Motorola ES400 Cost

30 09 2010
Motorola ES400 - How much does it cost?

Motorola ES400 – How much does it cost?

How much does the Motorola ES400 Cost?  As we’re starting to see orders coming through for this popular Rugged PDA our costs for the ES400 are now getting nice and clear.

If you think £425 for the Extended battery version and £419 for the standard version is a good start point for you then come talk to us here.  Don’t forget that we’ve been Motorola Partners for years and we’ll be able to offer you the best service and expert advice for the Motorola ES400 as you’ll get from anywhere.


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Mobile Trends 2010

29 09 2010

Something I got from the Mobile trends group on LinkedIn.  It’s the Mobile trends Report from Allot Mobile Trends.

Nice report, might be a bit “Shiny” oriented for us “Rugged” folks but it’s important info all the same.  Key findings here:

  • Global mobile data bandwidth usage increased significantly with 68% growth.
  • Video streaming continued to be the fastest growing application type with a 92% increase. Video streaming is also the single largest application worldwide.
  • YouTube remains one of the single most important websites accounting for 13% of global mobile data bandwidth.
  • VoIP and IM grew by 84% becoming the second fastest growing application worldwide.
  • Twitter experienced a huge 310% jump in its global mobile data bandwidth usage.
  • Facebook increased its dominance of the social networking segment and grew by 200%.
  • Skype remains the undisputed VoIP market leader, accounting for 83% of global mobile VoIP bandwidth.

and the report can be downloaded from here:

Mobiletrends Report

Happy reading!


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The Cheap Barcode Scanner Conundrum

27 09 2010

More of a Barcode Scanner thought provoking blog today!  more precisely Cheap Barcode Scanners.

The Barcode scanner market is mature and saturated.  The big resellers get the best prices and trap the market by buying high and selling low, usually less than 6% margins, often at 0%.  No-one buys support and over half of sales are for 2 scanners, namely the Motorola ls2208 or Motorola ls4208.  Take a look around, everyone is using them!!

Motorola's ls2208 Barcode Scanner

Motorola’s ls2208 Barcode Scanner

There’s little argument for rugged scanners in most environments as typically non-rugged ones are good enough for all but the worst conditions or businesses have a budget to replace broken items.  Having said that it’s where we get most of our scanner sales as there is a small opportunity to offer some expert advice.

However, we test Barcode scanners all the time and they’re all becoming very very similar in spec and usage, despite what the manufacturers want you to know and some even OEM the same technology.  So it even minimises the benefit of expert advice.  I ask in a market like this, where do you go?

The answer from a very interesting conversation I had with a distributor last week.  Manufacturer your own?!  i wonder how many resellers we’ll see doing this with Barcode Scanners and more interestingly Rugged PDA’s?  It may offer the only USP in a market that is so boring and rigid these days!!


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Intermec CS40 Mobile Computer Overview

23 09 2010

Check out Intermecs video for the CS40 Mobile Computer  here.  It really does show how tiny the small rugged PDA is.

I don’t normally like to link to Corporate videos, but this does have some decent info in it and it shows the size of the device really well.

Cheers to Scott Wilson for the heads up.


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Intermec announce the CS40 Small Rugged PDA

20 09 2010
Intermec's CS40 - Small Rugged PDA

Intermec’s CS40 – Small Rugged PDA

We think Intermec is on the pulse with the new Intermec CS40 Rugged PDA.  At first glance, the small rugged PDA looks like the same kind of new semi rugged PDA being offered by many companies but the CS40 is different because it’s best described as a quality rugged PDA, just shrunk down.

In fact Intermec wanted to distance the CS40 from these types of devices, particularly Motorola’s ES400 stating that they do not see these devices as direct competition to the CS40.  Well that may be, but in terms of sales they will no doubt be up against each other at some stage so we discuss the pro’s and cons of the new device here.

First of all it is rugged.  It’s IP54 with a drop spec of 1.2M which is unique in this class of small rugged PDA’s.  The spec is also above decent in my view and has a few tricks up its sleeve too!  Lets get the 3.2MP camera, 256MB RAM and who cares how much ROM (512MB by the way!!) out of the way along with the b/g WiFi, BT, 3.75G and Windows Mobile 6.5 OS.  This is all expected now so lets focus on what Intermec’s CS40 brings that’s different.

Firstly the screen is the trusted 2.8″, QVGA.  OK whilst this is small, too small for many customers expecting the obligatory “iPhone” or “HTC” experience from their Rugged PDA’s it does mean that the device is small.  In fact it’s very small and it has more in common with an iPhone than a proper Rugged PDA in terms of its size.  As with the Opticon H19, the GaneData GX8010 and soon to be released GSMart, I think this will be Marmite, being either loved or hated.  If you want a rugged Smartphone locked to an app, then maybe this isn’t for you, otherwise if you want to use the device in all its WIndows Mobile glory then it could be the one.

The most interesting feature however is the new multi-processor architecture.  Whilst on its own the ARM 11 running at 528MHz should really give the device a good heart, the other core used for radio processing is an ARM 9 running at the same 528MHz.  We’re keen to see how this affects performance and we’ll be testing it as soon as we get a production version.  Either way its refreshing, different and it should work well.

There’s a built in 2D scanner which uses the EA11 2D imager engine, I completely forgot to ask Intermec if you can spec this out completely but I have been told 3rd hand that you can’t.

The battery is a 1740mAh affair with an extended one being offered.  This is adequate for a device with such a small screen and I don’t think you can spec this at buy time like other Intermec devices so it might be an add on, ask me if you want confirmation of this.

The GPS chip was unconfirmed but judging by the spec sheet its a bog standard Sirf II, I’ll also check on this as the time comes as we’re seeing GPS warm up times and accuracy really becoming an important factor in Rugged Device selection these days.

Its available from November 2010, exact date TBC however whilst pricing is still a bit sketchy I think it’s being aimed at under the MC55 area with project discounts to come.

Either way we like the innovative features the CS40 brings and along with its back to intermec basics, quality approach it should be a device worth considering.


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