The small rugged pda market is a growing one, driven hard at the moment by field sales and field engineering solutions requiring a more usable, barcode driven rugged pda but in a smaller form factor.

Semi-rugged devices hold the fort here to a degree but none of them have built in barcode or RFID scanners and any camera based scanning solution is seriously not any good for anything but checking adhoc prices in Tesco!

I met the sole UK distributors of the Gen2Wave RP1000 small rugged PDA for the first time yesterday and I have to admit that on the way down I wasn’t expecting too much with the same old feeling of meeting another eastern manufactured device letting me down again!  However I’m far from disappointed, in fact suitably impressed with what I saw of the Rugged PDA.

We’ll look at the specs and the device in more detail next week when we put it on test here but until then I can tell you it has a very decent up to date spec, it’s missing nothing, has a good barcode scanner, an RFID option and felt like a quality piece of kit in the hand.  It reminded of the Pidion BIP-6000 with its soft but tough casing.  The service will be maintained right here in the UK with penalty driven SLA’s.  Can’t ask for more than that!

We’re now starting to see more and more devices in the category of small rugged pda.  Intermec’s cs40 is probably the best known, but Ganedata’s GX8010 and GSmart devices are excellent as is the only other PDA from factor rugged PDA in this class, the Skeye Dart.

We’ll blog more here when we know more.


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4 Responses

  1. paul

    Whats your view on the %-age reliability of 2D scans from camera equipped smart phones? You have said elsewhere they are not up to mission critical applications, but are they within some kind of range where if you upped the instances to say 120% and * by reliability of 80% the nett result would be 96% accuracy?

    • ruggedandmobile

      Hi Paul

      I think the issue for me with std camera based scanners is in the 1D arena, where they are not greatly accurate, 2D has far better error correction in it. More importantly is the speed for me. If you need anything above “casual” scanning intensity of barcodes then a proper scanner is what you need.

      Also don’t forget that Rugged PDA’s with scanners built in have dedicated scanner buttons, the scan API’s are usually free and much deeper and easier to use in software. We’ve looked at all kinds of camera based API’s here including Xing and others and my conclusion is that Camera based scanning is a risk and struggle for Line of business apps. Most of our “smartphone” customers tend to use a Bluetooth scanner.

    • ruggedandmobile

      Hi Andy

      RRP is going to be from £909 (No scanner, std battery, QVGA) up to £1431 (2D, ext battery, VGA). I think we’ll see prices to customers at around £650 to £950 but it takes a little time for these to settle on these kinds of devices. These are the piecemeal prices, for projects of any size we’ll be able to do better than thiswe’ll need to take that case by case.