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Motorola illustrates applications for the ET1, including use by a retail clerk to retrieve product information and options by scanning its bar code. Using an optional credit card scanner, the clerk transforms the ET1 into a mobile point-of-sale terminal, able to perform secure transactions on the spot with data encryption. The device includes apps for browsing files, scanning bar codes, email, messaging and Web surfing.
Motorola also has introduced RhoElements, a set of tools for building HTML5 apps for the ET1 that also will operate on Motorola devices running Windows Mobile and CE. RhoElements is part of Motorola's RhoMobile Suite, a free development environment for targeting Blackberry, iOS, Mac OS X and versions of mobile Windows including Windows Embedded Handheld, Phone and CE.
The ET1 is compatible with Motorola's Mobility Services Platform, which enables administrators to access data, manage content, remotely wipe and push apps, updates and patches to devices individually or simultaneously in large groups. Applications accessible on the device can be tied to user logins.
With a list price of $1,535, Motorola Solution's first Enterprise Tablet comes equipped with a hot-swappable battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, autonomous GPS, an independent compass, an ambient light sensor, gyroscope and a three-axis accelerometer. Optional accessories include a single-unit USB cradle, four-slot charging station, four-slot battery charger and a customizable bezel. Battery life between charges is rated at about 8 hours, or what Motorola refers to as a "full shift." For solution providers seeking a versatile, Android-based development platform and cross-platform tools, the CRN Test Center recommends the Motorola ET1 Enterprise Tablet.