Windows Tablet Sensor Comparison Chart

From a field-geology perspective, the new generation of Windows tablets and “transformable laptops” hold great promise given the new internal compass and orientation sensors.  Automatically determining and saving locations and orientations (dip direction and inclination angle) are the most obvious examples.  Unfortunately, several days of searching the web for a comparison of the sensors offered by the various tablet and transformable-laptop manufacturers has proven to be a fruitless and frustrating endeavor. With this in mind, I’ve decided to start my own, meager comparison chart, starting with the Dell Venue 8. Hopefully, we’ll be expanding this list with feedback from other interested geo-field-geeks and maybe, just maybe, some of the hardware manufacturers.

Sensor

Field

Dell Venue 8

 

Accelerometer

(HID Sensor Collection)

AccelerationX

YES

 

AccelerationY

YES

 

AccelerationZ

YES

 

AngleAccelX

no

 

AngleAccelY

no

 

AngleAccelZ

no

 

Motion

no

 

Speed

no

 

UpdateInterval

YES

 

Ambient Light

(HID Sensor Collection)

Lux

YES

 

Temperature

no

 

Chromacity

no

 

Compass

(HID Sensor Collection)

TiltX

no

 

TiltY

no

 

TiltZ

no

 

DistanceX

no

 

DistanceY

no

 

DistanceZ

no

 

HeadingX

no

 

HeadingY

no

 

HeadingZ

no

 

MagHeading

no

 

TrueHeading

YES

 

CompTrueHeading

no

 

Gyrometer

(HID Sensor Collection)

AccelerationX

no

 

AccelerationY

no

 

AccelerationZ

no

 

AngleAccelX

no

 

AngleAccelY

no

 

AngleAccelZ

no

 

Motion

no

 

Speed

no

 

UpdateInterval

YES

 

Inclinometer

(HID Sensor Collection)

TiltX

YES

 

TiltY

YES

 

TiltZ

YES

 

DistanceX

no

 

DistanceY

no

 

DistanceZ

no

 

HeadingX

no

 

HeadingY

no

 

HeadingZ

no

 

MagHeading

no

 

TrueHeading

no

 

CompTrueHeading

no

 

Location

(Windows Location Provider)

Authorized

YES

 

Accuracy

YES(1)

 

Distance

YES(1)

 

PowerConsumption

no

 

LocationChange

YES

 

Latitude

YES(2)

 

Longitude

YES(2)

 

ErrorRadius

YES

 

Altitude

YES(1)

 

Speed

no

 

TrueHeading

no

 

MagneticHeading

no

 

Address1

no

 

Address2

no

 

City

no

 

StateProvince

no

 

PostalCode

no

 

CountryRegion

no

 

Orientation

(HID Sensor Collection)

TiltX

no

 

TiltY

no

 

TiltZ

no

 

DistanceX

no

 

DistanceY

no

 

DistanceZ

no

 

HeadingX

no

 

HeadingY

no

 

HeadingZ

no

 

MagHeading

no

 

TrueHeading

no

 

CompTrueHeading

no

 

Orientation

(Simple Device Sensor)

TiltX

no

 

TiltY

no

 

TiltZ

no

 

DistanceX

no

 

DistanceY

no

 

DistanceZ

no

 

HeadingX

no

 

HeadingY

no

 

HeadingZ

no

 

MagHeading

no

 

TrueHeading

no

 

CompTrueHeading

no

 

Notes:

  1. Always returns zero therefore worthless.
  2. Based on IP address therefore worthless for geological applications.


 

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