Pidion HM45 – First Look

We’ve seen a plethora of small rugged Android devices hit the market in 2013 and we start 2014 with a big bang with a device we’re really excited about, the Pidion HM45.

Pidion were one of the first rugged PDA companies to meddle with Android and like everything else in it’s infancy, it had it’s troubles but the HM45 is their first Android only focussed rugged PDA that’s designed to give a business everything they need to run it but in the Pidion way which is inexpensively, with quality and with UK based support and expertise from us.

The first thing that strikes you about the HM45 is it’s size.  Whereas most rugged Android handhelds have 4.3″ screens or even bigger in some cases, the HM45 has a 3.5″ screen.  This gives a real USP and after only a while holding and using it, it gives the device a really nice feel.  It’s small….but kinda not small and the only way we can describe the feeling here is that this is the nearest rugged device that we have seen to an iPhone in it’s look and feel, with a 3.5″ slightly stretched, taller screen.  It’s different and it’s nice.

It’s also rugged and where you have to take a chance with devices like the TC55 or 70e or even e430, the HM45 uses the same tried and tested casings as the HM40 so we know it’s rugged and we know it’s going to be better than the likes of the 70e for sure.

So on to what we have spotted that we really rate with the device:

  • Great base spec with dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage ROM, Camera, Wifi, 3G BT, AGPS.
  • The size is unlike anything else. If you like the iPhone then you’ll like this. One handed use is easy.
  • It’s light too at only 195g
  • It’s rugged with 1.2M drop spec and IP54.
  • It has a rugged and micro-USB connector so you won’t have charging and connector issues in the field.
  • dual battery options of 1500mAh or 3000mAh but the small screen will mean these should last longer.
  • 1D or 2D scanner option
  • Phone/3G or WiFi only options.
  • Loads of accessories and some innovative snap-ons slated for the device too.
  • Dedicated scan button, customisable button.
  • Inexpensive, Warranty and support will be done from right here, go check it out it’s really good!

And now on to some areas we might hate!

  • No scanner-less option so for those not needing a barcode scanner it might not be for you.
  • Might not be rugged enough for some users.
  • 1500mAh battery is small for business use, but Pidion will no doubt give a big battery in the box option soon.
  • Not much else at this point!

Price-wise the HM45 starts at about £425 and goes to £475 for the top of the range 3G and 2D scanner model so that makes it very competitive price-wise. The device is now available to order, we have our first demo units here now so if you want to know more or you want to buy one, just come to us and we’ll be only too  happy to help you.

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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.