|From the functionality perspective there is little reason to choose one
over the other - both can perform the majority of functions required by
field users. However, it is the lack of good harsh environmental cases
available for Android consumer devices that tip the scales in favour of Apple's tablets.
With a Griffin Survivor- or LifeProof-equipped iPad, you have a highly
water resistant (or waterproof) tablet computer at a much lower cost
than a purpose built ruggedized Android tablet. And these devices hold
up remarkably well on Canada's West (Wet) coast. He knows of one coastal
consulting company that has about 5000 man-days of iPad field use
without the loss of a single device due to moisture ingress.
If you require a device that will work in more extreme environments your only option is a purpose-built ruggedized tablet such
as the Panasonic Android Toughtab or Motion Computers F5. These tablets
are significantly more expensive than an Apple iPad equipped with a
ruggedized case but you get what you pay for. The full article can be
found by clicking here.
Remote sensing, forest inventory and data management is again the focus for this regions independent technology update, ForestTECH 2016 which will run in Rotorua on 16-17 November and again in Melbourne on 22-23 November.
Programmes are now out for both venues. Registrations are already
coming in. Further details on the November technology series can be
found on the event website, www.foresttech.events.