Handheld Computers

Top Uses of Handheld Computers (And How to Protect Them)

For many professionals, the standard combination of smartphone and laptop is good enough for both work and play. In recent years, some people have begun to trade their computers for tablets with keyboards and other auxiliary accessories.

In most cases, though, laptops are great for typing up reports or doing standard office work, while smartphones or tablets are perfect for typing up emails on the fly, keeping in touch with your team, taking pictures, and more. With these gadgets in your arsenal, what other mobile equipment could you possibly need to get the job done?

The Top Uses of Handheld Computers

For some jobs, none of these devices cover all the bases. Laptops aren’t portable enough, the average tablet isn’t rugged enough, and the average smartphone doesn’t offer enough power or security. In such situations, the natural solution might be a handheld computer or EDA (Enterprise Data Assistant), such as the Motorola MC65. These devices are larger than smartphones, smaller than tablets, and more rugged than both. They bring desktop-level performance and capability to the table.

Currently, key mobile technology companies like Apple and Samsung don’t have these types of handheld computers on their product lists. However, here are a few jobs where devices such as the Motorola MC65 are frequently used.

  1. Warehouse Workers: Keeping track of inventory in a commercial or industrial warehouse can be a tough job, complicated by the size of the space and the range of different products or supplies stocked there. Handheld computers have simplified the work, allowing the warehouse foreman or on-duty worker to scan incoming and outgoing product and keep an electronic inventory.
  2. Delivery Workers: Nowadays, when a FedEx driver or UPS delivery man brings a package to your door, he or she probably scans it with a rugged handheld computer. The basic purpose here is the same that it is for a warehouse worker: the scan records the package as delivered, and saves the delivery worker the time and hassle of having to go into a computer system and update the package status manually. This technology is also the why it is so easy to track packages during shipment.
  3. Event Admissions: It used to be that when you would go to a concert or a sporting event, someone would tear your ticket as you arrived to record your admission and keep you from getting the ticket to someone else for re-use. Now, the entire process can be digitized, with handheld computers allowing admissions workers to scan tickets, keep track of how many people are at their venue, and prevent people from getting in with fake or pre-used tickets.

The Rise of Handheld Computers?

As you can see, there are numerous applications in which handheld computers are the ideal mobile device. In fact, in many industrial jobs, devices including the Motorola MC65 have become an essential of the profession—to the point where a broken handheld computer can result in a substantial loss of productivity. Since the aforementioned work functions of a rugged handheld computer (scanning, tracking, inventory updates, etc.) are things that most smartphones or tablets can’t handle—whether because of a lack of power or because of insufficient app software—it’s easy to see why many businesses count on Motorola and its peers to continue producing and supporting these devices.

It’s interesting because Motorola’s hold on the mobile market has substantially decreased since Apple unveiled the iPhone back in 2007. In the days when flip phones were the en vogue mobile devices, Motorola was one of the industry’s most prominent players, with phones like the RAZR offering a sleek and stylish experience for mobile users. But while Motorola may not have a smartphone that can compete with Apple in the mainstream, the company is doing quite well for itself in the rugged handheld computer market.

As these durable and powerful devices continue to gain popularity in certain professional sectors, will they become a more mainstream commodity? Could we see a company like Apple developing a version of the iPhone that is built to offer a more desktop-like experience? It seems unlikely, at this point. Apple has a brand that prides itself on offering products that a wide cross section of the mainstream marketplace can use and enjoy. A more technical (and less aesthetically-oriented) handheld computer just doesn’t seem like the company’s cup of tea.

How to Protect Your Handheld Computer

If you are using a Motorola MC65, or some other similar handheld computer device, the fact that Apple will likely be staying outside of the marketplace probably won’t bother you. Motorola’s devices, after all, do exactly what they are supposed to do without being too concerned about flash or visual appeal. More important for these devices and the people who use them every day are power, performance, durability, app capability, warranty protection, battery life, and security.

A device that brings all of those things into the life of a busy professional is obviously a valuable asset. And as mentioned previously, there are jobs where one of these handheld computers breaking or malfunctioning could cause substantial problems. Just imagine that you are supposed to scan the tickets at a sold out concert, and your handheld computer gets busted just before. There are many professions that have become so reliant on these devices that going on without them wouldn’t even be a feasible option.

With that in mind, you should make it a priority to give your rugged handheld computer the extra rugged protection it needs. At eHolster, we offer industrial cases that you can use to protect and transport your handheld computer—so you don’t have to worry about doing your job without it. Whether you use a Motorola MC65, Motorola MC75, Motorola MC9500 or other—or a competing device like an Intermec CN70, we have a case that will perfectly fit your handheld computer. And if we don’t, we always offer custom cases for other handheld computer models. Check out our website today to learn more about these special industrial cases!