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Getac launches rugged T800 8.1-inch Bay Trail Windows tablet
Getac announced a new rugged and very compact 8.1-inch tablet. Running Windows and powered by a "Bay Trail" 2.16GHz quad-core Intel N3530 processor, the Getac T800 has a sunlight-readable "LumiBond" projected capacitive touch screen with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, weighs 2.1 pounds, has dual cameras (5mp and HD), 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, dedicated GPS and 4G LTE. "SnapBack" add-ons can provide a Smart Card reader plus either 13.56MHz RFID or a magstripe reader. The Getac T800 has IP65 sealing and can handle 6-foot drops. [See description, analysis and specs of the Getac T800 rugged tablet] -- Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by chb

Winmate releases rugged Bay Trail-based 10.1" Windows tablet with 1920 x 1200 pixel procap display
Winmate has announced their new rugged 10.1-inch M101B Windows Tablet PC. The fanless M101B is based on a "Bay Trail" 1.86GHz quad-core Intel N2920 processor, features a superb 10.1-inch 700-nits IPS projected capacitive touch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, has dual cameras (5mp and 2mp), 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a full complement of sensors, and optional 1D/2D barcode reader, HF-RFID and 4G LTE. The M101B weighs 2.4 pounds, has IP65 sealing and can handle 4-foot drops. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate M101B rugged tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by chb

Dell launches Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebook
Dell also introduced the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme, a fully rugged convertible notebook computer with a 11.6-inch resistive multi-touch display, IP65 sealing and full MIL-STD-810G testing. The new rugged Dell convertible is also powered by Intel "Haswell" 4th generation i3, i5, and i7 Core processors, uses solid state disks, as well as 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE, and is even dock-compatible with the larger Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme. Replacing the former Latitude XT2 XFR, the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme takes on the Getac V110 and the Panasonic CF19. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Dell Latitude Rugged Extreme 12] -- Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 by chb

Rugged Handheld ALGIZ 7 tablet for electronic forensics
Electronic devices can contain valuable data for those who investigate crimes. But extracting evidence from phones the traditional way requires multiple computers and software applications, and a lengthy set-up process in an indoor lab. The law enforcement organizations and forensics customers of Data Duplication Limited, a U.K.-based provider, needed an easy-to-use solution that could do all that in the field — and they found their solution in the Handheld Group's ALGIZ 7. [See Solving Crimes, Without Cracking Cases] -- Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by chb

Motion launches sleek, lightweight Haswell-powered 12.5-inch full 1080p tablet with dual-mode input and a wealth of accessories
Tablet pioneer Motion Computing announced the latest offering in their mobile technology portfolio, the rugged Motion R12 tablet computer. The Intel Haswell-powered R12 has a 12.5-inch multi-touch screen with full 1080p 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution as well as a Wacom pen and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The rugged R12 is just 0.65 inches thick, weighs under three pounds, has dual cameras (2mp and 8mp), 9+ hour battery life, can handle 4-foot drops and is IP54 sealed. There's Wireless-AC plus Bluetooth 4.0, integrated or dedicated GPS, as well as optional 4G LTE, 1D/2D scanner, HF RFID, and desktop and vehicle docks. [See description, analysis, and specs of the Motion R12 rugged tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by chb

New on the Xplore Technologies blog
It's always important to get the rugged computing message out there, and Xplore Technologies is certainly doing its share on its very active blog. Recent postings include a feature on park rangers covering more ground with rugged tablets, one on how Common Access Card cards keep data safe for military personnel, one on advancing diagnostic power with rugged tablets in the manufacturing industry, one on how GIS technology on tablets can accelerate pipeline projects, one on rugged tablets helping cable TV installers, and one on warehouses seeing less disruptions working wirelessly. -- Posted Monday, March 24, 2014 by chb

CDW and leading developers deliver enterprise mobile apps via new App Marketplace
Business-oriented technology solutions provider CDW announced its new App Marketplace — a single, online destination that connects its customers with leading developers and enterprise mobile apps across multiple business functions. Unlike apps designed for individual users, the App Marketplace provides customized enterprise apps created by developers with proven and relevant experience. These include Avnet, Canvas, IBM, Lextech, SAP, Symphony Teleca and WillowTree, with more being added. [See CDW's App Maketplace] -- Posted Monday, March 24, 2014 by chb

Two Panasonic tablet issue white papers
Panasonic alerted us to two interesting white papers. The first looked at attitudes toward business tablets based on a survey of more than 230 IT decision makers representing an install base of 13,000 tablets. The study found that security rated as the top priority at 70%, battery life at 65% and durability at 53% -- but all three areas exhibited among the lowest degree of satisfaction. The second examines issues around reliability of tablets in the workplace, and found that 47% of British workers using consumer tablet PCs in the workplace experienced device failures in the past two years. [Read white papers Panasonic's Toughpad line: Reliable performance, rugged design and Tablet troubles: a study of tablet use in British business] -- Posted Friday, March 14, 2014 by chb

New articles on the Xplore Technologies Blog
Xplore Technologies' bloggers have been active. There's an article on How RFID Readers Improve Utility Pole Inspections, one on how Pennsylvania bridge repairs were aided by rugged tablets, and one on how rugged tablets help solar technicians shine on the job. Xplore technologies adds new articles on how rugged tablets are being used out there in the field every two or three days, so stop by the Rugged Xplore Blog often. -- Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by chb

Class 1 Division 2 rugged tablets available from MobileDemand
MobileDemand announced that its popular xTablet T7200 and xTablet T1200 are now available as C1D2-certified rugged tablets. The certification covers usage in areas where combustible gases such as Acetylene, Hydrogen, Ethylene, and Propane (Groups A-D) are present abnormally. So if an accidental discharge happens, you can rest assured that our C1D2 tablets will not emit any electrical arcs or sparks, nor have any hot surfaces that will cause those gases to explode. [See product pages for the xTablet T1200 C1D2 and xTablet T1200 C1D2. -- Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by chb

N-trig's DuoSense multi-touch & active pen solution selected by Intel for its Education Tablet
As most pen enthusiasts know, Wacom has historically been considered the leading active pen technology vendor, but now N-trig claims that the latest build of their pen actually surpasses Wacom in terms of accuracy, pressure sensitivity, continuity, linearity and overall user experience. We haven't checked N-trig's solutions lately, but they did just claim a big win when Intel implemented the N-trig DuoSense controller chipset into its Intel Education Tablet. [See N-trig press release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by chb

