The Motorola MC40 is yet another Rugged android PDA to be launched and despite the sold off Motorola Mobile business being heavy Android advocates, it marks only Motorola Solution’s 2nd Android capable device.  A lot of Rugged manufacturers are quite sceptical about Android and the fact it’s not really designed for the mission critical business market, but needless to say, the devices keep on launching and the MC40 comes with a few USP’s that might just make a difference.

The first is the positioning of the Motorola MC40.  At first glance it looks like any other rugged android device, but look closer and you’ll find everything you need to run a mobile EPOS terminal, minus the printer.  With a Mag strip reader, PCI ready, PTT ready and with customisable bezel for colour and logo, its meant to be in the eyes of the customer and aimed at the Mobile EPOS market.  IP54 and 1.2M drop spec and no Phone/3G chip further conclude this device is aimed squarely to work within the boundaries of a WiFi signal.

So to the Motorola MC40 lets check out some one the highlights…


  • Optional, built-in Magnetic strip reader, PCI ready.
  • 2D built-in barcode scanner.
  • Motorola PTT ready.
  • 4.3″ LCD.
  • Bezel colour can be customised with own colour and logo.
  • 1GB RAm and 8GB ROM is generous.


  • Android V2.3 is really starting to age now.
  • No 3G or phone chop.
  • Expensive for the spec.

Price & Availability

Price is going to be sat from about the £700 mark for this device which puts it at just above average for this class of device.  We don’t think it suits the classic Field Rugged Android user where pricing is as low as £350 (Winmate e430) and as high as £1200 in that class but against other EPOS terminals it’s going to ruffle feathers!


The general spec of the Motorola MC40 isn’t going to set any hearts racing, but the OMAP 4 CPU running at 800MHz, 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM will be more than enough for most and the RAM/ROM is pretty big. Android v2.3 is a little old but then Motorola has included a whole raft of android based tools to cover up any security flaws people thing it may have so they have to commit to a version to do this and most people using this device won’t ever get to see the underlying OS anyway, using a bespoke app for the job at hand.

We think this is an interesting device and whilst it’s aimed at field based Rugged Android PDA’s users,  it has plenty of USP’s and has definitely found a niche in the EPOS terminal market.  It’ll compete really well against the like of the Casio and Pidion EPOS terminals in our opinion, where the pricing will be far more comparable.  At the least it gives customers a decent alternative form the classically bulky EPOS terminals available now.

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