iPad, Android Tablets Won't Survive Computing at the Gates of Hell
News Analysis: The U.S. military has been using tablet computers for a while now, but they're not using iPads or Android tablets or any of that other wimpy stuff. They need tablets for real work.The Army diesel mechanic sniffed, dismissing my mention of the iPad as a non-serious question. "That thing would never last," she said, "Things get dirty here. We drop things, and we expect them to last." The tone in her voice made it clear that the idea of using an Apple iPad to do what she referred to as real work was ludicrous. Later I talked to a helicopter crew chief who carries his tablet computer to the flight line every day. "An iPad? You're kidding, right?" he asked.
When I asked about devices like the Amazon Kindle, and the new Galaxy S Tab, the responses were similar. Real work, it seems, requires a real computer. Something from the world of consumer electronics doesn't qualify as a real computer in the U.S. armed forces. During the time I was talking to the soldiers and sailors who carry these electronic devices out into the field, it became clear that for the people who do real work, consumer grade electronics just don't cut it.