Buying a Rugged PDA Top 7 tips – Rugged pda screen

So you’re thinking of buying a new rugged PDA or you’re replacing a whole estate for your business?  Well screens have come a long way in the past few years so this blog gives you all you need to know and what to watch out for.

Screen size

These days there are a plethora of screen sizes from 2.8″ up to 4.3″ and through 5,7, and larger if you go tablet.

Screen dimensions

the days of VGA dominance in the rugged pda screen market are over with lots of other different dimensions available now. Choosing the right dimension can make or break your solution.


We’re not so in to “Retina” or huge pixel dense screens like the smartphone market is but the more pixels, the nicer things look. remember the function/design dichotomy? If it’s beautiful, it’ll be used more and therefore it’s more functional!

Tough screens

There are other types too now that offer genuine extra protection for a screen.  Gorilla glass still needs a touchscreen protector in our opinion but it does help against scratching and there are some materials now that even help against screen impacts.  Is the era of touchscreen and cracked LCD’s over?

Screen recess style

A recessed screen will be better protected but isn’t so usable so you need to get the stylus out. A flush screen is much more finger friendly and apps can tend to use the whole screen but they’re a little more exposed to damage.


We’re starting to see the NIT value on spec sheets now and this is because some manufacturers make some really nice bright screens for use in outdoor sunshine and bright light. Bright screens aren’t as tough on battery any longer and make life far easier for users.

Capacitive or touch?

And lastly many PDA’s, especially Android ones, use “Capacitive” touch now which is controlled by the small electric current passed from your finger tips.  These are the screens the iPhone and pretty much all tablets and smartphone have these days.  However rugged PDA’s do still largely use the older “touch resistive” pressure sensitive screens. Capacitive is more usable, easier to use and definitely designed for fingers. Touch resistive screens need a stylus unless the app running on them is very well designed and can be used with gloves on. The differences are getting very negligible though these days.

So that’s it for today. We’ll continue the theme all week and will catch you later on

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