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Field360 - What Tablets are you using?

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Hey Folks,

We received our RTC360 the yesterday and are looking into a tablet and wanted to get thoughts from those already using it.
- Thoughts on Apple vs Andriod
- Weather conditions (is your device water resistant, do you use a cover that is water resistant)
- size/type of hard drive (HDD/SDD, 64gig/128gig)
- Battery life (how long do you feel the tablet battery lasts in the field, how to recharge in the field?
- Additional Software (target sketches on the tablet?, pair with FLIR camera and add as asset to field360?)
- Covers, clips, and attachments (what success have you had with mounts/harness, i feel something mounted at the hip would be great)
- Screen visibility (can you read the screen outside, do you find the brightness setting kill the battery?)

My first impression is that a Samsung S4 Tablet is the way to go, as it's batter is large, screen is great, and has the storage and processor speed to run Field360 well. I wanted to avoid apple for its typically closed architecture; my personal preference/opinion: Android is more user friendly if you need to do more complicated problem solving, troubleshooting, and more friendly to 3rd party software. Look forward to hearing your feedback!

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juniper has a new one out ct8. i use their mesa fieldbooks and they are as rugid as hell
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We have the RTC360 for fire investigation and other forensic investigation scenes [civil not criminal]. Including collapse, explosion, and confined space areas.

-Samsung Tablet. Tab4 or something; whatever the recent model is. Chose due to no experience with Apple and compatibility with other devices.
-I do not know if this the Tablet's bug or Field360. But the app crashes a lot. More so after the recent software updates. If I minimize Field360 before turning the screen off manually or automatically it does not seem to crash.
-Otter brand casing. Not weather resistant that I know of. Dust gets between the case clear cover and the screen. Seems rugged but I haven't dropped it yet.
-Has lasted 2 9 hr days in field. But the most setups I've done were 40.
-Cannot connect to internet while connected to scanner WiFi.
-I have not found good sketch software to try. There is one available only for Apple that some forensic engrs use. [of course I cannot remember the name :x ] It automatically generates geometric shapes from hand sketch. So good for drawing room layouts. But does not convert handwriting to block letters.
-In bright sun it is not hard to see the scanner setup and map screens. But need to be in the shade to view the point cloud when field-registering.
-I have a small waist tool pouch for carrying the tablet and it has proven invaluable.
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