The modern workplace has seen numerous technological breakthroughs, including the addition of mobile computers, that have made field jobs much simpler. Devices such as the DataLogic Joya Touch, come with a variety of features that simplify everyday tasks and allow for seamless business communications on the road.
In this review of the DataLogic Joya Touch mobile computer we’ll cover all crucial components and explain how these devices can help your business. We’ll also compare it to a newly released, more affordable competitor– the Sonim RS60.
- Overview and Specifications
- Final Verdict
Overview and Specifications
|Sonim RS60||DataLogic Joya Touch|
|Operating System||Android 10.0||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Memory||Four GB RAM/64 GB ROM||One GB RAM/Four GB ROM|
|Display||Six-inch Gorilla Glass FHD||4.3 inches|
|Battery||Removable 8000 mAh||Removable 3000 mAh|
|Processor||2.2GHz Qualcomm Pro Octa-core||806 MHz|
In terms of operating system, the DataLogic Joya Touch uses a bit of an outdated model. While the mobile computer does run on Android, you can upgrade your device up to Android 7.1 Nougat only, making it less than ideal for working in a fast-paced environment. Because they haven’t released an updated OS in the last couple of years, you won’t get a very reliable performance from your device. On the other hand, since it is Android, you are still getting a user-friendly and familiar interface.
As far as the Sonim RS60 is concerned, the model runs on Android 10 – one of the smoothest and fastest solutions you can find on the mobile computer market. It allows you to carry out heavy-duty tasks, protects your privacy, and lets you determine how and when your data will be shared. Additionally, you can easily disable ad retargeting and personalization. And like the DataLogic Joya Touch, the interface is mobile-friendly and easy to use.
The DataLogic Joya Touch uses a basic chipset that’s on the lower end of the spectrum, performance-wise. The 32-bit piece operates at just 806 MHz. As a consequence, heavy-duty multitasking isn’t something you can reliably perform on this device.
In contrast, the Sonim RS60 features a Qualcomm Octa-core chipset that contributes to outstanding performance. It operates on 2.2GHz and generates extremely high speeds that limit load times. What’s more, the chipset helps ensure that your battery doesn’t get drained as quickly. Plus, the extra speed is great for completing advanced field tasks and using several applications simultaneously.
The Wi-Fi system used by the DataLogic Joya Touch features standard security settings and is Cisco CCX v4-compatible. It does not however, have cellular capabilities so proximity to a wi-fi system would be necessary for wireless connections.
Conversely, the Sonim RS60 uses a dual-band network that supports five GHz and 2.4GHz channels. The system operates on high-speed signals, allowing you to handle lots of data without slowdowns. There are many other cool features, such as network optimization, interference elimination, global roaming, power savings, and infrastructure protection. In addition, the RS60 supports 4G LTE connections so workers can stay connected from any location.
The DataLogic Joya Touch features an integrated barcode scanner for fast and easy scanning. You can use also use a pistol grip with the device, which is ideal for industries that process high amounts of barcodes. You also get the SoftSpot technology, allowing you to select the soft trigger position. However, the mobile computer doesn’t provide much in terms of safety features, ease-of-access, or ability to manage a large number of devices from afar.
The Sonim RS60 includes a proprietary set of advanced tools called SonimWare. It features configurations and apps that add to your device’s functionality.
For example, SonimWare’s monitoring features allow you to specify all the apps other users can access, thereby preventing workers from watching YouTube or checking Twitter during work hours. As a result, your staff will remain on-task throughout the workday. Additionally, the platform enables you to send vital data to the rest of your team, contact them whenever necessary, and offer guidance when facing problems. You also get the following features:
- The Setup Wizard: You can set up and deploy numerous devices in record time. Plus, the software leaves no room for errors associated with manual customization.
- Continuous scanning: The 1D/2D barcode scanner allows you to capture large chunks of information within just a couple of seconds. Don’t forget to take advantage of the extensive scanning range that lets you scan barcodes from up to 15 inches away.
