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Utilities aren’t the only ones finding their way with GIS
In its latest blog, Xplroe Technologies points out that geospatial applications aren’t exclusively beneficial to traditional field service sectors. Thanks to the proliferation of more advanced mobile computing technologies and the collective efforts of organizations such as Esri and industry leaders, GIS information is influencing the operational efficiency of professionals in almost every global industry. Xplore's Vertical Solutions Architect Bob Ashenbrenner explains the situation and opportunities in considerable detail in Geo Informatics Magazine. [See Geo Informatics article] -- Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 by chb

IDC: overall tablet sales down, detachables gaining
According to IDC, worldwide tablet shipments were down 14.7% in Q1/2016 vs Q1/2015. Of the 39.6 million, 87.6% were pure tablets, though mostly low-end. Apple's marketshare was at 25.9%, Samsung's at 15.2% Detachable sales rose to 4.9 million units. "Microsoft arguably created the market for detachable tablets with the launch of their Surface line of products," said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "With the PC industry in decline, the detachable market stands to benefit as consumers and enterprises seek to replace their aging PCs with detachables." [See IDC media release] -- Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 by chb

Xplore gets $1 million order from leading US utility company
Xplore Technologies announced it has been awarded a $1 million order for its Xplore XSLATE B10 fully-rugged tablet from one of the nation’s top 10 electric power and natural gas utility company. The continued deployment and additional orders for the XSLATE B10 tablet are to help the company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in the utility field service. [See Xplore media release -- Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by chb

Full review: Trimble's impressive Kenai 10-inch rugged tablet
While Trimble is best known for its GPS products and expertise, the company integrates all sorts of positioning technologies (GPS, laser, optical and inertial) with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. With the Intel Bay Trail-powered Kenai, Trimble adds a rugged, versatile 10-inch class Windows 10 tablet with full 1920 x 1200 resolution and finger, stylus and glove capable capacitive touch. RuggedPCReview has now had the chance for a full, in-depth review of the Trimble Kenai. [See full review of the Trimble Kenai rugged tablet -- Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by chb

VDC Research: Panasonic has top global marketshare in rugged notebooks and tablets
Panasonic announced the company has been recognized as the global leader in rugged notebook and tablets sales for 2015, according to VDC Research. The new report, “Strategic Insights 2015: Enterprise Mobility Solutions,” revealed Panasonic leads both categories in revenue and units shipped globally and in all regions the report tracks – the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Panasonic sold 58.9% of the rugged notebooks and 50.7% of the rugged tablets purchased globally in 2015. -- Posted Monday, April 11, 2016 by chb

Juniper's Windows 10 Mesa 2 tablet now shipping
Rugged data collection solution provider Juniper Systems announced that its new Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet is now shipping. As the first Windows 10 device produced by Juniper Systems and the only IP68-rated Windows tablet on the market, the Mesa 2 joins a new category of data collection solutions—one that provides users with greater processing power and capabilities. [See Juniper media release and our preview of the Juniper Mesa 2] -- Posted Friday, April 8, 2016 by chb

Xplore wins multi-million dollar order from global transportation company
Xplore announced it has secured a multi-million dollar order for its Xplore XSLATE D10 Android-based rugged tablet computers from a leading global transportation company. The order for the fully-rugged XSLATE D10 tablets is to help the transportation company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in its rail yards. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by chb

BARTEC partners with Winmate to innovate the HazLoc market with advanced technology
Winmate and BARTEC, a leading provider of industrial safety technology, announced a partnership to accelerate the introduction of mobile enterprise solutions in the hazardous locations (HazLoc) market. The partnership has already resulted in the release of a Class 1, Division 2/ATEX Zone 2, 4G/LTE multi-carriers certified Windows platform-based industry tablet PC. A much anticipated Class 1 Division 1/ATEX Zone 1 will follow later in 2016. [ -- Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by chb

50 years of Intel innovations
In light of the recent passing of former Intel CEO Andy Grove, and the 40th anniversary of the microprocessor, TechRepublic ran a fascinating look back at Intel's top contributions to the field. [See 50 years of Intel innovations] -- Posted Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by chb

ARBOR IoT-500: Dashboard for the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things is coming on strong, and with it a flood of hardware and software tools and building blocks. One of them is the ARBOR IoT-500, a small Android-based mini-panel PC with a high-res 5-inch procap display and comprehensive connectivity. The ARBOR IoT-500 can be mounted almost anywhere and provides a handy dashboard for visualizing, and responding to, what the Internet of Things is doing. Applications are endless. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR IoT-500] -- Posted Monday, March 28, 2016 by chb

Xplore Technologies launches new integrated website
Xplore Technologies announced it has launched a new fully integrated website that showcases the combined strengths and product offerings of Xplore and Motion Computing. The new Xplore website serves as a central resource for partners and customers, reflecting the integrated product portfolio and future of Xplore. "It has been an exciting year of bringing the Motion Computing product line together with Xplore under one corporate brand and product umbrella,” said Peter Poulin, chief marketing officer at Xplore Technologies. “Feedback from our customers on how best to address the global rugged tablet market was a critical factor in the design, and content, of our new integrated website. We are confident our customers will find the right rugged tablet platform to meet their industry and business requirements.” [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by chb

Full review: Janam XT1 5.9-inch Android rugged mini-tablet
What if you seek a light and handy data collection and communication device with a larger screen than virtually any other handheld computer, but one that comes in a package that's smaller than even compact tablets and offers integrated industrial grade scanning? Then it's time to look at Janam's Android-based 5.9-inch XT1 "mini-tablet." [See full review of the Janam XT1 mini-tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by chb

Handheld signs framework agreement with Saab
Handheld Group announced that its Nordic subsidiary Handheld Scandinavia has signed a strategic agreement with Saab – a global defense and security solution provider. The 2-year agreement includes ultra-rugged tablets for Saab's military, aerospace and emergency services solutions and covers Handheld's existing range of tablets as well as future products. Saab has integrated Handheld’s Algiz 10X rugged tablet with Paratus, Saab’s modular information system for emergency care. The system has been deployed in ambulances throughout Sweden. Most recently, Saab deployed Algiz 10X rugged tablets equipped with SITHS smart card readers. SITHS (Secure IT for health care) is based on a two-factor electronic authentication protocol and is the current standard for all National Quality Registries in Sweden. [See Handheld Group news release] -- Posted Monday, March 21, 2016 by chb

Review: MobileDemand xCase for Microsoft Surface tablets
We've had a chance to field-test MobileDemand's xCase for Surface. Available for the Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4, the xCase is really more than just a case. It's more like a tough, tight-fitting exoskeleton that converts a Surface tablet into a well-protected, easy-to-carry tool for jobs out there in the field, without losing any of the tablet functionality. [See review of the MobileDemand xCase for Surface] -- Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by chb

Gamber-Johnson announces new Zebra TabCruzer docking stations
Gamber-Johnson announced a series of TabCruzer docking stations for the Zebra ET50/55 rugged tablets as an easy solution to meet material handling and other fleet vehicle connectivity needs. The TabCruzer for Zebra has tested and passed MIL-STD 810G vibration and shock testing, SAE J1455 crash testing, and cycle testing @ 30,000 cycles for lock and docking mechanism. [See Gamber media release and TabCruzer product page] -- Posted Friday, March 11, 2016 by chb

Rugged tablet quality: Just what telecoms need to build quality networks
Xplore Technologies' latest blog looks at the fierce competition between telecom providers where pricing wars and special teaser deals are used to gain and retain customers. However, long-term retention and profitability, says Xplore, remains dependent on service reliability and the delivery of innovative, on-demand, cross-platform technologies, And this, the blog states, is why several of the top U.S.-based global telecom operators have invested so significantly in rugged tablet technologies for their mobile workforce over the past decade. [See Rugged tablet quality: Just what telecoms need to build quality networks] -- Posted Monday, March 7, 2016 by chb

