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Zebra’s New ET50/55 Enterprise Tablets

Posted September 16, 2015

Zebra ET50/55 Tablet ComputerThe enterprise tablet market barely existed a few years ago and yet the adoption of enterprise tablets continues on an upward trajectory that few predicted where an ever increasing set of applications and use cases are emerging. On one hand, big windows applications are being modified to support mobility. On the other, needs being satisfied by traditional mobile handheld devices are now being met with enterprise class tablets providing improved processing power, battery efficiency, and durability.

Today’s fragmented tablet market creates a distinctive opportunity for Zebra Technologies and the introduction of the ET50 and ET55 line of tablets. ET5X tablets are not consumer grade solutions and nor are they fully rugged, high tier PC devices. ET5X takes a value approach by delivering the reliability and enterprise solutions that consumer tablets miss while being selective on the features and specifications to control costs. A diversity of ET5X accessories enables a myriad of enterprise use cases in various verticals including field service, transportation and logistics, direct store delivery, manufacturing, and retail/hospitality.

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Infographic: The Order and Chaos of Mobile POS

Posted August 27, 2015

With the wide range of options for a Point of Sale System these days it can be a bit daunting to figure out which type will meet all your needs. Especially with the adoption of tablets and mobile devices as substitutes for a traditional computer, sometimes price may not be the driving factor in your decision.

Making sure you can process all the types of payments your customers will use, integration to other software systems, and transaction security are some of the key concerns when figuring out what type of system will work for your business. This infographic is a great primer and comparison of mobile vs traditional POS Systems to get you started on your decision. As any questions come up, feel free to contact one of our POS specialists at Barcodes, Inc for further assistance.

 

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Adoption of Android in Enterprise Mobile Computing

Posted July 23, 2015

android-malware-trojan-halts-enterprise-adoptionShould your business commit to using or migrating to the Android operating system? Before we answer that we should caveat by stating that no two IT departments are exactly the same. While Android currently holds a small market share of the rugged platform, its flexibility and customizability make it a leading candidate to take over for Microsoft, which has historically dominated the enterprise space. Microsoft’s software constrainment after each release has pushed the large device manufacturers like Zebra (formerly Motorola) and Honeywell to start investing heavily into the Android operating system for their mobile computers. The rest of the manufacturers have started to follow suit. Furthermore, despite the large market share of iOS in consumer devices, Apple is currently the least suited for the enterprise mobility space due to its lack of customization and restricted API access. See below for a chart that depicts the biggest benefits of Android in enterprise mobility:

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Xplore Agrees to Purchase Motion Computing

Posted April 21, 2015

news-xplore-motion-Apr15Xplore has announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Motion Computing and its subsidiaries. Motion, another Austin, TX-based leader in the rugged tablet space, is currently the #2 provider worldwide of rugged tablet PCs, according to VDC.

“The acquisition of Motion is consistent with our goal to establish the best and broadest line of rugged tablets for the enterprise market,” said Philip Sassower, chairman and CEO of Xplore. “Motion represents a unique opportunity for Xplore to acquire an Austin-based company with deep industry domain expertise and that possesses products and channels complementary to our own. Together we will address a broader range of customer needs and provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for rugged tablets.”

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Restaurant Mobility with the Elo Tablet

Posted April 12, 2015

In today’s market place 69% of restaurant operators are say mobility is the biggest reason for their point of sale upgrades. Don’t be left behind. Elo solutions offers the Elo Tablet  for all your mobility needs. Decreasing customer wait time and increasing speed of service are just a couple of advantages with going mobile. There are many accessories from extra batteries and stands and wall mount capabilities. The Elo tablet is a windows based tablet that can operate almost any POS Software.

The Elo Tablet is designed to help retailers enhance their customer experience and drive sales efficiency through a point-of-service (POS) and point-of-information (POI) platform that is portable, intuitive, reliable and secure. Millions of real-life retail installations all over the world have helped Elo develop unique insight for this next generation of our touch computing innovation.

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Zebra Launches their New RFD8500 UHF RFID Sled for Mobile Devices

Posted April 10, 2015

rfd8500Zebra is excited to announce the RFD8500, a high performance Bluetooth UHF RFID/Scanner sled. With the RFD8500, you can empower select Zebra and compatible third-party mobile devices, smartphone’s and tablets with enterprise-class UHF RFID and 1D/2D bar code scanning technology, whenever and wherever you need it — simply, easily and cost-effectively.

