Toughbook will become a primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS team of driver Kasey Kahne in 2016, continuing its nearly decade-long relationship with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Saturday, January 16, 2016 by chb

AMREL releases rugged, sunlight-readable keyboard tablet
AMREL introduced the Rocky DT10 fully rugged tablet with built-in keyboard. The DT10 seems to be a substantially more powerful version of the company's existing Intel Atom-based Rocky DT6. In addition to Intel Core i7 processing power, the new Rocky DT10 also benefits from a brighter, optically-bonded display with higher resolution, as well as beefed-up tech specs in other areas. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL Rocky DT10] -- Posted Saturday, January 9, 2016 by chb

Intel saw weak mobile solution shipments in 2015
According to DigiTimes, despite an aggressive subsidy strategy, Intel saw weak mobile solution shipments in 2015. Apparently, an attempt to phase out Bay Trail and move to its more expensive Cherry Trail successor that had some startup issues didn't help matters. For 2016, DigiTimes reports, Intel will continue to push its entry-level Cherry Trail SoFIA SoC as its main product for the smartphone and tablet markets. -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 by chb

Handheld Group's January 2016 newsletter
Handheld Group's latest newsletter highlights the Algiz 10X. The rugged tablet that saved countless worker hours for coal miners (see case study) and provided powerful all-day data collection for storm researchers (see case study) is now available with even better specs — and a lower price. Handheld also reports on Swiss motorcyclist Mike Biedermann who's traveling the world with his bike and an Algiz 7 rugged tablet. Biedermann is using the Algiz 7 for daily navigation tasks and to post trip updates on his blog (see here). [See Handheld Group January newsletter] -- Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by chb

Panasonic launches affordable, semi-rugged 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q1 Windows tablet
Panasonic introduced the 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q1 as the newest member of its Toughpad family of enterprise-grade rugged tablet computers. The FZ-Q1 addresses the emerging demand for larger-screen tablets, and it does so in a cleanly designed, versatile package that's reasonably priced. We also like the availability of two distinctly different performance levels, and the thought Panasonic put into creating a product that's tough enough for use away from the office, but not weighed down by the price and weight of a fully rugged design. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q1] -- Posted Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by chb

Review: Octa-core powered rugged ARBOR Gladius 10
As tablets are becoming ever more popular in the workforce, there's an increasing need for products that are slim and light, but also tough enough for work in the field. One such tablet is ARBOR's fanless Android-based octa-core powered Gladius 10 that includes an industrial-grade scanner, excellent cameras, mini-HDMI, and IP65 sealing. [See full review of the ARBOR Gladius 10] -- Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by chb

An assessment of the Apple Pencil
A few weeks after the Apple iPad Pro began shipping, the Apple Pencil is now available also. Steve Jobs was adamantly opposed to pens, but 5-1/2 years after the iPad was first introduced, the Apple Pencil is here, at least for the big iPad Pro. It's expensive (US$99), but it may well change what users expect from a tablet. How well does the Apple Pencil work, and has Apple learned from history? [Read our assessment of the Apple pencil] -- Posted Monday, December 7, 2015 by chb

MobileDemand reveals two new rugged Windows 10 tablets with barcode scanning
MobileDemand announced the addition of two new powerful yet affordable Windows Professional devices with barcoding scanning capabilities. The 10.1-inch xTablet T1500 and the 8-inch xTablet T8500 are engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, where productivity is priority and device downtime is not an option. [See description, analysis and spec of the MobileDemand xTablet T8500] -- Posted Friday, December 4, 2015 by chb

Digitizes sees move to larger size tablets
DigiTimes predicts that Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface 2-in-1 devices will boost demand for large-size tablets (more than 30 million units in 2016), partly offsetting shipment declines in small-size segments. This will result in global tablet shipments dropping only 4.8% on year to reach 196 million units in 2016. DigiTimes also sees China-based white-box players gradually forced out the tablet market as profit margins decline due to lack of differentiation. -- Posted Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by chb

Strategy Analytics: Windows gaining on tablets
Strategy Analytics projects that Windows will gain significant market share in tablets as enterprise tablet adoption and the demand for a premium OS on tablets grows. Strategy Analytics sees Windows tablet market share grow from the current 10% to 18% by 2019, mostly at the cost of Android which will fall from 68% to 58%, with iOS share staying at around 23%. [See Strategy Analytics media release] -- Posted Sunday, November 29, 2015 by chb

