If you worked in tough and dangerous fields, a rugged tablet is a must have. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 is one such tablet, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
While it weighs a hefty 993 grams, which is 50 per cent more than an iPad, the Toughpad knocks it’s city cousin for six in terms of ruggedness and reliability.
Toughpad rugged features includes compliance to MIL-STD 810G and IP65 standards, spill proof, water and dust resistant, ability to operate in temperatures from -10 degrees Celsius to 50 degrees Celsius and a three-year limited warranty covering parts and labour.
During the media launch event, demo units of the Toughpad had a bucket of water poured on them, were repeatedly dropped and some on display were even encased in ice blocks but still dutifully displaying a video on loop.
In our own testing a drop from 1.2 metres onto concrete while it was starting up caused no damage whatsoever. The Toughpad just bounced on its rubberised corner, the pen dislodged from its slot at the back and the port covers remained closed because we had locked them in place.
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