Panasonic Toughpad Tablets Can Take a Beating

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-06-27 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By now there are more tablets of varying form factors on the market than can be easily counted, and the vast majority are aimed at consumers who simply require a device that is easily portable, has halfway decent battery life, and can connect them to the Web and their favorite applications. But for field workers and professionals whose jobs take them into demanding, or even extreme, environments, a more robust piece of hardware is required, which is why Panasonic developed the Toughpad FZ-E1, powered by Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, and the Toughpad FZ-X1, running the Android 4.2.2 operating system. These handheld devices have been designed for field workers who require enterprise-class computing and connectivity in the field, including outdoor or harsh environments. This includes mobile professionals such as first responders; military service members; and those in transportation and logistics, maintenance, utilities, manufacturing, retail, and field services and sales. While they may not have the stylish panache of Apple's line of iPads or the lightweight portability of other 5-inch tablets, they can take a licking and keep on ticking—exactly what they were designed to do.

 
 
 
  • Panasonic Toughpad Tablets Can Take a Beating

    by Nathan Eddy
    1 - Panasonic Toughpad Tablets Can Take a Beating
  • One Tablet Is Powered by Windows

    The Toughpad FZ-E1 is powered by the Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld operating system. This operating system is focused on usage by enterprise customers, while offering the manageability, security and multitouch experience found on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1.
    2 - One Tablet Is Powered by Windows
  • And The Other Takes the Android Route

    The ToughPad FZ-X1 runs the Google Android 4.2.2 operating system, and Panasonic said it will provide the necessary application programming interface (API) and plug-in specs for the unique functions of the device that are not integrated in the operating systems. The Toughpad FZ-X1 supports the standard mobile device management (MDM) API, and the Toughpad FZ-E1supports the Microsoft MDM client.
    3 - And The Other Takes the Android Route
  • The Devices Offer a Variety of Connectivity Options

    Both the Toughpad FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 offer options for telephony, data broadband and WiFi-only connectivity. Standard on both models are WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, near-field communications (NFC), stand-alone GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.
    4 - The Devices Offer a Variety of Connectivity Options
  • The Tablets Can Handle a Rough Ride

    The tablets carry an operating temperature range of -4°F to 140°F thanks to a built-in heater, and are also tested for resistance to impact, shock, vibration, altitude and extreme humidity. Both devices are fully sealed against dust and are submersible in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, meeting IP65 and IP68 certification requirements.
    5 - The Tablets Can Handle a Rough Ride
  • An Intelligent Display Works With Gloves

    Glove-touch and rain-sensing features are included on the high-sensitivity, 10-point capacitive multitouch display. The tablets also boast an optional integrated 1D/2D barcode reader, an optional attachable magnetic stripe card reader and an expansion area for peripheral connectivity.
    6 - An Intelligent Display Works With Gloves
  • Military-Grade Drop Performance and Loud Speakers

    Both tablets include intelligent noise canceling and dual-front speakers that reach an impressive volume of 100 decibels, important for workers in noisy field conditions. They also both boast fully rugged designs that go beyond MIL-STD-810G criteria—including resistance to drops of up to 10 feet to concrete.
    7 - Military-Grade Drop Performance and Loud Speakers
  • Hot-Swap Battery Keeps Productivity Levels High

    A quick-charging feature allows for a 50 percent charge in just one hour, and—thanks to hot-swap functionality—a depleted battery can be swapped out for a fresh one without powering down the device. This allows professionals in the field to continue working without worrying about losing data or time because they have to power down to swap out the battery.
    8 - Hot-Swap Battery Keeps Productivity Levels High
  • Holsters and Mounts Mean More Versatility

    In addition to the 14-hour hot-swappable batteries, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security and sunlight-readable HD touch screens, the tablets are supported by an ecosystem of accessories such as holsters, vehicle mounts and chargers, and vertical-market-specific application solutions from a wide variety of vendors. These features make the tablets well-suited for working professionals who might be bouncing down a dirt road or hanging from the side of a telephone pole.
    9 - Holsters and Mounts Mean More Versatility
  • Plenty of Features to Round Out the Package

    Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED light, and a 1.3MP front camera. Plus, the Toughpad FZ-E1 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series 2.3GHz quad-core processor, while the FZ-X1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 series 1.7GHz quad-core chip.
    10 - Plenty of Features to Round Out the Package
  • Backed by a Comprehensive Warranty

    All Toughpad devices can be purchased through authorized Panasonic resellers, and both tablets are backed by a comprehensive three-year warranty and U.S.-based customer support. Push-to-talk service will be available on specific networks and depending on service contracts.
    11 - Backed by a Comprehensive Warranty
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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