Not mincing words -- Paul Thurrott on Windows 8
In a blog entry entitled "What the Heck is Happening to Windows?" Paul Thurrott does not mince words. "Windows 8 is a disaster in every sense of the word. This is not open to debate, is not part of some cute imaginary world where everyone's opinion is equally valid or whatever. Windows 8 is a disaster. Period." Thurrott, one of the most highly esteemed technology bloggers, blames Microsoft's fatal tendency of trying to be all things to all people, a tendency Pen Computing Magazine lamented every time Microsoft tried to somehow shoehorn pen and touch support into Windows proper... [See Paul Thurotte blog] -- Posted Monday, February 10, 2014 by chb

Sony sells VAIO PC and laptop business, concentrates on smartphones and tablets
Sony is leaving the PC and laptop business in order to concentrate its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets. The VAIO PC business is transferred to a new company established by Japan Industrial Partners Inc. Sony's decision came upon analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry, Sony's overall business strategy, the need for support of Sony's VAIO customers, and some job preservation for VAIO personnel. [See Sony release] -- Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 by chb

Getac and Becrypt deploy secure and rugged Android tablet for military trial and accreditation
Getac UK and mobile security solutions provider Becrypt announced an alpha trial to secure accreditation from the UK Ministry of Defence for what the companies' call the world's first secure Android 4.1 tablet solution suitable for defence and government markets. The Getac Z710 7-inch Android tablet, equipped with Becrypt's Titan II software. The device will undergo trials by global security company Northrop Grumman as a Blue Force Tracking (BFT) system designed to link tactical commanders with vehicles and personnel in the field. [See press release and Becrypt Titan II Android security page] -- Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by chb

Xplore RangerX rugged tablet now with Android 4.2.2, Google Play store access, over-the-air updating, glove-capable touch.
Xplore Technologies announced that their rugged lightweight RangerX tablet now uses Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean." During RuggedPCReview.com's initial evaluation of the RangerX (see initial review), we mentioned that the Android 4.0.4 tablet did not yet have Google's GMS certification that would allow it to use the Google Play store and some of the official Google apps. The new Android 4.2.2 upgrade, free to current RangerX customers, fixes that and provides access to the Google Play store, with the Google Play Private Channel allowing enterprise users to distribute internal/approved apps to employees throughout the business. Also new is software that makes the RangerX display more glove-touch capable. [Read Xplore press release] -- Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by chb

Review: DAP Technologies M9020 — ultra-rugged, highly configurable QWERTY 7-inch Windows tablet
Tablets are in, but there are tasks where an integrated keyboard comes in handy. That's what DAP Technologies created the fully-rugged DAP M9020 tablet for. Powered by an Intel Atom N2600, the M9020 runs Windows 7 on a 7-inch WSVGA resistive touch display. The M9020 supports Bluetooth v4.0, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Gobi 5000 4G LTE, u-blox 6 GPS, micro SD card expansion, dual cameras, RFID, and a 1D/2D barcode scanner. The tablet can survive multiple 6-foot drops and carries IP67 sealing. [See full review of the DAP M9020 rugged tablet] -- Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 by chb

Havis dock for the Getac F100 rugged tablet now available
Havis announced that its innovative new Docking Station for the Getac F110 Rugged Tablet is available for order. The rugged yet lightweight DS-GTC-200 Series Docking Station provides a secure location for tablet charging and connection to essential peripherals via USB, VGA, LAN, serial, audio, and HDMI. It also has EMI shielding and can be ordered with an optional antenna. [See Havis docking station for the Getac F110 rugged tablet] -- Posted Saturday, January 18, 2014 by chb

Review: Trimble Yuma 2 — impressively rugged 7-inch tablet gets the job done, even in direct sunshine and in driving rain
We had a chance to do a full review of GPS specialist Trimble's Yuma 2 7-inch tablet and found it to be an innovative, very well executed rugged tablet computer that offers speed, capacitive multi-touch (even in the rain!), advanced technology, excellent battery life, impressive GPS performance, and a superb screen that remains viewable and usable in direct sunlight. [See full review of the Trimble Yuma 2 rugged tablet] -- Posted Friday, January 17, 2014 by chb

Original Microsoft Surface Pro blow-out
Microsoft seems to be clearing out inventory of the original Surface Pro tablets. Those on Microsoft's mailing list received offers for US$300 off the the Surface Pro. That brings the price of a 128GB Surface Pro down to US$599 (w/o the keyboard, though). That's not bad for an Intel 3rd gen Core I5-powered tablet with a full 10.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel screen, both capacitive touch and an active pen, dual cameras, etc. The Surface Pro 2, of course, is that much better with a Haswell chip and all sorts of improvements, but the equivalent model starts at US$999. [See Surface Pro offer] -- Posted Friday, January 17, 2014 by chb

Panasonic announces rugged 7-inch FZ-M1 tablet
At CES in Las Vegas, Panasonic announced their latest rugged tablet, the Toughpad FZ-M1. It's an Intel 4th-gen "Haswell" powered 1.2-pound device with a 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive multi-touch 7-inch IPS display, heated solid state disk, IP65 sealing, a 5-foot drop spec, dual cameras, and a wealth of options that include 4G LTE, GPS, mag stripe reader, 1D/2D scanner, and NFC. The Toughpad FZ-M1 starts at US$2,099. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1] -- Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by chb

Xplore secures multi-million dollar RangerX order
Xplore Technologies announced it has received its first major purchase order for its RangerX rugged Android tablet (see RuggedPCReview report on RangerX). The order of approximately US$4 million from a major U.S. telecommunications provider includes tablets and accessories and is expected to ship this month. "This multi-million dollar order is a great testament to how the RangerX caters to the telecommunications industry unlike any other rugged device on the market," Mark Holleran, president and chief operating officer for Xplore Technologies, said. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by chb

Applebee's to install 100,000 rugged tablets in 2014
E la Carte, a company founded in 2009 by a group of MIT engineers and employing just over 35, announced that restaurant chain Applebee's will deploy 100,000 ruggedized E la Carte Presto tablets with integrated credit card readers in 2014, allowing customers to "order, pay, play." E la Carte provides no specs other than claiming a 20+ hour battery life and a whimsical "2X faster & 2X more memory", says there are $0 upfront costs and then a monthly fee, and has received lots of publicity from major mainstream media. [See Businessweek coverage] -- Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by chb

