Whether you’re running a small business with or a huge organization, you need a reliable device to facilitate communication and process data. This is where mobile computers, such as the Panasonic FZ-T1 come into play. Not only are they great for providing instructions to your team from anywhere at any time, but they can also make your workers more productive.
In this review of the Panasonic FZ-T1 we’ll cover all major features of the device and we’ll also provide a comparison to another newly released mobile computer, the Sonim RS60.
- Overview and Specifications
- Final Verdict
Overview and Specifications
|Panasonic FZ-T1||Sonim RS60|
|MSRP||$1,200 – $1,500||$1,149|
|Operating System||Android 9||Android 10.0|
|Memory||Two GB RAM/16 GB ROM||Four GB RAM/64 GB ROM|
|Display||Five-inch||Six-inch Gorilla Glass FHD|
|Battery||Removable 3200 mAh||Removable 8000 mAh|
|Processor||1.1GHz quad-core||2.2GHz Qualcomm Pro Octa-core|
The Panasonic FZ-T1 runs on an Android 9. While not the most up-to-date version of Android, the system nevertheless does have some strong points. The interface is mobile-friendly and easy to use. And the fact that it’s Android cuts down drastically on lengthy training time because many workers are already familiar with the system.
As far as the Sonim RS60 is concerned, it also runs on an Android platform but it’s a newer version. The device runs on Android 10, which is a smoother and faster platform than older Android versions, providing your device with enough speed to complete demanding functions. What is more, the privacy settings are optimized, allowing you to determine the data you’ll share and how much of it will become available to other users. You can also put a stop to ad personalization and retargeting.
In terms of the processor, the Panasonic FZ-T1 provides a mediocre option. The device uses a 1.1GHz quad-core chipset which may not give the most reliable or fast performance. Quad-core models used to be a great solution a few years ago, but there are much better options in 2021.
On the other hand, the Sonim RS60 comes with a 2.2GHz Octa-core processor that brings a lot of power to your device. The eight cores give you high speeds that make completing even the most advanced tasks a seamless process. In addition, the potent chipset takes a lot of the burden away from your battery, extending the hours your team gets out of the mobile computer. Your apps also load a lot faster, saving your team time in the field.
With the Panasonic FZ-T1 you’re getting several options in terms of connectivity. Most notably, you get a 4G LTE connection and a system certified with Verizon, which is key for workers operating on-the-go or in remote locations.
The Sonim RS60 features a dual-band network you can use both for five GHz and 2.4GHz channels while utilizing high speeds. Furthermore, you can process large chunks of information without any difficulties. Additionally, the RS60 supports 4G LTE connections, which means you can stay connected without being tethered to a wi-fi network.
Regarding the Panasonic FZ-T1 probably the best feature is the barcode scanner. It’s a straight-shooting read, with an option to include a pistol grip with a trigger. It can perform three scans each minute and works from both close and long ranges. This makes it particularly ideal for industries processing large amounts of barcodes such as warehousing and courier services.
The Sonim RS60 also features an integrated 1D/2D barcode scanner which works even on worn tags or in low lighting conditions. Additionally, the device also includes proprietary management software called SonimWare. The tool package includes a large number of applications and configurations that make the device both user-friendly and fully functional.
For example, SonimWare offers the ability to select the apps other device holders can use. This way, your field workers won’t be browsing Netflix, YouTube, or other irrelevant web pages while performing their duties. This function is crucial to keeping your team productive and ensuring great results, no matter the size of your company. It makes sure your employees stay locked in. Another example is Kiosk Mode which lets you customize the look, feel, and access to your applications. As a result, it’s a perfect solution for avoiding on-screen distractions while your team is working in hazardous environments.
For workers in noisy environments such as field service, there’s also cutting-edge noise-canceling technology and speakers with over 100dB of output.
Panasonic’s FZ-T1 comes with a high-definition 1280 x 720 screen that stands at 5 inches. It does include automatic rotation, but there’s no Gorilla Glass or the enhanced functionality in all brightness levels.
