This week we’re celebrating adding a new manufacturer to our range, Gen2Wave. We already posted about G2W so if you want to know more about them then go here or check out our website Manufacturer page, today I wanted to take a first look at their latest product, the RP1300.
In the hand
G2W were one of the first companies to actually sport a true Windows mobile smartphone form factor that was fully rugged with the RP1000, some years ago and that device is still available in RP1100/1200 format. So it was no surprise to me when I first got an RP1300 in my hand to find a small, light but solid and quality feeling device that just seems ready to work!
The casing is the same as the rest of the range ensuring accessories all fit and the bright 4.3″, 800×480 screen is a delight to see on a rugged PDA. The scanner is fitted into the main casing so no ugly bumps here, 2 dedicated barcode scanner buttons, camera button, volume keys and hard buttons to operate the OS are a delight to use for anyone working in gloves.
The shell is coated in soft touch plastic, much like the old Pidion BIP-6000’s that were immensely popular so it gives the device a quality look and feel but we also know its a casing that will last. This rugged device is definitely tough with grip sections on each side, a sturdy casing and nice raised rubber seal around the edge.
Unlike many devices in this category, the RP1300 has a rugged connector, and there’s no Micro-USB to be found!
The battery needs a special mention on this device as there are 3. The small 1860mAh battery sits flush with the back case and gives you a smartphone experience but it will leave most enterprise users wanting for more. So there’s a 2860mAh battery that will give many users all they need. However the standard battery in the box is a whopping 4000mAh affair that should keep the device running for hours and hours. Add to this there’s a dedicated 200mAh backup battery so this will allow hot swap battery replacement in the field without needing a reboot and there are also a multitude of 2860mAh battery upgrades that add card reading and RFID options onto the rugged device turning it into a basic Mobile EPOS unit.
There’s a whole load of great features here, I’ve picked out the best
- Batteries are great with the 4000mAh version giving full shift power.
- IP64, drop spec of 1.5M and rugged connectors mean this device is fully rugged, not just durable and designed to last for years.
- Service and repair is performed in the UK. It’s fast, friendly and offers great features.
- Lots of accessories in the box including a cradle with a huge range of accessories on offer all at superb prices.
- Choose Android or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and swap them later in the field if required.
- Keypads are bespoke for each OS so the Android front keypad works for Android, the WEH one works for WIndows. This has been a jey issue on many other rugged smartohones sporting both OS’s being optimised for one but not the other.
- 1D, 2D or barcode scanner-less versions mean you can buy the spec you need and save money if you don’t need barcode scanning.
- Price is bang on. You’ll save loads buying this device but you won’t skimp on quality. Value for money is right there.
- 1GHz CPU, 256MB (512MB optional for Andorid) and 1GB ROM give this device a great heart.
- Lots of demo apps
- Mature and full SDK’s on both Android and Windows platforms.
- Big and bright 4.3″ WVGA screen.
At first glance you might think that this Gen2Wave rugged handheld looks just like any other device in its category but after having this for a week now in my hand I can tell you that this one is a real gem of a device right here that might just take the crown from the rugged smartphone category here at RAM.