Canalysis: tablets to make up 50% of PC market in 2014
Independent analyst firm Canalys predicts that in 2014 tablets will almost outship all other PC form factors (desktops, notebooks, and tablets) combined. The worldwide client PC market grew 18% in Q3 2013, despite desktop and notebook shipments continuing to decline. Tablet shipments accounted for 40% of PC shipments in Q3 2013, less than half a million units behind global notebook shipments. Tablet domination is set to continue, with Canalys forecasting 285 million units to ship in 2014, growing to 396 million in 2017. Apple and Samsung are expected to stay ahead, though competition in the tablet market continues to heat up. [See Canalysis report] -- Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by chb

Corvallis PD to use rugged Getac F110 tablets for electronic citations
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that the Corvallis Police Department is closing in on the launch of its electronic citation program that will use rugged Getac F110 tablets. The system, which will likely go live early next year, will enable hardcopy of citations on mobile printers, and information sharing with other agencies without the need for hand copying of data. [See Gazette-Times article] -- Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by chb

Motion Computing J-Series tablet camera training
Modern tablets have a wealth of powerful features that can greatly enhance productivity, but are not always obvious or easy to use/figure out. Manuals help, but a good instruction video is almost always better. Tablet pioneer Motion Computing knows that and just released the latest in their series of Motion product training videos. This one shows how to best use the camera in Motion J-Series ruggedized tablets, and how to ouse the many graphics tools available. [ target="_blank">See Motion's J-Series Camera Usage instruction video] -- Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by chb

iPad Air teardown -- the cost of thinness
The crafty folks at ifixit.com (whose terrific tools we use at the RuggedPCReview.com's lab) tore down a brand-new iPad Air to see what's inside and how easy it is to repair. As far as the latter goes, not very. They found impressive feats of miniaturization, but at the cost of a "repairability score" of just 2 out of 10. And a diminished battery. Such is the cost of excessive thinness. [See ifixit.com's iPad Air Teardown] -- Posted Thursday, November 7, 2013 by chb

Review: GammaTech Durabook CA10 10.1-inch Windows tablet
With consumer tablets selling in the tens and hundreds of millions, makers of ruggedized computing equipment find themselves guessing how to best fill the rapidly growing demand for somewhat more rugged tablets with just the right combination of price, ease-of-use, performance, size, weight and features. RuggedPCReview examined the versatile, economically priced GammaTech Durabook CA10, a semi-rugged 10.1-inch Intel Atom-based Windows tablet with resistive multi-touch. [See review of the GammaTech Durabook CA10] -- Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013 by chb

Apple remains on top of tablet market for Q3/2013
According to market analysts IHS, for the third quarter 2013, Apple shipped 14.25 million tablets (down a bit from the prior quarter), Samsung 10.7 million (up 23%). Asus, Lenovo and Acer followed, all shipping fewer than 2 million tablets. Total tablet shipments were at 48 million, up 5 million from Q2/2013, and mostly contributed by inexpensive 7-inch white box tablets from China. Rhoda Alexander, director, tablet research for IHS said "Cheaper almost always wins the volume race, and competitors were quick to adjust pricing when it became clear that it was impossible to achieve anything close to Apple's shipment growth at the same price level. The resulting surge in sub-US$250 alternatives catapulted Android to the leading operating system in tablets in the third quarter of 2012, but left vendors searching for profit in an increasingly competitive market." -- Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013 by chb

Motion Computing tablets used in medical simulation training
An important part of a healthcare professional's education is simulation training, where specially designed mannequins -- robots, really -- help prepare students for the real thing. Motion Computing has announced that McLennan Community College in Waco, TX, is now using Motion tablets with Gaumard software to wirelessly have the simulator mannequins respond according to the treatment provided by the student. [See Motion press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by chb

Xplore selects Red Bend for over-the-air software updates for rugged tablets
Xplore Technologies announced it has selected Red Bend, a leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM) with more than 1.75 billion Red Bend-Enabled devices, to provide firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updates to Xplore's RangerX rugged Android tablet with Red Bend's OTA Updating Service for Android. The software will ensure that RangerX users will always have the most updated device, increasing efficiency and enhancing user experience. -- Posted Thursday, October 24, 2013 by chb

Bud Industries introduces IP65-sealed tablet enclosures
Bud Industries, a manufacturer of electronic enclosures, has announced tablet enclosures that meet the IP65 rating for waterproofing and dust. Bud enclosures are made of high-impact ABS plastic that is flame retardant, and are available with an optional, oil-tolerant silicone gasket that seals out water and airborne contaminants. Therefore they are well suited for industrial automation and control applications, where tablets may be used in harsh environmental conditions. [See Bud tablet enclosures] -- Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by chb

Apple event: new iPads
At Apple's media event in San Francisco, the company mentioned that 65% of all iOS devices are running iOS7 already, and that a total of 60 billion apps have been downloaded, resulting in US$13 billion for developers.

Apple said over 170 million iPads have been sold to-date, and introduced a new iPad mini with a retina 2048 x 1536 display that's a bit smaller at 7.9 inches. It has a A7 chip, and the 16GB WiFi version is US$399, available November. The original iPad mini remains, now starting at US$299.

