Business owners and managers face many challenges in their day-to-day operations. They need to keep track of performance levels and inventory, as well as communicate with their workers in real time. Many businesses use tablet computers, such as the the Zebra ET51 to solve their logistic and communication issues.
Here’s our complete review on everything that need to know about the Zebra ET51 before you make this massive decision! Our score of the Zebra ET51 is a 4/10.
- Operating System for Zebra ET51
- Zebra ET51 Processor
- Zebra ET51 Wi-Fi and Cellular Capabilities
- Specs of the Zebra ET51
- Data Capture
- Software Tools
- Price of Zebra ET51
- Final Verdict (Score of 4/10)
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Operating System for Zebra ET51
With the Zebra ET51 Enterprise you choose from two models with either Android 10 or Windows 10 as the operating system so you can customize your tablet to suit your company’s needs. With the Android version you’re getting Android 10 which provides a fast and user friendly mobile experience. However if you’re already using Windows that may be a better option for you.
For contrast, the newly released Sonim RS80 runs on Android 10. The platform provides a fast network that helps your team communicate seamlessly and perform the toughest tasks. It also lets you determine how much of your data will be shared, which devices can see your information, and lets you make any other adjustments from a single location. Additionally, workers who own Android smartphones may already be familiar with the OS and the user-friendly interface is convenient in mobile settings.
Both tablets feature a Octa-core processors that runs on 2.2GHz. They eight cores enable you to perform a large number of tasks without facing slowdowns and keep the battery from emptying quickly. Zebra’s ET51 Enterprise uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 model while the Sonim RS80 uses Snapdragon 626.
The specs on the two chipsets are nearly identical. You’re getting a slight edge in terms of graphics quality with Zebra’s processor but otherwise, they function very similarly.
Wi-Fi and Cellular Capabilities
With regards to the Zebra ET51 Enterprise, the Wi-Fi settings are pretty decent. The platform has some strong points, such as the capability to communicate with several devices at once. However, the tablet is not 4G LTE optimized so you would need to stay within range of a wi-fi network for it to work, which limits the mobility of the device.
The Sonim RS80 features a dual-band network capable of utilizing 2.4GHz and five GHz channels. The connection is extremely fast, and your mobile computer can process a huge amount of information with no reduction in speed. It also includes network optimization, interference elimination, global roaming, power savings, and infrastructure protection. Additionally, the RS80 have 4G LTE capabilities so you can use it from any location without connecting to a separate hotspot. This feature is particularly beneficial for workers in industries such as transportation and field service where a steady connection is crucial.
Specs of the Zebra ET51
Zebra ET51 Enterprise Display
The Zebra ET51 Enterprise boasts a 2560×1600 8.4-inch Gorilla Glass display so the screen resolution is great. It features solid properties, such as decent outdoor readability, and can be used with a stylus, glove, or while wet.
The RS80’s 8 inches, is slightly smaller than Zebra’s ET51 however this can make the tablet easier to handle. The resolution stands at 1920×1200 pixels and it works with both bare, wet, and gloved fingers. There’s an anti-fingerprint coating and it’s optimized for sunlight readability so you can easily use it in extreme lighting conditions.
Furthermore the RS80 utilizes the tough-as-nails Gorilla Glass 3, a top choice for rugged mobile devices. The glass composition is remarkable and includes durability enhancements to the very atoms of the item. Other valuable qualities include top-notch scratch resistance, high strength retention after scratches, and low scratch visibility.
Build of the Zebra ET51
Both the Zebra ET51 Enterprise and the Sonim RS80 are classified as rugged tablet computers; they’re designed to withstand heavy use and harsh working conditions. Each device carry’s a MIL-STD 810G rating which makes them resistant to drops and extreme temperatures among other environmental conditions. The Zebra ET51 is also IP65 certified so it is resistant to low pressure contact with water. In terms of weight, the rugged tablet stands at 1.6 pounds so it’s not too heavy to carry around.
With the Sonim RS80 you’re getting quite a bit more in terms of durability. In addition to the military standards above, Sonim performs additional testing on their products using more extreme metrics. They’ve drop tested the RS80 over concrete, not just plywood like the Zebra ET51, and demonstrated its resistance to impacts from 26 different angles all without a protective case. The premium hardware components are engineered to keep the tablet functional despite constant vibrations that usually lead to device failure with standard consumer tablets.
In addition to being impervious to dust, the RS80 also holds IP67 certification which means it’s not only resistant to contact with water but can even withstand complete submersion in liquid. What’s more, liquid doesn’t just include water, but harsh chemicals as well.
Chemical Resistance of ET51
A exceptional feature of the Sonim RS80, its resistance to abrasive chemical agents means the tablet can be easily disinfected. You can spray cleaning agents directly on to the tablet or even submerge it entirely in liquid disinfectant without harming the device. Some of the substances that the RS80 has been tested with include:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Glass cleaner
All the above qualities give the Sonim RS80 an unmatched level of durability and qualify it as truly ultra-rugged. The best part is that despite its rigorous build, the RS80 is extremely lightweight and slim in its design. At just under 1.5 pounds the it’s easy to hold and carry around and the device is also vehicle mountable. Furthermore the reliable build means you won’t need to repair or replace your tablet as often, resulting in an overall lower total cost of ownership.
Such high levels of sturdiness are vital for any type of fieldwork. As a result, the RS80 is ideal for use in a variety of extreme environments and outdoor settings. Verticals where the RS80 would be advantageous include:
- Emergency Services
- Energy and Utility
With the Zebra ET51 Enterprise your getting a Li-ion model battery that features 6440 mAh which should get you through most of a typical work day. As far the Sonim RS80’s battery is concerned it’s probably one of the longest-lasting batteries you’ll find on a mobile computer. This tablet comes an 8000 mAh Li-ion piece which will last you through the longest days owing to the tremendous capacity and multi-shift power. Additionally, replacing the battery is easy which means you can swap in a fresh one and go multiple shift without charging.
