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Offline Ray  
#1 Posted : Saturday, June 18, 2011 10:56:34 PM(UTC)
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It's funny how history repeats itself. Rugged tablets have been around for ages. They first hit around a decade or so ago, underpowered and with terrible battery life. they were chunky, rugged, and ready for the field. But no one bought into them, as their flaws superseded the pros. Panasonic has now announced that things are coming full circle, with the Toughbook entering the tablet space soon.

The company recently announced that a future Toughbook Tablet would be shipping in order to address a current gap by delivering a product designed with security, functionality and real-world reliability in mind. By delivering this purpose-built business solution, the new Toughbook tablet will appeal to a wide variety of users, including mission critical government personnel, highly mobile field forces, SMB's looking for a competitive edge, security conscious IT managers and bottom-line focused CFOs. The new tablet will also include an active stylus, allowing mobile workers in sales, customer service and mobile point-of-sale environments to capture signatures on the device's 10.1" XGA multi-touch display.


Other features to be offered on the Toughbook tablet include satellite-based GPS, full-shift battery life, professional-grade accessories and optional embedded 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity. It'll ship for an undisclosed amount...well, that's the mystery. The company hasn't come clean with an actual launch date, but we're definitely looking forward to it.
Offline OptimusPrimeTime  
#2 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 12:06:28 AM(UTC)
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"Smart move by Panasonic , Honeycomb 3.1? Anyhow, can it withstand an IDE attack, cause I'm guessing it will mostly be with soldier in the medical field and troops who always travel on Humvees."

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Offline inspector  
#3 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 12:53:23 AM(UTC)
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Is the screen protected form a story drop onto a rock? :D If not, its not tough enough :P

Offline pwrntspd  
#4 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:47:55 AM(UTC)
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Toughbook brand means this thing is going to cost a fortune, but if its built like a rock it might be worth it for business pros since tablets or convertible laptops have been popular in that segment for a while.

Offline rrplay  
#5 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 7:28:37 AM(UTC)
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Those folks responsible for making the purchasing decision for gov. personal and other wokforces in the field are likely to be in the know with the Toughbook brand name . the features as well as the proven reliabilty with the brand name is sure to be on the 'short-list' for consideration for a tablet,regardless of the price.

Offline omegadraco  
#6 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 12:45:40 PM(UTC)
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I am sure Panasonic will be selling loads of these things to businesses and government with the current tablet craze that is going on. I also would be interested to see how this tablet stands up to abuse. Their Toughbook laptops certainly are pretty amazing in the abuse they can take.

Offline Lamar Kropf  
#7 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:50:57 PM(UTC)
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Hopefully for them there is actually a gap for this offering to fill. Can't you just get a tough cover/case for your tablet though?

Offline omegadraco  
#8 Posted : Sunday, June 19, 2011 8:53:24 PM(UTC)
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To some degree though I do not think they have covers that will protect your tablets to military standards as far as water and dust(sand) are concerned.

Offline BashPrompt  
#9 Posted : Sunday, November 2, 2014 1:23:28 AM(UTC)
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Uhm. I've seen an iPad dropped from the edge of space from a weather balloon. It didn't even take a scratch, and landed screen down. I think you're underestimating how hard it is to break an iPad or iDevice in general. I'm sure Toughbook can produce something tougher, but iPad's durability is a non-issue. If that's their only strength they've lost already. iDevice support is prolific, and the simplicity of a BSD/UNIX derived operating system leaves it standing ahead of the pack in the 'out the box it just works' stakes. I'm not even an Apple fanboy, but I can't help but call bull[censored]on this one. I'm guessing you guys got paid to write this article?

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