Panasonic Toughpad Can Beat Up Your iPad

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

  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3437U vPro 1.9GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Memory: 128-256GB SSD, 4-8GB RAM, optional micro SDXC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 4’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 10.1”, sunlight viewable, touch screen and active digitizer, 800nit, WUXGA (1920×1200)
  • Battery: 8.0 hours (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 10.6” x 7.4” x 0.75”
  • Weight: 2.43lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE or 3G
  • I/O: Full size USB 3.0, HDMI, optional micro SDXC, Full size USB 2.0, wired LAN, true serial port or dedicated GPS.

 Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1: Key Features

  • Operating System: Android 4.0
  • Processor: TI OMAP4460 1.5GHz Dual core
  • Memory: 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, micro SDHC
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810G, 5’ drop, IP65, 14° to 122°F (operational temp range)
  • Display: 7”, daylight viewable, 500nit, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Camera: Front: 1.3Mp fixed focus, Rear: 13.0Mp auto focus w/ LED light
  • Battery: 8.0 hours – Large 5,720mAh battery (user-replaceable)
  • Dimensions: 8.7”x 5.1” x 0.7”
  • Weight: 1.2lbs
  • Wireless: Bluetooth V4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional embedded 4G LTE + 3G
  • I/O: Micro USB”

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.