Hands-on with the £1,500 Windows 8 Pro Panasonic FZ-G1 Toughpad

Hands-on with the £1,500 Windows 8 Pro Panasonic FZ-G1 Toughpad

Summary: The Panasonic FZ-G1 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet aimed at field workers, but does its rugged credentials justify its hefty starting price?

TOPICS: Tablets, Hardware

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  • Unsurprisingly given that it's a rugged device, the Panasonic is not the most svelte or lightest tablet on the market, measuring up at 270mm x 188mm x 19mm thick. It weighs 1.1kg, and feels even heavier if you're holding it in one hand while operating it with the other.

    In order to make it water-resistant, Panasonic added a sealed fan system that maintains protection against the rest of the internals. (Its other Android tablets are all fanless.)

    Other key specs of the device include a 128GB SSD, 1.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM (expandable to 8GB) and a forward-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Potential buyers can also specify a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash for an additional cost.

    It also comes with a stylus (shown in previous photo) to make field workers' lives a little easier. Judging from my experience with the tablet, they'll be using it.

  • Battery life on the FZ-G1 is around eight hours in the field, according to a Panasonic spokesman, and the battery is user-changeable, meaning you can put in a spare if you're miles from a charger and need to keep on working.

    It can also be specified to come with a double-length battery instead, which will give around 16 hours use, Panasonic said. However, this will change the profile of the tablet, giving it a slightly protruding section at the bottom.

  • The buttons along the bottom of the screen (labelled A1/A2) can be programmed to launch specific apps on the device,  while the others provide volume control, a shortcut to the Windows 8 start screen and the one on the far right toggles autorotate on and off.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware

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