The folks over at GottaBeMobile have put together a great article on why rugged tablet PCs should be the technology of choice for those mobile workers in rugged environments. They dive in to aspects of reliability, durability, and total cost of ownership and why you should consider all of those when choosing a tablet PC for your field workers.
"The iPad and other consumer tablets are great for some tasks, but they’re not the right tools for every job, especially those that take users into rough environments. Rugged Windows Tablet PCs, such as the newly introduced MobileDemand xTablet T7200, are professional-grade and purpose-built to stand up to serious abuse.
Most tablets are designed to be used at a desk, coffee shop or at home, ignoring the needs of men and women who work in warehouses, in commercial vehicles and outdoors. While consumer-grade tablets do fit some businesses’ needs, there are important tradeoffs to consider before going with a tablet designed primarily for consumers. Tablet buyers should consider a rugged tablet If their businesses or operations simply can’t afford any tablet downtime. For some businesses time, money and customers.
There are a handful of rugged tablet manufacturers out there, but after years of hearing rave reviews from MobileDemand customers we recommend the company and its xTablet T7200 as a benchmark.
Durability and Reliability
Rugged Tablet PCs can go just about anywhere. They can stand the heat of summer while riding shotgun in a hot truck cab and perform equally well below freezing. They can be dropped onto hard surfaces without flinching and shrug off the dirt and debris they run into at manufacturing facilities and constructions sites."