M3 Mobile, formerly Mobile Compia, currently offer 2 excellent, inexpensive Rugged PDA’s into the Rugged PDA market.
Here we talk about the M3 slim Rugged PDA and it’s just that. It’s really slim and I believe it’s even thinner on average than Pidion’s BIP-5000 It’s also a very lightweight Rugged PDA too, meaning it’s going to be a pleasure to use throughout the day. The M3 is also a highly configurable Rugged PDA. Starting from one of the 4 base models, M3 Red, M3 Green, M3 Sky or M3 White, which give you a basic configuration, you then add whatever you want including Radio options (WiFi, BT, GPS, GSM), data options (none, GPRS, eGPRS, HSDPA), scanner options (1D, 2D) and there’s a neat built-in RFID option which also leaves the scanner in tact too. The M3 now also accommodates either a numeric or qwerty keyboard and there is an M3 White anti microbial version for use in medical environments.
I know the M3 particularly well and in a former life I developed some of the first applications it saw here in the UK. I have also personally used the RFID reader and barcode scanner and they’re quick, accurate and easy to use with multiple buttons. In fact they put a lot of devices to shame with the speed and accuracy. Add to this the accessory range is growing which includes a trigger attachment to make the M3 even more versatile in the scan intensive scenarios.
Lastly the missing part of the jigsaw is that we can now provide UK based support for the device at a very reasonable cost which means the Mobile Compia M3 is now the full package and worthy of a mention.
Price-wise these start at around £400 for base models. Now I’m going to warn you right away that if you’re looking for a decent QTY and need highly specced devices then you will be well into Pidion BIP-5000 territory and will also be venturing into Motorola MC55 territory. However there is nothing wrong with M3 Mobile’s M3 range and it is always worth a look, especially if you have some specific requirements.
So why did it take us here so long to add M3 Mobile’s products?
Well as I mentioned above, I know the Mobile Compia very well and it’s only until now we feel the devices meet our stringent criteria here at Rugged and Mobile. This includes the distribution channel being fair, good support being available, which is a major area the device has been lacking in our view, the manufacturer support and the device itself. I believe that M3 Mobile has now met all of these criteria with a UK manufacturer presence, decent support and whilst there are still some niggles with the device, these have been largely resolved in one way or another. Remember all devices have their niggles, even Intermec, Motorola and Honeywell ones believe me!! We’ll be reviewing the device as soon as we get one.
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