An Intro to the Zebra EC30 Enterprise Companion | Device Review

February 28, 2020

Hey everyone. I’m Patrick McGlynn a
Project Manager at BlueFletch and today I’m gonna be showing you guys the
Zebra EC30: a new device from Zebra in a new family called the Enterprise
Companion. This device was released late in 2019 and expecting to start rolling
out at retailers and logistics companies in 2020. The first thing you’re going to
notice about this device is the small screen size, however don’t let that deter
you from its functionality think of this device as a modern walkie-talkie with a
screen. It has a built-in imager for 1D and 2D scanning as well as voice
capabilities and Google Assistant. The Zebra EC30 is meant to be a low-cost
alternative to the other touch computer series from Zebra. While the device is
much smaller you can still interact with this in very
creative ways. One thing we’ve POC’ed is the ability to use it as a voice
assistant and control it with a Siri or Alexa like experience. Since the screen
is so small it’s very difficult to type on the device but that doesn’t mean it
can be used as a walkie-talkie for the 21st century. The internal components of the EC30 are very similar to the Zebra TC52 and have impressed our developers and engineers with the performance ability of the device. BlueFletch tested this device with the Enterprise Launcher to see how it performed as far as performance and usability. The first thing we had to do
was consider the smaller screen size so we added the ability to use voice
commands to control the device. For example, “Open mobile orders.” You’ll see that we’re able to quickly jump into an application versus interacting with this
screen to find the icon and launching it. We’ve also worked on trying some
creative alternatives to the keyboard. One engineer said he’d like to see a
throwback to the old T9 predictive text for input. However, we thought it would be
best in the demo to show a landscape keyboard
to show that you could still easily type in credentials. However it’s still not as
easy as you might be expected with some of the newer devices out there. The EC30 is the smallest device with the 1D 2D scanner I’ve come across in my
experience with rugged Android devices It might not perform well in long-range
scanning such as the other TC series devices from Zebra, but it does perform
well enough to perform some basic tasking functions that a user might have. For an in-depth review at how BlueFletch rates the EC30 click the following video to see how it works with our EMS software and how we can lock it
down and secure it.

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