Unitech announces the Android-based 7-inch TB120 tablet
Unitech announced the Android-based 7-inch IP65-sealed TB120 rugged tablet designed specifically for heavy-duty data entry. The TB120 weighs just 1.6 pounds, has an integrated 37-key numeric and function keypad, and can be equipped with industrial-grade 1D or 1D/2D barcode readers or an MSR reader. [See description, analysis and specs of the Unitech TB120] -- Posted Thursday, November 19, 2015 by chb

MobileDemand brings apps to rugged Tablet PCs
MobileDemand introduced xSalesMap, the first app created by MobileDemand as part of a new strategy to offer not only devices but also productivity tools so an enterprise can choose the right tablet for the job. In its "public" mode, the app shows the top 1,000 public and 250 private companies in the US in color-coded pin locations. A private mode provides access to a company's customer database. This way, as an example, a sales and marketing team may use their CRM database to display color-coded pins for leads, customers, and prospects that make up the sales funnel. The Windows 10 app can be downloaded free from the Windows store. [MobileDemand xSalesMap app blog entry] -- Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by chb

Xplore reports their fiscal Q2/2016 financials
Xplore Technologies reported Q2 financials for its fiscal year 2016. Revenue was US$28,853,000 compared to US$7,522,000 for fiscal Q2/2015, an increase of 284%. Xplore reported a net income of US$403,000 compared to a net loss of US$1,163,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014. The large revenue increases resulted from revenue associated with the Motion acquisition as well as an increase in revenue from Xplore’s historical product line. Xplore chairman and CEO Philip Sassower said "we are very pleased that Xplore was able to generate a bottom line profit in the second quarter as our integration efforts with respect to the Motion Acquisition are proceeding ahead of schedule." [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Friday, November 13, 2015 by chb

Xplore announces XSlate D10 rugged Android tablet
Xplore Technologies announced the XSlate D10, a much more powerful version of its compact, lightweight, and well-connected rugged Android tablet platform. The new 10.1-inch XSlate D10 runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) on an Intel Bay Trail E3845 chip and replaces Xplore's older RangerX. The IP65-sealed XSlate D10, which starts at US$1,649, can handle 5-foot drops, offers broad expansion options (including NFC, HDMI-in, 1D/2D scanning, 4G LTE), and benefits from Android 5.1's enterprise-oriented security and device management features. [See description, analysis and specs of the Xplore XSlate D10] -- Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by chb

Panasonic announces fully detachable rugged 2-in-1 Toughbook 20 as replacement of Toughbook 19 convertible
Panasonic announced the Toughbook 20, a 2-in-1 device that the company calls the world's first fully rugged detachable laptop. Powered by an Intel Core M "Skylake-Y" m5-6Y57 processor, the IP65-sealed Toughbook has a 1920 x 1200 pixel 10.1-inch glove-capable 800-nits procap display. The tablet part weighs 2.1 pounds, the (100%-scale) keyboard part, which can accommodate a second battery, another 1.8 pounds. The Toughbook 20 starts at US$3,099, will be available February 2016, and replaces the Toughbook CF19 convertible. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook 20] -- Posted Monday, November 9, 2015 by chb

Digitimes Research forecasts Q4 2015 tablet shipments
According to Digitimes, 58.7 million tablets will ship globally in Q4 2015, decreasing 22.6% from Q4 2014. This breaks down to 14 million iPads, 24.5 million non-iPads and 20.2 million white-box units. Of 38.5 million non-white-box tablets, 30.3% will be 7-inch, 18.3% 7.9-inch, 5.3% 8.x-inch, 26.2% 9.x-inch, 10.6% 10.x-inch and 9.2% 11-inch and above. Android, iOS and Windows models will respectively take up 56.8%, 36.4% and 6.9% of the shipments. -- Posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by chb

The difference between C1D2 vs C1Z2 compliance
Xplore discussed the difference between C1D2 and C1Z2 compliance in a recent blog post. C1D2 means Class 1 Division 2 means a device is safe to use in a location where flammable gases may exist. Most international Hazardous Location compliance standards, however, use a classification system with three zones instead of two divisions, and the US is now recognizing that system, too. [See Xplore's explanation of C1D2 vs. C1Z2 in rugged tablets -- Posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by chb

MobileDemand: Forklift-mounted tablet means increased operator productivity
MobileDemand published a new case study on Minnesota-based Japs-Olson, a producer of bulk direct mail and commercial print items. The company's forklift-based computing solution suffered from intermittent WiFi connectivity and lack of reliability and performance, slowing down operations. A switch to MobileDemand's rugged xTablet T1600 with custom external WiFi antennae resulted in less data lost, greater productivity from the forklift operators, and less need for IT support. [See MobileDemand case study and case study video] -- Posted Thursday, October 22, 2015 by chb

