Need a Tablet with Extra Protection? Here’s a List of the Best Rugged Tablets (2020 Edition)


Male and female field workers using a Getac F110 rugged tablet to execute daily tasks

So many industries would be lost without their tablets. In a few short years, tablets have become the most invaluable tool of the trade. From field workers, ticket checkers, warehouse workers, delivery drivers and vehicle servicing. With plenty of rugged tablets on the market now, how do you tell which ones are best? 

We did the research and here are our top 5 picks. 

#1 Getac F110 Fully Rugged Tablet

The 5th generation Getac F110 offers best in-class performance and high-tech security. The 5th generation F110 has revolutionised rugged tablet computing. With 33% more computing power, it completes effortless multi-tasking with feature-rich applications. 

The units are MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461G certified. Its IP65 certification means the device is protected from low pressure water jets in any direction. Despite its size and light-weight, the F110 is 6 feet drop resistant, and can withstand vibration, rain, shock and liquid. Its operating temperature range is an impressive -21°C-60°C and can be stored in temperatures between -40°C - 71°C. 

The most confidential information can be stored knowing it's protected by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, a powerful anti-tampering feature that checks for intrusions at every system boot-up. 

Weight: 139 grams

Dimensions: 314 x 207 x 24.5 mm

Screen Size: 11.6 inch HD display

Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels 

Operating System/Processor: Microsoft® Windows® 10 Professional Intel Core i7-6600U 2.6GHz

Storage: 128GB/256B/512GB/1TB

Memory: 4 GB

Battery: 2,160mAh Dual battery availability

Camera: 1080P optional rear 8MP optional front

#2 Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 Fully Rugged Tablet 

With industry-leading design, the Panasonic toughpad FZ-G1 is a must-have for field workers. The FZ-G1 is a 10.1” fully rugged tablet, as it’s designed for mobile workers there are many integrated options like GPS, LTE/4G data, True Serial port and Thermal/Hello camera and of course vehicle mounting options. 

The FZ-G1 can operate for up to 13 hours on a standard battery and is IP65 rated. This means that virtually no dust can enter the operating parts and that the tablet can get wet, but not immersed into water.

Weight: Approx 1.1kgs with a standard battery 

Dimensions: 185mm (W) X 273mm (H) x 19mm (D)

Screen Size: 10.1 inch 

Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels 

Operating System/Processor: Windows 10 Pro | Intel Core i5-7300U vPro Processor

Storage: 128GB standard, upgradeable to 1TB

Memory: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM 

Battery: Up to 13 hours with standard 4200mAh battery | Up to 26 hours with large 9300mAh battery 

Camera: Front camera - 2MP FHD | Rear camera - 8MP with LED flash

#3 Getac UX10 Fully Rugged Tablet

With its optional retractable hard handle, the Getac UX10 is ideal for moving around the site. To type or enter data at speed, there’s an optional detachable keyboard. 

Certified to MIL-STD 810G and IP65 sealing means the unit is dustproof and can cope with low pressure from water that’s sprayed from all directions. It can survive drops from a height of six feet, and vibrations aren’t a problem. The 1000 nits of brightness makes the screen suitable for use out in the midday sun. Workers can use a finger, glove, pen or digitizer. If you need the unit for multiple shifts per day, options include a high capacity battery and bridge battery for hot swap capabilities. 

Weight: 1.2kg approx

Dimensions: 277mm (W) x 194 (H) x 23mm (D)

Screen Size: 10.1 inch

Resolution: 1920 x 1200 daylight readable screen with LD backlighting

Operating System/Processor: Windows 10 Pro Intel® Core™ i5-8265U vPro™ Processor

Storage: 256 GB SSD Expandable to 512GB/1TB


Battery: Li-Ion 11.1V, 4100mAh (typical) Optional Large Battery: Li-Ion 10.8V, 9240mAh (typical)

Camera: FHD 1920 x 1080 (front) 8MP Autofocus LeD light 

#4 Zebra L10 XPAD Fully Rugged Tablet

Durability isn’t in question with the unit’s durable corner bumpers designed to protect the display which has the added protection of Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3. If you take up the advanced 4G LTE card, you’ll enjoy 600% faster download data and 300% faster upload data speed. The display is suitable for gloves or fingers, both wet and dry. 

For peace of mind the Zebra L10 XPAD has removable SSDs, TPM 2.0, Smart Card / CAC options, and an integrated fingerprint reader. A Kensington Lock protects the tablet from theft.  

Weight: 1.4 kg approx

Dimensions: 281mm (W) x 256mm (H) x 22mm (D)

Screen Size: 10.1

Resolution: 1920 x 1200 daylight readable screen with LED backlighting

Operating System/Processor: Windows 10 Pro Intel® Pentium™ processor N200

Storage: 128 GB SSD Optional upgrade to 1TB total

Memory: 4GB DDR4L SDRAM 8GB standard for Core i5 and Corei7

Battery: Standard battery - up to 10 hours User exchangeable hot swappable battery

Camera: 2MP front 13MP rear

#5 Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro Fully Rugged Tablet 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro is a workhorse of a tablet. It’s used by thousands of workers, in a variety of industries, keeping them productive whenever they are. The unit’s dimensions are 170 x 243 x 9.9 mm and weighs just 653 grams. The Android Operating System is easy for staff to pick up and use with minimal training particularly if they are familiar with Android consumer products. 

The Tab Active Pro has an ingress protection rating of IP68. Meaning it can be submerged in a maximum of 1.5m of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Samsung has made it possible for businesses to embrace Augmented Reality. The unit’s gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor and the enhanced rear camera allows for endless training, inspection and AR visual possibilities. 

Weight: 653g 

Dimensions: 170mm (W) x 244mm (H) x 10mm (D)

Screen Size: 10.1 TFT LCD HD (1920 x 1200)

Operating System/Processor: Android 9 

Storage: eMMC 64GB

Memory: 4GB

Battery: Li-Ion battery (3.8V, 7600mAh) Approx 15 hours on Wi-Fi 

Camera: 8M pixels auto focus front camera, 13M pixels autofocus rear camera

Not Sure Which Rugged Tablet is Right for You?

With so many high performance rugged tablets on the market, you can have a tablet that’s ideally suited to the work you do and the conditions you work in. Let us know your requirements and we’ll tell you which unit is best for you. 

Availability, Delivery and Support

We carry some stock of our rugged tablet models and most accessories in our Perth warehouse. Larger orders may need to be delivered from our distributors, but this rarely takes more than a few days. 

Free Overnight Delivery

Most orders can be sent with FREE overnight delivery. Larger orders or bulky items may be sent using an off-peak service, again free of charge. We will advise you if your order is being sent off peak. If you have any questions about availability and delivery times please phone us or get in touch on our Contact Us page.

Local Australian Support

We provide local support for all products at our Perth office. Roaming Technologies will be your local point of contact and we will manage the warranty or repair process to make sure your device works exactly as it should.

If you have any questions about these tablets, talk to one of our hardware experts on 1300 131 933 or contact us online.
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