Memory of Zebra ET51
The Zebra ET51 Enterprise gives you 4GB of RAM which offers great speeds and lowers the chance of facing bugs. However, flash memory stands at 32GB so if you’re looking to store a large number of critical files you may need more space. Conversely, the RS80 comes with 64GB of ROM so you’ve got plenty of space for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The tablet computer also supports memory extensions of up to 256 additional GB so you can always add more. In terms of RAM, it’s the 4GB like the Zebra tablet, which is plenty to run a large number of apps simultaneously and ensure high performance.
The Zebra ET51 Enterprise gives you a few options in terms of scanning abilities. The base ET51 tablet does not include a scanner although you could add one using the expansion back accessory at an additional cost. The upgraded model does come with an integrated scanner and supports third-party mobile payment expansion packs that you can attach to your device. It also comes with some cool applications such as the Device Tracker which allows you to easily track misplaced devices. In addition, the tablet is vehicle mountable so it’s a practical solution for truck drivers and forklift operators.
With the Sonim RS80 you’re getting an integrated 1D/2D scanner that can capture up to 45 items per minute. All the scans are directly downloaded onto the device, eliminating the need for dedicated scanners and bulky hardware. Data can be input in several ways, and you can enter barcodes into your applications, text fields, or even broadcast them to ensure in-depth integration with other apps. There are also customizable alerts and tones so that you’re clearly notified about a successful scan. Plus, the scanning button needs just one press to capture several barcodes successfully, and it’s incredibly responsive whether you’re wearing gloves or not.
Industries where these features would be of particular value include manufacturing, distribution and warehousing, sales, field service, and retail.
The included software package called SonimWare is one of the biggest selling points Sonim’s tablet computer and one of the main reasons why buyers choose this device. The proprietary package comes with a large number of apps and configurations that allow for simple device management and lots of functionality. Administrators can control other screens from any location without a hitch, and they also receive outstanding safety settings.
Communication and support properties stand out as some of the best in the industry. Sonim’s software lets you easily dispatch valuable data to your team in the field, regardless of their location. Whenever they encounter problems, they can reach out to you for guidance and instructions immediately. You also get a Cloud system that supports outstanding integration with the other tools, such as Scout and SOS.
Moreover, the integrated push-to-talk feature facilitates team communication further. You can activate OneTouch PTT even if the RS80 is in sleep mode with the app running in the background. Additionally, there’s loud and clear audio to prevent any potential misunderstandings. The front-facing speakers with over 100dB and noise-canceling technology allow your employees to be in touch in deafening environments.
Another great thing about SonimWare is that it removes any potential distractions to help maintain productivity. In particular, the mobile devices can be configured to disable certain applications that are unrelated to employees’ tasks. You can specify the exact features your team members can use, preventing them from accessing Instagram, Netflix, or any other irrelevant platform. You can therefore ensure that your workers remain focused on their tasks throughout the day.
Furthermore, the interface is very polished and doesn’t take any special skill to use. Additionally, the chances of facing app overload are minimal, offering an optimal work environment.
Other helpful configurations and applications include:
- SafeGuard – This feature lets you control all your applications and ensure all mobile computers have work-related configurations.
- Setup Wizard – You can set up and modify your device settings in no time. Plus, there are no errors that come with manual machine customization.
- MDM Helper – By determining the accessible and inaccessible features, you’ll be able to manage areas critical to your business operations.
- Kiosk Mode – Managing apps is a simple task, and you can modify both their look and feel. For instance, you can eliminate any distractions while your workers are operating in potentially harmful environments. This ensures no risks arise due to lack of focus.
Zebra offers quite a few additional items like charging bays, docking station, USB ports, hand and shoulder straps, and rugged frames.
- Dispatch Equipment
- Carrying Solutions (hand strap is included in box)
- Battery charging components and multi-bay handset
- Cables and adapters
- In-vehicle pro-install and passive kits
- Wireless and wired PTT headsets
- Bluetooth RSM and smart button
The accessories are standard protocols for modern mobile computers. Not all of these accessories will be necessary for all industries.
MSRP Price for Zebra ET51
The Zebra ET51 Enterprise varies in price depending on the configuration you choose. The tablet starts at around $1,300 for the base model, but that number increases drastically if you need the added features such as the integrated barcode scanner.
By contrast, the RS80 includes all the necessary features discussed above for the single price sku of $1,249, making the Sonim tablet not only more cost effective, but also a better value. There are also better prices for bulk orders. Contact us for more information in the form below.
The price for the Zebra ET51 is higher than industry standards but it is not the most expensive mobile computer in the market.
Zebra’s warranty convers your ET51 for one year against material and workmanship defects from the date of your shipment. Sonim covers your device for double that time, with a two year comprehensive warranty. You can also get three-year coverage if you’re looking to add to the protection.
Final Verdict on the Zebra ET51
All things considered, the Zebra ET51 is not the worst mobile computer in the industry. It didn’t do very well against the leader of industry, the Sonim RS60, but you really can’t go completely wrong with the Zebra. It combines good speed, key equipment, and good battery life in one ultra-rugged tablet that comes at an average price point.
The model is specifically designed around the needs of various industries and includes powerful management software. Whether you’re working in harsh environments, inspecting merchandise, or providing healthcare services, it is a fair option. We rank the Zebra ET51 with a ranking of 4/10 or 40%.
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