Apple also introduced the iPad Air that's thinner (7.5mm vs. 9.4 mm) and lighter (1 pound instead of 1.35 lbs.) than the 4th gen iPad. It has the 64-bit A7 chip and M7 motion processor (same as iPhone 5S), and still a 9.7-inch retina display, but with a smaller side bezel. There is now a 5mp iSight camera. The iPad Air replaces full-size iPads and starts at $499 for the 16GB WiFi version, and 16GB/cellular for $629. The iPad 4 is gone but the iPad 2 remains available at $399. The iPad Air can be ordered (and ships) November 1.
-- Posted Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by chb

Getac announces technologically advanced, impressively thin and light rugged F110 tablet and V110 convertible
Getac is blazing new trails with the new V110—the thinnest and lightest rugged convertible—and the F110, the thinnest and lightest fully rugged large screen tablet. The V110 is a rugged convertible that is 1.34 inches thick and weighs 4.4 pounds, the F110 a tablet that's just under an inch thick, weighs just over three pounds. Both new rugged devices offer a choice of Intel "Haswell" 4th generation Core i5 and i7 processors, have 11.6-inch dual-input multi-touch displays, fast 802.11ac WiFi, and 4G LTE. Both carry IP65 sealing, have impressive -6° to 140°F operating temperature ranges, and battery life well beyond full shifts. [See RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Getac F110 and Getac V110] -- Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by chb

Motion expands their mobile technology platform, and unveils new software and productivity accessories for rugged tablets
Motion Computing, one of the original leaders and pioneers of tablet computers, introduced the next generation of their C5 (geared towards healthcare) and F5 (targeted at field operations) series of rugged Windows tablets. The new C5te and F5te benefit from changed Intel 3rd generation Core processor choices, increased RAM and solid state disk capacity, and new 10-finger multi-touch. At the same time, Motion also launched new image sharing and documentation software, an asset and inventory management UHF RFID reader, and workflow-enabling accessories. [See Motion press release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis, and specs of the Motion F5te] -- Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by chb

TabletKiosk announces trade-up program
TabletKiosk announced the availability of a new trade-up program designed to provide customers a hassle-free way to upgrade their existing TabletKiosk hardware. Through December 31, 2013, customers can trade in their older Sahara Slate PC or Sahara NetSlate Tablet PCs and receive $50 to $500 credit towards the purchase of a new Sahara Slate PC i575/i535 or Sahara NetSlate a525. Additionally, TabletKiosk may also accept trade-ins from competing Tablet PC manufacturers on a case-by-case basis. For more information about trading in competitorsí tablets, please call 310-782-1201. -- Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by chb

Delta Air Lines to equip 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablets
Microsoft reported that Delta Air Lines is equipping its 11,000 pilots with electronic flight bags using the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet. Device rollout to pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets will start later this year and all Delta cockpits are projected to be paperless by the end of 2014. The tablets will provide flight crews real-time access to essential tools and the most up-to-date flight-related resources including key charts, reference documents and checklists while saving the airline $13 million per year in fuel and associated costs. Our take: That's a big win for the much maligned Windows RT. But it's also a big loss for Microsoft's tablet hardware partners (like Motion Computing, Xplore, etc.) who, before Microsoft began making its own tablets, would have had a chance to land such contracts. [See Microsoft press release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by chb

ABI Research: Android ecosystem passing Apple
According to ABI Research, Apple's iPad family of products finally has passed leadership to the Android ecosystem, with the number of Android-powered tablets surpassing iOS-based slates for the first time, tablet-related hardware revenues reaching parity, and the average selling price of iPads rapidly approaching the market average in Q2 2013. ABI also pointed out that smaller 7-inch tablets became the majority of the shipments, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini represented about 60% of total iPad shipments and almost half of iPad-related device revenues in the quarter. [See ABI Research press release] -- Posted Monday, September 30, 2013 by chb

In defense of Microsoft Surface
A few days ago Microsoft introduced their second generation Surface tablets, hoping for a kinder reception. Problem is, industry expert Daniel W. Rasmus says, that the biggest issue with the original Surface tablet was not the hardware, nor was it really the software, because Windows 8 went well beyond Surface. The real issue with Windows Surface was expectations, misguided expectations that Microsoft continues to foster through its advertising. [Read more] -- Posted Thursday, September 26, 2013 by chb

Microsoft introduces second gen Surface tablets
Microsoft announced two new Surface models, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2. The Surface 2 replaces the Surface RT, has a 1.7Ghz Tegra 4 processor, a full 1080p screen, dual cameras (5mp rear, 3.5mp front), a redesigned kickstand, and will start at US$449. The Surface Pro 2 comes with a 1.6Ghz Haswell Core i5-4200u chip, HD Graphics 4400, and improved battery life (8-10 hours). It will start at US$899. -- Posted Monday, September 23, 2013 by chb

Acadian Ambulance streamlines patient care and reduces overtime with mobile technology from Motion Computing
Motion Computing announced that Acadian Ambulance, one of the largest private ambulance services in the US, is deploying Motion F5t Rugged Tablet PCs across their fleet for mobile dispatch and electronic patient care recording. The Motion technology works seamlessly with Sansio HealthEMS software and Acadianís back-office systems to optimize EMT and paramedic field work. [See Motion press release] -- Posted Monday, September 16, 2013 by chb

Motion expands In-Vehicle Computing Solution for North Americam soars through crash testing
Motion Computing expanded their In-Vehicle Computing Solution (view explanatory video) for North America today with a series of updates to the original offering, including Motion Preferred Installers in Canada, a 3 year standard limited warranty, additional customized mounting kits and positive crash test results. [See Motion press release] -- Posted Monday, September 16, 2013 by chb

Updated Handheld Algiz 7 rugged Windows tablet benchmarked
In August, the Handheld Group announced a technology update to their Algiz 7 rugged tablet computer. Handheld replaced the single-core Intel Atom Z530 of the original Algiz 7 with the much newer dual-core Atom N2600, enhanced data security, doubled the size of both RAM and onboard storage, upgraded the camera, added antenna diversity, and made Gobi 3000 available. We've now had a chance to benchmark the new version, and the results are most impressive. [See description, analysis, specs and benchmark results of the Handheld Algiz 7] -- Posted Monday, September 16, 2013 by chb

IDC forecasts tablet shipments to top total PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker expects tablet shipments to surpass total PC shipments (desktop plus portable PCs) in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13). PCs shipments are still expected to be greater than tablet shipments for the full year, but IDC forecasts tablet shipments will surpass total PC shipments on an annual basis by the end of 2015. Smartphones will continue to ship in high volumes, surpassing 1.4 billion units in 2015 and accounting for 69% of all smart connected device shipments worldwide. -- Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by chb

Reebok Spartan World Championships gets rugged and announces Xplore Technologies' RangerX as the official tablet
Xplore Technologies and Spartan Race, a major obstacle racing company, have announced that the Xplore RangerX will be the official tablet of the 2013 Reebok Spartan Race World Championships taking place in Killington, Vermont on Sept. 21 and 22. Spartan athletes will be able to quickly check their results in real-time on the rugged 10.2-inch Android tablets at the event, improving the race experience. In addition, the RangerX will be used on the course to assist the race staff with production and logistics. [See Xplore press release] -- Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by chb

