Motorola MC67 adds a splash of Android

15 04 2014
The Motorola MC67 adds Jelly Beans!

The Motorola MC67 adds Jelly Beans!

Despite the short Google connection, Motorola have been a little bit slow on the Android uptake but with 3 devices running the OS so far and now the MC67, they’re playing catch up fast!

The MC67 is Motorola’s super rugged version of the MC55/65 series bringing a fairly compact, classic rugged PDA to the market and it brings a solid piece kit to the Android marketplace giving customers a choice in the OS they now run on the device.

You’ll get the exact same architecture as the WIndows EMbedded Handheld 6.5 version of the device excpet this version runs Android Jelly Bean, v4.1.

We’re currently not sure how the OS sits on the device and which versions of the MC67 it’ll run on.  So whether it will run all the scanner options, if all the keypad types are supported, the price and if the MC67 Android version has a focussed keypad option remains to be seen, but we’ll be sure to spill the beans as soon as we know more.

Motorola work out the Workabout pro!

15 04 2014
The new Psion/Motorola Workabout Pro 4

The new Psion/Motorola Workabout Pro 4

Unless you’ve been sleeping the past year you’ll know that Psion Teklogix as a brand ended at the beginning of this year as part of it’s full integration into Motorola Solutions and with that of course there’ll be some overlap of devices. The Workabout Pro range however must be a tricky one to sort out as it’s so popular and lived such a long and rich life and it seems that Moto have decided to keep and update this rugged handheld.

A year after the buyout and the first ex-Psion rugged device is announced in the new updated Workabout Pro 4.

What’s new

Well not much for that matter! To look at the WAP 4 against a WAP G3 you wouldn’t be able to tell and indeed this is a a very sympathetic update and here’s what we have found:

  • Onboard RAM and storage flash ROM have had an update from 256MB/1GB to 512MB/4GB.
  • As has the old 624MHz XScale CPU which is replaced by the new Sitara aM37x ARM cortex a8 1GHz affair.
  • The operating systems have been brought up to date with Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and CE6.0 now taking centre stage.
  • Along with this there are updated versions of Bluetooth, WiFi, 8MP camera, 3G and GPS to keep the WAp 4 fresh and new.
  • We asked if any of Motorola’s barcode scanner modules have found their way into the WAp 4 but we have so far not had an answer to that but the the spec sheets clearly show some changes there with 7+ options to now choose from.
  • There’s also some changes to the expansion options of the device with dedicated barcode scanner connector,
  • Lastly the battery options seem to have changed with the 3300mAh WA3006 being replaced by a smaller 2760mAh affair and the 4400mAh one staying.  Weird to me to cut the standard one down but that’s what’s currently on the accessory guide.
Multiple barcode scanning options for the WAP 4

Multiple barcode scanning options for the WAP 4

What we rate

  • Well the design of the WAP means that most of the legacy accessories will work with it which is a key benefit for long WAP users.  We’re waiting on specific backwards compatibility with older G2 models but it looks like most of the G3 kit will work.
  • They haven’t fiddled too much with a device that is a focussed one for users.

What’s 2000 and late!

  • The price has gone up!  Why? technology is cheaper and not an awful lot has changed here.
  • Add to that battery is no longer included in the price so watch out for that!
  • We lost that Grandfather of the PDA badge for good.  It reminds me of when HP rebadged all those Proliant servers when the bought Compaq! A sad day for a great piece of kit!!
Is the standard battery really smaller? The 3300Mah WA3006 might be missed?

Is the standard battery really smaller? The 3300Mah WA3006 might be missed?

So arguably this is a nice sympathetic update that users will embrace and it brings the Workabout Pro range into 2014, but it does bring some changes too with improved data capture features.  Some of the changes however are not so welcome like the battery and price but if Moto can embrace the spirit of Psion then there’s no doubt the WAP will continue to thrive.


MioCare add first healthcare phablet to the market

20 03 2014
MIOCare A335 Healthcare rugged tablet

MIOCare A335 Healthcare rugged tablet

MioCare are the healthcare arm of MIOWork and these devices are really unique, cleverly designed products that are  specifically aimed at the  healthcare industry.  We already sell the MioWork here, and there’s a healthcare version of that but the new A335 adds a whole bunch of features so MioCare decided to create a new product for it.

So whats new?

