Toughpad tablets by Panasonic are designed for those of us that drop things. You always see these tablets for kids and I always wonder why they think we get any better at how we treat our stuff as adults. Toughpad got the memo and made a tablet that can seriously take a beating. It is designed for in the field use, in jobs where being dainty with tech is just not likely, like military, construction, public safety, healthcare, utilities, or kindergarten teacher. Ok, I made that last one up, but I Imagine their tablets get pretty beat up. These Toughpads are designed to meet MIL-STD-810G durability certifications and IP-65 (ingress protection) ratings like we’ve seen in other Toughbook devices.
The Toughpad FZ-G1 is a 10″ tablet with Windows 8 Pro. And the Toughpad JT-B1 is a 7″ Android tablet. Panasonic says they are shooting for an ambitious 50% market share with rugged tablets by 2015. While I didn’t know there was even a “ruggedized tablet” market category, it is easy to see how they could attain this since these would be great in jobs that involve inventory control, eForms, field sales, route delivery, field service, and so forth. Let’s look at some key features:
“Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1: Key Features
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1: Key Features
These tablets are not without rigorous testing. The previously mentioned MIL-STD-810G certification means there was testing for fluid ingress, drops, temperature, and more. Another really handy in the field feature is that these can be viewed in the daylight. It is also security conscious with encryption, Psec VPN, trusted boot, root protection and FIPS compliance available.The 10″ is available in March for $2,899, Whoa. And the 7″ Android JT-B1 in February for $1,199 through Panasonic.