The GCN Lab tests eight rugged devices ― from phones and cameras to laptop PCs and vehicle-mounted computers ― that are fit for military and other tough assignments.
The GD 8000 is a good computer that could easily fit into almost any vehicle. The 7.9-pound laptop PC could also be carried if needed, though it’s not as rugged as the Toughbook 30 outside. But with a government price of $4,250, it’s less expensive, too.
If you need a rugged camera or rugged phone, there are better options. But if you need a hybrid that can do both fairly well, the Casio Exilim won’t disappoint.
The Adventure looks like many other flip-top phones, but it meets 810G specs for shock, dust, vibration, solar radiation, temperature and altitude.
We were highly impressed with the picture quality of the 10-megapixel unit and ruggedness of it. Even with a 2.7-inch LCD screen, the Tough-8000 wasn't damaged at any height dropped from within military specifications.
Even though the Toughbook 30 is a bit of an anchor, it’s the most rugged laptop in this roundup, suffering not a scratch in all our testing. If you absolutely, positively have to make sure your data and apps survive, the Toughbook 30 is the way to go.
With a list price of $2,384, the J3400 is certainly the rugged tablet we would recommend for those who need a tablet PC without the extra burden of a convertible setup.
The V100 convertible is a nice unit if you need something tiny. But it’s not nearly as rugged as billed, especially in terms of protection against shock. If you’re going to use a V100, be sure not to drop it.
The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 doesn't break new ground, because the 1030SW already did that, but it does push further into the rugged space.
The Trimble Yuma might be small, but it packs quite a punch with a full Windows Vista Operating System.
Although it looks like a standard Toughbook 30, this is an upgraded model with features that will appeal to military troops and undercover police officers.
The Panasonic Toughbook H1 fills the prescription for a mobile clinical assistant. The tablet PC is easy to carry around and has enough power and features to get the job done.