Report: Global Medical Tablet PC Market 2016
QY Market Research offers "The Global Medical Tablet PC Industry 2016 Market Research Report" on the current state of the Medical Tablet PC industry. The report is said to focus on leading industry players with company profiles, product pics and specs, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact info. There's analysis of upstream raw materials, equipment and downstream consumers analysis, as well as analysis of Medical Tablet PC industry development trends and marketing channels. (Note: we have not seen the report, nor does the release contain any data) [See Global Medical Tablet PC Market 2016] -- Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by chb

Samwell announces availability of RUGGEDBOOK SR820s
Samwell reports that the first batch of their well-received RUGGEDBOOK SR820s has been sold out and a new production run is underway. The SR820s represents a major performance upgrade to Samwell's long-running, popular SR820 rugged tablet platform. Users of the original SR820 can expect a massive speed and responsiveness improvement, especially if they are migrating from older units with rotating storage. -- Posted Monday, February 29, 2016 by chb

Xamarin acquisition changes Microsoft's Android porting strategy
Microsoft has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Xamarin, a provider of native mobile development tools. This has an impact on Microsoft's project "Astoria," the Windows Bridge for Android, which is now discontinued. In a February 25 Windows blog, Microsoft says, "For those developers who spent time investigating the Android Bridge, we strongly encourage you to take a look at the iOS Bridge and Xamarin as great solutions." -- Posted Friday, February 26, 2016 by chb

Yet more that the naked eye can't see
As a follow-up on our article on the Cat S60 thermal imagining smartphone (see More than the naked eye can see), thermal imaging isn't everything that can now be done comprehensively and inexpensively in the field: FLIR also offers their GF343, a video camera that can visualize Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as part of their gas detection visualization series of cameras that can "see" a variety of gases (see FLIR gas detection systems). -- Posted Thursday, February 25, 2016 by chb

U.S. Army Reserve Selects DT Research's DT311H rugged tablet for training missions
DT Research, which specializes in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, announced the U.S. Army Reserve has selected the Intel Broadwell-powered 11.6-inch and IP65-sealed DT311H rugged tablet to support their training missions. The DT311H offers ratings for water and dust resistance (IP65), shock and vibration protection (MIL-STD-810G), EMI and EMC tolerance (MIL-STD-461F), and is also HERO (Hazard of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance) certified and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) compliant. [See DTResearch media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by chb

Panasonic announces two more fully rugged handheld tablets
Panasonic announced that it is complementing its growing handheld tablet lineup with fully rugged 4.7-inch IP67-sealed handhelds available either with Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise or Android 5.1.1. Powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, the Toughpad FZ-F1 (Windows) and FZ-N1 (Android) offer glove-touch and rain-sensing procap displays with optional active pen, up to 500 nits brightness, integrated ergonomically angled scanner, 5mp/8mp cameras, and a 6-foot drop spec. Pricing starts at US$1,500. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-F1 and Toughbook FZ-N1] -- Posted Monday, February 22, 2016 by chb

Keeping an eye on the level of technology offered in consumer tech: Dell Venue 8
With the massive global reach of smartphones and tablets, what consumers expect from their personal gear has a direct impact of what they expect from rugged gear. With that in mind, we bought a Dell Venue 8 Series 7000 tablet so we could examine it in detail. What can Dell's 8.4-inch consumer/business Android tablet do? What's the technology inside the US$399 list device? How does it feel and handle? And what can rugged mobile computing manufacturers learn from it? [Read Keeping an eye on the level of technology offered in consumer tech: Dell Venue 8] -- Posted Monday, February 15, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports 64% increase in revenue for their fiscal Q3 2016
For Q4 of 2015 (which is actually Q3 of its fiscal year 2016), Xplore Technologies reported revenue of US$27.02 million, compared to US$16.44 million for the same quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended December 31, 2015, revenue was US$79.92 million, compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2014 revenue of $27.24 million, an increase of 148%. Xplore reported net income for the quarter of $786,000 compared to net income of $2,401,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014, and a net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2015 of $2,039,000 compared to net income of $683,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2014. The increase in revenue was due to revenue associated with the product line Xplore acquired in the April 17, 2015 acquisition of certain assets of Motion Computing. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 by chb

Full review: MobileDemand's remarkably affordable xTablet T8500 with IP67 sealing and integrated scanner option
Tablets are being used in more and more enterprise, government and industrial applications, but the high price of fully rugged devices often stands in the way. MobileDemand addresses this challenge with the affordably priced (starting at US$845) xTablet T8500, a rugged Intel Bay Trail-powered Windows 10 tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel 8-inch capacitive touch display, 8-hour battery life, and full IP67 sealing. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T8500] -- Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by chb

Xplore secures $1 million contract from global logistics leader
X​plore Technologies announced it has received $1 million in orders from a global leader in logistics. The Motion F5m by Xplore Windows-based tablets will be deployed to crews to verify, certify, and analyze delivery routes. Utilizing the 4G XLTE mobile broadband connectivity and u-blox GPS of the F5m, the logistics customer is able to increase efficiency and productivity of route driver. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2016 by chb

Review: AMREL Flexpedient AT80 customizable Android tablet
With the Flexpedient AT80, AMREL offers a tough-as-nails 8-inch Android tablet that's about as customizable and configurable as it gets, down to not only ports and modules, but also color and even branding. This makes the AT80 an opportunity for any number of companies or agencies (or integrators or reseller) that need a tough tablet equipped to meet their very unique needs and standards. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL AT80] -- Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by chb

IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments decline, detachables reach new high
IDC reports that the worldwide tablet market declined yet again in 4Q15 with 65.9 million units shipped, down -13.7% year over year. Total shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million, down -10.1% from 230.1 million in the prior year. Shipments for detachable tablets detachable tablets more than doubled since the fourth quarter of last year and reached an all-time high of 8.1 million devices. Pure slate tablets experienced their greatest annual decline to date of -21.1%. IDC says Apple sold over two million iPad Pros while Microsoft sold around 1.6 million Surface devices, a majority of which were Surface Pro and not the more affordable Surface 3, meaning that price is not the most important feature considered when acquiring a detachable – performance is." [See IDC report] -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016 by chb

Xplore blog on why a tablet alone doesn't a solution make
Excellent new article by Bob Ashenbrenner on Xplore Technologies' blog. It discusses how there's still significant room for improvement in mobile technology utilization. That's because while a growing number of enterprises are leveraging mobile devices in some capacity, many are still striving for greater use and acceptance of mobile devices on a daily basis. Ashenbrenner points out that rugged tablets are a “necessary, but not sufficient” component of smart and successful mobility strategies. "Simply having a rugged tablet at their disposal doesn’t mean they have an effective rugged mobile computing solution. At least not at first," Ashenbrenner says. You need not only the right device, but also the right partner and the right solution for your exact job. [See Converting Mobile Workers into Devout Mobile PC Users] -- Posted Monday, February 1, 2016 by chb

DigiTimes 2016 global tablet shipment forecast
Here's what the always well-informed folks at DigiTimes see for the 2016 tablet market in their crystal ball: "In 2016, global tablet shipments will drop 4.8%, compared to a decline of 17.9% in 2015. With the exception of Microsoft and Huawei, most brands will see flat growth or a small decline in shipments. Some other key trends that Digitimes Research expects to see in 2016 include a continued drop in demand for 7-inch consumer price-friendly Wi-Fi tablets or tablets with phone features; increased popularity of Microsoft's Surface series and Windows 10; and slight on-year growth for Apple." Full details are via subscription here. -- Posted Thursday, January 28, 2016 by chb

Navy NAVFAC public works selects DT Research's DT311H rugged tablet
DT Research, which specializes in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, announced the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has selected the Intel Broadwell-powered 11.6-inch and IP65-sealed DT311H rugged tablet to support and streamline their operations and provide a reliable computing tool for staff located in ship yards, warehouses, and other locations. -- Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by chb

