Most tablets are pretty vulnerable to life’s knocks. Not so Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-A1: this fully ruggedised tablet was designed to take life on the chin, making it an ideal option for those working outdoors, or in tricky environments. Built to military specifications (MIL-STD-810G), it resists dust and water, and can even withstand a 1,2-metre drop; the raised bezel protects the 25 cm XGA LCD capacitive multi-touchscreen from impacts. The magnesium alloy chassis is encased with ABS and elastomer corner guards, and all ports are sealed to keep water out.
The Toughpad features Android’s 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, a 1,2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB ash memory (expandable to 32 GB via microSD card). Other features include an embedded security processor for hardware encryption, Wi-Fi hotspot router (up to 5 devices), Bluetooth, and optional integrated 4G LTE mobile broadband. You also get a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP Webcam, micro USB and HDMI ports. Price: about R14000. Contact Syntech on 0861 274244 or visit www.syntech.co.za