Just pair this Bluetooth-enabled sled with your mobile device and attach the mobile device to the RFD8500 for single handed RFID reader operation — or put the mobile device in a pocket or holster and use the RFD8500 in standalone mode. With support for Android, iOS, and Windows, you get real investment protection — the RFD8500 sleds you buy today will work with the devices you use now, and in the future.

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Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-B2: Affordable Professional-grade Performance for the Field

Posted March 19, 2015

fz-b2Panasonic has announced the launch of the Toughpad FZ-B2, a rugged 7-inch tablet powered by Android for field-based workforces. With durability, power and a range of configurability options— at a price within reach of any business — the Toughpad FZ-B2 is an ideal tool for field service, inspections, reporting, or as an upgrade from clipboards and pen-and-paper processes.

Running the Android 4.4 operating system and powered by a Quad-core Intel Celeron Processor, the Toughpad FZ-B2 offers exclusive features not available on any consumer-grade tablet. These include enhanced enterprise features; a quick-charging, user-replaceable full-shift battery with optional bridge battery and high-capacity battery; a 5-point capacitive multi-touch screen that works even when the user is wearing gloves, as well as with a fine tip stylus pen; and a wide range of configuration options to allow organizations to customize the ideal tool for their workforces.

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Rugged Tablet Selection Made Easy

Posted March 16, 2015

Finding a rugged tablet that best fits your application and environmental needs is key to ensuring you get the best performance and long term value from your investment.  Given the wide range of features and options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common rugged tablets. No matter the environment or harsh conditions you need to handle, there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

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Elo Simplifies Point-of-Sale with the PayPoint All-in-One System

Posted March 10, 2015

With the introduction of tablets there has been a very common trend to utilize them for Point-of-Sale systems. Compared to the traditional PC based systems, a tablet centered system did help bring down costs while saving counter space. For many small and new businesses this trend was the ideal solution.

Tablets and subscription based POS software helped keep costs down but the new challenge that had to be faced was integrating additional hardware like receipt printers, credit card readers, and cash drawers. Depending on what tablet and software you are using the options for  supported additional hardware is quite limited. This is where  the new Elo PayPoint system provides the same feel, functionality, and cost of a tablet based system with complete hardware integration.

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Point of Sale Tablet Comparison Made Easy

Posted March 9, 2015

Finding the right tablet for your point of sale application is key to ensuring you get the best performance and value from your investment.  With a host of options available for each model, getting a clear overview of what each tablet can do is challenging when looking at individual specification sheets.

This convenient chart breaks down the main features of some of the most common POS tablets. From point of sale transactions to on-site applications there’s a tablet to meet whatever your requirements are. For additional assistance finding the right tablet, contact one of our mobility specialists at BarcodesInc.

toughpad-g1.jpg (640×455) Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 Tablet Computer Pioneer Asterix DASH Tablet Computer
Manufacturer ELO Panasonic Panasonic Pioneer Pioneer
Model ETT10 Tough Pad FZ-G1 Tough Pad FZ-A1 Dash Dash 7
WLAN Radio 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
WWAN Radio None Optional 4G LTE Optional 4G LTE Sold Separately Optional 4G LTE
GPS None Optional Optional Sold Separately Optional
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth
Operating System Win 7e or No O/S Win 8 Pro 64-bit Android 4.0 ICS Win 7e Win 8.1
Scanner 2D Imager None None 2D Imager Option 2D Imager Option
Camera Standard Standard Standard Standard Optional (factory add
Number of Keys None 7 Keys 5 Keys 5 Keys None
Display Type 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 10.1″ Color/Touch 7″ Color/Touch
RAM/Flash Memory 2GB/32GB SSD 4 or 8GB/128 or 256GB SSD 1GB/16GB 2GB/32GB SSD 2GB/64GB
Accessible Micro SD None microSD microSD None microSD
MSR Yes None None Yes Yes (field add-on)
IP Rating IP54 IP65 IP65 IP54 IP54
Drop Spec 3′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete 4′ drop to concrete
Processor Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz Intel i5-3437U vPro PXA2128 1.2GHz Intel OakTrail Atom 1.5GHz Intel Z2760 1.8GHz
USB Ports 1 1 1 x MicroUSB 2 2 (plus 1 Serial)
Audio Ports 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm 1 x 3.5mm
MSRP $1,525/$1,640 $2,599/$3,719 $1,379/$1,929 $2462 $1899

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