UK utility deploys 500 Panasonic Toughpad tablets for field workforce
Northumbrian Water, which operates in the north-east of England, has rolled out 500 Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets to its field workers. The rugged devices are the single mobile tool used by NWL’s field force to provide real-time access to all its major systems. They are used to receive work schedules, locate sites through GIS applications, carryout risk assessments and report activity. Photos of sites or incidents can be taken using the tablet's camera and attached and sent directly to the system. Users can also access their office email and the internet, ensuring they have access to all the important systems when out working. [See NWL deploys 500 Toughpad tablets] -- Posted Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by chb

Avalue unveils reasonably priced 10.1-inch semi-rugged tablet
Avalue Technology — which is a global embedded solution provider and an associate member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance — introduced their new 10.1-inch semi-rugged Intel Bay Trail-powered RiTab-10T1 for warehousing, retail, hospitality and mPOS applications. Avalue says the tablet can run either Windows or Android, is "reasonably priced," and comes standard with USB 2.0, micro SD card, micro HDMI, micro SIM card, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a 5MP rear camera. [See Avalue news release] -- Posted Monday, January 25, 2016 by chb

Review: ultra-rugged Broadwell-powered RuggON Rextorm PX-501 with dual-mode input and excellent hi-res display
RuggON is a relatively new Taiwanese manufacturer of rugged tablets and vehicle-mounts with a growing lineup of impressive hardened mobile computing products. RuggedPCReview has had a chance to examine the company's flagship tablet, the Intel Broadwell-powered Rextorm PX-501, in detail and found a compelling modern tablet solution with dual-mode input and a terrific, super-bright 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display. [See full review of the RuggON Rextorm PX-501] -- Posted Thursday, January 21, 2016 by chb

Xplore Technologies takes top spot in America’s rugged tablet market share for second quarter in a row
Xplore Technologies announced it has secured the number one market share in rugged tablets in the Americas for the second quarter in a row, according to VDC Research. Reported in the 'Enterprise & Government Mobility Hardware Report on Rugged Mobile Quarterly Shipments', Xplore recorded significant Q3 2015 market leadership growth, growing from 28.3 percent to 37.1 percent market share. In addition to strong growth in the Americas, Xplore also grew its markets share in APAC to almost 11 percent. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by chb

Trimble Kenai — positioning experts deliver a sensible, state-of-the art 10-inch class tablet suitable for almost any job
While Trimble is best known for its GPS products and expertise, the company integrates all sorts of positioning technologies (GPS, laser, optical and inertial) with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. With the Intel Bay Trail-powered Kenai, Trimble adds a rugged, versatile 10-inch class Windows 10 tablet with full 1920 x 1200 resolution and finger, stylus and glove capable capacitive touch. [See description, analysis and specs of the Trimble Kenai] -- Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by chb

Juniper releases fully rugged IP68-rated 7" Windows 10 tablet
Juniper Systems introduced the Mesa 2, the company's first ever handheld device to run full Windows. The Intel Bay Trail-powered Mesa 2 has a 1280 x 800 pixel 7-inch glove- and wet-capable capacitive multi-touch display with Dragontrail protective glass, runs Windows 10, and weighs just 1.5 pounds. Available with battery life up to 15 hours, the Mesa 2 is the only rugged Windows tablet with an IP68 rating, meaning it's totally waterproof. Juniper offers special GEO, barcode and RFID reader versions. [See media release and RuggedPCReview's description, analysis and specs of the Juniper Mesa 2] -- Posted Monday, January 18, 2016 by chb

Panasonic Toughbook continues sponsorship with NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports, now with Kasey Kahne's #5
Panasonic announced that Panasonic Toughbook will become a primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS team of driver Kasey Kahne in 2016, continuing its nearly decade-long relationship with 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. [See Panasonic press release] -- Posted Saturday, January 16, 2016 by chb

AMREL releases rugged, sunlight-readable keyboard tablet
AMREL introduced the Rocky DT10 fully rugged tablet with built-in keyboard. The DT10 seems to be a substantially more powerful version of the company's existing Intel Atom-based Rocky DT6. In addition to Intel Core i7 processing power, the new Rocky DT10 also benefits from a brighter, optically-bonded display with higher resolution, as well as beefed-up tech specs in other areas. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL Rocky DT10] -- Posted Saturday, January 9, 2016 by chb

Intel saw weak mobile solution shipments in 2015
According to DigiTimes, despite an aggressive subsidy strategy, Intel saw weak mobile solution shipments in 2015. Apparently, an attempt to phase out Bay Trail and move to its more expensive Cherry Trail successor that had some startup issues didn't help matters. For 2016, DigiTimes reports, Intel will continue to push its entry-level Cherry Trail SoFIA SoC as its main product for the smartphone and tablet markets. -- Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 by chb

Handheld Group's January 2016 newsletter
Handheld Group's latest newsletter highlights the Algiz 10X. The rugged tablet that saved countless worker hours for coal miners (see case study) and provided powerful all-day data collection for storm researchers (see case study) is now available with even better specs — and a lower price. Handheld also reports on Swiss motorcyclist Mike Biedermann who's traveling the world with his bike and an Algiz 7 rugged tablet. Biedermann is using the Algiz 7 for daily navigation tasks and to post trip updates on his blog (see here). [See Handheld Group January newsletter] -- Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by chb

Panasonic launches affordable, semi-rugged 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q1 Windows tablet
Panasonic introduced the 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q1 as the newest member of its Toughpad family of enterprise-grade rugged tablet computers. The FZ-Q1 addresses the emerging demand for larger-screen tablets, and it does so in a cleanly designed, versatile package that's reasonably priced. We also like the availability of two distinctly different performance levels, and the thought Panasonic put into creating a product that's tough enough for use away from the office, but not weighed down by the price and weight of a fully rugged design. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q1] -- Posted Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by chb

Review: Octa-core powered rugged ARBOR Gladius 10
As tablets are becoming ever more popular in the workforce, there's an increasing need for products that are slim and light, but also tough enough for work in the field. One such tablet is ARBOR's fanless Android-based octa-core powered Gladius 10 that includes an industrial-grade scanner, excellent cameras, mini-HDMI, and IP65 sealing. [See full review of the ARBOR Gladius 10] -- Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by chb

An assessment of the Apple Pencil
A few weeks after the Apple iPad Pro began shipping, the Apple Pencil is now available also. Steve Jobs was adamantly opposed to pens, but 5-1/2 years after the iPad was first introduced, the Apple Pencil is here, at least for the big iPad Pro. It's expensive (US$99), but it may well change what users expect from a tablet. How well does the Apple Pencil work, and has Apple learned from history? [Read our assessment of the Apple pencil] -- Posted Monday, December 7, 2015 by chb

MobileDemand reveals two new rugged Windows 10 tablets with barcode scanning
MobileDemand announced the addition of two new powerful yet affordable Windows Professional devices with barcoding scanning capabilities. The 10.1-inch xTablet T1500 and the 8-inch xTablet T8500 are engineered specifically for the mobile workforce, where productivity is priority and device downtime is not an option. [See description, analysis and spec of the MobileDemand xTablet T8500] -- Posted Friday, December 4, 2015 by chb

Digitizes sees move to larger size tablets
DigiTimes predicts that Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface 2-in-1 devices will boost demand for large-size tablets (more than 30 million units in 2016), partly offsetting shipment declines in small-size segments. This will result in global tablet shipments dropping only 4.8% on year to reach 196 million units in 2016. DigiTimes also sees China-based white-box players gradually forced out the tablet market as profit margins decline due to lack of differentiation. -- Posted Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by chb

Strategy Analytics: Windows gaining on tablets
Strategy Analytics projects that Windows will gain significant market share in tablets as enterprise tablet adoption and the demand for a premium OS on tablets grows. Strategy Analytics sees Windows tablet market share grow from the current 10% to 18% by 2019, mostly at the cost of Android which will fall from 68% to 58%, with iOS share staying at around 23%. [See Strategy Analytics media release] -- Posted Sunday, November 29, 2015 by chb

