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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  • 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.

  • Given that the FZ-G1 is conceived as a workhorse, it's little surprise to find a better than average array of full size ports and connectivity options (3G is not included but is offered as an optional extra that nearly all customers go for, according to Panasonic's spokesman).

    Standard ports on the tablet include a full size HDMI socket, one USB 3.0 port and a headphone socket, as well as Panasonic's own proprietary dock connector. 

Topics: Tablets, Hardware

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