April 2013

Getac Z710 rugged tablet now with Android 4.1
Getac announced its Z710 Android-powered rugged tablet will now incorporate the Android 4.1 operating system. Specifically designed to work with dual-core processors such as the Z710's TI OMAP 4430, the rugged Getac tablet will now provide improved speed and responsiveness for field personnel. "The response to our Z710 rugged tablet has been amazing," says Jim Rimay, president of Getac. "Adding Android 4.1 OS allows us to unlock the second processor core -- improving the performance in addition to enhancing security and the user interface, and adding access to Google Play for our mobile customers." [See Getac press release, our full review of the Z710, and Getac's Z710 page]] -- Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by chb

Review: Logic Instrument Fieldbook A2
We reviewed Logic Instrument's second generation Fieldbook, a smaller and lighter version of a standard industrial tablet computer. Measuring a compact 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches and weighing a bit over three pounds, the tough and rugged Fieldbook has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, and all I/O is via standard ports. The highly configurable device is now powered by an economical Intel Atom N2600 CPU, can provide full-shift operation on a charge of its two batteries, and offers a wealth of optional integrated data collection and wireless functionality such as scanning, RFID, GPS and 4G/LTE radio. [See review of the Logic Instrument fieldbook A2] -- Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by chb