Unitech announces the Android-based 7-inch TB120 tablet
Unitech announced the Android-based 7-inch IP65-sealed TB120 rugged tablet designed specifically for heavy-duty data entry. The TB120 weighs just 1.6 pounds, has an integrated 37-key numeric and function keypad, and can be equipped with industrial-grade 1D or 1D/2D barcode readers or an MSR reader. [See description, analysis and specs of the Unitech TB120] -- Posted Thursday, November 19, 2015 by chb

MobileDemand brings apps to rugged Tablet PCs
MobileDemand introduced xSalesMap, the first app created by MobileDemand as part of a new strategy to offer not only devices but also productivity tools so an enterprise can choose the right tablet for the job. In its "public" mode, the app shows the top 1,000 public and 250 private companies in the US in color-coded pin locations. A private mode provides access to a company's customer database. This way, as an example, a sales and marketing team may use their CRM database to display color-coded pins for leads, customers, and prospects that make up the sales funnel. The Windows 10 app can be downloaded free from the Windows store. [MobileDemand xSalesMap app blog entry] -- Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by chb

Xplore reports their fiscal Q2/2016 financials
Xplore Technologies reported Q2 financials for its fiscal year 2016. Revenue was US$28,853,000 compared to US$7,522,000 for fiscal Q2/2015, an increase of 284%. Xplore reported a net income of US$403,000 compared to a net loss of US$1,163,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014. The large revenue increases resulted from revenue associated with the Motion acquisition as well as an increase in revenue from Xplore’s historical product line. Xplore chairman and CEO Philip Sassower said "we are very pleased that Xplore was able to generate a bottom line profit in the second quarter as our integration efforts with respect to the Motion Acquisition are proceeding ahead of schedule." [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Friday, November 13, 2015 by chb

Xplore announces XSlate D10 rugged Android tablet
Xplore Technologies announced the XSlate D10, a much more powerful version of its compact, lightweight, and well-connected rugged Android tablet platform. The new 10.1-inch XSlate D10 runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) on an Intel Bay Trail E3845 chip and replaces Xplore's older RangerX. The IP65-sealed XSlate D10, which starts at US$1,649, can handle 5-foot drops, offers broad expansion options (including NFC, HDMI-in, 1D/2D scanning, 4G LTE), and benefits from Android 5.1's enterprise-oriented security and device management features. [See description, analysis and specs of the Xplore XSlate D10] -- Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by chb

Panasonic announces fully detachable rugged 2-in-1 Toughbook 20 as replacement of Toughbook 19 convertible
Panasonic announced the Toughbook 20, a 2-in-1 device that the company calls the world's first fully rugged detachable laptop. Powered by an Intel Core M "Skylake-Y" m5-6Y57 processor, the IP65-sealed Toughbook has a 1920 x 1200 pixel 10.1-inch glove-capable 800-nits procap display. The tablet part weighs 2.1 pounds, the (100%-scale) keyboard part, which can accommodate a second battery, another 1.8 pounds. The Toughbook 20 starts at US$3,099, will be available February 2016, and replaces the Toughbook CF19 convertible. [See description, analysis and specs of the Panasonic Toughbook 20] -- Posted Monday, November 9, 2015 by chb

Digitimes Research forecasts Q4 2015 tablet shipments
According to Digitimes, 58.7 million tablets will ship globally in Q4 2015, decreasing 22.6% from Q4 2014. This breaks down to 14 million iPads, 24.5 million non-iPads and 20.2 million white-box units. Of 38.5 million non-white-box tablets, 30.3% will be 7-inch, 18.3% 7.9-inch, 5.3% 8.x-inch, 26.2% 9.x-inch, 10.6% 10.x-inch and 9.2% 11-inch and above. Android, iOS and Windows models will respectively take up 56.8%, 36.4% and 6.9% of the shipments. -- Posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by chb

The difference between C1D2 vs C1Z2 compliance
Xplore discussed the difference between C1D2 and C1Z2 compliance in a recent blog post. C1D2 means Class 1 Division 2 means a device is safe to use in a location where flammable gases may exist. Most international Hazardous Location compliance standards, however, use a classification system with three zones instead of two divisions, and the US is now recognizing that system, too. [See Xplore's explanation of C1D2 vs. C1Z2 in rugged tablets -- Posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by chb

MobileDemand: Forklift-mounted tablet means increased operator productivity
MobileDemand published a new case study on Minnesota-based Japs-Olson, a producer of bulk direct mail and commercial print items. The company's forklift-based computing solution suffered from intermittent WiFi connectivity and lack of reliability and performance, slowing down operations. A switch to MobileDemand's rugged xTablet T1600 with custom external WiFi antennae resulted in less data lost, greater productivity from the forklift operators, and less need for IT support. [See MobileDemand case study and case study video] -- Posted Thursday, October 22, 2015 by chb

ARBOR secures rugged tablet order from heavy equipment manufacturer for forklifts
ARBOR Technology Corporation announced it has secured a volume order for ARBOR's Gladius G0975 rugged tablet with the VMC 975 dock from a heavy equipment manufacturer. At the completion of the project, the manufacturer will install the Gladius G0975 on 200 forklifts across six factories. The tablets will be used to direct the driver while performing picks in the factory, and it will interface with a standalone barcode scanner, which collects the inventory information about what is being collected and distributed. -- Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by chb

Getac releases rugged IP65-sealed Core M-powered RX10 and RX10H tablets for healthcare and field deployments
Getac introduced the RX10 and RX10H twins, adding to its growing roster of rugged tablet computers for various enterprise, government and industrial markets. The two versions of the Intel Core M-powered 10.1-inch and IP65-sealed tablets are specially configured for their respective markets, the RX10H healthcare market version with an anti-microbial housing and RFID/NFC, the RX10 field version with a faster processor, larger storage, and 4G mobile broadband. Both have a super-bright 800 nits 1920 x 1200 pixel capacitive multi-touch display with wet and glove capability. [See full review of the Getac RX10 and RX10H] -- Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by chb

After 20 years, the Toshiba dynaPad is back!
Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced the dynaPad, which the company calls the world's thinnest (6.9mm) and lightest (1.25 pounds) 12-inch Windows tablet. The picture above shows the 1994 Toshiba dynaPad T200 on the left and the 2015 Toshiba dynaPad on the right. As early as 1968, computer visionary Alan Kay had described the DynaBook as a "dynamic medium for creative thought, capable of synthesizing all media -- pictures, animation, sound, and text -- through the intimacy and responsiveness of the personal computer." Today, 47 years later, Toshiba's release says that "we are closer to achieving the vision: truly personal computers that act as a complete medium for learning and expression." There's been progress for sure. The new dynaPad weighs less than a third of the 1994 version, its larger display has 8 times as many pixels, and its processor probably runs at about 50 times the clock speed. But there's still the Wacom pen, and still the dream of the ultimate digital notebook. [See Toshiba dynaPad media release] -- Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by chb

Xplore: Mobile workers take note of tablets' handwriting skills
Handwriting recognition was once supposed to be the feature that put tablets on the map. It didn't work out that way because recognizing cursive is very difficult. Handwriting recognition technology still exists, though, and is built into virtually every tablet (Microsoft bought many of the initial HWR systems). A new entry in Xplore's blog discusses this issue, and how it's high time to take another look at handwriting recognition. [See Xplore's "Mobile Workers Take Note of Tablets’ Handwriting Skills"] -- Posted Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by chb

AMREL adds slim, lightweight ROCKY DS11 tablet
AMREL introduced the Rocky DS11, a powerful rugged 10.1-inch tablet targeted at military and industrial deployments. Powered by an Intel "Ivy Bridge" Core processor, the DS11 weighs just over three pounds and is only 0.8 inches thick, yet includes plenty of onboard connectivity. The capacitive touch display offers 1,000 nits luminance and provides a "no light" or night vision option. [See description, analysis and specs of the AMREL Rocky DS11] -- Posted Saturday, October 3, 2015 by chb

