We’ve had a lot of people talking about the iPAQ 214, 210 etc and other HP PDA’s as a lot of them have also gone end of line quite quickly, with no imminent replacements due.  What I wanted to do was just highlight a device we have here that’s an old hand at replacing devices like the HP ipaq’s, HTC P6500 and the old MC35.

Enter the Pidion BM170

The BM170 is a unique device iin the rugged market being the only semi-rugged PDA with a PDA form factor and large screen.  It’s also extremely versatile with many different hardware and OS specs ranging from 128MB RAM, QVGA screen and no WAN or camera, up to a fully specified 256/256MB, VGA, 3MP Cam, HSDPA device.  It sports both flavours of WM6.5, WM6.1 for better support of older devices and it has a version of Android v2.1 certified by the manufacturer. The iPaq was probably cheaper than the BM170 but not by much but the BM170 brings with it a whole set of new advantages over the HP PDA including:

  • Supportable device with a range of warranty, repair and full service options.
  • Semi rugged design with a drop spec giving you a more resilient device.
  • Better road map, so you’ll know where you are on the replacement model far earlier and the replacement will be sympathetic to the existing model.
  • Better knowledge and general support.  Us rugged folk here like to talk mission critical and we understand and offer guidance on everything we sell and Pidion device are no exception.  We’re not flogging phones and PDA’s to punters, we stand by you the whole time and know how to keep your business running.
  • The BM170 is a line of business semi-rugged PDA, not a shiny PDA designed for managers to get their emails and view word documents!

With prices ranging from under £300 to just over £400 there’s definitely something in the Pidion BM170 range that should work for you.  we’ve had a great deal of success in transferring iPAQ, HTC and Motorola people already and for larger projects we have loan devices so you can make the decision on if its right for you with your own eyes. Come talk to us here if you want to know more. The Rugged and Mobile blog.

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2 Responses

  1. Peter Quick

    I have an IPAQ 212 Enterprise which I’m not greatly happy with. But the problem is that I have a mass of data on the Calendar plus I use it to carry around with me many Word & Excel docs as well as photos. If I was to move to something else, I can’t afford to lose any of these things. I sync the IPAQ with my PC so I need that as well. Is this device (the Pidion BM170) the answer, or is there something else in a similar price range that would be a lot better than my IPAQ?

    • ruggedandmobile

      Yes the BM170 will be the closest thing to this. There are Windows Mobile 6.1 or 6.5 versions of the Microsoft operating system so you should be able to sync your contacts from your Ipaq to your pc and then back out to the Bm170 all using active sync.