Motorola is reportedly working on a new 7 inch tablet with a ruggedized case design for enterprise customers. In other words, you might get one of these things from your boss for managing inventory, but you probably won’t walk into a Best Buy and pick one up for yourself. Still, I imagine there might be a market for ruggedized Android tablets beyond the enterprise market. Who wouldn’t like a sturdier case design meant to withstand scrapes, falls, dust, and water?
Engadget reports that the upcoming Motorola tablet will be powered by a dual core 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor, 1G of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage. It will have 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and USB connectivity plus an all-day battery which will be able to handle about 5.5 hours of heavier usage (such as streaming video over WiFi).
The tablet will run Google Android 2.3, support HDMI output, and have 8MP and 1.3Mp cameras.
What really makes the tablet stand out from the crowd though is the ability to withstand a 4 foot drop or a little water or dust.
The Motorola tablet will reportedly go into beta testing in October. No word on if or when it will make it to market.
There are already fully rugged slates than can be shipped with Android. The problem is that Android is more of a consumer wasteland meant to rip money out of your hands and privacy out of your lives rather than help you solve provlems and makes money. Unfortunately, to get vertical work done you need to develop the specific integrated applications required to enable the device’s intended functionality. Given that these field units need to be integrated into a comprehensive computing ecosystem that usually has Microsoft products at its core, Android isn’t really the best solution for these applications. I am aware of tests of the GD300, and I’m aware that they weren’t favorable because of the software.
Hmmm, my solution to that dilemna is Samsung Galaxy Tab (running 2.2) with the amazing Otterbox case for it.
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