The Seattle Times keeps delivery drivers connected with rugged Windows tablets
MobileDemand reports that The Seattle Times faced a challenge when the tablets they used to assist drivers in documenting each delivery and pick-up were failing due to weather and mishandling. After testing several hardware alternatives, The Seattle Times found that the MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10 was the ideal solution for their delivery drivers. [See MobileDemand case study] -- Posted Friday, October 2, 2015 by chb

Are we seeing Pen Computing 3.0?
A new article on Microsoft on Seeking Alpha on Microsoft highlighted Microsoft's strong position in Surface laptop/tablet hybrids. In their recent Q4 results, Microsoft's Surface tablet revenues grew 117% to $888 million, and full-year Surface sales rose 65% to exceed $3.6 billion. In fiscal 2014, Surface sales were $2.19 billion, up from 2013's less than $1 billion. That means that Microsoft's current year Surface revenue are almost as much as we estimate the entire worldwide rugged computing market -- handhelds, tablets and notebooks combined -- to be (about US$4 billion). Given that both Surface and the new iPad Pro emphasize the importance of the pen, are we seeing the emergence of Pen Computing 3.0, after Pen Computing 1.0 1991-1993 and Pen Computing 2.0 2001/2002? -- Posted Friday, October 2, 2015 by chb

Las Vegas Metro PD takes delivery on Getac rugged tablets for use in cruisers and motor units
Getac announced that the Las Vegas (NV) Metro PD has ordered 898 Getac rugged tablets for its police force. The department ordered 778 Getac F110 rugged tablets to be installed in its cruisers. Another 120 Getac T800 rugged tablets will be deployed by the department’s Motor Division to support traffic control and citations. Las Vegas Metro PD selected the Getac F110 fully rugged tablet for its characteristics that include a sunlight-readable11.6-inch display, powerful processor, dual hot-swappable battery for extended field use, dedicated GPS and WWAN modules, and tri-pass-through antenna ports for simultaneous GPS, WWAN and WLAN connections via roof-mounted antennas. -- Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by chb

JLT's new Rugged PCT capacitive touch technology
JLT Mobile Computer's Christian Funk explains how upgrading from resistive touch screen technology to capacitive can bring a whole host of benefits to industrial computers, but only if the screens can be ruggedized. He describes their solution, Rugged PCT, which combines extremely durable, reliable, rugged technology with water resistant properties, interference-proof design and compatibility with gloved use. [Read Ruggedizing Capacitive Touch for Industrial Computing]
-- Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by chb

JLT Mobile Computers introduces Intel Bay Trail-powered rugged logistics panel computer with capacitive multi-touch
JLT Mobile Computers announced the 12-inch JLT1214P, a new logistics computer which features revolutionary Rugged Projective Capacitive Touch (PCT) display technology and, thanks to an Intel "Bay Trail" E3845 quad-core processor, additional computing power compared to previous product generations. [See description, analysis and specs of the JLT Mobile Computers JLT1214P -- Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by chb

Camera module market to reach US$62 billion within 5 years
Grand View Research projects the market for camera modules to reach US$62 billion by 2022. Technological proliferation and the increasing demand for smartphones and tablet PC devices are expected to drive growth over the forecast period. Camera modules find extensive applications in medical and healthcare segments, smartphone & tablet PC devices, automotive industry, defense & aerospace, industrial & security applications, and consumer electronics. [See Grand View Research Media release] -- Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by chb

Zebra introduces ET50/55 enterprise tablets in two sizes and with Windows or Android
Zebra introduced their next-generation ET50 and ET55 enterprise tablet computers. With these two new products, available available with a 8.3-inch or 10.1-inch display size and with either Windows 8.1 or Android 5.1, Zebra seeks to combine the best of consumer-styling with the kind of enterprise-class features required to increase workforce productivity. [See description, analysis and specs of the Zebra ET50/55] -- Posted Saturday, September 19, 2015 by chb

What led to the Universal Stylus Initiative?
Capacitive multi-touch has taken the world by storm, but the technology is more suited for consumption than creation. For that, having an active pen is desirable for many reasons, but active pen technology is proprietary, adding to costs and limiting markets. The Universal Stylus Initiative seeks to change that. Here are our thoughts. [Read What led to the Universal Stylus Initiative] -- Posted Friday, September 18, 2015 by chb

VDC Research on The Global Market for Enterprise Tablets
VDC Research reports that after several high-flying years of strong growth, the tablet market crashed back to earth in late 2014 and early 2015 amid growing competition from popular large smartphones (phablets), a slower than expected replacement/upgrade cycle among existing end users, and challenging primary use case positioning of tablets relative to PCs and smartphones. As a result, the market will experience its first contraction in 2015. VDC Research addresses this issue and more in The Global Market for Enterprise Tablets. -- Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by chb

Xplore launches powerful XSlate B10 rugged tablet
Xplore Technologies launched the XSlate B10 rugged tablet, an evolved and significantly more powerful version of its Bobcat tablet. The Intel "Broadwell" Core i5-based XSlate B10 weighs just 2.5 pounds, carries C1D2 and ATEX certification, has comprehensive onboard connectivity (including native serial and optional HDMI in), has glove and wet modes, a Wacom pen, and offers up to 20 hours of battery life. RuggedPCReview performed detailed testing of the new XSlate B10, including extreme temperature benchmarks. [See full review of the Xplore XSlate B10] -- Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by chb

Review: MobileDemand xTablet T1600
Designed for on-the-go professionals, MobileDemand's xTablet T1600 is modern, sleek and elegant, but it's also rugged enough for serious outdoor work. RuggedPCReview performed a full test of the 11.6-inch xTablet T1600 with its frugal but powerful Intel "Haswell" Core i5-4200U processor and found it a state-of-the-art tablet that won't weigh you down, and won't break out there in the field, even under extreme conditions. [See full review of the MobileDemand xTablet T1600] -- Posted Friday, September 11, 2015 by chb

Apple introduces 12.9-inch super-high definition iPad Pro with active "Apple Pencil"
Apple introduced new iPhones (the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus), a new iPad mini (the mini 4), a new Apple TV, and, perhaps most importantly, a larger iPad geared towards business and enterprise use. Featuring a 12.9-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio and "retina" level 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution (265 dpi), the new iPad Pro offers an optional active "Apple Pencil" whose dual tilt sensors allow shading and pressure effects like a conventional pencil. While the super-thin iPad Pro is fragile, its high resolution and active narrow-tip pen will undoubtedly have an impact on industrial and vertical market tablet devices. [See Apple iPad Pro] -- Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by chb

IDTI: Touch panel market to reach US$31.9 billion by 2018
According to DigiTimes, touch panel manufacturer IDTI estimates the touch panel market to reach US$31.9 billion in 2018. The optimistic prediction is based on touch panels used in all-in-one (AIO) PCs and smartphones, in addition to newer applications such as vehicles and industrial applications. [See DigiTimes] -- Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by chb

Xplore continues to expand engagement with one of the world's largest airlines
Xplore Technologies announced it has received additional orders for its XC6 Windows tablet PCs from one of the world’s largest and most well-known airlines. The newest order is in addition to an order announced in December 2014 and is an expansion of the previously announced multi-million dollar project. The airline is using the tablets to supply to the airline’s ground crews and expedite the baggage handling process at airports across the United States. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Saturday, August 22, 2015 by chb

Gartner: iPhone up in worldwide smartphone growth slowdown
According to Gartner, worldwide smartphone sales had their lowest growth rate in Q2 2015 since 2013. A total of 330 million were sold, compared to 290 million in Q2 2014. Samsung's marketshare fell from 26.2 to 21.9%, Apple's rose from 12.1 to 14.6%. In terms of OS marketshare, Android fell from 83.8 to 92.2%, iOS rose from 12.2 to 14.6%, Windows fell from 2.8 to 2.5%. Once prominent smartphone vendors like Motorola and HTC were no longer in the top-10 of overall cellphone sellers. [See Gartner media release] -- Posted Friday, August 21, 2015 by chb

