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GottaBeMobile Hardware InkShow: Nova NMS – 5000 Rugged CE Tablet Computer



Nova Mobility contacted us a while back to see if we wanted to check out any of their products, and with me doing a large field project this summer, the timing was perfect!  This rugged Windows CE device is one slick little number.  I do have to say though – at first I was a little nervous when checking out the unit – it was like a BIG PDA!  I am used to setting up and programming for a PPC sized Trimble GPS units – and this thing has an 8″ screen.  Well, after opening it up and playing with it for a few, I loved it! 

Rugged_Computer_5000While not a fully functioning Windows Tablet PC OS, there are many similarities.  You can ink, touch and use an on-screen keyboard.  You can get your e-mail, surf the web, communicate via messenger or even write a document.   Those are great features for the device, but the strong point is the applications that you can write for a CE based device.  While it may not be a Tablet PC, if you are looking for a reliable platform for Fleet management, Restaurant industry applications or field work :) then you should check out the Nova NMS – 5000.

General Characteristics
• CPU: Intel XScaleTM PXA255, 400MHz
• Companion Chip: SM501G8 with 8MB VRAM
• OS: Microsoft WindowsTM CE.NET 4.2
• Flash: 32MB Intel Strata Flash for image
• SDRAM: 128MB on board
• Audio system: AC-97 link audio system

• Battery: Swappable Li-ion battery pack 7.4V, 4400mAH
• Operating time: 4 hours
• Charging time: 4 hours (on/off mode)
• Backup battery: 5-min. life for changing main battery
• Power adapter: Universal AC 90V ~ 265V, 47~63Hz input;
  12V output

Wireless Communication (options)
• 802.11g WLAN, built-in antenna
• Bluetooth (class 1)
• 2.4GHz long range transceiver (up to 2 miles/3.2km)
• Wireless LAN and WAN capable
• Support for installation, updates, monitoring and control

In this InkShow, I cover the external features of the unit and also show some of the programs in operation.  If you have never seen CE based device – check out the InkShow – I think you will be surprised!!

Watch or download the High Res version  (15:02 minutes, 117.63 mb, Windows Media streaming or direct download)


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