Panasonic Toughpad Tablet (is waterproof, handles drops, dust, freezing and hot temperatures)

Gear: Panasonic Toughpad, Slate Tablets.

Panasonic is known in the computing world by their Toughbook line of laptops and convertible tablets. Now they have built a tank of a tablet that can take on the angriest Angry Bird player. At least it should handle drops better than any other tablet out there.

  • Screen
    • 10 inch at 1024x768
    • 500 nits (daylight-readable screen)
    • Multi-touch + digitizer
    • Anti-reflective ad anti-glare screen treatments
  • Software
    • Android 3.2 Honeycomb (most other tablets are 3.1)
    • Bunch of security apps (read on the Spec Sheet)
  • CPU
    • Dual Core CPU at 1.2 GHz
  • Storage and Memory
    • 1GB SDRAM
    • 16GB flash storage (up to 32GB with microSDHC card)
  • Cameras
    • 2MP front and 5MP rear (with LED light)
  • Audio
    • Integrated mic, speaker
  • Input
    • Touch gestures + pen (integrated stylus holder)
    • 5 tablet buttons (power, back, home, menu, dashboard)
  • Ports
    • Micro-USB 2.0, microSDHC,m HDMI micro
  • Wireless
    • Wifi, BT 2.1, GPS
    • Optional 4G or 3G
  • Battery
    • Li-ION 7.4V, 4509maH
    • Aprox 10 hours
    • Charge time of 3 hours
  • Durability
    • All weather design
    • Magnesium allow chassis with ABS and elastomer
    • Port covers
  • Price
    • MSRP $1,299

The $1,299 price of the Toughpad is definitely quite high when compared to other tablets. All the "toughness" will add a bit of weight but it should also give you peace of mind when working taking the tablet to "field" type places. In a way it reminds me of the Motion Computing CL900.

Panasonic is also working on a 7 inch version (Touchpad B1).  On their website they have stated "coming fall 2012". It's a bit odd that they would specify "fall" and not earlier.

Judging by how Lenovo emphasizes toughness in the Thinkpad brand I though Lenovo would deliver a product like the Toughbook. On the design/looks I think the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet is a bit more "professional".

I encourage you to look at the comparisons that Panasonic has put out. It's neat to compare the capabilities of each tablet.


Published: Nov 7, 2011


  1. I doubt the toughpad is going to attain much success.

    Most of the people who are in the market for a rugged device use it for work, not play. For these kinds of people, WORK normally means advanced, specialized applications that need a FULL OS to run, not android, which is crappy at anything other than media CONSUMPTION (and certainly not CREATION).

    That means that those kinds of people would get a rugged REAL WINDOWS TABLET PC for the same price (you can find Panasonic Toughbook C1 Tablets running REAL WINDOWS on eBay for around $1200 -1500).

  2. The first time I saw a Panasonic Toughbook was in the humid and tropical country of Belize. Jungle warfare instructors used them to teach us their tactics.

    One thing that the slate tablets offer is battery life. Most Windows based tablets have had short battery life. The slate tablets (iOS, Android, Blacberry) do seem to give longer battery life than Windows. So in some of these field type environments the longer battery life is a must.

    But like you said Windows does offer compatibility with many programs that can be used for content creation. But as more apps are released it seems that the gap is closing.

    The average person has very little use for something like the Toughpad. Most consumers will go for other devices like the iPad 2, Kindle Fire, and Nook Tablet.


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