Motorola ET1


Motorola ET1. Expected Q4 2011. An Android tablet built for enterprises, the
Motorola ET1 is a very different beast from the sort of tablet that you might use at home. The ET1 is designed for retail and industrial
environments. It’s a chunky looking thing, certified to IP54 environmental standards
(protected against dust and splashing water) and MIL STD 810G drop standards (multiple
drops of 1.2m). The display is coated with a Gorilla Glass coating that is 30% thicker
than consumer products, and the large surround is designed to make the ET1 easier to hold
without accidentally pressing elements on the screen. It looks a little old-fashioned on the surface,
but underneath is a powerful device with a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB
of internal flash memory plus a microSD slot that will take up to 32GB. One the front is a 7″ 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive
touchscreen plus a set of physical buttons. On the back is an 8 megapixel camera with
autofocus and LED flash plus 720p HD video recording. There is an additional camera on
the front for video calling. The operating system is Android 2.3.4 which
is more common on smartphones than tablets. Motorola have a suite of enterprise applications
available, or you can develop your own cross-platform apps with Motorola RhoElements. One neat feature
with the software is the ability to support multiple users. The tablet supports 802.11 a, b, g and n WiFi,
but not 3G data. It has GPS and an electronic compass but we suspect that these will be
of more use to applications than personal navigation. The Motorola ET1 weighs 630 grams and measures
130 x 224 x 25mm. That’s about the same weight as an iPad 2 to handle, although it’s quite
a bit more compact and only has a 7″ display compared to the 9.7″ one on the Apple product. There are a wide range of accessories, including
battery chargers, cradles and hand straps. The large 4620 mAh battery can easily be taken
out and swapped with a new one from the charger. The ET1 is made by Motorola Solutions, the
demerged industrial products division of Motorola, rather than Motorola Mobility which is the
consumer oriented handset division being bought by Google. Motorola Solutions have a established
and successful line of industrial and enterprise products such as this. We understand that the Motorola ET1 won’t
be cheap, with prices quoted in the €800 to €1200 range depending on quantity ordered,
when it starts shipping by the end of the year. That may seem expensive, but then the
ET1 is going to be a lot more use in an industrial or retail environment than a standard tablet.

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