We finally got handheld computers that could go beyond batch processing wwith wireless capability. Then came multiple versions of that wireless technology, the thing called it 802.11 specification. Today, we would like to introduce the Mobile Computers that can still utilize 802.11 wireless, but can extend wireless to any place that has cell phone data service. Only a few of the capable handheld computers are mentioned, that might be used for field service, route accounting, and generally for anyone needed to update and pull data from a server.
Windows Mobile 6 is available on the Datalogic Memor.1 OS, and can utilize most cell phone technologies to access a server. This particular unit as most can use BlueTooth (as all units mentioned here) to access any components it doesn't have. The most unique thing about the Datalogic Memor is its ergonomic case. It is about the size of the old Nokia phones, with touch screen, keys, and many other options. The only limitation might also be the size of the screen and limited keyset, the pluses being cost and ergonomics. The Pegaso is Datalogic's best route unit, but the new enhancements to the Memor put it at the top of the list in features and price.
The next unit that has everything is the Motorola/Symbol MC75, mobile computer. A few of the freatures available are Color Camera, Windows Mobile, Wireless, and GPS built in. It also has a large screen and full keyboard with individual alpha numeric keys. These units are used in manufacturing and are tough enough, but are mainly used by Mobile computing users for outside. This unit comes with all the capabilities for cell phone service and extended batteries. The major limitation might be cost, it is loaded but pricey.
The newest unit on the market is the Honeywell Dolphin 9700. Some of the equipment can be full alpha numeric keypad, GPS, large screen, color camera, and again full cell phone capability. This unit appears to be equal to the task as the MC75, but may be a little lower priced.
The CN3 from Intermec, and some other manufacturers also have a version of the road warrior or route accounting units. Intermec's CN3 has all the capabilities of the others mobile devices, including large screen, color camera, full alpha numeric keypad, extended battery, and cell phone connectivity. This again is a unit much like the MC75 and Dolphin 9700.
We have covered a review of four Mobile Computer units that can revolutionize route sales, service representatives, and portable receipts. These units are ready to be used with many of the portable receipt printers (RW420, EXTECH, O'NEIL), and can be used on permanent portable label printers like the Zebra P4T. Anything that is necessary today for sales or inventory can be done on these Mobile devices equipped with Cell Phone cards and data. Turn by turn GPS navigation is also available on most, and you can carry them on your belt.
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