Started a poll: Is Windows Mobile the right OS choice for an commercial used handheld?
Do you think windows mobile is the right choice for a commercial used handheld?
Having windows mobile OS on a barcode scanner data retrieval system has a lots of disadvantages. There may be unwanted popups and it is hard to lock the user in the application. Windows CE is shrinked down, but no one will miss outlook and other PIM of windows mobile on a data retrieval system.
When I am talking about industrial/commercial used handhelds, I am talking about such devices.
Windows Mobile offers a rich set of functions, but from a support and developing view, it is harder to lock down the user in the application they have to use to enter data. There is an strange function key mapping and every time a popup may appear, where the user can get out of the main app back to the OS.
Windows CE is much easier to support and it is easier to lock down the user. It also has a smaller footprint and the application has more memory: no outlook and other mostly unused apps in the background. For browser type applications, the browser is more compatible to desktop browser than the Mobile Internet Explorer.
What do you think?
Some companies for ruggedized handhelds offer both OS types for there devices, some not.
Please vote at right sidebar.