Best Rugged Android Tablets 2023


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The rugged Android tablet has transformed the way workers perform their tasks across a wide range of industries. Despite their slim appearance, tablets can compete with larger laptops in terms of ruggedness and performance. Compared to several years ago, the market now offers plenty of Android tablets with a wide variety of features and benefits.  

Top Picks of Rugged Android Tablets for 2023 

Check out these rugged tablets to decide which one suits your role best. 

Samsung Galaxy TabActive 4 Pro Android Tablet

This tablet is ideal for workers who move between the field and the office. The large 10.1 display makes it suitable for desktop use and the Samsung DeX function means you can connect the tablet to a large screen and you’ll feel like you're using a PC. 

The TabActive 4 Pro has impressive run times. Internet usage/Wi-Fi hours is 16 hours, and so too is video playback. The removable battery capacity is 7600 mAh. 

The device has an ingress protection rating of IP68. It’s resistant to water, dust and dirt. The rating on the tablet and the S Pen is MIL-STD 810H. If charging the unit in the field is a problem, workers can use a 4,050 mAh replacement battery. 

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Zebra ET 45 Enterprise Rugged Android Tablet

The Zebra ET Enterprise Rugged Android Tablet is ideal for workers in the transport and logistics industry. The 1D and 2D advanced range scan engine with IntelliFocus technology means the Zebra tablet can handle pickup, delivery, invoicing, dispatch, track and trace. A single scan can capture 100 barcodes, even on multiple labels. The Zebra ET 45 comes in an 8 or 10-inch. The battery will see you through a full shift of continuous operation and an optional hot-swappable battery will mean the tablet can keep powering through the second shift.    

All outdoor and field workers need a durable device to ensure it lasts the distance. The Zebra ET 45 is MIL-STD 810H compliant, has a sealing rated at IP65, an operating temperature range of -40 to 50 C and has a humidity range between 5% and 95% non-condensing. Dropping the tablet on a concrete factory floor from a height of 1.2 metres is no cause for concern and an optional rugged frame means the drop can be as much as 1.55 metres.  

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Getac ZX10 Fully Rugged Tablet 

The Getac ZX10 is popular amongst workers in the industrial manufacturing, utility services and mining industries. Certified to MIL-STD 810H with an IP66 sealing, it’s dustproof and can handle vibration and drops, being able to survive drops of up to six feet. 

With 800-nits of brightness, the LumiBond® screen can be viewed in the mid-day sun as well as indoors. For those who want extra comfort during shifts, optional accessories such as hard handles with multi-notch orientation and various hand straps are available.

Getac designed the tablet’s battery to last a full shift, with the option of high capacity, hot swappable batteries so it can be passed from one worker to the next without powering down.  

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Getac ZX70 Fully Rugged Android Tablet

Designed to withstand extreme working conditions, the ZX70 is built with durability in mind. It is MIL-STD-810G and IP67 certified, ensuring resistance against drops, shocks, vibrations, dust, and water. 

The tablet offers advanced connectivity options, including 4G LTE, GPS, and NFC, enabling reliable and efficient communication and data transfer in the field. It also comes with robust security features, such as data encryption and authentication, ensuring the protection of sensitive information.

Powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and 4GB RAM, it delivers reliable performance for demanding tasks, making it the perfect rugged solution for those who work in industries like utilities, logistics, and public safety.

With its compact size, outdoor visibility, and comprehensive connectivity options, the ZX70 offers a versatile and efficient tool for professionals who require a durable Android tablet for their demanding tasks.

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I.Safe 540.1 Intrinsically Safe Smartphone

If you’re looking for a smaller device without compromising on durability and functionality, take a look at the Mobile IS540.1, an intrinsically safe smartphone. Add an optional hand strap and IS-stylus, its functionality is up there with the Android tablets. 

Designed for use in Zone 1 hazardous environments this device offers advanced safety features, including explosion protection, rugged construction, and resistance to shock, vibration, and water.

The IS540.1 features a 5.5-inch display, providing a user-friendly interface. It comes equipped with essential communication functionalities, such as 4G LTE, NFC, and GPS, ensuring reliable connectivity and location tracking in hazardous areas. The smartphone also includes a powerful battery and a durable casing, making it suitable for long hours of operation in demanding conditions.

With its intrinsically safe design and robust features, the Mobile IS540.1 stands out as an excellent choice for professionals in industries like oil and gas, chemical, and mining. Its safety certifications and rugged construction make it a reliable companion for workers in hazardous environments who require an Android smartphone with essential communication capabilities.

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FAQs for Rugged Android Tablets

How do I choose the best Android tablet? 

The best Android tablet is the one that suits you and the type of work you do. Compare the specs of the tablets and think about how they translate to the tasks you do each day. 

Is there an Apple rugged tablet available?

Apple doesn’t manufacture rugged devices, only consumer ones. However, we can convert your favourite tablet into a rugged device with an intrinsically safe case. By housing an iPhone Mini inside a specially designed case, it becomes suitable for use in a hazardous environment. The aluminium and glass case enclosure contains any electrical or thermal energy that has the potential to cause an ignition. The tablets are suited for worksites that are classified as Zone 1 or Zone 2. Check out our range of intrinsically safe XCIEL devices.  

What is the best Samsung tablet for outdoor use?

All Samsung rugged devices are suitable for outdoor use. Their high xx means their screen can be read as easily in full sunlight as indoors. Samsung devices can cope with anything the environment throws at them from dirt, dust, rain or being left in a hot car. 

What makes a tablet rugged?

The rugged tablets we supply are tested against MIL-STD-810 standards for resisting moisture, dirt, extreme temperatures, drops, vibration and shock. This means you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your tablet’s components are protected against damage, corrosion, and shorting from water infiltration. 

Still unsure of which Android rugged tablet to choose from? Call our team on 1300 131 933, or get in touch with us online.

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