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.
The Rugged and Mobile blog.