We’ll admit that Juniper Systems’ Mesa Rugged Notepad, also known as the RAMPAGE 6, looks a little like a tablet made for kids. Fortunately, looks can be deceiving. This is a tough, durable tablet ready to take a beating.
But, if we’re being honest, tablet probably isn’t the right word to use here. At 5.7”, it’s a little on the small side, taking after the original Samsung Galaxy Note. It’s not a phone, but it does provide a nice, big display while still staying mobile.
Running on Android 2.3 and an 806 MHz processor, a technical powerhouse the RAMPAGE 6 definitely is not. What it lacks on the technical side, it makes up for with its ruggedness. It has an IP67 ingress protection rating for water and dust and a Class 1, Division 2 certification for use in hazardous conditions. On top of that, the build is solid enough for the RAMPAGE 6 to be used as a wheel chock for full-sized vehicles, including trucks. Won’t get that with your new iPad.
The RAMPAGE 6 includes GPS functionality, as you’d expect from an outdoors-purposed device, and works with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. There’s also an optional barcode scanner and a 3.2 MP camera on the back, with geotagging options made possible by that GPS functionality. A Geo 3G model is also available, which is compatible with AT&T’s network.
The battery has a solid life, as well, clocking in at 16 hours. The RAMPAGE 6 comes with a backup battery that can be swapped quickly while you’re out and about, as well. The Android user interface is customized by SDG Systems, a tech firm based out of Pennsylvania. Rounding out the specs are 4 GB of flash memory, 256 MB of RAM, an SD card slot, USB host and client ports, a headphone jack, and a 9-pin connector.
There are three different models of the RAMPAGE 6 – standard, Geo, and Geo 3G. Only the two Geo models feature GPS and the camera, while 3G is exclusive to the Geo 3G. You can check out the Mesa Rugged Notebook in more detail on the Juniper Systems website, and request pricing information for all three models.