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Topic # 112675 17-Dec-2012 12:17 Send private message

I just got news that these Panasonic Toughpad are now available around here. They seem like the thing for industrial use, if they're tough like the Toughbook laptops...







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  Reply # 733517 17-Dec-2012 12:55 Send private message

Honestly, I think Panasonic has SUCH a good name with the Toughbooks, that they could not sully it with a poor tablet brother.

If thats the case, it should be pretty awesome.

First hand experience of the Toughbook: In a workshop environment, subjected to heat, water, chemicals, oil, shock, lack of care etc, the Toughbook never blinked once.





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  Reply # 733522 17-Dec-2012 12:59 Send private message

I'm probably getting one this week and bringing up to show you ;)





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  Reply # 733533 17-Dec-2012 13:12 Send private message

Very cool




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  Reply # 733637 17-Dec-2012 14:58 Send private message

Just received the press release:


The Panasonic Toughpad has landed and is set to revolutionise the face of tablet computing in New Zealand.

The fully-rugged Android 4.0 powered device sets itself apart from the competition as a tablet built for business and ready to take on the harshest environments.

With the surge in companies utilising tablet devices, many have taken them beyond the capabilities and environments they were built for and suffered the consequences.

The arrival of the Panasonic Toughpad changes all that.

What makes the Toughpad unique is the rugged IP65 water and dust protection design, MIL-STD-810G 1.2 metre drop resistance, enhanced daylight viewable screen and up to 10 hour battery.

Combined with business features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, and digitiser for sign-on glass applications.

In addition, the Toughpad offers advanced security and management features with dedicated FIPS security processor for enterprise-class encryption, device management that allows the tablet to be controlled and secured by a network administrator, along with secure docking and vehicle mounting options to further enhance business usability.

According to Comworth Panasonic Toughbook manager Darryn Smith, demand from industries like Forestry, Emergency services, Defence, Electricity, Logistics, Sales Field Force and Telecommunications is skyrocketing. “Many businesses have been constrained by existing consumer technology and the launch of the Toughpad has seen a steady rise in interest from all areas of the market”.

The Toughpad has been purpose-built for business and mobile workers ; it is secure and manageable, and as a fully-rugged device it is capable of operating in the most demanding of conditions, including rain, at sea, and in muddy or dusty environments.

“Tablets are great for any number of field applications, but tend to be fragile. Drop, sit on, wet or get dust into a consumer tablet and chances are it’s dead. The Toughpad can handle all that abuse and more without missing a beat. That’s what businesses and IT departments are demanding when workers depend on technology to get their jobs done.”


I know what Tony and I will be testing. Immersion in beer...







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  Reply # 733647 17-Dec-2012 15:05 Send private message

Lets actually do that. I'll video it for a certain other product review lol




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  Reply # 733654 17-Dec-2012 15:14 Send private message

That'll be a large beer glass . . .

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  Reply # 733657 17-Dec-2012 15:18 Send private message

scottjpalmer: That'll be a large beer glass . . .

I was thinking a baking dish. Then we'll start drinking the beer with straws, and once the beer is gone, test out the ToughPad.




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  Reply # 760347 12-Feb-2013 20:13 Send private message

And here is the TOUGHPAD mk2 - 3G GPS:



It's running Android 4.0.3... I have plugged for charging but have inserted a 2Degrees SIM (not a micro or mini) and connected to their network already.

A bit heavy, but solid as expected. Won't configure and sync until tomorrow when it's fully charged though.




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  Reply # 760374 12-Feb-2013 20:46 Send private message

Just discussing these for an application today, believe there is also a Windows version (which suits the required software) .

Interested to read your thoughts once you've had a play, particularly when in use outside.



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  Reply # 760376 12-Feb-2013 20:47 Send private message

I am keen to review the Windows version but won't be available for my paws on for a couple of weeks from now.




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  Reply # 761571 13-Feb-2013 09:58 Send private message

freitasm: I'm probably getting one this week and bringing up to show you ;)



Can I pencil in a visit too? Would love to get hands on with this.




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  Reply # 761572 13-Feb-2013 09:59 Send private message

That was for Tony before Christmas. It didn't happen, just got one this week. If you are in Wellington I am having my weekly lunch in town today...





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  Reply # 761628 13-Feb-2013 11:28 Send private message

Don't need but do want one. Prob has as much horsepower as my 5ish year old CF-18

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