I remember fondly reviewing the TDS Recon PDA, I got to drop it, kick it (not drop kick it) and put it in a sink full of water. It survived the lot. Furthermore following the launch of the 'Nomad' it looks like those fun times are about to return...
TDS' latest picks up from where the Recon left off and gives the company's line a welcome 2007 facelift.
Specifications are impressive throughout with a large VGA display perhaps the highlight along with a lighting fast 806MHz Marvell PXA320 XScale processor, GPS navigation, WiFi (802.11g) and Bluetooth. And you thought this was a serious work device... ;)
128MB RAM, a hot-swapped rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, CompactFlash Type II and SD expansion slots and Windows Mobile 6 add a further gloss.
Naturally, being a TDS product, the Nomad is also hard as nails being completely waterproof (it can remain completely submerged in water for up to 30 minutes) and meeting the MIL-STD-810F military standard for drops, vibration, humidity, altitude and extreme temperatures. It also comes with an IP67 rating.
The Nomad should be available any moment though I haven't had pricing released to me yet. Expect to pay a chunky premium over a standard PDA for all this ruggedness but if you need it there really isn't anything to compete...