While the Zebra L10 has some fantastic features, it’s also one of the most expensive tablets on the market. Companies purchasing large quantities of devices for their employees, would likely benefit from tablets offering the same quality at a more affordable price point. In this article, we will give you the Zebra L10 review, along with a back-to-back ranking against the newly released Sonim RS80. Let’s see how the two devices compare and which one is the better buy.
Here’s our complete review on everything that you need to know before you purchase the Zebra L10 XPAD Tablet. Our overall score for the Zebra L10 Tablet is a 6.5/10.
- Overview of Zebra L10 XPAD
- Zebra L10 Operating System
- Zebra L10 XPAD Tablet Specs
- Final Verdict (Score 6.5/10)
- Get a Quote
Zebra offers three models of their L10 Series and each can be customized to fit your business needs.
- XSLATE is a standard rugged tablet
- XPAD is a similar model but with a built-in handle and barcode scanner (this article)
- XBOOK transforms from a tablet to a laptop with a keyboard
Of the three models, the only one that has an option to add an integrated barcode scanner, like the Sonim RS80, is the XPAD so that’s the item that we’re reviewing here.
|Zebra L10 XPAD||Sonim RS80|
|Dimensions||11 in. L x 7.7 in. W x .88 in.||9.25 in. L x 5.7 in. W x .59 in|
|Display||10.1 inch 1920 x 1200||8 inch 1920 x 1200|
|Weight||3.0 lbs||1.5 lbs|
|Operating System||Android 10 or Windows 10||Android 10|
|Data Capture||Optional Integrated 1D/2D Barcode Scanner||Integrated 1D/2D Barcode Scanner|
|Battery||Up to 9 hours on a single charge||Up to 19 hours on a single charge|
Operating System of Zebra L10
The operating system is one of the most important aspects of mobile computers since it lays the foundation for a fast network. Zebra offers two options for their XPAD tablet. You can choose from a model powered by Windows 10 or one with Android 10. (For context, the Sonim RS80 runs on Android 10.)
The Windows model does offer some interesting features such as and integrated fingerprint reader for security purposes. While the system works well in conventional office settings, the interface and user experience is not as optimized for mobile use as Android.
If you opt for the Android XPAD (or the Sonim RS80) you’re getting a super-fast platform that allows for seamless communication using your workforce apps. The system is easy to use and many of your workers may already be familiar with the mobile-friendly interface.
The system also offers some tremendous safety advancements. By specifying how much of your data will be available to other users and when the sharing takes place, you gain full control of all your information. Making these adjustments is super easy, too, since you can do it from a single location. There’s also the coveted Focus Mode that allows you to pause your apps, thus minimizing workplace distractions.
Zebra L10 XPAD Tablet Specs
Here is a summary of the major specifications and elements of the L10 XPAD. As above, we’ve compared it to the Sonim RS80 to see how each element preforms.
Zebra L10 Processor
When it comes to the processor you’re getting a fantastic option with the Zebra L10 XPAD and the Sonim RS80. Both tablets come equipped with Qualcomm Octa-Core processors that operate at 2.2GHz, providing you with high speeds and the ability to complete all sorts of demanding tasks without slowing down. Plus, there’s no extra strain on your battery so even after using the device for a long workday, you won’t face any lags.
The high quality chipset enables you to perform effortless multitasking. For instance, you can switch between various productivity apps such as Outlook, Chrome, and Trello, without delays. The internet browser can also support several open internet tabs with demanding apps and continue to operate seamlessly.
The Zebra L10 also has some pretty solid connection properties. The Wi-Fi range is decent, and it can connect with multiple other devices simultaneously. It also supports 4G LTE connections and is FirstNet certified for use by emergency worker and first responders.
With the Sonim RS80 you get a dual-band network that supports 2.4GHz and five GHz channels. The connection is fast and is a nice complement to the state-of-the-art processor. This way, your device can perform heavy-duty internet browsing without encountering sluggish performance. The RS80 is also equipped with many other Wi-Fi enhancements including, Global roaming, Infrastructure protection, Power savings, Network optimization, and Interference elimination.