- Kiosk Mode: This configuration gives you access to a host of handy customization options. You can modify the look and feel of your applications, as well as determine who can access them. This way, there will be no distractions while your employees are involved in potentially dangerous fieldwork.
On the other side of the aisle, DataLogic Joya Touch’s display is on the smaller side with a 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass model that features 854×480 resolution.
Sonim’s RS60 gives you a 1920×1080 six-inch Gorilla Glass 3 display that’s both glove and wet-finger optimized. There’s also the anti-fingerprint coating and, thanks to light-responsive auto-adjustments, you can use the screen in all lighting conditions without a hitch.
Although high build quality is an essential feature for each corporate user, the DataLogic Joya Touch may not be suitable for harsh conditions. There’s standard protection on the device edges and sides, but hardly any other properties that contribute to the item’s durability. As a consequence, you’d need to be careful handling the piece.
By contrast the RS60 boasts several durability certifications, such as the MIL-STD-810G and IP67 ratings. Consequently, the device can withstand six-foot drops onto concrete as well as pressure and constant vibrations.
The RS60 is also waterproof and remains fully functional even in extreme temperatures. You can even safely disinfect and clean the RS60 with harsh chemicals such acetone, benzalkonium, glass cleaner, detergent, isopropyl alcohol, or bleach.
The DataLogic Joya Touch, comes with a replaceable 3.7V Li-Lon model that gives you 3000 mAh and about12 Watt-hours.
Sonim’s RS60 comes equipped with an 8000 mAh Li-Lon model with tremendous capacity, meaning that it will serve your team on the longest workdays imaginable. It comes with multi-shift, single-charge power, and replacing the removable battery will be a breeze.
As far as storage goes, the DataLogic Joya Touch has just four GB of flash memory, not enough space to store a lot of documents, especially if you’re running a large organization. The RAM performance is also poor, offering you just one GB, which is nowhere near what modern operations necessitate.
With the Sonim RS60 you get as much as 64 GB of flash memory, which is enough to store a vast number of PDF files, presentations, spreadsheets, and any other essential files. You can also expand your storage with up to 256 additional GB. The device’s four GB of RAM facilitate fast performance and reduce the chances of encountering bugs and slowdowns, allowing your staff to work in a smooth environment.
Your field workers appreciate robust accessories. They allow them to use their mobile computers in almost any conditions, resulting in higher productivity. The DataLogic Joya Touch available accessories include:
- Three-slot cradle
- Trolley holder
- Screen protector
In comparison, you can get the Sonim RS60 offers several accessories, such as:
- Logitech keyboard and mouse
- Bluetooth printer accessibility
- Capacitive touch stylus
- Hand strap
- Desktop charger
- In-vehicle holder
- USB-C headset
As far as pricing goes, the DataLogic Joya Touch ranges from about $800 to over $1600 which is a bit overpriced considering the specs.
Not only is the Sonim RS60 better in terms of specifications, but it’s also more cost-effective, with a single SKU price of $1,149 that includes all features.
DataLogic offers a one-year factory plan warranty on their Joya Touch series.
In contrast, the RS60 comes with a two-year comprehensive plan that provides extensive coverage, and you can even opt for a three-year warranty package.
While DataLogic is definitely an established player in the mobile computer space, you’re getting a very basic and limited device with the Joya Touch. The best advantages that the device offers is probably the pistol grip option however in terms of software and durability, it kind of lags behind. Conversely, the Sonim RS60 offers premium features and much better specs than the DataLogic Joya Touch. You can manage all your team’s devices remotely without any hindrances and reap the benefits of seamless performance. Overall, we’d recommend the RS60 as a well priced option for both small and large scale operation. The durability and advanced features make it an ideal choice for a wide variety of industries including logistics, warehousing, manufacturing, emergency services, and field service.
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