Below is a list of preferred tablet devices paired with preferred ruggedized cases that we have tested and which have been found by other shops to be best suited for in shop use.
In general devices over 7 inches with a rear facing camera. A flash or flashlight option is also desirable.
|Otterbox Defender||The crisp user interface is hands down the best by far. Purchasing a refurbished tablet also makes it even the most cost-effective solution. Battery life is 10 hours.|
|Asus Transformer||Gumdrop Case||The 10 inch version of the Asus Transformer series combined with the Gumdrop Case the tablet is solid and worth its money. Battery life is 11 hours.|
|Asus TF700||Gumdrop Case|| |
|Kindle Fire||Otterbox Defender||Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. enclosed in the Otterbox Defender case. We downgraded this device because of its high price and the very limited number of applications available in the App Center. Battery life is 12 hours.|
|Nexus 7 2nd Generation||Otterbox Defender||NEXUS 7 2nd generation only. 1st Gen has no rear facing camera. With the i-Blason case. With only a 7-inch screen it is smaller than the 10 inch tablets, so let your techs test it before buying. Battery life is 9 hours.|
Tablets NOT Recommended
With so many new tablets on the market, there is a high chance that tablets are available, which are not fit for high productivity use or flat out don’t work. Even established brand names are on the list of known misfits below:
- iPad 1 and 2 (no auto focus camera, the VIN scanning won’t work reliably)
- All Samsung tablets (earlier versions like the Tab2 10 inch have no auto focus camera, all versions implemented a slow drop-down feature)
- All Kindle Fire tablets except the HDX 8.9 (they don’t have a rear facing camera)
- - Cheap (<$100) tablets like the
- Polaroid (no ability to download any app),
- Dragon Touch (touch sensitivity low, one must tap several times for a single result)
*Please note that all recommendations are based on the then current market condition. We do our best to keep it updated, but the tablet market releases new devices every day. The limiting factor in recommending a ruggedized tablet solution is the availability of the appropriate case