The Sonim RS60 gives you a slightly larger 6 inch screen with 1920×1080 resolution. The added advantage with this model is the Gorilla Glass 3 that for maximum durability and is both glove and wet-finger friendly. It also comes with an anti-fingerprint coating, and you can use your screen effortlessly, no matter the lighting conditions outside.
Even though rugged mobile computers are more durable than conventional handheld devices, not all of them are equally strong. That’s why it’s crucial to choose wisely since you don’t want to end up with a flimsy item.
The Panasonic FZ-T1 offers basic robustness. The device has obtained several certifications, such as MIL-STD-810G and IP66 and IP68. This means it can survive up to 5 foot drops and is sealed against dust and water damage. Overall, the item provides solid durability.
Sonim fares particularly well in terms of durability. All of their devices are classified as ultra-rugged and the RS60 is no exception. The mobile handheld is both MIL-810G and IP67 rated so it’s impervious to water and dust. It can withstand drops from up to six feet onto concrete, outperforming most other manufacturers that test their pieces using softer materials, such as plywood.
In addition the RS60 can be operated in extreme temperatures and is also resistant to shocks and constant vibrations. And perhaps one of the more impressive features is the RS60’s resistance to chemicals. The fact that the device can be wiped or even submerged in harsh chemicals such as bleach or alcohol, makes it easy to safely disinfect the RS60 and may be of particular interest to industries such as healthcare.
With Panasonics Toughbook FZ-T1 your getting a 3200 mAh model that can last up to 12 hours before charging is necessary. That number does decrease however, if you’re using demanding apps.
Sonim’s RS60 comes with a removable 8000 mAh Li-Lon battery with an extremely high capacity. It features single-charge, multi-shift power, making it a terrific choice for particularly long days. Removing the battery is straightforward and you can even purchase backups to swap out for extra-long shifs.
With the Panasonic FZ-T1 you get two GB of RAM, which is adequate for moderate usage. However, you may face slowdowns if you’re running several advanced applications at once. Furthermore, you can only store 16 GB of data on your phone, although you can upgrade to up to 64 of additional GB.
The Sonim RS60 offers a bit more in terms of RAM with 4GB that should be able to hand heavy-duty usage. The 64 GB of flash storage offers plenty of internal memory and you can add up to 256 extra GB.
Let’s take a closer look at the additional equipment both manufacturers include with their devices. This factor is very important since extra gear allows your employees to work faster and perform more functions.
In terms of the Panasonic FZ-T1, there are several noteworthy items, such as a charging cradle and holster. The pistol grip in particular, is an important option for workers who are continuously scanning barcodes as it makes for fast and easy capturing.
Sonim also offers an array of useful pieces of equipment with the RS60 including dispatch gear, carrying equipment, multi-bay handset, vehicle mounts, and wired PTT headsets. There’s also a helpful hand strap included in box which makes carrying the device a breeze.
The Panasonic FZ-T1 ranges in price from about $1,200 to around $1,500. Conversely, the Sonim RS60 retails for $1,149 all inclusive and may be even lower for bulk purchases.
The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 comes with a standard warranty that gives you a one-year limited coverage.
The RS60 is covered by a two-year comprehensive plan that protects your mobile computer against all sorts of damage and you can opt for a three-year warranty if needed.
Both devices have a lot to offer in terms of rugged mobile computing. When you compare the specs however, there are a lot of advantages to the Sonim RS60 over the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1. It’s got a faster operating system, larger and more durable display, and higher battery capacity. On top of that, both the processor and RAM are an improvement over those offered with the FZ-T1.
If you’re running a smaller operation or expecting a moderate amount of use from your mobile computer, the Panasonic FZ-T1 is not a bad choice. In terms of pricing however, the RS60 costs less than the FZ-T1 so you’re not only getting better value, but the overall price is actually lower. Plus the durability of the device gives it a longer lifespan which contributes to an overall lower total cost of ownership.
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