Panasonic launches ATEX-certified versions of its rugged 5-inch Toughpads
Panasonic announced ATEX certified versions of its fully rugged 5-inch Windows and Android handheld tablets designed for use in potentially hazardous industries such as oil and gas, mining, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 ATEX and FZ-X1 ATEX tablets bring together the best of the handheld, smartphone and tablet market and have been certified for above ground, Zone 2 Working Space use in potentially explosive gas environments (Acetaldehyde, Gasoline, Ethylene). [See Panasonic Europe media release] -- Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by chb

Xplore: To be or not to be? Rugged without regret
"To be or not to be?" asks Xplore's latest blog entry. It's not a Shakespearean matter of life and death here, but contemplations over paying extra for rugged tablets versus paying less for standard consumer gear, which will likely end up costing more in the long run. [See Xplore's: To be or not to be? Rugged without regret ] -- Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by chb

How Does Law Enforcement Use Tablets?
Law enforcement is increasingly using advanced computing and communications technology to perform its job. This means highly durable, rugged computing gear that's also flexible, customizable, highly mobile and, unfortunately, costly. MobileDemand just published a case study of how the Missouri town of Sullivan is going about it, and how they managed to satisfy both their budget as well as their functional requirements with rugged tablets. [See How Does Law Enforcement Use Tablets?] -- Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by chb

New: Winmate adds M133W 13.3-inch full-HD procap Broadwell-powered rugged tablet
Winmate has added the large-screen M133W to its growing lineup of rugged tablet computers. The M133W has a full HD 1920 x 1080 glove/rain/stylus-capable capacitive multi-touch screen, substantial onboard connectivity, dual cameras, a full complement of sensors, and it's available with three CPU options, including an Intel "Broadwell" Core i5-4200U. The M133W has a wide operating temperature range, is IP65-sealed, and can accommodate two internal SSDs. [See description, analysis and specs of the Winmate M133W] -- Posted Monday, August 10, 2015 by chb

All JLT Mobile rugged computers compatible with Windows 10
JLT Mobile Computers, Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, announces that all JLT rugged computers have been tested to be compatible with Microsoft Windows 10. A free upgrade to the latest software is available for users with Windows 7 Pro through Microsoft. Windows 10 will shortly be provided directly from JLT for both new and existing clients as well. [See JLT Mobile media release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by chb

IDC: Worldwide tablet market continues to decline
According to IDC, the worldwide tablet market declined 7% on year in the second quarter of 2015 with shipments totaling 44.7 million units. Marked by little hardware innovation and limited vendor portfolio updates, the market also declined 3.9% compared to the first quarter of 2015. In terms of shipments, Apple remains first with a 2Q15 24.5% marketshare (2Q14 27.7%), Samsung is second with 17% (2Q14 18%), Lenovo third with 5.7% (2Q14 4.9%), Huawei 4th with 3.7% (2Q14 1.7%), tied with LG. -- Posted Friday, July 31, 2015 by chb

Thai-based home product center goes mobile with rugged Panasonic tablets
The Panasonic Solutions for Business Blog reports how Thailand's HomePro Centre chain was looking for mobility solutions to help employees more efficiently track inventory, pricing, promotions, and other in-store operations. Like many retailers, they experimented with supplying their sales team with consumer-grade tablets, but this proved to be an expensive proposition, and HomePro ended up going with the Toughpad, Panasonic’s enterprise-grade rugged tablet line. [See Thai-based home product center goes mobile with rugged Panasonic tablets] -- Posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 by chb

Case study: Handheld Group's rugged Algiz 7 tablet saves huge at Carlton Plants in Oregon
Carlton Plants in Dayton, Oregon, grows millions of individual trees and shrubs on its 1,750-acre property. Workers have switched to using the Handheld Group Algiz 7 and a custom Microsoft Access database to track plant numbers and health. As a result, they’re saving countless worker hours spent on recording and re-recording items due to weather-damaged records, and have opened up time for exciting new projects. [See Carlton Plant case study] -- Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by chb

Xplore wins $1.4 million contract
Xplore Technologies announced it was awarded a $1.4 million contract from a leading provider of top-quality construction rental equipment and tools. The customer purchased Xplore’s Motion F5te and F5m rugged tablets and desktop docking solutions. The tablets will be used by mechanics to make them more productive and less reliant on traditional desktop PCs. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by chb

HZO and Dell partner to protect the new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
HZO, Inc, which provides manufacturers and device makers with a nanotechnology solution that inoculate electronic components and devices from damage and failure caused by exposure to any kind of liquid, announced it has partnered with Dell to protect its new Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet. HZO says that the new rugged Dell tablet is one of the first devices with HZO Protection that is built to withstand long-term exposure to the harshest weather and industrial conditions. [See HZO media release] -- Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by chb

Samwell releases speedy Intel Bay Trail-powered 10.4-inch RUGGEDBOOK 752 with excellent connectivity
A substantial tech upgrade from its predecessors, the Samwell Ruggedbook PC-752 provides full Windows functionality in a rugged tablet form factor. Of compact size and weighing just over three pounds, the PC-752 is considerably lighter than most full-size rugged tablets. Its 10.4-inch resistive touch screen with 1024 x 768 pixel XGA resolution offers plenty of space to run Windows comfortably (a 9.7-inch procap screen is also available). There is excellent wired connectivity on board, all the connectors are standard size, and there is a wealth of wireless functionality, and also dual integrated cameras. [See description, analysis and specs of the Samwell RUGGEDBOOK PC-752] -- Posted Monday, July 27, 2015 by chb

Full review: Getac V110 Gen 2 rugged convertible notebook
Getac's second generation V110 is a remarkably thin and light rugged convertible notebook computer that's been upgraded with Intel "Broadwell" 5th generation Core processors and a variety of functional and technology improvements. Benefitting from the latest version of its LumiBond display layer bonding process and a new glove-capable operating mode, we found the second gen V110 an impressive upgrade to an already compelling mobile computing solution for tough jobs. [See full review of the 2nd gen Getac V110] -- Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by chb

Dell launches Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
Dell announced the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet to complement its line of rugged laptops and rugged convertible notebooks. The new tablet has a 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch screen that can be operated with gloves, weighs 3.6 pounds, is IP65-sealed, and is available with ATEX and C1D2 certification for use in hazardous locations. Based on Intel's super-efficient Broadwell-M processors, the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet has up to 12 hours battery life. Modular expansion can cover even unique interface requirements. Dell's new tablet starts at around US$1,600 and will be available by the end of July. [See description, analysis and specs of the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet] -- Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by chb

Panasonic explains the EMV/NFC relationship
Panasonic's Solutions For Business Blog explains how Magnetic Stripe Reader (MSR) technology has been the primary payment method for credit card carriers for decades. EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) and NFC (near-field communication) payment technologies have made their way onto the landscape and are becoming more integrated into mainstream payment methods. [Read about the EMV/NFC Relationship] -- Posted Monday, July 20, 2015 by chb

GammaTech to feature rugged tablets and notebooks at NAPO 2015
GammaTech announced it will showcase its latest mobile rugged tablet and PC options for the public safety industry at NAPO's (National Association of Police Organizations) 37th Annual Convention in Savannah, Georgia from July 19 to July 23. GammaTech will exhibit its popular models — the R11 rugged tablet (see our review), the R8300 fully rugged notebook (see our review), as well as the U12Ci convertible and SA14 semi-rugged notebook (see our review) — at its booth to leading public safety communications professionals. [See GammaTech site] -- Posted Friday, July 17, 2015 by chb

Finnair pilots use purpose-built Panasonic enterprise tablets
Panasonic's Solutions for Business Blog describes how Finnair pilots are using Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged enterprise tablets for their electronic flight bags, or EFBs, to replace all-in-one user manuals for their aircraft. Finnair started with a review field of 20 different Windows 8 tablets before they decided on the Toughpad. [See Finnair Pilots Stay in the Air with Purpose-Built Enterprise Tablets] -- Posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by chb

