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Rugged PDAs were designed over 20 years ago and haven't changed much since. They no longer fit modern business.
Rugged mobile handhelds are typically expensive, needs expensive bespoke accessories to get them working out of the box and are expenisve to get workers using.
Mobile handhelds need a lot of commitment, not just due to the cost but also due to the technology, the OS and the associated time and energy they need to get them working for your business. Will your business be doing the same things and need the same technology in 3, 5 or 7 years time?
Most Rugged PDA's are still based on Windows Mobile, which means single core processors, tiny screens, physical keypads and stylus's! The core technology of a rugged PDA hasn't been updated for decades.
A typical MC67 touchscreen replacment is now quoted at nearly £500, we know because we still support customers using Motorola rugged PDAs. Raptors are £120, we sell any part individually from the smallest screw to a back case and we talk to you too!
Rugged PDA's are totally unfamiliar to the normal person, requiring training, unfamiliar working practises and adding to the total costs of yourmobile platform.
People don't buy rugged pda's for their own phone, so if you want to work a BYOD policy, then you have to optimise for Android or IOS PDAs as these are the dveices people already have.
The last time Windows mobile received an update was January 2010. How secure is that?
Thats including Windows Phone, Windows embedded handheld and Windows mobile. Microsoft on mobile is all but dead.
An OS that was designed in 2005 with little changing x=since then means a rugged PDA has an OS that predates IOS or Android.
You must have developed your own app or have one designed and built for Windows mobile to work. With Android, you can hop to the play store and download form millions of pre-built apps.
The last time Windows mobile received an update was January 2010.
A lot of rugged mobile PDAs brought out Android versions of their PDAs, but you need to scratch deeper to find out why this is flawed.
Due to the poorer specs of older rugged handhelds, they will only run older versions of Android. Always check the OS version out.
Android works best on Qualcomm or MTK CPU's, in fact it's built for these and these are the main development streams for Android. Intel, X86 or Atom based CPU's do run Android but it's very different.
Android is built to work with full screen handhelds, with maybe a few bespoke function keys. It just doesn't flow with a numeric or qwerty keypad or QVGA/VGA screen like it should do.
Android is not optimised to run on traditional "resistive touch" style screens that are driven by a stylus. Half the Android experience and efficiency is lost without a capactive screen.
No mobile OS has as many pre-built apps, that can be downloaded from an app built right into Android itself.
Want Microsoft office? On Android it's free. Want an asset management app, it's probably under £10.
Want to remove google play? Your handheld is then free from prying eyes just like Windows mobile.