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Rugged Android Devices

Some projects need rugged devices, but quite often rugged devices only run Windows Mobile 6.x which is no good for Cordova App’s or for browsing HTML5. So what’s required is a rugged device, but running a modern OS like Android 4. This allows your Cordova / UI5 apps to run sweetly.

Here is a list of devices I found when I surveyed them …

1. Motorola MC40

Real business-class durability.

You get the durability that Motorola Solutions is famous for — the MC40 simply works, even if your employees drop it, bump it, use it in a dusty backroom or splash liquid on it.

Our most advanced scan technology. Associates can scan 1D and 2D bar codes printed on paper or displayed on the screen of a customer’s mobile phone with laser-style Speed — even if the codes are dirty, damaged or poorly printed. Omni-directional scanning delivers point-and-shoot


Simplicity — no need to align the device and bar code.

Display – 4.3 inches 480 x 800.

CPU – 800MHz OMAP dual core

Memory – 1 GB Ram, 8 GB Flash,

OS – Andoid 4.1.1

Sealing – IP54

Comms – 802.11 a/b/g/n – No 3G option.

Imager – Yes Camera – 8 M pixel plus barcode 1D/2D scanning

2. Motorola TC55

TC55 Touch computer :

The personal touch  computer built for business with access to business critical  applications out in the field. The pocket–sized device with smartphone ergonomics,business durability is designed to better serve your customers.

Built for the enterprise, designed for your workers. Improved Productivity & flexibility : Best-in-class comprehensive data capabilities help automate and reduce cycle times.With the integrated 1D bar code scanner,8Mp camera and near field communications workers can capture any kind of data at the press of button.WVGA display works even if it’s wet.


Display – 4.3 inches

CPU – 1.5 GHz dual core processor Memory – 1 GB RAM / 8 GB Flash

OS – Android 4.1.2 Sealing – IP67

Comms – 802.11a/b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – Autofocus 8 MP with user-controllable flash;

   supports integrated 1D/2D bar code capture

3. Honeywell Dolphin 70e

Pleasing Pocketable & Beyond reliable : Attractively  designed  to increase ease of adoption by end users. With integrating Corning® Gorilla Glass® and  an IP67-rated housing makes it outstanding .

Display – 4.3 inches 480 x 800

CPU – 1GHZ single core TI OMAP

Memory – 512MB RAM X 1GB FLASH

OS – Andoid 4.0 with Honeywell security Sealing – IP67

Comms – 802.11a/b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – 5.0 mega pixel camera with autofocus and flash

4. Honeywell Dolphin 7900

Mobile computers  with Adapting Image technology :The Dolphin 7900 Series mobile computer delivers unparalleled performance and value for mobile data collection applications. Its compact, ergonomic, rugged design provides the ease of use and operational reliability needed to excel in robust mobile applications such as package delivery, field service, route accounting, transportation, warehousing, retail, and industrial manufacturing.Instant point-and-shoot bar code scanning (1D and 2D), signature  and digital image capture ensures data accuracy.

Display – 3.8 inches 240 x320

CPU –  Intel X-Scale PXA255 400MHz

Memory – 64MB RAM x 64MB non-volatile synchronous

Flash standard; optional 128MB

RAM OS –             Android 2.3.4

Sealing – IP64

Comms – 802.11b

Imager –         Yes

Camera – No

5 Intermec CN51

Intermec designed for superior experience : The Intermec CN51 mobile computer offers unparalleled versatility allowing the choice of Windows® or Android™ operating systems on a single device coupled with a power-packed 1.5GHz dual core, multi-engine processor design with 1GB RAM, and 16GB Flash for the highest degree of future-proofing capability.

Special Feature : Low light Scanning  capabilities even in low light scanning environments with unmatched motion tolerance and snappy scanning to eliminate costly delays

Display – 4.0 inches

CPU – 1.5 GHz OMAP 4470 dual core

Memory – 1 GB RAM/16 GB Flash

OS – Andoid 4.1

Sealing – IP64

Comms – 802.11a/b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – 5 Megapixel auto focus color camera with LED flash

6. Bluebird Pidion BIP-6000

Rugged handheld computer with powerful Integrated features:

BIP-6000 Series is the world first rugged handheld computer integrated with four different types of RF technology including HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, and RFID reader (eTicket reader) capability and it greatly fits for mobile ticketing in publictransportation and DSD route accounting in FMCG industries.

Display –        3.5 inches

CPU –             PXA 320, 806MHz

Memory –        256MB RAM / 512MB

ROM (optional 1GB)

OS –            Android 2.3

Sealing – IP65

Comms – IEEE 802.11b/g

Imager – Yes

Camera – 3 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash

7. Bluebird Pidion BM-170

Elegant, handy handheld with powerful performance & outstanding visibility : BM-170 enterprise handheld PDA presents a rugged smartphone with its sleek and stylish yet robust form factor. Its 3.0 MP autofocus camera with barcode reading capability and 3.5” display with G-sensor technology suits for customer facing applications including tableside ordering in hospitality, home nursing care in healthcare, and signature and mobile data collection in logistics

Display – 3.5 inches 240 x320

CPU – Marvell PXA320 806MHz

Memory – 256MB RAM / 512MB

ROM OS – Android 2.3

Sealing – IEEE 802.11b/g

Comms – IP65

Imager – Yes

Camera – 3 megapixel camera with LED flash

8 Bluebird Pidion HM40

Bluebird Pidion has done a great job of targeting specific devices to this market need, perhaps even better than their large rival. The latest generation of Bluebird Pidion devices, the HM40 comes with a 1GHz CPU, an integrated 1/2D barcode Scanner, a 3.8G (HSPA ) Radio, a 5MP autofocus camera, and an IP54 rating, making it a better alternative to the ES400. The HM40 is optimized for commercial and mobile applications in an affordable, compact form.