AMREL releases next generation of its rugged 12.1-inch tablet
AMREL also revealed the next generation of its larger 12.1-inch rugged tablet platform. The new ROCKY DK10 looks unchanged from its DR8 predecessor, but, like the new DR10, provides greatly increased performance and utility thanks to a switch from an older Core 2 Duo to a low-voltage Intel Core i7 processor, twice the RAM, faster hard disks and optional SSDs, faster WiFi and WWAN, a brighter screen, and enhanced sealing and ruggedness. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL Rocky DK10] -- Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013 by chb

AMREL releases next generation of its rugged 8.4-inch tablet
AMREL revealed the next generation of its 8.4-inch rugged tablet platform. The new 4.2-pound ROCKY DR10 retains the look and feel of its DR8 predecessor, but provides greatly increased performance and utility thanks to a switch from an older Core 2 Duo to a low-voltage Intel Core i7 processor, twice the RAM, faster hard disks and optional SSDs, faster WiFi and WWAN, a brighter screen, and enhanced sealing and ruggedness. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL Rocky DR10] -- Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013 by chb

Panasonic introduces 20-inch Toughpad with 4K resolution
At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany, Panasonic unveiled the business-rugged (2.5-foot drop) Windows 8.1 Toughpad 4K UT-MB5, a 20-inch IPS tablet with 3840 x 2560 pixel "4K" resolution. The Toughpad 4k is designed for sales, marketing and media professionals as part of a new Ultra-High Definition Toughpad range. The 5.2-pound, half-inch thick tablet is powered by an Intel Core i5, has nVidia discrete graphics, USB 3.0, 256GB SSD, 720p vidcam, SD Card, Smart Card, and a cradle for LAN and HDMI. The tablet offers an optional Panasonic Electronic Touch Pen for sketching, annotation or handwriting that uses IR to read pixels and communicates with the tablet via Bluetooth. Starting price is around US$5,200, and the Toughpad 4k is expected to be available late 2013. [See Panasonic Toughpad 4k press release] -- Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013 by chb

Acer selects N-trig DuoSense for Aspire R7-572 convertible notebook
N-trig, which makes the DuoSense integrated active pen and multi-touch technology, announced that its technology has been implemented in the new/"refreshed" Acer Aspire R7-572, a 15.6-inch convertible notebook with a hinge reminiscent of some of IBM's P-Series Thinkpads from the mid-1990s. [See N-trig press release] -- Posted Monday, September 2, 2013 by chb

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a 10-inch Android tablet with a nicely integrated active, pressure-sensitive pen. As such, it offers content creation capabilities not generally found in media tablets. This a screamingly fast tablet, reviewer Dan Rasmus found, but it's a bit plasticky and WXGA resolution is marginal these days. Still, Rasmus tentatively recommends the Note for folks who like pens. [See Dan Rasmus' review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 -- Posted Friday, August 23, 2013 by chb

Wacom introduces pressure-sensitive active pen for iPad
Wacom introduced the Intuous Creative Stylus, a pressure-sensitive digital pen for sketching, drawing and painting on an iPad. Wacom says the stylus offers a realistic pen-on-paper feel and users can rest their palms naturally on the iPad when using compatible creative apps (such as such as SketchBook Pro, ArtRage, Bamboo Paper, ProCreate and Psykopaint). The US$99 stylus recognizes 2048 pressure levels, uses a AAAA battery, and apparently connects to the iPad via Bluetooth. -- Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by chb

Xplore overall 3rd after Samsung and Apple in ABI Research 2013 Tablet Competitive Assessment
ABI Research, which provides analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies, analyzed 19 leading tablet vendors and then classified them in a four-quadrant matrix where the x-axis shows where a company stands in terms of innovation, and the y-axis how well it's doing in implementation. The overall (and innovation) winner was Samsung. Apple came in second and won on the implementation score. The amazing overall third was Xplore Technologies which, according to ABI Research, "came out ahead of the majority of vendors assessed in this vendor matrix with a good balance between Implementation and Innovation." Congrats, Xplore! The full "Media Tablets" Competitive Assessment is part of ABI Researchís Media Tablets, Ultrabooks & eReaders Research Service. [See ABI Research press release] -- Posted Friday, August 16, 2013 by chb

The dawn of Antel?
"Wintel" -- Intel-powered Windows machines -- has ruled the computing scene for a good 30 years, but are we now seeing the dawn of "Antel" -- Intel-powered Android devices? It's hard to imagine Intel not making a major push into tablets, and the introduction of two education-focused tablet reference designs may be a first step. There's a 1.5-pound, Atom Z2460-powered 10-inch tablet, and a smaller 0.8-pound, Atom Z2420-powered 7-inch tablet, both running Android 4.1. Both tablets are loaded with resources for students and teachers from Intel Education Software. [See Intel Android tablet press release and product briefs on the 7-inch Intel Education Tablet and 10-inch Intel Education Tablet] -- Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by chb

Review: Winmate M700D rugged 7-inch Windows tablet
With the Intel Atom N2600-powered M700D tablet, Winmate offers a straight-forward and cleanly designed basic tool for tablet jobs that require Microsoft Windows, yet also a tool that's technologically attractive with capacitive touch, and highly customizable by partners/resellers that may use their own branding. [See full review of the Winmate M700D] -- Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by chb

Trouble using your Windows tablet with touch?
Ever since the iPad, the market has been demanding touch instead of pens. Touch works great with operating environments designed for touch, such as iOS and Android, but not nearly as well with Windows. Capacitive touch and legacy out-of-the-box Windows, in particular, are not a great match. Fortunately, there are ways to optimize the legacy Windows interface for touch and tablets, and RuggedPCReview shows you how. [See Optimizing the legacy Windows interface for touch and tablets] -- Posted Sunday, August 11, 2013 by chb

Group Mobile adds Xplore RangerX rugged Android tablet
Rugged computing equipment vendor Group Mobile announced it extended its product offerings to include the new Xplore RangerX. The 10.1-inch 2.2-pound RangerX is Xplore's first fully rugged Android tablet and offers up to 192GB of storage. The Xplore RangerX, which has a starting price of US$1,349, offers dual cameras, HDMI-out, USB, RFID, and can be equipped with a common access card (CAC) reader, HDMI-in, RJ-45 and more. [See press release and Group Mobile RangerX page] -- Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by chb

