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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."
Is the screen protected form a story drop onto a rock? :D If not, its not tough enough :P
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?