Display – 2.8 inches QVGA display

CPU – 1 GHZ Memory – 256MB RAM / 512MB

ROM OS – Android 4.0

Sealing –         IP54

Comms – 802.11a/b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – 3 megapixel autofocous camera with LED flash

9 Bluebird Pidion HM45

Fully Rugged Android Smart Phone : The first full-touch Handheld Mobile Computer built on the most advanced and creative platform coupled with element of reliability into the HM4 with inbuilt barcode scanner to serve for years.

Display – 3.5 inches

CPU –              Power Dual Core Processor

Memory – 1 GB

OS – Andoid 4.0

Sealing –  IP54

Comms – 802.11a/b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – 5 megapixel autofocous camera

10 Bluebird Pidion HM50

Enriched with Data collection applications: Rugged enterprise PDA with integrated GPS and voice  & data communications providing field workers with productivity, flexibility  and mobility to get there job done quickly

Display – 3.5 inches


Memory – 256MB RAM / 512MB ROM

OS – Andoid 4.0

Sealing – IP65

Comms – 802.11a/b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – 5 megapixel autofocous camera with LED flash

11 Trimple Juno T41

Enhanced intergrated features for smart use: Enhancd GPS allows fast data collection and reliable performance in reduced signal environments.Trimble scan technology reads an array of traditional 2D matrix codes thereby facilitating optimization for specific needs .

Display – 4.3 inches Gorilla® Glass display

CPU –  800 MHz or 1 GHz, Texas Instruments DM3730

Memory –  256MB RAM / 512MB ROM

OS – Andoid 4.1

Sealing – IP65

Comms – 802.11 b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – 8 megapixel camera with geo-tagging  and dual LED flash

12 Trimple Nomad-G

Featured-Packed  High performance : It provides a range of all-in-one soloutions for field data collection and asset management activities to match your existing flow.

Display – 3.5 inches

CPU – 806 MHz XScale processor

Memory – 6 GB non-volatile Flash storage

OS – Andoid 4.1

Sealing –         IP67

Comms – 802.11 b/g

Imager – Yes

Camera – 5 MP digital camera

13 Winmate C350 M2

Compact, Economic and Flexible: With 5 inches transflective screen with a resistive digitizer that’s best operated with the supplied stylus compared to other industrial, ruggedized handhelds and mobile terminals, the C350 is indeed, as Winmate calls it, a “compact-class PDA.”

Display – 3.5 inches

CPU – 1GHz Texas Instruments Cortex A8 DM3730

Memory – 256MB/512MB NAND FLASH

OS –              Andoid 2.3.4

Sealing –          IP54

Comms – 802.11b/g/n

Imager –         Yes

Camera – 5 Megapixel camera with LED for Image Capture

14 Winmate E430 M2D

Enterprise Class PDA : The E430 series PDA brings a new level of flexibility, functionality, and rugged design to pocket-sized mobile devices, providing task workers and managers a powerful solution to streamline business processes,increasing productivity, and improving customer service.

Display – 4.3 inches

CPU – 1GHz Texas Instruments Cortex A8 DM3730

Memory – 256MB/512MB NAND FLASH

OS – Andoid 2.3.4

Sealing – IP66

Comms – 802.11b/g/n

Imager – Yes

Camera – 5 megapixel / 2 megapixel (front side) digital camera with LED auxiliary backlight

And my favorate device would be the Motorola’s

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  • We have a lot of Motorola MC3090 devices deployed that we’re looking to replace. Have you come across a more modern device that has a physical keyboard? None of the devices you mention above seems to fit that bill. I’m not so bothered about the “gun” shape – a simple flat device should be fine.

    This is for an inventory management solution, so rugged devices are mandatory 🙂



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  • Have you tried to manage any of the Motorola Android-based devices with Afaria? We can’t get the TC55 to act like we want to with Afaria. Works well with XenMobile and MobileIron so I suspect it’s an Afaria issue…

    • Unfortunately the Motorola devices don’t belong ave Google Store licences, so Google messaging which is used by Afaria is not available 🙁

      Product such as Airwatch have their own messaging protocol, so these rugged devices will work. As will Amazon’s kindle Android devices.

      • You can select (at purchase time) if you need Google services or not for the TC55. In any case GCM is not a requirement for Afaria to manage Android devices. The Afaria client has it’s own scheduler and can connect to the backend.

  • Yeh sorry, I keep having my Blogs deleted by moderators. 🙁

    It has been reposted as a discussion which I think is what they want. 😕 who knows !

  • Putting a list of rugged devices and their marketing description together? What is the reason to publish a document like this?

    To add value an evaluation of each device regarding its Cordova capabilities would’ve been nice, not to mention that in most use cases you won`t use a out of the box Cordova app. Things you use are apps like an industrial browser, telnet client or native apps. Mostly to lock down the usage of the device.

  • Hi David,

    We have done a lot of implementations on MC40 and TC55’s this year. I agree with Steve Rumsby that the soft keyboard can be a challenge in some cases. The upside of being able to utilize SAPUI5 and graphs from the viz library has weighted more in most cases. 

    We have successfully used RhoElements on older devises such as MC55’s (Be careful on memory usage tho)

    Here is some info from Motorola on a few of our projects (Marketing alert, but stories from real customers that are live with thousands of users)