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Bluebird Pidion BIP-6000 ready to beat Android into you

Chris Ziegler

SDG's Bluebird Pidion line is nothing new -- nor is its ultra-rugged BIP-6000 handheld computer -- but what is new is Android compatibility. Previously equipped with Windows Mobile 6.1, the beastly machine rolls on a Marvell PXA320 at 806MHz with GSM / HSDPA voice and data, a 3 megapixel cam, barcode scanner, 3.5-inch VGA display, full QWERTY keyboard, and -- you guessed it -- mil-spec 810F compliance for resistance to just about any reasonable thing you could throw at it. Needless to say, this isn't the kind of phone you buy for your pre-teen, your grandmother, or yourself for that matter -- but if you've got a fleet of mobile dudes and gals that need to scan stuff, drop their phones without a care in the world, download Market apps on the go, and hate on their Trimble Nomad-toting competition, this could very well be your lucky day. It's on Android 1.5 at the moment, but the company anticipates a "2.x" upgrade (we're guessing this'll be 2.1) either this quarter or next, so start socking away cash -- and dreaming up the most creative way to put that moisture resistance to the test while you're at it.

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