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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.