Introducing the Pidion HM40 and HM50 Rugged Handheld PDA Series

We’ve sold Pidion for a long time at Rugged and Mobile so we know how they work and when launching new products Pidion rugged handheld PDA’s need a little time to get bedded in and working well so we feel it’s only appropriate now to talk about their new HM40 and Pidion HM50 range.

The Pidion HM40 and HM50 form the 2 newest Rugged handheld PDA arrivals to the Pidion range and you can see as soon as you unbox them that they’re the start of something new, with a different design and better ergonomics.

The new HM40 and HM50 mobile devices in a Nutshell

The HM40 is what we would call a Small Rugged PDA.  It’s characterised as that due to its small 2.8″ screen and focus on being lightweight, small and can be thought of as a small Blackberry type device with a built in barcode scanner.

The HM50 is also subtly different to anything in the current Pidon line up.  It doesn’t quite have the size and presence of a Pidion BIP-6000, but it’s nowhere near as compact and small as the BIP-5000, so we understand Pidion when they say it fits in between both of these existing devices.

What devices do they make obsolete?

Well the Pidion Hm40 is a completely new device in Pidion’s line up.  It’ll give an option to those wanting something small and will give a “Value” driven option if you’re looking for an Intermec CS40 or Opticon H21, where it does compete well on price in this category. THats where the benefits end though in our opinion as the HM40 is buggy, not well built and came with a lot of issues that to date have still not been rectified.

The Pidion HM50 on the other hand is going to sit in between the existing BIP-5000 and BIP-6000 devices for the time being.  We’ve been given no end of life notice of either device and like many other devices Pidion sell, I think the HM50 will probably sit right in the middle, giving some subtle options for some.  Price-wise the HM50 isn’t really that competitive in our view.  So whilst the HM50 brings an up to date spec, for some it’ll be difficult to rationalise with Motorola, Dotel and others having far better value at this kind of spec level and quality.

Our opinion

We’ll reserve specific device opinions for our first looks and road tests coming up soon as hardware and spec is only half the story with a rugged PDA.  They’re certainly new, interesting and decent enough looking devices but since the BIP-6000 and BIP-5000 were launched, the market has become a very different place.  At first glance both the Pidion HM40 and HM50 bring something new to the Pidion range, they add to the choice for the end user and they also give options in terms of spec and cost.  So within Pidion, I think  both devices make sense.  However when we look at what they’re up against these days we’re not so sure if Pidion are getting it right.  The price is wrong, it needs to be lower as these products are  not in our opinion up to the same quality level as you can get elsewhere.  Pidion also still offer the same confusing and out of touch comprehensive and warranty services and without that you are at risk, no matter how good your kit is in our view.

Lets test the kit and get back to you!

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2 Responses

  1. JC

    I might be wrong here, but both devices’ keypads look like a rip-off of Motorola..

    • ruggedandmobile

      Well I guess they do, but is that like saying a new car looks the same as an existing one because it has 4 wheels? I think it’s a shame to see the function keys going from many devices (See todays post about the HM50), but the keypads are vastly improved on Pidion devices.