ARBOR secures rugged tablet order from heavy equipment manufacturer for forklifts
ARBOR Technology Corporation announced it has secured a volume order for ARBOR's Gladius G0975 rugged tablet with the VMC 975 dock from a heavy equipment manufacturer. At the completion of the project, the manufacturer will install the Gladius G0975 on 200 forklifts across six factories. The tablets will be used to direct the driver while performing picks in the factory, and it will interface with a standalone barcode scanner, which collects the inventory information about what is being collected and distributed. -- Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by chb

Getac releases rugged IP65-sealed Core M-powered RX10 and RX10H tablets for healthcare and field deployments
Getac introduced the RX10 and RX10H twins, adding to its growing roster of rugged tablet computers for various enterprise, government and industrial markets. The two versions of the Intel Core M-powered 10.1-inch and IP65-sealed tablets are specially configured for their respective markets, the RX10H healthcare market version with an anti-microbial housing and RFID/NFC, the RX10 field version with a faster processor, larger storage, and 4G mobile broadband. Both have a super-bright 800 nits 1920 x 1200 pixel capacitive multi-touch display with wet and glove capability. [See full review of the Getac RX10 and RX10H] -- Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by chb

After 20 years, the Toshiba dynaPad is back!
Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced the dynaPad, which the company calls the world's thinnest (6.9mm) and lightest (1.25 pounds) 12-inch Windows tablet. The picture above shows the 1994 Toshiba dynaPad T200 on the left and the 2015 Toshiba dynaPad on the right. As early as 1968, computer visionary Alan Kay had described the DynaBook as a "dynamic medium for creative thought, capable of synthesizing all media -- pictures, animation, sound, and text -- through the intimacy and responsiveness of the personal computer." Today, 47 years later, Toshiba's release says that "we are closer to achieving the vision: truly personal computers that act as a complete medium for learning and expression." There's been progress for sure. The new dynaPad weighs less than a third of the 1994 version, its larger display has 8 times as many pixels, and its processor probably runs at about 50 times the clock speed. But there's still the Wacom pen, and still the dream of the ultimate digital notebook. [See Toshiba dynaPad media release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by chb

Xplore: Mobile workers take note of tablets' handwriting skills
Handwriting recognition was once supposed to be the feature that put tablets on the map. It didn't work out that way because recognizing cursive is very difficult. Handwriting recognition technology still exists, though, and is built into virtually every tablet (Microsoft bought many of the initial HWR systems). A new entry in Xplore's blog discusses this issue, and how it's high time to take another look at handwriting recognition. [See Xplore's "Mobile Workers Take Note of Tablets’ Handwriting Skills"] -- Posted Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by chb

AMREL adds slim, lightweight ROCKY DS11 tablet
AMREL introduced the Rocky DS11, a powerful rugged 10.1-inch tablet targeted at military and industrial deployments. Powered by an Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core processor, the DS11 weighs just over three pounds and is only 0.8 inches thick, yet includes plenty of onboard connectivity. The capacitive touch display offers 1,000 nits luminance and provides a "no light" or night vision option. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL Rocky DS11] -- Posted Saturday, October 3, 2015 by chb

The Seattle Times keeps delivery drivers connected with rugged Windows tablets
MobileDemand reports that The Seattle Times faced a challenge when the tablets they used to assist drivers in documenting each delivery and pick-up were failing due to weather and mishandling. After testing several hardware alternatives, The Seattle Times found that the MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10 was the ideal solution for their delivery drivers. [See MobileDemand case study] -- Posted Friday, October 2, 2015 by chb

Are we seeing Pen Computing 3.0?
A new article on Microsoft on Seeking Alpha on Microsoft highlighted Microsoft's strong position in Surface laptop/tablet hybrids. In their recent Q4 results, Microsoft's Surface tablet revenues grew 117% to $888 million, and full-year Surface sales rose 65% to exceed $3.6 billion. In fiscal 2014, Surface sales were $2.19 billion, up from 2013's less than $1 billion. That means that Microsoft's current year Surface revenue are almost as much as we estimate the entire worldwide rugged computing market -- handhelds, tablets and notebooks combined -- to be (about US$4 billion). Given that both Surface and the new iPad Pro emphasize the importance of the pen, are we seeing the emergence of Pen Computing 3.0, after Pen Computing 1.0 1991-1993 and Pen Computing 2.0 2001/2002? -- Posted Friday, October 2, 2015 by chb

