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Mobile Computer Buyer's Guide

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Mobile ComputersHow Do Mobile Computers Work?

Mobile Computers are handheld computing devices that allow barcode scanning, data collection, and more with the freedom of movement of a cordless, compact device. Mobile computers can be used simply for batch data collection or with more advanced features, such as Bluetooth wireless, phone, email, Windows operating systems, and more, for a complete mobile computer and data collection unit.




What Kind Of Mobile Computer Do I Buy?

The first step in determining what mobile computer works best for you is determinig your mobile computing activities in the field. Ask yourself the following questions when beginning your mobile computer search.

  • Will batch memory collection fit my needs, or do I need wireless connection ability, such as Bluetooth?
  • What type of key pad layout do I need? A full alphanumeric pad? Numeric only pad? Or a more abreviated control system?
  • Is size an issue? Take into account whole unit size, screen size, and button size.

  • What level of ruggedness do I need? What kind of environment will the mobile computer be used in? Indoors or Outdoors, or Both? Warm or Cold climate? Bright or Low Lighting?
  • What kind of memory capabilities do I need?
  • Is a color screen important, or will monochromatic work as well?

Once you have answered these questions, find computers on the mobile computer comparison chart below.


Mobile Computer Comparison Chart

Entry Level Mobile Computers
Product Operating System Connectivity Scan Engine Compatibility
Symbol MC1000
Motorola MC 1000
X X X X
Cipher Lab 8000
Cipher Lab 8000
X X X X X
Honeywell ScanPal2
Honeywell ScanPal2
X X X
Honeywell OptimusS
Honeywell OptimusS
X X X X
UniTech HT630
UniTech HT630
X X X
DataLogic Formula
DataLogic Formula
X X X X
Cipher Lab 8300
Cipher Lab 8300
X X X X X X X
Socket SoMo 650
Socket SoMo 650
X X X X X X X X X
Ruggedized Mobile Computers
Product Operating System Connectivity Scan Engine Compatibility
Janam XP Series
Janam XP Series
X X X X X X X X X
Unitech PA500
UniTech PA500
X X X X X X X X X X X
Motorola mc35
Motorola MC35
X X X X X X X X X
Motorola mc55
Motorola MC55
X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Motorola mc75
Motorola MC75
X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Janam XM Series
Janam XM Series
X X X X X X X X X X X X
Honeywell Dolphin 6100
Honeywell Dolphin 6100
X X X X X X X X X X
Honeywell Dolphin 6500
Honeywell Dolphin 6500
X X X X X X X X X X
Honeywell Dolphin 7600
Honeywell Dolphin 7600
X X X X X X X X X X X
Honeywell OptimusPDA
Honeywell OptimusPDA
X X X X X X X X X X X X
Honeywell Dolphin 9700
Honeywell Dolphin 9700
X X X X X X X X X X X X
Unitech HT680
UniTech HT680
X X X X X X X
Unitech PA600 MCA
UniTech PA600 MCA
X X X X X X X X X X
LXE MX8
LXE MX8
X X X X X X X X X X X X
DataLogic Memor
DataLogic Memor
X X X X X X X X X
DataLogic Pegaso
DataLogic Pegaso
X X X X X X
Opticon H16
Opticon H16
X X X X X X X X X
Opticon H15
Opticon H15
X X X X X X X X X
Heavy Industrial Mobile Computers
Product Operating System Connectivity Scan Engine Compatibility
UniTech PA600
UniTech PA600
X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Motorola MC3000
Motorola MC3000
X X X X X X X X X X
Motorola MC9000
Motorola MC9000
X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Motorola WT4000
Motorola WT4000
X X X X X X X X X
Janam XG100
Janam XG100
X X X X X X X X X X X
Honeywell Dolphin 9500
Honeywell Dolphin 9500
X X X X X X X X
Honeywell Dolphin 9900
Honeywell Dolphin 9900
X X X X X X X X X X X
Aceeca IDVERIFI BCS2
Aceeca IDVERIFI BCS2
X X X X X X
UniTech PA962
UniTech PA962
X X X X X X X X X
UniTech PA968
UniTech PA968
X X X X X X X X X X X X
DataLogic Skorpio
DataLogic Skorpio
X X X X X X X X X
DataLogic Falcon Series
DataLogic Falcon Series
X X X X X X X X X X X X

 

 


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