So with the ES400 discontinued now and with numbers drying up before the official beginning of September last ship date, I thought I’d give people our opinion on some of the best alternatives out there.

Despite not being the best performer, the ES400 did have some unique features and there’s nothing really out there with the same size 3.0″ screen, qwerty keypad and small size.  Below are the nearest devices with the differences they have.  Firstly lets explore the MC45 which is the official replacement device offered by Motorola themselves.  however this is really not a great option in our view.  First of all its about 35% more expensive, it doesn’t have a qwerty keypad and the odd sized 3.2″ screen means it’s neither small or larger.  The biggest issue we have is that the scanner is built in and the spec is poorer to the ES400.  It shares the same battery but after 2 years of use you’ll be needing more of those anyway.  In our opinion the MC45 doesn’t make a great alternative option but if you want to stay Motorola, this is your choice.

So what else is out there?  Well here’s out pick of the alternatives.

Dotel H300S

Dotel H300S

This device is fully rugged, it has a 3.5″ screen but it’s surprisingly slim and light making it easy to hold and use all day.  It comes with 2 2400mAh Li-Pol batteries, upgradeable to 3600mAh ones, that are hot swappable in the field without a reboot and has a qwerty or numeric keypad option.  You get lots of accessories and a fully rugged device for just a £100 more.

Gen2Wave RP1200

Gen2Wave RP1200

This is one small but tough little rugged device that has a big 4000mah battery, 3.5″ screen but packs it into the smallest case we can find.  The only difference is the numeric only keypad option but other than that you get the exact same spec, lots of accessories in the box and a fully enterprise, supported device built for business for only £100 more. Oh and you can upgrade it to Android when you feel like it later on to!

We’re probably putting more people onto these 2 devices that have learnt their lesson using semi-rugged than anything else.

Pidion HM40

Pidion HM40

Not the most popular device on the market but in a way it’s also one of the best kept secrets.  The HM40 is nearest in size device to the ES400 with a 2.8″ screen, it also has a qwerty keypad and extended 3060mAh battery, almost identical to the 3080mAh one of the ES400.  The’s a barcode scanner built in that you can’t get rid of but the price is only a smudging over the ES400 so ignore until you need it!

Going Android

Well we figure if you were using ES400’s in the first place then you would be looking for the best value Android kit.  Motorola themselves offer up the TC55 as their alternative but we think there’s better!  The Raptor R4 or R4S give an entry level device that’s supported well here in the UK and have better specs than most of their rugged Android smartphone competition.  If you’ve decided to go Android but price and great support matter then these could be a great alternative s at only £350.

 

 

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Dave's one of the founders of Raptor, his rants are memorable, his thoughts are stimulating and his heart is set on helping, entertaining and making things like mobile, Android, ruggedness, 3D printing and IOT simple.

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