TO the general MIOCare A100 platform 3G is  a welcome addition to the range, all the Mio tablets thus far have been WiFi only so this will extend the use of the device into the field and add reliability of connection in the event WiFi is not available.

NFC is now built in and for those of you who are Android developers you know just how easy Android makes NFC RFID tag scanning so this is a real bonus.

WiFi now comes in dual mode 2.4 and 5GHz modes giving better stability, range and options for the use.

Add to this some genral updates to Bluetooth to v4.0, Android is updated to v4.2 and the CPU has been updated to a dual core 1.5GHz OMAP 4 affair that should keep it nice and powerful and current!

The Miocare A335 has the same antimicrobial casing on it as all the other devices in the range have and the rugged device will be available in June 2014.  Pricing is TBC but more on that as we add it to our range.

To find out more about MIOCare start here

Rugged and Mobile add Gen2Wave to product portfolio

18 03 2014
Gen2Wave's range of Rugged PDA's bring something unique to the market

Gen2Wave’s range of Rugged PDA’s bring something unique to the market

Just a quick announcement today to say we’ve agreed to carry the Gen2Wave products and will be adding these soon to our main website information bank. Gen2Wave are a company we’ve known for some time and even got involved with a few years ago.  We’re now really pleased to carry them, they will be an adopted brand here so will carry our full suite of support and warranty services and we’re really looking forward to moving on with them.

Gen2Wave are one of the smaller South Korean manufacturers but as you known S.K. have a big pedigree when it comes to rugged equipment already and Gen2Wave are no exception.  Focussed on innovation and problem solving, they’ve focussed on 3 main products which has allowed them to constantly innovate which has created loads of unique USP’s.

We are eager to work with Gen2Wave because they are highly innovative, have strong communication, have great support and 3 great , highly rugged and innovative products.

We’ve added the manufacturer page for them already so more for info and our opinions go here.  We’ll be introducing their products soon but until then a quick run down is here:


Their entry-level product, choose Android or Windows mobile with 3.5″ screen in a highly configurable device at a great price point with loads of unique features we’ve never seen anywhere else.  These are rugged PDA’s that are designed to work.


Want a numeric keypad then this is the model for you. In a nutshell the RP1200 is a “key-padded” variant of the RP1100.


The latest addition to their range, the RP1300 brings a more smartphone-like has a 4.3″ screen and improved spec. Used to smartphones but need something rugged and with support then this one is for you.

We’ll be reporting back as soon as we have more news.

Bluebird Pidion BM180 announced

11 03 2014

BM180-AnnouncedThe Pidion BM180 is a really exciting announcement for us because it’s a device that will not only offer multiple options against the Motorola and Honeywell solutions, but it’s also one that will usher in the new era for Windows Mobile, namely Windows Embedded 8 Handheld.

So just what is the new BM180 device?

Well it comes in 2 OS flavours for starters with an Android v4.2 at launch and WE8H coming when it’s ready! However the device also has a 5″ screen, a bang up to date and almost smartphone level spec as well as a whole bunch of optional Point of Sale interfaces like Mag strip reader, RFID/NFC card reader and extra SAM slot for secure transaction processing.  It also has a built in 1D laser or 2D barcode scanner, IP67 and a 1.2M drop spec and is PTT and VoWWAN/VoWLAN (Voice over lan) ready so it’s a device that’s built for service, it is aimed at the retail and supply chain markets and if it lives up to it’s spec it’ll be a big competitor for any other rugged device in this sector.

Add to this a 4500mAh battery is going ot be best in class, a decent backup battery will allow for in-field hot-swapping without interrupting work or creating reboots and it also has a rugged connector as well as the std MIcro-USB we’re seeing on this level of device.

Price has yet to be announced.  We’ve truly not heard anything just yet but i’m sure it’ll be extremely competitive if the recently released HM45 is anything to go by.

Existing BM170 users

The BM180 is a much larger device than the BM170

The BM180 is a much larger device than the BM170

The BM180 is being touted as the natural successor in the popular “BM” series but is not currently aiming to take over from the BM170. In fact anything not running the familiar WM operating system will be a pain to port form and as such so far the BM170 has had no end of life notices.  However for those looking for a new device, especially in Android form, the BM180 or the BP30 (Announced in a few days from now) will be the one to go for.

 Pidion has introduced 3 new Smartphone-like devices this year and all 3 give users a real choice over the device they take.  I’ll blog about that real soon to clear anything up.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we get one to play with!


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