Rugged tablets were made to withstand extreme temperatures, dust, hard knocks, moisture and long drops but still give the user a great experience.
The tablets have been put through immense testing to ensure they survive whatever you put them through. Rugged tablets also happen to come with best battery technology ensuring a longer battery life life
This makes them perfect for anyone in any extreme environment or working outside because the technology is ideal for many functions that the normal phone or tablet can withstand.
Just because you cannot get a rugged tablet that is as light and slim as the iPad Air 2, it does not mean that you need to carry around an unwieldy and chunky tablet either.
If a conventional tablet like that one works better for you then below is a list of the best rugged tablets to choose from.
Dimensions: 276.8mm x 194.5mm x 23.5mm | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels | Rear camera: 8MP | Screen size: 10.1-inch | RAM: 8GB | Weight: 1.2kg | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Battery: 4200mAh | Front camera: FHD | CPU: Various
- Rather heavy
- Very well protected
- Battery life isn’t the best
- Decent screen specs
The best available rugged tablet right now is the Getac UX10, which is known for its versatile and well-protected devices.
The Getac UX10 is a fairly customizable tablet, because you have the option of picking from a variety of Intel Core CPU options and there are many accessories you can pick to tailor the UX10 to a number of work situations.
This makes it fairly versatile, and adding its rugged protection, various high-storage options and decent screen specs, the device is great for working with in the field.Rugged and fully protected
Getac F110 rugged tablet
Weight: 139g | Dimensions: 314 x 207 x 24.5 mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 11.6-inch | Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels | CPU: Intel Core i7-6600U 2.6GHz | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB/256B/512GB/1TB | microSD slot: No (but can be added via expansion slot) | Battery: 2,160mAh | Rear camera: 1080P (optional) | Front camera: 8MP (optional)
A great rugged tablet for working in the field
- Thin and light
- Dual battery
- Lack of ports
If you’re looking for a rugged Windows tablet that can withstand an impressive amount of punishment, then the Getac F110 is an excellent choice.
Its body can withstand extreme temperatures without it being heavy or bulky. It has certifications of MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD 810G, 1P65 standards.
Its most recent version comes with the 6th generation Intel Core processors, meaning power is plenty here. It also houses a dual battery system meaning you do not have to pause to swap them out.
There might be more Getac machines out there but this one is the only one rugged enough to get to our top spot (the company manufactures rugged laptops as well).
Weight: 500g | Dimensions: 249.5mm x 164.5mm x 9.45mm | OS: Chrome OS | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 2000 pixels | CPU: MediaTek 8183 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 31.5whr | Rear camera: 5MP | Front camera: 2MP
Specially designed for classrooms
- Designed for kids
- Not that powerful
- Low storage and memory
Many rugged tablets are made to withstand water, knocks, temperatures and drops but some are really designed to offer protection from a different force: kids. The Lenovo 10e Chromebook is designed to be great as a learning tool for children.
It is fairly well-protected and big, and its storage, memory and processor are all designed for tools that a child uses, so is less processing power or storage space but it is enough for learning and schoolwork. An optional keyboard is also now available to turn the device into a pseudo-laptop.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 rugged tablet
- Rear camera: 8MP| Dimensions: 313.0 x 288.4 x 46.1mm | Screen size: 12-inch | CPU: Intel Core i5-7300U processor | OS: Windows 10 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Resolution: 2160 x 1440 | Battery: 1990mAh | Front camera: 1080p |Weight: 276g
A rugged 2-in-1.
- 2-in-1 design
- Short battery life
- Great screen
The Panasonic Tough-book CF-33 is a 2-in-1 rugged device, which means the keyboard is attachable and allows it to function either as a tablet or laptop. In tablet mode, the machine is very much durable, with IP65, MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-810G certification, meaning it can survive dust, shocks and drops.
The battery life is however shorter compared to the rest of the devices on the list but in case you need extra time, you can easily swap the battery out. There are also extended batteries available that run on double time from ten to twenty hours. This however, is an additional cost.
Zebra XSlate Android L10
- Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg) | Dimensions: 280.8 mm x 195.2 mm x 22 mm | OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) | Screen size: 10.1-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1200 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2 GHz | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Storage: 64GB or 128GB eMMC | Battery: up to 9.8 hours | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
A rugged Android tablet.
- Buttons difficult to press
- Removable battery
- Great port selection
This 10.1-inch Android tablet can withstand drops up to six feet, and being dust and water resistant. It might be heavier and bulkier than other tablets but is still portable enough. It has better display compared to its predecessor with wet touch technology and a higher resolution. It might also not be the most powerful but is affordable enough for those wanting to use android outside.