2Q13 tablet unit sales up 50% over 2Q12
According to IDC, In the 2nd quarter of 2013, worldwide tablet unit shipments grew from 28.3 million to 45.1 million. While Apple declined from 17 to 14.6 million iPads, other vendors, and Samsung in particular, greatly boosted sales. Measured by operating systems platform, Android's marketshare skyrocketed from 3% to 62.6%, with Apple's iOS falling from 60.3% to 32.5%. Windows marketshare was at 4%, and Windows RT just 0.5%. [See IDC press release and tables] -- Posted Monday, August 5, 2013 by chb

TabletKiosk adds 12.1-inch Atom N2800-powered NetSlate a525 enterprise tablet
TabletKiosk announced an addition to their line of enterprise-oriented Sahara tablets. The new Sahara netSlate a525 presents a value-priced model completely compatible with existing TabletKiosk accessories and peripherals. Offering improved graphics performance and much longer battery life than the a510 predecessor model, the NetSlate a525 provides excellent connectivity, the choice of various operating systems, dual cameras, a true legacy serial port, and either resistive touch, capacitive multi-touch, or a dual-mode panel that adds an active pen. Pricing starts at US$1,499. [See description, analysis and specs of the TabletKiosk NetSlate a525] -- Posted Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by chb

Park Associates: Tablet adoption reaches nearly 50% of U.S. broadband households
Park Associates reports that 48% of U.S. broadband households own at least one tablet. Tablet ownership increased by nearly 33% in one year, with 22% of households reporting a tablet purchase, while only 7% purchased an e-reader in 2012, down from 9% in 2011. Growth in tablets will continue as OEMs release more tablets aimed at the high and low ends of the tablet market. "Amazon has expanded the low end of the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, whereas Microsoft is making a credible push at the higher end," said Jennifer Kent, senior analyst, Parks Associates. [See Park Associates press release] -- Posted Friday, July 26, 2013 by chb

Review: Samwell Ruggedbook PC-750
The Samwell Ruggedbook PC-750 provides full Windows 7 functionality in a rugged tablet form factor. Measuring just 10.8 x 7.8 x 1.1 inches and weighing just over three pounds, the Intel Atom N2600-powered PC-750 is considerably lighter than most full-size rugged tablets. Its excellent 10.4-inch resistive touch screen with 1024 x 768 pixel XGA resolution offers enough space to run Windows comfortably. There is plenty of wired connectivity on board, all the connectors are standard size, and there is a wealth of wireless functionality, and also dual integrated cameras. [See full review of the Samwell Ruggedbook PC-750] -- Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by chb

Tablets in healthcare a US$1.7 billion market
According to Kalorama Information's latest report, the global market for tablet PC devices in healthcare is expected to increase to $1.7 billion for 2013, reflecting an increase of nearly 27% over the prior year. The report, "The Market for Tablet PCs in Healthcare" has breakouts of usage of Tablet PCs and of the market by customer type (nursing home, physician offices, hospitals) and by geographic region. -- Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 by chb

Microsoft takes $900 million write-down on Surface RT tablets
Microsoft announced its quarterly financials, making a US$5 billion profit on revenue of US$20 billion. Despite the dismal situation in PC sales and the lackluster acceptance of Windows 8, those figures are actually better than the same quarter last year (US$18.1 billion sales, US$492 million loss). But analysts had expected much better. Of note to tablet enthusiasts: Microsoft took a US$900 million write-down on unsold Surface RT tablet inventory. Ouch. US$900 million is 30 times the entire-year sales of a tablet pioneer such as Xplore Technologies, and it's more than the annual sales of a sizable company such as Intermec. While we liked the Surface RT (see here), apparently, customers didn't go for tablets that run only a limited version of Windows. Hmmm... didn't we learn that 15 years ago with Windows CE "Jupiter" devices? [See Microsoft press release] -- Posted Friday, July 19, 2013 by chb

Three things to consider when choosing a Tablet PC for forklift mount applications
Forklift-mounted computers have been transforming the way products move throughout the supply chain for decades, but proper implementation requires good planning and awareness of potential pitfalls. MobileDemand's most recent Ruggedized Computing Blog discusses them in 3 things to consider when choosing a Tablet PC for forklift mount. -- Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by chb

Digitizer pioneer Wacom celebrates 30th anniversary
Wacom held its 30th anniversary celebration party on July 12, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Roppongi, Tokyo, with partners from around the world, across a wide range of industries. Wacom, of course, supplied its unsurpassed active pen technology to the first wave of pen computers back in the early 1990s. Ten years later, Microsoft built the Tablet PC around Wacom digitizer technology. And today, professional (and increasingly, consumer) tablets still rely on Wacom pen technology for accurate pen functionality. And that's in addition to the various lines of innovative digital pen tablets used by artists, professionals and enthusiasts the world over. Congratulations, Wacom, on a wonderful job! [See illustrated Wacom press release]
-- Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by chb

Worldwide PC shipments drop 10.9% Q2 2013
According to market research firm Gartner, worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million in Q2 2013, a 10.9% decrease from Q2 2012. That's the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, the longest in the PC market's history. As for vendors, Lenovo eked out HP for the leas, with Dell third worldwide. In the US, HP leads Dell and Apple (whose PC shipments also declined). At this point it seems pretty clear that tablets are replacing many PC sales. -- Posted Friday, July 12, 2013 by chb

Xplore Technologies introduces 10.1-inch rugged Android tablet
Xplore Technlogies announced the RangerX, a 2.2-pound, 10.1-inch class rugged Android tablet powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor. Xplore's new tablet merges the kind of state-of-the-art technology consumers expect and demand with the ruggedness and durability business and enterprise need. The RangerX has dual cameras, a high-quality 1366 x 768 pixel IPS projected capacitive touch display, up to 192GB storage, exceptional onboard connectivity (including optional HDMI-in and RJ45), a CAC reader, carries an IP65 ingress protection rating, and has a 10-hour battery life. Pricing starts at US$1,349 [See description, analysis and specs of the Xplore RangerX rugged Android tablet] -- Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by chb