Las Vegas Metro PD takes delivery on Getac rugged tablets for use in cruisers and motor units
Getac announced that the Las Vegas (NV) Metro PD has ordered 898 Getac rugged tablets for its police force. The department ordered 778 Getac F110 rugged tablets to be installed in its cruisers. Another 120 Getac T800 rugged tablets will be deployed by the department’s Motor Division to support traffic control and citations. Las Vegas Metro PD selected the Getac F110 fully rugged tablet for its characteristics that include a sunlight-readable11.6-inch display, powerful processor, dual hot-swappable battery for extended field use, dedicated GPS and WWAN modules, and tri-pass-through antenna ports for simultaneous GPS, WWAN and WLAN connections via roof-mounted antennas. -- Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by chb

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Tablet Reviews
TABLET COMPARISON TABLE
GammaTech DURABOOK S15AB
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1
MobileDemand xTablet T8500
RuggON PX-501
Trimble Kenai
AMREL Rocky DT10
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q1
MobileDemand xTablet T8500

Unitech TB120
Handheld Algiz RT7
Xplore XSlate D10
Getac RX10 and RX10H
AMREL Rocky DS11
RuggON PX-501/501B
RuggON PA-501
Zebra ET50/55
Xplore XSlate B10
MobileDemand xTablet T1600
Winmate M133W
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK 752
Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
DTResearch DT311C/311H
DTResearch DT398H
GammaTech Durabook R11
MobileDemand Flex 8
Samwell Ruggedbook SR820s
2nd gen Handheld Algiz 10x
Winmate M101H
Cedar Tree CT7
Winmate IH83
Motion R12
Motion CL920
MobileDemand Flex 10
MobileDemand T1600
Data Ltd DLI 10
Data Ltd DLI 8
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2
ARBOR Gladius G0975
Samwell Ruggedbook 751
MobileDemand T1400
Motion CL920
Cedar CT7
GammaTech Durabook R11
MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10
RuggON PA-301
RuggON PM-311
RuggON PM-501
RuggON PM-511
RuggON PM-522
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
Data Ltd. DLI 9008
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1
Xplore Technologies Bobcat
Samwell Ruggedbook 770
Samwell Ruggedbook 760
Samwell Ruggedbook 751
Samwell Ruggedbook 358
MobileDemand T1400
DT Research DT313H
Xplore Technologies iX104 XC6
Getac T800
Winmate M101B rugged tablet
Motion R12
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JLT Mobile 1214N
DAP Technologies M9020
Trimble Yuma 2
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
Ubiqconn uTablet T10C
Ubiqconn uTablet T70C
GammaTech Durabook CA10
Getac F110
Winmate M700D
Handheld Algiz 10X
TabletKiosk NetSlate a525
AMREL Rocky DR10
AMREL Rocky DR10
Samwell Ruggedbook PC-750
Xplore Technologies RangerX
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
TabletKiosk Sahara i575
Xplore iX104C5 DMSR-M2
Rugged tablets in high altitude
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572
Lenovo ThinkPad X230t
DT Research DT315CT
DT Research DT307
DT Research DT395
DT Research DT398
Logic Instrument Fieldbook B1
Advantech PWS-770
AMREL DT6 Rugged Tablet
Getac Z710 Android tablet
Kindle Fire HD 7
Barnes & Noble NOOK tablet
DAP Technologies M7000
GammaTech Durabook TA10
TabletKiosk Sahara i500
TabletKiosk eo a7400
GammaTech Durabook CA10
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
SDG Systems RAMPAGE 6
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK 310
Motion CL910
Winmate M700DT4 (Android)
Winmate M700D (Windows)
Trimble Yuma 2
DAP Technologies MT1010
MobileDemand xTablet T1200
Handheld Algiz 10X
TabletKiosk eo a7400
GammaTech Durabook T10L2
MobileDemand xTablet T7200
NORCO PPC-3308
Getac Z710
Unitech TB100
Samwell Ruggedbook PC-750
DAP Technologies M9700
Motion F5t
MobileDemand T7000
Motion CL110 tablet
Getac E110 tablet
RUGGEDBOOK 750 tablet
Winmate M970D tablet
DRS ARMOR X7ad
DRS ARMOR X7et
DLI 9000
Cybernet CyberMed T10
Acer Iconia Tab A500
Winmate G570Z
Advantech TREK-550/303H
MobileDemand C1200
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
Panasonic Toughpad
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550
