ET4255-HL Hazardous Location

The KBIM2-IS is a full QWERTY PC keyboard with integral mouse for use in industrial environments. The unit is intrinsically safe, protected via safety barriers and is suitable for use in Zone 0 hazardous locations.

The KBIM2-IS is fully welded from stainless steel. The membrane is covered with a conductive stainless steel shim to prevent static build up.

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Which Operating System Works Best on a Rugged Device

All businesses, regardless of industry, have become interconnected. Technology solutions for applications in harsh environments must be able to withstand temperatures ranging from weather to drops and impacts.

A rugged tablet is a technology solution that is portable enough to carry and hold while operating while being durable enough to withstand the demands of remote applications like a construction job site.

To get the most out of rugged tablets, rugged laptops, or semi-rugged laptops, make sure you choose the right operating system (OS) for the job.

The features and benefits of the various operating systems are similar but differ. As a result, the application requirement and data outcome objectives dictate which operating system operators should use in the field to provide optimal performance.

The two most popular commercially available OS options are Windows and Android. After reviewing their benefits, this article will describe the best applications for each OS and help you choose the best option.

Windows OS Advantages

For many years, Windows was the most popular operating system. Many systems adopted Windows as the first mainstream operating system with the rise of the internet and never looked back. As a result of its numerous advantages, Windows has become the standard operating system.

High Performance

Rugged tablets running Windows are high-performing and capable of increasing multitasking, which is becoming an increasingly important feature of a tablet used in the field.

To ensure that a tablet running Windows 11 OS can run any application, it needs a 1GHz processor and 4GB of RAM. Furthermore, the Windows operating system is capable of handling applications with similar loads, such as gaming and intelligent video conferencing.

Compatibility with other devices

Because Windows is so widely used, integration is a must-have feature for any Windows tablet. When comparing Android and Windows tablets, Windows tablets have more options for third-party keyboards and mice, docking stations, hard drives, and other hardware.

Furthermore, Windows tablets usually have multiple USB 3.0 and C ports, as well as HDMI, for connecting other devices and presenting equipment.

A variety of design options

A rugged Windows tablet can also come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and weights. The user can choose between screen sizes ranging from 7″ to 15.6″, allowing them to find the best fit for their needs.

This design flexibility allows users to select the Windows tablet that best suits their work environment.

Windows-powered rugged tablets benefit from key features that have made it the standard OS.

Android OS Advantages

The Android operating system is a viable alternative that allows businesses to tailor technical complexity to their specific requirements. The most significant advantage of Android is customisability, and there is a low barrier to publishing new applications without going through a lengthy review process.

This feature could explain why the Google Play Store has more users than the Microsoft Store.

Cost efficiency

Although Windows tablets have a robust, mature operating system that can handle almost any task, users may not always require such a powerful system. This is since the processor, graphics, and RAM are always present, regardless of whether the operator uses them to their full potential.

The Android OS can be application-specific, allowing for a more customised architecture and lower hardware costs overall. Furthermore, the Android licence fee is significantly lower.

The Android tablet is a cost-effective solution because it allows developers to avoid platform-specific code specifications thanks to its more flexible hardware options and lower licence fees.

Lower power consumption

Due to its ability to customise system architecture to its applications, Android generally uses less power and is more energy efficient than its Windows counterparts. During remote operation, lower power consumption lowers operating costs and extends the life of a single battery charge.

Open source and Google integration

Android is easily integrated with Google Workspace, which many users already use. The rugged Android tablet can be linked to cloud storage and the most powerful search engine through seamless integration.

Though the ease of launching new applications and the availability of open-sourced software make the OS simple to implement, security issues are common with streamlined or no limited reviews and open sourcing.

Though Android is slightly more vulnerable to viruses than Windows, it has the advantage of using expandable memory to allow applications to grow with them.

A variety of applications

Many different applications are available for download from Google Play and can be used simultaneously on Android tablets. Furthermore, Android apps are readily available and allow you to customise the software to meet your specific requirements.

It is beneficial to review applications that are better suited for either the Windows or Android OS because both have advantages.

The Android operating system is a viable alternative that allows businesses to tailor technical complexity to their specific requirements.

Which OS is Better for Your Use Case: Android or Windows Tablets?

The simplest way to choose an operating system is to consider how you will use the rugged tablet. Android may be a better choice if the application requires a simple, cost-effective solution that allows you to easily customise it to a specific use case.

The rugged Android tablet takes the ease of use of a smartphone and expands it to a business-ready, efficient, and cost-effective solution.

Windows is superior in terms of high performance, integration with other systems and devices, data integrity, device-managed security, and tablet design flexibility. A rugged Windows tablet combines the power, security, and compatibility of a laptop with the flexibility and portability of a tablet.

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Do you have a question or want some advice?

Ben Perkins is our rugged hardware guru and general technology enthusiast. Fill in the form below and he will get in touch or if it can’t wait then call to chat directly on 08 8363 0400.

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