New video: Motion CL910 Tablet PC Overview
Sometimes a picture conveys a thousand words, and a video even more. The latter certainly applies to Motion's new video overview of their CL910 Windows tablet. In a neat and elegant two minutes and 19 seconds presentation, you learn what the tablet is all about, and what it can do. [See Motion CL910 Tablet PC Overview] -- Posted Friday, July 5, 2013 by chb

Xplore reports first profitable full year
Xplore Technologies reported financials for Q4 2013 and all of their fiscal 2013. Q4 revenues were US$7.14million with a net loss of US$164k. For the entire fiscal year 2013, Xplore reported revenues of US$30.5 million, up from US$27.5 million for fiscal 2012. There was a net profit of US$0.3 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$0.5 million in 2012, making it the company's first profitable full year. Xplore attributes the good results to increased marketplace acceptance of rugged tablets. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Thursday, June 27, 2013 by chb

DAP Technologies completes global operations expansion
DAP Technologies announced it is realigning operations with the goal to enhance service, support and customer integration needs. With the realignment, the Canadian office in Quebec City (shown in picture) will provide service and support; the UK office is the hub for all European service, support and integration; the Georgia sales office emphasizes on warehouse and logistics markets; the Taiwan office on supply chain efficiency; and the corporate head office in Arizona in integration customization for clients, service, support, and distribution. Also interesting, while in the past DAP concentrated on handhelds, the press release noted that DAP Technologies is now "helping companies make the transition from handhelds to robust, Windows-based rugged tablets and vehicle mount technologies." DAP Technologies President David Molesworth said, "this expansion enhances our ability to bring advanced rugged tablet and vehicle mount technologies to the market and provide customers with the support and customization they require. Itís become less about the product and more about integration and delivering an entire solution for the customer." -- Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by chb

Motion Computing video on total cost of ownership in enterprise mobility technology
Motion Computing has made available an hour-long presentation by VDC Research's David Krebs entitled "Total Cost of Ownership Enterprise Grade Mobility Trends in EMEA." David explains, supported by a body of VDC research and survey results, how in today's economy, businesses are demanding that IT and infrastructure investments deliver tangible benefits and incur predictable costs. With all the choices available and the increased interest in low cost consumer grade tablets for professional use, decision makers need to understand the implications of non-purpose built tablet PC solutions. [See video on YouTube] -- Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by chb

Xpore adds LTE-equipped version to its iX104C5 tablet lineup
Xplore Technologies announced it is now offering a special version of its utlra-rugged iX104C5 DMSR (dual mode sunlight readable) tablet. The new DMSR LTE model includes an integrated Verizon 4G LTE HSPA+EVDO (Rev A) module for maximum data transfer speed. -- Posted Thursday, June 20, 2013 by chb

TabletKiosk's Sahara Slate PC i500 line of enterprise tablets gets major tech upgrade and performance boost
TabletKiosk announced that it has added two new models to its flagship line of 12.1" Tablet PCs. The new enterprise-grade Sahara Slate PC i535 and Sahara Slate PC i575 are powered by 3rd generation Intel Celeron and Core i7 vPro processors, offering improved performance, greatly enhanced battery life, and a number of hardware embedded security features. The new models also benefit from other major tech upgrades and now have front and rear-facing cameras, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB hard drives or up to 480GB of SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and a true native RS232 serial port for legacy device support. [See TabletKiosk press release and description, analysis and full specifications of the TabletPC i535/i575] -- Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by chb

Xplore secures rugged tablet order from major US telecommunications provider
Xplore Technologies announced it has received POs for more than $1 million of its iX104C5 DMSR ultra-rugged tablets for deployment from a major U.S. telecommunications provider. The tablets will be deployed in the provider's construction and engineering divisions for use in various field service environments. These orders are a continuation of a previously established relationship. -- Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by chb

Getac Z710 rugged tablet now in ATEX config
Getac announced its Z710 Android-powered rugged tablet received ATEX (Explosive Atmosphere) certification for explosive environments. According to the company, this makes the Z710 the world's first rugged Android tablet to offer the optional ATEX Zone II/22 certification for use in hazardous and explosive environments such as the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries, where ATEX compliance is often mandatory when carrying out inspection and maintenance work and emergency notification. [See Getac press release and our review of the Getac Z710] -- Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by chb

TabletKiosk and SoftKinetic collaborate on first integrated 3D interface for the enterprise tablet market
SoftKinetic, which provides 3D vision and gesture recognition solutions, together with TabletKiosk, a manufacturer of enterprise-grade tablet PCs, announced they have joined forces to bring embedded 3D camera technology to the portable Tablet PC market. A conceptual prototype integrates the SoftKinetic DepthSense 3D camera with TabletKiosk's Sahara Slate PC i500 platform to provide 3D facial and gesture recognition, 3D mapping, image capture and virtual reality for an enhanced user experience. [See TabletKiosk press release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013 by chb

Intel announces next-gen "Bay Trail" Atom platform for tablets and ultra-mobile devices
Intel also announced that its next-generation 22nm Intel Atom processor-based SoC for tablets based on the Silvermont microarchitecture will include quad core processing, Gen 7 graphics, support for DX11, full HD, Intel Burst Technology 2.0, hardware-based security features, 2x CPU improvement and 3x graphics improvement, and support for both Windows and Android. [See Intel press release] -- Posted Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by chb

Intel Atom inside new Samsung Galaxy Tabe 3 10.1-inch tablet
Intel scored a strategically important design win by having Samsung use an Intel Atom chip in its new GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch Android tablet. The device will be powered by the "Clover Trail" Intel Atom Z2560, a dual-core design running at 1.6GHz. While Intel optimistically proclaims that its Atom chips "are designed and optimized for a lightning-fast applications experience, responsive Web browsing, stunning 3-D graphics, advanced camera capabilities and vivid HD video with energy efficiency for outstanding battery life," it should be interesting to see how Intel-powered tablets fare in the Android space that's traditionally been dominated by a variety of ARM processors. [See Samsung press release and Intel Atom Z2520, 2560 and 2580 brochure] -- Posted Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by chb

IDC: Tablets to surpass portable PC shipments in 2013, total PC shipments in 2015
International Data Corporation (IDC) published a new forecast that sees tablet shipments growing 58.7% year-over-year in 2013 reaching 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year. That means more tablets will ship than portable PCs, and by 2015, IDC expects tablets to outsell notebook and desktop PCs combined. Tablet sizes will change, too. Whereas 8 to 11-inch tablets used to dominate, 55% of all tablets sold in 2013 are expected to have displays smaller than 8 inches. [See IDC press release] -- Posted Friday, May 31, 2013 by chb

