Difference Between Rugged, Consumer and Hybrid Devices – Durability

So far, we know that rugged devices don’t bring the latest in technology, whereas hybrid rugged phones do.¬† However, consumer phones still have the latest and greatest in technology because us business folk do like to see a technology have a little testing before we put our business necks on the line for it.

So why use Hybrid devices? Well, in this article we’re looking at durability.

Ruggedness, durability, toughness, dust proofed, waterproof… It all means the same to me. At the end of the day, if you’re using a smartphone for work, it needs to be rugged. And this is where consumer phones really lose out.

Why ruggedness matters.

Durability matters because, without it, your mobile devices would constantly be out of use or being repaired. This is both expensive in itself, but also creates downtime for your business. Classic rugged devices were, of course, rugged, but we’ve already talked about why they might not be suitable for you on the last blog.¬† Consumer phones, will not last 5 minutes in a true work environment. So don’t let anyone fool you into thinking they will.

Durability is one area where a hybrid rugged phone really wins out.

Hybrid rugged is better than rugged!

Ruggedness has come a long way in the past few years. It’s now pretty easy and inexpensive to attain a certain level of ruggedness. Newer “hybrid” devices that have short ROI times have been able to take advantage of this. Not only do hybrid devices have durability, but today they are more durable than classic rugged devices ever were.

IP68 is now the norm. So expect devices to be submersible waterproof, and completely dust tight. Drop specs are simply breezing past 1.8M these days, and advances in glass flexibility and toughness are meaning even the LCD’s on new hybrid smartphones are tougher, cracking less and lasting a lot longer. However, where a classic rugged device typically grows in size due to the way it is designed to be rugged, a hybrid device achieves amazing ruggedness whilst keeping to smartphone-like size and weight.

I’m usually a sceptic when someone tells me “You really can have your cake and eat it“. But in this case, the technology of durability has really seen some major advances in ruggedness and durability of smartphones and hybrid rugged tablets.

Just take a look at the Raptor C5 in the photo above and you can see how IP68, 1.8M drop specs can be attained in a slim smartphone-like form factor.

Next up, we’re going to talk about one of the most demanding areas of work devices, namely battery life and just how a hybrid rugged phone has made advances in this area too.

Posted by "Durable" Dave

My background is web/mobile software, mobile hardware, where I worked with some of the earliest PDA's on the market from HP and Microsoft and data capture where i've sold all of the main brands of rugged kit you'll find!

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