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Types of Mobile Computers

There are several types of [tooltip tip="A mobile computer combines PC and scanning functions into a single device, which uses software applications and operating systems such as Windows, Android, and Linux to perform everyday tasks."]mobile computers[/tooltip] that benefit businesses in industries across the globe. Each type comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and styles with features unique to certain environments. For example, there are vehicle-mount mobile computers that attach to trucks and forklifts and handheld devices for environments that where the potential for explosions exists. There are even wearable computers that expedite processing in warehouses and protective sleds that turn consumer tablets and smartphones into enterprise-ready devices. Learn more about mobile computers and see how they differ from wireless barcode scanners.

Compare mobile computers

The following table compares the features and benefits of each type of mobile computer. Review it to determine which mobile computer works best for you.

mobile computer TYPES






Dolphin Black 70e

  • Combines functionality of a PC and a scanner into a single device
  • Extends organizational knowledge into the field
  • Small and light, yet rugged and durable
  • Withstands the rigors of mobile computing better than laptops or consumer devices
  • Variety of sizes, shapes, and styles with many features and accessories
  • Enhances mobile workforce performance across a wide range of environments and industries
  • Designed to protect against environmental factors like dust or rain
  • Expands the life of your hardware investment
  • Light, medium, and heavy duty handling
  • Ensures a perfect match for your requirements
  • Operating systems such as Windows, Android, and Linux
  • Offers same functionality as desktop computer or laptop for optimal productivity
  • Preloaded applications software or custom programs
  • Increases efficiency of everyday tasks
  • Wireless connectivity options such as Bluetooth
  • Syncs devices such as printers, modems, and headsets for improved productivity
  • Latest Wi-Fi technologies
  • Facilitates fast data transmission


Motorola WT41n0


  • Hands-free operations
  • Maximizes workers’ productivity by keeping their eyes and hands on the task at hand
  • Sophisticated voice-directed applications
  • Improves performance and accuracy by streamlining the picking process
  • Easy to use
  • Requires minimal training time for quicker results


Datalogic Rhino

  • Full PC functionality
  • Ensures compliance and improves safety
  • Rugged construction, yet compact and lightweight
  • Makes it easier for employees to work under extreme conditions
  • Fits tight-spaced vehicles
  • Improves productivity with instant access to needed information



Motorola ET1 Tablet

  • High-speed Wi-Fi connections that supports the latest WLAN or WWAN networks
  • Promises superior performance with the ability to work from virtually any location
  • Highly customizable
  • Reduces application and support costs
  • Encrypted data security
  • Secures sensitive information to help comply with industry and governmental regulations
  • Enterprise sleds for consumer devices
  • Improves the customer experience while transforming consumer devices into enterprise-ready ones



Honeywell Captuvo SL42

  • Always-on availability of enterprise applications
  • Gives instant access to the latest information, enables immediate updates, and relays critical data
  • Switchable networks
  • Connects to 3.5G broadband WANs on both GSM and CDMA networks to accommodate any situation
  • Customizable user interface
  • Promotes efficiency with by tailoring screens for easy access to the applications and functions used most
  • Enterprise sleds for consumer devices
  • Provides added durability and increased safety to consumer devices used in the enterprise

Hazardous Environment

Intermec I-Safe Scanner

  • Combines global certifications with cutting-edge technologies
  • Supports high performance in environments where the risk for explosion exists
  • Intrinsically safe mobile computers meet or exceed stringent requirements for gases, vapors, liquids, dusts, and fibers
  • Ensures compliance with industry and governmental regulations in the most volatile environments
  • Non-incendive configurations with same benefits as other handheld mobile computers
  • Complies with Division 2, Class I – III requirements for safe operations in harsh environments