Rugged, tough AND secure: Xplore iX104C5-M2
RuggedPCReview.com got some extended hands-on with the recently introduced 2nd gen special military version of the Xplore Technologies iX104C5 platform. It comes with an integrated common access card (CAC) reader. The degree of security the CAC provides is mandatory for many branches of government and their contractors, giving the Xplore tablet an edge where that matters. In the process we re-benchmarked Xplore's invincible tablet (which now also supports Windows 8), and it's as impressive as ever. [See Xplore Technologies iX104C5-M2] -- Posted Thursday, May 30, 2013 by chb

Duke University researchers use MobileDemand xTablet T7200 rugged tablet computers at Mount Everest base camp
When a Duke University team of researchers set up shop at the Mount Everest base camp at 17,650 feet to study the mystery of human survival in low oxygen environments, they entrusted their data to MobileDemand xTablet T7200 rugged tablet PCs. Under very trying circumstances, the tablets worked just as expected. [See Case Study: Computers in High Altitude Expeditions] -- Posted Thursday, May 23, 2013 by chb

For restaurants and retail: the new DT Research DT315CT
At the 2013 National Restaurant Association Show at Chicago's McCormick Place (May 18-21, 2013), (DT Research announced the DT315CT, an Intel Atom N2800-powered 9.7-inch Windows 7 tablet with capacitive touch, magnetic stripe reader to read payment, ID, and loyalty program cards, a 2D barcode scanner to improve inventory management, and a 5M camera to verify promotions and set up. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research Dt315CT] -- Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by chb

Samwell Ruggedbook: Computer use in utility meter systems remote control
While manual utility (electricity, gas, water, heat) meter reading still exists, it is labor-intensive, error-prone, and not well suited to handle the increasing demand for complex and unique purpose metering including tiered and special use tariffs, and extended monitoring. In a new feature Taiwanese Samwell (which will be at Computex Taipei, June 4-8, 2013: TWTC Nangang Upper Level L1302) discusses the increasing use of rugged tablet computers such as their Ruggedbook SR820 to automatically read and manage smart meters, benefitting both utilities and customers via more information, higher accuracy, and better service. [Read Computer use in utility meter systems remote control] -- Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by chb

DT Research announces 1-pound point-of-sale/service tablet
DT Research announced the DT307SC, a 7-inch tablet weighing only a bit over a pound, and available with magnetic stripe reader, 2D barcode scanner, RFID, and rear-facing camera with LED flash. Running Windows CE or Windows Mobile, the ARM-powered DT307 is easily integrated with third-party applications. As with most products from DT Research, the DT307SC includes the comprehensive remote management through the server-based WebDT Device Manager software. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT307] -- Posted Sunday, May 19, 2013 by chb

Pansonic upgrades Toughbook H2 rugged tablet
Panasonic announced it has updated the Toughbook H2 tablet with an Intel 3rd generation Core i5-3427U processor, boosted the standard hard disk from 320 to 500GB, improved estimated battery life from 6.5 to 7 hours, and enhanced connectivity with using an Intel Advanced-N 6235 module (802.11a/b/g/n and Class 1 Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR) and offering either 3G Gobi with GPS or 4G LTE mobile broadband. -- Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 by chb

Dell drops price of Windows RT tablet
Dell, one of the few companies offering a Windows RT-based tablet, dropped the price of its 32GB XPS 10 tablet from US$449 to just US$299. A version with 64GB, dock, and 4G LTE dropped from US$799 to just US$499. That's not a good sign for Windows RT, but good news for anyone seeking a true bargain (we liked our Windows RT tablet; see Windows RT: How Suitable is it for Vertical Markets? Part 1 and Part 2). [Dell XPS 10 Tablet webpage] -- Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by chb

DT Research introduces rugged 9.7-inch Windows tablet
DT Research introduced the rugged Windows 7-based DT398 tablet as a tougher, more performance-oriented complement to their roster of point-of-sale tablets. The DT398, which has a 9.7-inch XGA resistive touch display and uses either an Intel Celeron or Core i7 processor, was specifically built to meet the requirements of government and military deployments, though the company also targets construction, utilities, inspections and public safety. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT398] -- Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by chb

Added: Lenovo ThinkPad X230t
Yes, Virginia, it used to be IBM that made the ThinkPads before they sold the business to Lenovo, and the first ThinkPads some 20 years ago were just that, pads, and not notebooks. It was only when pen computing failed to catch on that ThinkPads became laptops. But IBM and then Lenovo never really gave up on tablets, and the current Lenovo ThinkPad X230t is the latest in a long line of convertible laptops. It looks big and heavy now compared to Lenovo's sleek IdeaPads, but it has plenty of power, is very reasonably priced, and exudes a timeless elegance. [See description, analysis and specs of the Lenovo ThinkPad X230t] -- Posted Monday, May 6, 2013 by chb

Added: Fujitsu Stylistic Q572
Fujitsu has been a pen computing and tablet pioneer for over 20 years, and that know-how shows in their Stylistic Q572 business-class tablet. The 10.1-inch WXGA (1366 x 768 pixel) IPS anti-glare display is bright (400 nits) and uses the N-trig DuoSense capacitive multi-touch and active pen combo. There are dual cameras (720p front, 1080p and 5mp stills rear), SD and Smart Card slots, and solid state storage up to 256GB. The Q572 is powered by an AMD Z-60 APU that includes AMD RADEON HD 6350 graphics, and runs either Windows 7 or Windows 8. [See description, analysis and specs of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q572] -- Posted Monday, May 6, 2013 by chb

New: Rugged Tablet comparison tool
In order to let interested parties and prospective customers more easily learn about, and compare, rugged tablets, RuggedPCReview.com has added a Rugged Tablet Comparison Tool. The tool allows you to compare the full specs of up to three rugged tablets side by side, and instantly link to our assessment and analysis of the product. About 50 rugged tablets have been included so far, and we're still in the process of adding more products. [Check out the Rugged Tablet Comparison Tool]

-- Posted Monday, May 6, 2013 by chb

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