The RS80 also has 4G LTE cellular capabilities which means you can use it from any location, without being tethered to a Wi-Fi network. And like the L10 XPAD, the RS80 is also Band 14 FirstNet certified, so it’s optimized for use by Fire and EMS workers.
In addition to the above specs, both tablets are NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS enabled.
As far as the scanning capabilities go, you can opt for a Zebra XPAD model with a built-in scanner for easy data capture. Adding the barcode scanner may drastically increase the price however, so that’s something to consider. Alternatively, if you choose a model without the integrated scanner, you can connect a separate reader using Bluetooth. That does mean however, porting around an extra piece and having to charge a separate device so it may not be the most efficient option, especially in mobile work environments.
With the Sonim RS80 you’re getting an integrated 1D/2D scanner, capable of reading up to 45 barcodes per minute, so you can quickly and easily capture data. The scanner can capture barcodes from anywhere between two and 15 inches away and works even on worn or damaged tags. There’s also options for capturing multiple barcodes and you can do it both with bare fingers or while wearing gloves. And since the scanner downloads all the information onto the RS80, there’s no need for additional bulky or cumbersome hardware.
Zebra’s integrated software includes their Mobility DNA family of management and security apps. Some key features include the Device Tracker to help find misplaced tablets, and the Enterprise Keyboard that can be customized for easy data entry.
Similarly, Sonim’s RS80 includes a proprietary tool package called SonimWare that’s designed to meet all the needs of a large-scale organization. SonimWare comes with a variety of applications and configurations that make device management a breeze and add a huge amount of functionality. The user-friendly interface allows you to set up your devices within seconds and assign them to team members. You can also provide your field workers with fast solutions when encountering any problems on the road. In addition, whenever you need to make changes to your software, you can dispatch valuable updates with ease.
The software’s Cloud platform lets you control all the settings crucial to your organization and supports handy integrations, such as SOS and Scout. In addition, SonimWare works in unison with the integrated push-to-talk functionality to provide seamless communication. You can use your OneTouch PTT even while the app is running in the background or the device is in sleep mode. Plus, the audio is crystal clear even in some of the loudest fieldwork conditions. The noise-neutralizing technology coupled with 100dB front-facing speakers to ensure easy conversations in the noisiest settings.
Sonimware also has some cool features designed to ability to eliminate workplace distractions. Namely, you can configure other devices to turn off features that could potentially sidetrack your employees from the task at hand. By designating the applications they can access, you can prevent your workers from accessing irrelevant platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube which helps maintain productivity throughout the day.
Kiosk Mode – Manage your apps by modifying their look and feel. Get rid of workplace distractions while your team is deployed in a hazardous environment to eliminate any safety concerns.
SafeGuard – Control your applications and ensure that your devices are configured for work-related tasks.
MDM Helper – Organize key business operations by specifying the applications your team can use.
Setup Wizard – Make initial and subsequent adjustments to your settings effortlessly.
The Zebra L10 XPAD comes with a 10.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The screen resolution is 1920 x 1200 and it’s optimized for use with gloves and wet fingers.
Sonim’s RS80 gives you an 8 inch 1920×1200 screen, also made with Gorilla Glass 3. You can use the tablet with bare, gloved, or wet fingers, and the anti-fingerprint coating protects the sharp display. The RS80 is also optimized for readability in sunlight.
As far as weight goes, the L10 XPAD stands at 3 lbs. with the built-in handle for easy carrying. By contrast the Sonim RS80 weighs less than half of that, at just under 1.5 lbs. As far a transporting the RS80 is concerned, the tablet is very slim and lightweight on it’s own, but there’s also a hand strap is included in-box so you can easily hold and carry it while working.
Both the Zebra L10 XPAD and the Sonim RS80 are classified as rugged tablets and they’re meant to withstand harsh use and extreme environments. Each tablet is MIL-STD-810G certified which means they’re resistant to drops, dust, vibrations and shocks. They’re also capable of operating under extreme temperatures.
