Motorola's ES400S isn't exactly pretty - though we have to say it does have a certain rugged, purposeful charm - but it's tough and flexible, even with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 as the OS. The "enterprise handheld device" (based on the regular ES400) is headed to Sprint at the end of October 2010, priced at a hefty $499.99 (with a new agreement) but capable of withstanding dust, four foot drops and bumps.
T-Mobile USA and Motorola have announced the Motorola DEFY, exclusive to the carrier and - bizarrely - making its public debut on the Oprah Winfrey Show today. Packing a 3.7-inch WVGA scratch-resistent touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and waterproof/dustproof casing, the DEFY was first spotted in the UK at the start of the month.
Rugged computer specialist Getac has outed its successor a sibling to the V100 convertible tablet PC, and as you might expect it's no less sturdy. The Getac V200 has a 12.1-inch super-bright 1,200 nit multitouch-capable display, 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-620LM processor and WiFi b/g/n, but more importantly perhaps it's MIL-STD-810G and IP65 compliant for resilience to dust, vibration, temperatures as low as -20 degrees centigrade and water.
Stealth isn't a stranger to the tech community, so when they go ahead and introduce something like their brand new rugged keyboard, we hope that they're not immediately scoffed at and ignored. Even if it is pretty thick, and, well, rugged. Luckily for those who are curious enough to check it out, the new USB keyboard does feature plenty of features, and a very unique optical trackball mouse, right up there near the right corner.
The MILESTONE 2 isn't the only new Motorola Android phone around today; there's also the Motorola DEFY, a ruggedized MOTOBLUR device with a 3.7-inch touchscreen and 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. A bigger sibling to the North America-only Motorola i1, the DEFY is dust proof and water resistant, together with having a scratch proof glass screen.
Panasonic has outed a full five new digital cameras in its Lumix range, including rugged models, HD-video capable shooters and the company's first full hybrid. The Panasonic Lumix FZ100 kicks things off, with a 14.1-megapixel sensor, Full HD video recording, 24x optical zoom and 11fps burst rates, while the Lumix DMC-FZ40 gets the same sensor and can shoot 720p HD AVCHD Lite video.
Sprint has finally announced availability and pricing for their new, ruggedized Android smartphone, the Motorola i1. Set to land on the Nextel network come July 25th, the i1 packs a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and 3G EVDO Rev.A, all in a chassis that's resilient to dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain.
Magellan has outed its latest hand-held GPS navigators, the eXplorist outdoor series. The Magellan eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 all have a 3.0-inch color touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, are waterproof and ruggedized. Photos are automatically geotagged and can be accompanied by voice notes.
Getac has updated its ruggedized convertible tablet PC, the Getac V100, with a 1.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor. That, the company claims, is good enough for a 47-percent performance boost over the last-gen model - in no small part thanks to Turbo Boost - making it the fastest dual-core ruggedized convertible on the market (a pretty small ecosystem, they must admit).
With hardly a week passing without another case of misplaced data cropping up in the headlines, taking steps to secure the contents of mobile storage seems all the more topical. Into the fray steps LaCie's Rugged Safe, a 500GB external hard-drive that promises not only basic bump protection but an integrated biometric fingerprint scanner paired with 128-bit AES hardware encryption. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Tablet manufacturer Motion Computing has outed their latest model, and while the J3500 rugged slate may not appeal to the same audience as the iPad (nor come in at quite the same price) that's not to say it's not an appealing machine in its own right. Packing a 12.1-inch WXGA touchscreen - with various types of touch support on offer - and a choice of Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, the J3500 meets military specifications for bumps, drops and other rough treatment.