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