Trimble Nomad rugged smartphone now available with Android

May 22, 2009
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SDG Systems Trimble Nomad

SDG Systems Trimble Nomad

SDG Systems has been offering its Trimble Nomad PDA/smartphone in Windows Mobile and Linux versions for some time now, but the company announced yesterday that it now has a “developer” build of Android 1.5 (Cupcake) that it can sell with the device for interested parties. Base price starts at $1274.

The Nomad features both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity options and features a 2 megapixel camera and a built-in 1D laser bar code scanner. It uses a VGA resolution display and can support up to 2GB of internal storage. An optional quad-band GSM/EDGE module provides phone connectivity for those that need to stray from the workplace.

While you might expect that it’s 806MHz CPU would burn through its power supply quickly, you probably didn’t count on the Nomad coming equipped with a massive 5200mAh battery. You also probably didn’t count on a weight of 1.3 pounds (596g), either.

With a weight like that, it’s a good thing that the Nomad sports some serious MilSpec ruggedness ratings. 4′ drops onto concrete are fine, and it can survive being in 8 to 10′ deep water, as well.

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