Is anyone on TR using or developing for professional or industrial tablets?
At work we are about to start making some custom tablet software for industrial equipment management, tracking what is installed where, what has been swapped out, new items installed, part sparing, etc. For a variety of reasons we are sticking with x86 and windows 7, with an upgrade to Windows 8 after the first 6 months if it turns out not to be a flop. Barcode is a must, RFID would be nice, wireless and bluetooth will be turned off, cameras will be uninstalled or physically disabled.
So far the motion F5v seems the best fit. Processing power, hot swap battery, ssd, barcode reader, optional RFID. Cheapish at $3500 AU. http://www.motioncomputing.com.au/produ ... _pc_f5.asp
The H2 is an alternative, but its more expensive $5000+ and stupid thick. http://www.panasonic.com/business/tough ... ook-h2.asp
I like the idea of using cheap consumer tablets i.e. buying 10 $500 tablets vs 1 $5000 tablet and just throwing them away when broken. I've looked at a lot of the Atom and Brazos based models, but frankly they are crap. We would also need to factor in an separate hand held barcode reader. If we were to go this route Id like to use a pocketable 7" device, but so far there isn't much in the x86 space. Battery life also suffers in these consumer models.
All ideas, suggestions on models, stories of personal or work use are welcome.