Full review: ARBOR Gladius 8 compact rugged tablet
With the Gladius 8, ARBOR Technology presents an elegant, rugged and very compact 8-inch class Android tablet for IoT (Internet of Things) and numerous other applications. RuggedPCReview examined the 1.35-pound Gladius 8 in detail and found it to be a technologically advanced multi-purpose handheld tablet computer with industrial-grade scanning and NFC capabilities, a very good 12mp camera, IP65 sealing, excellent drop and temperature resistance, and a bright 7.85-inch capacitive multi-touch display. [See full review of the ARBOR Technology Gladius 8] -- Posted Monday, July 13, 2015 by chb

Digitimes voices concerns about tablet sales
In an article about supposed upcoming Apple products, Digitimes expressed general concerns about the tablet market: "With demand for tablets weakening a lot faster than expected, sales of iPad, white-box and brand tablets have all been seriously impacted recently. Strong popularity of smartphones with 5-inch and above displays plus the fact that [the] tablet is lacking new innovative applications are also major factors seriously undermining tablet sales." -- Posted Monday, July 13, 2015 by chb

10 things to love about Windows 10
In a new entry on their Ruggedized Computing Blog, Mobile Demand points out that the launch of Windows 10 is just 20 days away, and lists ten features of Microsoft's new operating system most users will love. The list starts with the Start Menu being back and ends with the fact that Windows 10 will be free for most users who have a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 license. [Read 10 Features of Windows 10 That You'll Love] -- Posted Friday, July 10, 2015 by chb

Added: ARBOR Gladius G1052C
ARBOR Technology announced the Gladius G1052C, a major technology update of its prior Gladius G1050. The Gladius 1052C is a rugged Intel Bay Trail powered 10.4-inch Windows tablet with capacitive touch, a 23-key keypad for rapid data entry, and broad data capture functionality. A 800 nits sunlight-readable version is available. [See description, analysis and specs of the ARBOR Gladius G1052C] -- Posted Thursday, July 9, 2015 by chb

RAM introduces IntelliSkin for Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets
RAM Mounts announced IntelliSkin™ for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. IntelliSkin is a protective sleeve for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and 10.1 featuring GDS™ Technology to ruggedize and protect Samsung devices for commercial use. IntelliSkin offers drop protection as well as an integrated connector that's molded directly into the skin, preventing damage to the connector from repetitious docking and undocking. For docking, there's the spring-loaded, quick release TAB-TITE cradle as well as the TAB-LOCK cradle with a keyed lock. [See IntelliSkin, TAB-TITE, and TAB-LOCK] -- Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 by chb

Article: 'Blue light' segments in transition — rugged computers a game-changer in critical field rescue situations
Handheld Group CEO Jerker Hellström explains how new advanced technological solutions — both hardware and software — are changing the security, public safety, and law enforcement sectors to the very core — and for the better. Advanced mobile applications and rugged mobile computers have greatly improved these professions' ability to perform in time-critical situations and in less than favorable environments. [Read 'Blue light' segments in transition] -- Posted Friday, July 3, 2015 by chb

Xplore reports record revenue and net income for fiscal 2015
Xplore Technologies reported financials for all of their fiscal 2015 that ended ended March 31, 2015. For the entire fiscal year 2015, Xplore reported record revenues of US$42.6 million, up from US$35.6 million for fiscal 2014. There was net income of US$0.25 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$1.76 million in 2014, attributable to increases in revenue and reduction in operating expenses. Note that these results do not include anything from the Motion Computing side, as Xplore only executed that acquisition on April 15. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by chb

8 reasons WHY the (Tablet) PC is thriving
In its blog, Xplore has been explaining why they believe tablets will be the PC form factor driving the predicted resurgence of the PC in the enterprise, as outlined in a recent InformationWeek article by Andrew Froehlich. In a new blog entry, Xplore's Bob Ashenbrenner shares eight reasons of his own for why the tablet PC is not only not dead, it's just as well positioned for growth in the coming year in many enterprise sectors as the traditional PC. [Read 8 reasons WHY the (Tablet) PC is thriving] -- Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by chb

New: DT Research DT311 Series of rugged 11.6-inch tablets
DT Research also introduced the new 11.6-inch DT311 Series of rugged tablets that are available with either an Intel 5th generation "Broadwell" 2.4GHz Core i7 processor or a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron. Both versions come with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband. The DT311's capacitive touch display offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, the battery is hot-swappable, and the IP65-sealed tablet weighs well under 3 pounds. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT311 Series] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015 by chb

New: DT Research DT398 rugged 9.7-inch Broadwell tablet
DT Research has introduced an updated version of its 9.7-inch DT398 rugged tablet. The new DT398H is based on an Intel 5th generation "Broadwell" 2.4GHz Core i7 processor, and also gets speedy 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional 3G/4G LTE mobile broadband. Unlike the still available DT398B, the new version uses capacitive touch. [See description, analysis and specs of the DT Research DT398H] -- Posted Monday, June 8, 2015 by chb

IMG database of thousands of cloud-hosted keyboard layouts
With rugged tablets being used in more and more applications, there's often a need for specialized, customized on-screen keyboards. IMG has been offering just that with their My-T-Soft keyboards, panels and boards for the past two decades. The company also offers a variety of powerful pen and touch utilities that can greatly improve the productivity of tablet-based applications. [See IMG's Build-A-Board board browser page] -- Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by chb

ARBOR launches rugged 21.5-inch All-in-One medical station
ARBOR Technology introduced the ARBOR M2150 medical-grade workstation. Based on Intel Haswell processors, the fanless All-in-One system offers 10-point capacitive multi-touch that works with gloves, has 7 configurable function keys, an IP65-rated front panel with easy anti-bacterial cleaning, VESA mount hole patterns, camera, USB 3.0 and serial, RFID/NFC reader, and dual smart card readers for access control. [See media release and ARBOR M2150 product page] -- Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by chb

Review: Logic Supply Cincoze Convertible Display System
The idea behind Logic Supply's modular Cincoze Crystal Industrial Convertible Display is to offer a far larger number of possible Panel PC configurations than would be possible if the company had to build and stock all possible permutations of display type/size, touch technology, and performance/feature levels. RuggedPCReview examined the concept and execution of the system in detail. [See review of the Logic Supply Cincoze Crystal 15] -- Posted Monday, May 11, 2015 by chb

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GammaTech DURABOOK S15AB
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-N1
MobileDemand xTablet T8500
RuggON PX-501
Trimble Kenai
AMREL Rocky DT10
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q1
MobileDemand xTablet T8500