Motorola Solutions ET1
GD Itronix GD3080
GD Itronix GD3015
GE Wolverine III
Motion Computing CL900
ARBOR Gladius G1050
DRS ARMOR X7
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
HTC Flyer
GD-Itronix GD8200
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR810
Winmate medical tablet
Xplore iX104C5
Juniper Mesa Geo
Amrel DB6
DAP Technologies M9010
Getac V200
Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet
Fujitsu Lifebook T580
Apple iPad 2
Dell Inspiron Duo
2011 Media Tablets table
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550
HP TouchPad
DLI 9200
Getac V100
Mobile Demand xTablet C1200
DLI 8300
DAP Technologies M8930
DAP Technologies M8940
Winmate 7" Rugged Tablet PC
Arbor M1040 MCA
DRS ARMOR X7
DT Research WebDT 372
Motion CL900
GammaTech D12C convertible
DLI 8000 POS tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab
DT Research WebDT 390
DT Research WebDT 362
DT Research WebDT 312
DRS ARMOR X10gx
Winmate G-WIN IP67
Arbor Gladius G0820
Arbor Gladius G0720
Trimble Yuma
Augen GenTouch78
Juniper Systems Mesa
Fujitsu Lifebook UH900
Motion J3500
DLI 8400 Ultra-Mobile Tablet
Motion F5v
Apple iPad WiFi 64GB
Sharp Netwalker PC-T1
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR820
Logic Instrument FieldBook
NEXCOM MRC2300
Panasonic Toughbook C1
Toshiba Portege M780
Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field
Handheld Algiz 7
Fujitsu Lifebook T4410
Apple iPad
Advantech UbiQ-480
Samwell RUGGEBOOK MCA9
Data Ltd. DLI 8800
Samwell RUGGEBOOK SR800
Dell Latitude XT2
Motion F5 (2009 update)
DAP Kinysis 8900KS
DAP Kinysis 8900VS
Samwell RUGGEBOOK SR858
Winmate I880
Data Ltd DLI 8500
GETAC V100 update
Advantech MICA-101
Winmate I980
Handheld US Algiz 8
Data Ltd DLI 8400
Handheld US Algiz 10
Arbor M1256
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR858
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR820
GammaTech Durabook RT10
Motion Computing J3400
Panasonic Toughbook H1
Winmate IA80
TabletKiosk MediSlate i1040XT
RMT Duros 1214
Trimble Yuma
Lenovo ThinkPad X200t
Winmate V280
Motion LE1700
Xplore iX104C4
HP Elitebook 2730p
Fujitsu LifeBook T5010
Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
Advantech MARS-3100R
GETAC B300
GETAC P470
Lenovo ThinkPad X61
Gateway C-141
DRS ARMOR X10
GD-Itronix Duo-Touch II
DT Research WebDT 310
DT Research WebDT 360
Roper Mobile Duros
GETAC E100
MobileDemand xTablet T8700
Fujitsu LifeBook P1620
Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220
Fujitsu LifeBook T2010
LG C1 Express Dual
GETAC V100
MobileDemand T8600
Toshiba Portege R400
Outdoor readable screens 07
Fujitsu U8240 UMPC
Panasonic CF-08
Motion Computing LE1700
Panasonic Toughbook CF-19
Motion Computing C5
Toshiba Tecra M7
Portege M400 road test
DRS Hammerhead Xtreme
MobileDemand T8600
Electrovaya Scribbler SC-3100
Toshiba Tecra M4
Motion LS800
Toshiba Portege M400
Itronix GoBook VR1
Motion LE1600
HP Compaq tc4200
WalkAbout RT900/XRT
Kontron ReVolution
Itronix DuoTouch
OQO model01
Averatec C3500
Fujitsu T4000 Series
Xplore iX104C2
Toshiba M205
ViewSonic V1250
Motion M1400
Electrovaya SC2000
HP TC1100
Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000
Sharp Actius TN 10W
Corel Grafigo 2
Intermec CT60
Electrovaya Scribbler
Xplore iX104
FIC SlateVision
Acer C100
Compaq TC1000
Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000
Motion M1200
Toshiba Portege 3500
ViewSonic V1100
Acer TM100 with XP Tablet PC
SONICblue ProGear
Viewsonic View Pad 1000
Fujitsu Stylistic 3500
Fujitsu Stylistic 3400

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Pen Computing's Tablet PC Magazine proposal in 2002. Microsoft had no interest in it.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a TabletPC! No, it's a 1992 Samsung PenMaster!
Pen Services 2.0 were big news when Windows 95 was announced. In our December 1995 issue, developer Lisa Stampfli took a look at what was new.
In the same December 1995 issue, editor-in-chief Blickenstorfer provided another look at WinPen 2.0.
Pen enthusiast Scott Griepentrog also contributed a look at Pen Services for Windows 95 in our August 1996 issue.
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