In terms of water resistance, the Zebra XPAD is IP65 rated for protection against low pressure water jets. Conversely, the Sonim RS80 carries the IP67 rating which allows it to withstand even complete submersion in water.
In addition to the military grade standards listed above, Sonim conducts further testing on all of their devices to ensure their durability under even more extreme circumstances. The RS80 survived drop tests from 6ft directly onto concrete from all angles, without a scratch.
Another key factor to consider is resistance to chemicals. Particularly for workers in healthcare industries, easy and reliable disinfection is crucial. The RS80 is impervious to a wide variety of harsh chemicals and cleaning agents including bleach, Isopropyl alcohol, Benzalkonium, gasoline, and glass cleaner. This makes disinfecting your device a simple process because you can spray, wipe, or even fully submerge the tablet in cleaning agents without damaging the tablet. It’s also helpful for anyone working with hazardous chemicals who can’t afford to be distracted by worrying about their device.
Zebra L10 XPAD Battery
With the Zebra L10 you’re getting a 36 WHr battery, which is enough for just around nine hours of operations. There is an option to add an extended battery, at an additional cost, for up to 26 hours.
The Sonim RS80 comes equipped with an 8000 mAh Li-ion battery that can last for a staggering 19 hours on the field. There’s also the multi-shift, single-charge power, and you can replace the piece within seconds if needed for an extended shift.
Zebra L10 Memory
When it comes to memory, Zebra offers several configurations and the price varies drastically based on the specific model. The standard option gives you 4GB of RAM with 64GB or up to 128GB of eMMC and you can also upgrade to a 8GB/128GB model. With the RS80 you get 4GB of RAM with 64GB of ROM, which is plenty of space and you can add up to 256 extra GB with an SD card.
Zebra Tablet Accessories
Zebra offers a decent number of accessories for their L10 tablets including, docking solutions, cables and adapters, and in-vehicle mounts and power supplies. Sonim also offers quite a few add-on products designed to suit specific industries, such as dispatch gear, wireless and wired PTT headsets, multi-bay handset and battery charging components, and In-vehicle pro-install and passive kits.
Price of the Zebra L10 XPAD
As mentioned above, the L10 XPAD comes in several configuration and each added component affects the price. The base model (no scanner, basic memory, etc.) starts at around $2,200 and that number can climb to nearly $4,000 with the added features. In addition, while the customization aspect has some definite benefits, choosing the correct model for your business can be confusing as there are so many configurations available.
Sonim’s RS80 is a lot more affordably priced, with an all-inclusive cost of $1,249. And unlike the Zebra L10 series, you’re not paying an upcharge for every added component. The core RS80 model includes all the features discussed above.
Please request a quote for the Zebra L10 or the Sonim RS80 in the contact form below.
Zebra provides a generous three-year warranty that covers your device from the date of the shipment. Sonim offers two-year comprehensive coverage for any workmanship or material defects on the RS80 and there’s an optional three-year plan.
So all things considered, is the Zebra L10 XPAD a good device? Yes.
Is it our first choice for a rugged work tablet? No.
Well, when you look at the specs, the Sonim RS80 either matches or outranks the L10 devices in many core aspects.
You’re getting a similar processor, ample memory, and a better battery than the one offered on the Zebra tablets. In addition, the RS80 features some improvements in terms of durability over the L10, yet is more lightweight and slim in its design. And when you take in to account key components like the integrated barcode reader, the Sonim RS80 isn’t only more affordable, but a better value as well.
Unless your choice in tablet computers hinges upon a Windows platform or the larger screen, you really can’t go wrong with the Sonim RS80. The design is impeccable and the rugged specs makes it ideal for managing operation across a number of industries. It’s durable enough for use field service and construction, while the integrated scanning and forklift mountability makes it perfect for warehouse and manufacturing. Additionally, healthcare fields will benefit from the reliable battery life and chemical resistance, and transportation and logistics workers will appreciate the mobile connectivity.
In conclusion, we rank the Zebra L10 XPAD with a 6.5/10.
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