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Start Planning to Move Ruggedized Handhelds to Modern Platforms and Ergonomics

Published: 04 March 2016

ID: G00301207

Analyst(s): Ken Dulaney


Ruggedized handhelds have long been a backwater technology, effective at their tasks, but lacking the business and technology innovation of commercial smartphones. Major suppliers are bringing forth a new generation of innovative products; IT support and procurement managers should take heed.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Windows Mobile and Windows CE are effectively end of life and being replaced by Android and Windows 10 platforms, so IT support and procurement managers must begin to strategize the move to these platforms
  • Innovative form factors promise to improve productivity, giving IT support and procurement managers new options to assess for their specific needs
  • Market parameters continue to keep the ruggedized market isolated from the mainstream, so buyers of ruggedized handhelds must make an effort to understand innovations and pricing in this market versus consumer devices

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