Double the (_______), Double the Fun?

No, I’m not going to humor you with my rendition of the oh-so-memorable jingle from Wrigley’s gum. But there’s a reason it forever sticks (no pun intended) in our minds and that’s because it always rings true. Double anything great – whether “flavor” or, let’s say, bandwidth – and things become so much better. Especially if you’re a mobile worker.

Today’s generation of field workers want and need to multi-task on a single device whether sitting behind a four-legged desk or standing on their own two legs. Since the latter is where they spend most of their time while on the clock and, therefore, where they need to be the most productive these days, we’re sure they’ll appreciate how quickly Motion’s delivered on this in-demand industry remix: Double the Bandwidth, Double the Fun.

Verizon 4G XLTE

As of Tuesday, there are rugged tablets available to millions of mobile workers worldwide that are slick, powerful, built to act like your PC on a pad platform, and…drumroll…boast 4G XLTE radios alongside 802.11ac Wi-Fi tech. I’m talking supercharged broadband speed and AWS capacity that can otherwise only be found in a little more than “35 percent of all devices operating on the Verizon Wireless network” as of November 2014.

In other words, these new field-ready devices – which, yes, came from Motion first – are finally fast enough to help workers like you and me capture, crunch and distribute the data needed to get our jobs done in half the time so that we can go home and double our time for fun.

Why make such a big deal about adding XLTE? Especially since XLTE pioneer Verizon touts that “nearly all of the devices (it) sells, including the newest DROID devices, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, are XLTE Ready when purchased.”

Well, the math would indicate that nearly 65 percent of active Verizon devices, presumably older generations, are therefore not equipped to take direct advantage of the added capacity that AWS provides today. As Motion CEO Peter Poulin recently pointed out, “Not all enterprise-focused mobile devices are compatible with the latest 4G wireless technology, which means signal availability and data speeds can be unpredictable for many.”

Bottomline: That unpredictability can cost you critical productivity, accuracy and customers. Much more than it would cost to invest in a mobile device that can not only replicate the full PC experience for your workers, but do so regardless of whether they’re hitting send from urban, congested Times Square or a rural desert town in Nevada. That 65 percent of people still using non-XLTE devices need the extra broadband capacity just as much as anyone else. Regardless of industry, real-time boundary-less data capture, sharing and collaboration capabilities are mobile musts. In manufacturing, public safety, mining, and the oil and gas and utility sectors, any device used must also be built to withstand the bumps, bruises and extreme environmental conditions that frontline workers expose them to daily.

So as organizations start shopping for a mobile device that will take them out of that “65 percent” category, it’ll be all about finding the right balance of beauty, brawn and broadband to make their workers, IT and even customers happy. And a form factor that isn’t going to keep changing with every internal feature upgrade. An iPad may look sexy and support XLTE, but it’s in a flavor-of-the-month design cycle and iPad sizes change frequently, which means so does the way you have to accessorize and that will quickly change the size of your wallet. Plus, iPad’s sensitivity to sanitizing chemicals takes away the appeal for almost anyone in an industrial or healthcare environment.

Panasonic’s Toughpad/Toughbook family is, well, “tough”. It also uses Intel at the core and keeps the same “box” (or form factor) from generation to generation to allow for easy upgrade of accessories. But it’s not on board the 4G XLTE bandwidth bandwagon yet. Not even the device it just introduced a couple weeks ago. And quite frankly it’s always been pretty laggard in current technology features.It’s really just a lot of the same – inside and out – year after year.

Motion F5m with 4G XLTE

But Motion’s approach to upgrades is different. Motion’s new F5m/C5m platforms…well, without sounding too sales-y, I think their balanced outer beauty, powerful inner brawn and boosted broadband build speaks for itself. While we have shipped a very similar form factor over the last seven years within our F5 series, and probably will for many more years to come, that actually benefits our customers. Why? We do change the inside to feature the latest and greatest security, processing, wireless and workflow-supporting technology. While the way we look on the outside is important, it really is great the way it is. To our customers, and their customers, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And we’re constantly self-improving and delivering a better version of ourselves as we learn what people like and don’t like and, most importantly, what they need most from us.

But, I’m interested to hear your take on this. How important is it to you that your mobile workforce be 4G XLTE ready?   Which mobile attributes matter most to you and your front line team?  Comment below or join the conversation on Twitter @motioncomputing . #teambeauty #teambrawn #teambroadband #mobilemusts