Once upon a time, Windows Mobile dominated the smartphone space, offering up a plethora of different device types for a variety of occupations, including those in extreme environments. Fast-forward a few years and it’s obvious this has changed, given Windows Mobile’s absence from the mobile OS space. While Apple has a firm hold in the medical field, their shiny iDevices don’t translate well to fields where a rugged nature is required. This leaves a void for the infinitely adaptable Android system to step into, and it does so with gusto in manufacturer Getac’s new PS326 handset. The PS326 is a monster of a device, featuring IP67 and MIL-STD-810G certifications for protection from dust, water, and hard impact, as well as:
- Android 2.2
- a 3.5-inch VGA display, readable in direct sunlight with a pressure-sensitive touchscreen (as opposed to the standard capacitive)
- MicroSD card slot
- USB 2.0 support
- 3MP auto-focus camera
- Built-in electronic compass
- Altimeter, for measuring altitude
The military standard mobile handheld now comes equipped with Android 2.2, for those partners and customers looking to run the open-source software.
Antonio Carotenuto, Business Development Manager of Getac Technology Corporation in Italy says offering Android in addition to the Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile(R) platform provides users with a wider range of applications, across utility and field service sectors.
“The trend of field-based operators using Android applications continues to grow, and the platform is becoming business-critical in a number of sectors. We’re continuing to work closely with developers in Italy, Europe and globally through our Beta Testing Programme to make the most of Android, and we’re pleased to be offering it on one of the fastest and most rugged handhelds in the world.”
As well is offering a different Operating System to the Windows version of the PS236, the Android unit incorporates some hardware variations, including 256MB of internal memory (as opposed to 128 MB), and USB client 2.0.
At 806MHz, the PS236 remains the fastest device of its kind in the market and the only handheld that is IP67 rated and a phone.
“The device is built to withstand vibration, drops and shocks, and is the ultimate tool for handheld data input and communication in the field,” Mr. Carotenuto says.
The rugged device is built with e-compass, altimeter, integrated GPS, and hi-res display, making it ideal for GIS surveying and other GPS/mapping-based applications.
In addition to IP67 certification, which protects against dust and allows the unit to be water-proof to 1 metre, the PS236 has full MIL-STD-810G certification, which is the generally accepted standard of military ruggedisation and compliance for mobile computers and equipment.
“The 3.5inch touch-screen display is readable in sunlight, offering both anti-glare and anti-reflective capabilities required to perform in the field, and with 8GB of Flash Memory, expandable up to 24GB (with 16GB SDHC), the PS236 offers Android users the ultimate combination of speed, processing power and rugged reliability,” Mr. Carotenuto says.
Getac PS236 Android Key features include:
— Android 2.2
— 3.5″ LCD VGA, sunlight readable display and pressure sensitive touchscreen
— SDHC card slot; USB Client 2.0;
— 3.5G WWAN; Bluetooth; GPS
— 3megapixel auto-focus camera; E-compass; altimeter
For more information, visit: www.getac.it
Getac Technology Corporation, a key subsidiary of MiTAC-Synnex Business Group (2011 consolidated revenue 25.3 billion USD), was established in 1989 as a joint venture with GE Aerospace to supply defence electronic products. Getac’s business coverage includes; rugged notebooks, rugged tablet PCs and rugged handheld devices for military, police, government, communications, manufacturing and transportation applications ranging from fully rugged to commercial-grade rugged. Getac’s strong R&D capabilities allow it to provide a high level of customisation and all-aspect hardware-software integration solutions. Apart from the rugged computing business, Getac is also involved with the design and manufacture of plastic and lightweight metal components. The acquisition of Waffer Technology in 2009 has made Getac the world’s third largest aluminium-magnesium alloy producer. For more information, visit www.getac.it.