Unitech TB120
Handheld Algiz RT7
Xplore XSlate D10
Getac RX10 and RX10H
AMREL Rocky DS11
RuggON PX-501/501B
RuggON PA-501
Zebra ET50/55
Xplore XSlate B10
MobileDemand xTablet T1600
Winmate M133W
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK 752
Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet
DTResearch DT311C/311H
DTResearch DT398H
GammaTech Durabook R11
MobileDemand Flex 8
Samwell Ruggedbook SR820s
2nd gen Handheld Algiz 10x
Winmate M101H
Cedar Tree CT7
Winmate IH83
Motion R12
Motion CL920
MobileDemand Flex 10
MobileDemand T1600
Data Ltd DLI 10
Data Ltd DLI 8
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2
ARBOR Gladius G0975
Samwell Ruggedbook 751
MobileDemand T1400
Motion CL920
Cedar CT7
GammaTech Durabook R11
MobileDemand xTablet Flex 10
RuggON PA-301
RuggON PM-311
RuggON PM-501
RuggON PM-511
RuggON PM-522
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
Data Ltd. DLI 9008
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1
Xplore Technologies Bobcat
Samwell Ruggedbook 770
Samwell Ruggedbook 760
Samwell Ruggedbook 751
Samwell Ruggedbook 358
MobileDemand T1400
DT Research DT313H
Xplore Technologies iX104 XC6
Getac T800
Winmate M101B rugged tablet
Motion R12
Full review: Getac V110
JLT Mobile 1214N
DAP Technologies M9020
Trimble Yuma 2
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
Ubiqconn uTablet T10C
Ubiqconn uTablet T70C
GammaTech Durabook CA10
Getac F110
Winmate M700D
Handheld Algiz 10X
TabletKiosk NetSlate a525
AMREL Rocky DR10
AMREL Rocky DR10
Samwell Ruggedbook PC-750
Xplore Technologies RangerX
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
TabletKiosk Sahara i575
Xplore iX104C5 DMSR-M2
Rugged tablets in high altitude
Fujitsu Stylistic Q572
Lenovo ThinkPad X230t
DT Research DT315CT
DT Research DT307
DT Research DT395
DT Research DT398
Logic Instrument Fieldbook B1
Advantech PWS-770
AMREL DT6 Rugged Tablet
Getac Z710 Android tablet
Kindle Fire HD 7
Barnes & Noble NOOK tablet
DAP Technologies M7000
GammaTech Durabook TA10
TabletKiosk Sahara i500
TabletKiosk eo a7400
GammaTech Durabook CA10
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
SDG Systems RAMPAGE 6
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK 310
Motion CL910
Winmate M700DT4 (Android)
Winmate M700D (Windows)
Trimble Yuma 2
DAP Technologies MT1010
MobileDemand xTablet T1200
Handheld Algiz 10X
TabletKiosk eo a7400
GammaTech Durabook T10L2
MobileDemand xTablet T7200
NORCO PPC-3308
Getac Z710
Unitech TB100
Samwell Ruggedbook PC-750
DAP Technologies M9700
Motion F5t
MobileDemand T7000
Motion CL110 tablet
Getac E110 tablet
RUGGEDBOOK 750 tablet
Winmate M970D tablet
DRS ARMOR X7ad
DRS ARMOR X7et
DLI 9000
Cybernet CyberMed T10
Acer Iconia Tab A500
Winmate G570Z
Advantech TREK-550/303H
MobileDemand C1200
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet
Panasonic Toughpad
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550
Motorola Solutions ET1
GD Itronix GD3080
GD Itronix GD3015
GE Wolverine III
Motion Computing CL900
ARBOR Gladius G1050
DRS ARMOR X7
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
HTC Flyer
GD-Itronix GD8200
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR810
Winmate medical tablet
Xplore iX104C5
Juniper Mesa Geo
Amrel DB6
DAP Technologies M9010
Getac V200
Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet
Fujitsu Lifebook T580
Apple iPad 2
Dell Inspiron Duo
2011 Media Tablets table
Fujitsu Stylistic Q550
HP TouchPad
DLI 9200
Getac V100
Mobile Demand xTablet C1200
DLI 8300
DAP Technologies M8930
DAP Technologies M8940
Winmate 7" Rugged Tablet PC
Arbor M1040 MCA
DRS ARMOR X7
DT Research WebDT 372
Motion CL900
GammaTech D12C convertible
DLI 8000 POS tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab
DT Research WebDT 390
DT Research WebDT 362
DT Research WebDT 312
DRS ARMOR X10gx
Winmate G-WIN IP67
Arbor Gladius G0820
Arbor Gladius G0720
Trimble Yuma
Augen GenTouch78
Juniper Systems Mesa
Fujitsu Lifebook UH900
Motion J3500
DLI 8400 Ultra-Mobile Tablet
Motion F5v
Apple iPad WiFi 64GB
Sharp Netwalker PC-T1
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR820
Logic Instrument FieldBook
NEXCOM MRC2300
Panasonic Toughbook C1
Toshiba Portege M780
Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field
Handheld Algiz 7
Fujitsu Lifebook T4410
Apple iPad
Advantech UbiQ-480
Samwell RUGGEBOOK MCA9
Data Ltd. DLI 8800
Samwell RUGGEBOOK SR800
Dell Latitude XT2
Motion F5 (2009 update)
DAP Kinysis 8900KS
DAP Kinysis 8900VS
Samwell RUGGEBOOK SR858
Winmate I880
Data Ltd DLI 8500
GETAC V100 update
Advantech MICA-101
Winmate I980
Handheld US Algiz 8
Data Ltd DLI 8400
Handheld US Algiz 10
Arbor M1256
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR858
Samwell RUGGEDBOOK SR820
GammaTech Durabook RT10
Motion Computing J3400
Panasonic Toughbook H1
Winmate IA80
TabletKiosk MediSlate i1040XT
RMT Duros 1214
Trimble Yuma
Lenovo ThinkPad X200t
Winmate V280
Motion LE1700
Xplore iX104C4
HP Elitebook 2730p
Fujitsu LifeBook T5010
Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
Advantech MARS-3100R
GETAC B300
GETAC P470
Lenovo ThinkPad X61
Gateway C-141
DRS ARMOR X10
GD-Itronix Duo-Touch II
DT Research WebDT 310
DT Research WebDT 360
Roper Mobile Duros
GETAC E100
MobileDemand xTablet T8700
Fujitsu LifeBook P1620
Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220
Fujitsu LifeBook T2010
LG C1 Express Dual
GETAC V100
MobileDemand T8600
Toshiba Portege R400
Outdoor readable screens 07
Fujitsu U8240 UMPC
Panasonic CF-08
Motion Computing LE1700
Panasonic Toughbook CF-19
Motion Computing C5
Toshiba Tecra M7
Portege M400 road test
DRS Hammerhead Xtreme
MobileDemand T8600
Electrovaya Scribbler SC-3100
Toshiba Tecra M4
Motion LS800
Toshiba Portege M400
Itronix GoBook VR1
Motion LE1600
HP Compaq tc4200
WalkAbout RT900/XRT
Kontron ReVolution
Itronix DuoTouch
OQO model01
Averatec C3500
Fujitsu T4000 Series
Xplore iX104C2
Toshiba M205
ViewSonic V1250
Motion M1400
Electrovaya SC2000
HP TC1100
Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000
Sharp Actius TN 10W
Corel Grafigo 2
Intermec CT60
Electrovaya Scribbler
Xplore iX104
FIC SlateVision
Acer C100
Compaq TC1000
Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000
Motion M1200
Toshiba Portege 3500
ViewSonic V1100
Acer TM100 with XP Tablet PC
SONICblue ProGear
Viewsonic View Pad 1000
Fujitsu Stylistic 3500
Fujitsu Stylistic 3400

Features/Advice
Tablet computer history 1992-2001
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Inductive vs. Resistive
UMPC Update 2007
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Tablet PC Q&A 2006
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Selecting a 2nd Gen TPC (2004)
X Servers on Tablet PC
Living with HP's Tablet PC
How to select a Tablet PC
Home inspections and TPCs
Tablet PC Q&A
Editor on Tablet PC
Webpads: OVERVIEW (2002)
The Tablet PC: OVERVIEW (2001)
Search for Tablet PCs
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AMREL
DAP
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FIC
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Toshiba
Winmate
Xplore Technologies
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2011 Fujitsu Tablet history
WIPTE
Tablet PC Road Map
The 2001 Tablet PC Initiative
WebPads (2002)
The UMPC (2006)
Tablet PC Platform SDK
Fujitsu Tablet PCs
WinHec 2001: Gates on Tablet PC
Tablet PC Press Releases
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DLI
DT Research
Fujitsu
GD-Itronix
Getac
MobileDemand
Motion Computing
VIA
Xplore
Old Conference Reports
Intermec i-comm 2003
Comdex 2001 TPC Press Event
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Pen Computing's Tablet PC Magazine proposal in 2002. Microsoft had no interest in it.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a TabletPC! No, it's a 1992 Samsung PenMaster!
Pen Services 2.0 were big news when Windows 95 was announced. In our December 1995 issue, developer Lisa Stampfli took a look at what was new.
In the same December 1995 issue, editor-in-chief Blickenstorfer provided another look at WinPen 2.0.
Pen enthusiast Scott Griepentrog also contributed a look at Pen Services for Windows 95 in our August 1996 issue.
In early 1995, our intrepid vertical market editor, Dom Giangrasso, wrote this essay on his personal love affair with pen computers.
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