Meet the Panasonic FZ-A1 Toughpad - a tablet that can withstand with 1.2 metre drops and is sealed against dust and water spills.
Panasonic has been delivering ruggedised notebooks for some time so it's inevitable that they'd take that experience into the tablet market.
The FZ-A1 Panasonic Toughpad is a rugged and security integrated Android tablet that is now available in Australia.
The FZ-A1 is designed to be more durable than consumer-grade tablets like heat-treated hardened glass display designed to resist high impacts and chip-embedded security to foil hackers.
The anti-glare low-reflection screen and high brightness multi-touch LCD which can be viewed in even harsh lighting conditions and works with a stylus which can be used to accurately capture information such as signatures or detailed drawings.
Although it’s tempting to take a consumer tablet into the field, they are not made for harsh conditions. The FZ-A1 can withstand with 1.2 metre drops and is sealed against dust and water spills.
Although it's dearer than a consumer tablet, it's less likely to fail and let you down while you're working. Battery life is rated at 10 hours.
As well as all the usual connectivity options like WiFi and Bluetooth, the FZ-A1 also has an integrated GPS and there's an option to add embedded 3G mobile broadband.
The Panasonic Toughpad is available through authorised Panasonic resellers with prices starting from $1,499.