Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

  • Editors' rating
    7.7 Very good
  • $549.00


  • Stylish appearance
  • Some useful bundled apps
  • Integrated mobile broadband
  • Lightweight


  • Proprietary charging connector
  • No USB mouse/keyboard support
  • Chassis could be more robust

A year ago we looked at Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 , a 10.1in. Windows 7 tablet designed principally for business users. It was expensive, and despite its finger-friendly Infinity Lounge overlay didn't really wow us. The intervening 12 months has seen a lot of activity in the tablet market, and a proliferation of Android-based devices in particular. Fujitsu's response is the Stylistic M532, a £470 (inc. VAT; £392 ex. VAT) 10.1in. Android 4.0 device that the company says is "the perfect choice for business and private use by mobile professionals".

To cater for both business and home environments the Stylistic M532 needs to look the part and also offer appropriate functionality. As far as looks are concerned, the thin and light Stylistic M532 can hold its own against tablets from the likes of Asus, Samsung and Apple.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532
Fujitsu's 10.1in. Stylistic M532 weighs just 560g, thanks to its use of a plastic rather than metal chassis.

The red trim running around the edge is eye catching yet subtle, and is matched by a red Android background when you switch the device on.

We like the rubbery finish to the backplate, which assists with grip and doesn't attract fingerprints as much as shiny plastic can. However, the M532 is a thin device, and we could bow it without having to apply too much pressure. Apple's iPad and the Asus Transformer Prime are both a lot more robust.

Nonetheless the plastic chassis does give the Stylistic M532 a weight advantage. The metal Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime weighs 586g, the original Eee Pad Transformer weighs 635g while the latest iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G comes in at 662g. By comparison, the 560g Stylistic M532 is a lightweight that feels comfortable to hold for extended periods.

There's another plus point for the build. That red edge strip is made from metal and ought to provide some protection from drops that could otherwise damage the sides or corners of the device.

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Fujitsu could have done better on the ports and connectors front. The battery is charged via a proprietary port that can also be used to connect the unit to a cradle dock. That dock — which we'll take a look at when it becomes available in a few weeks' time — will add support for things like Ethernet and HDMI.

We much prefer charging via USB, but the Micro-USB port on the M532 is purely for data exchange. We'd also like to see HDMI on the tablet itself rather than a docking unit option.

The top edge of the chassis has a headphone jack and the on/off switch. On the right there's a volume rocker, the Micro-USB connector and a cover protecting a microSD card slot and a standard-size SIM card slot.

There's an ambient light sensor on the screen bezel, along with a battery charge light (we do wish more tablets incorporated one of those). The back of the chassis carries a pair of speakers, one either side at the bottom.

The clear, bright 10.1in. screen has a resolution of 1,280 by 800 pixels. It's responsive to finger touches and viewing angles are good. We'd like a button to disable automatic screen rotation, which can kick in at annoying moments — but that criticism can be levelled at many tablets.

Fujitsu has equipped the Stylistic M532 with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S processor running at 1.4GHz, supported by 1GB of RAM. This puts it at the top of the tablet tree as far as raw computing power is concerned.

The M532 runs Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and has 32GB of internal storage. On our review sample, fresh out of the box, the available capacity was reported as 26.2GB. You can use a microSD card to augment this if need be.

It's a pity that Fujitsu has not been able to integrate the support for USB devices that's a key plus point of the Asus Transformer range. We'd have loved the ability to use USB sticks or even attach an external USB mouse and keyboard. Such capabilities would certainly boost the M532's utility as a business tool.

Still, the Stylistic M532 does have a SIM card slot (conspicuous by its absence on the Asus Transformers) to go with its dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) support. DLNA support is also provided, via CyberLink's PowerDVD Mobile application. This is remarkably easy to use and can stream music, video and photos from remote devices.

Business users need a different array of applications and support to consumers, and Fujitsu has made an effort to tweak Android 4.0 appropriately.

There's a competent file manager in the shape of ES File Explorer, while ThinkFree Office Mobile allows you to create Microsoft Word-, Excel- and PowerPoint-compatible documents. TouchDown for Tablets provides synchronisation facilities for corporate Outlook. Norton Tablet Security is also preinstalled as are Citrix, VMware and iTap mobile RDP clients for virtual desktop scenarios. All of these apps are available from Google Play, but it's nice to see Fujitsu thinking about what apps might be useful right out of the box, saving you or your IT staff the time and bother of locating and installing them.

The Stylistic M532 also includes an app for Absolute Computrace, for remote device tracking and management. However, you need to subscribe to use the service so in this case the app is little more than a glorified advertisement.

There's a front facing 2-megapixel camera for those wanting to make video calls, and an arguably overspecified 8-megapixel camera on the back of the chassis, complete with flash. We'd like to see some preinstalled video call software to help you make the most of the front camera immediately.

The Stylistic M532's quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM mean that it performs well. Web pages rendered quickly and video played smoothly, for example.

According to Fujitsu, the M532's non-removable 3,170mAh battery will play video for 8.4 hours. During the review period it regularly saw us through a full day without needing a recharge, and it's possible you could manage for a weekend without mains power — depending, of course, on your usage pattern.

Fujitsu's Stylistic M532 looks smart, and is light for a 10.1in. tablet. It comes with a good range of preinstalled business software, although there's nothing you can't obtain easily for any other Android tablet.

The lack of support for USB devices — storage or mouse/keyboard — is a missed opportunity. It's also a pity that you can't charge via USB: by forcing you to use the proprietary dock connector, which is hardwired to the power cable, Fujitsu effectively requires you to carry a special charge cable for this device.

Despite these niggles, we think Fujitsu has made an admirable job of producing a tablet that's equally usable in the office and at home.


Editor's note, 2/8/2012

Fujitsu informs us that the latest software update includes the following enhancements:
• Support for external USB keyboards
• Support for device unlocking using face recognition
• Ethernet support via Fujitsu's (currently available) USB-LAN adapter
• New battery-life-extending power management option


Touchscreen Multi-Touch
Multi-Touch Display Yes
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Technology TFT active matrix
TFT Technology IPS
Diagonal Size 10.1 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 25.7 cm
Native Resolution 1280 x 800
Features on/off switch, volume control
Compliant Standards FCC Part 15 B, FCC Part 15 E, ICES-003 Class B, MIL-STD-810G, RSS-210, UL, VCCI, cUL
Operating System Android 4.0
Type Tegra 3
Number of Cores Quad-Core
Processor Number T30S
Manufacturer NVIDIA
Clock Speed 1.4 GHz
Storage 32 GB
Wireless Protocol 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 EDR
Focus Adjustment automatic
Camera Light Source flash
Features autofocus
Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 3.0 EDR, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 85% (non-condensing)
Min Storage Temperature 5 °F
Max Storage Temperature 140 °F
Audio Microphone, stereo speakers
Technology lithium polymer
Capacity 38 Wh
Brand Fujitsu
Product Line Fujitsu Stylistic
Model M532
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Expansion and Connectivity
Expansion Slots 1 x microSDHC
Interfaces 1 x headphones
1 x dock
1 x Micro-USB
Platform Android
Handheld Type tablet
Technology LPDDR2 SDRAM
Installed Size 1 GB
Flash Memory
Installed Size 32 GB
Card Reader
Slots (for SD) microSD slot
Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD, microSDHC
Video Output
Max External Resolution 1920 x 1080
Digital Camera
Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
Rear-facing Camera Yes
Focus Adjustment automatic
Camera Light Source flash
Features autofocus
Audio Output
Type stereo speakers
Audio Input
Type microphone
Expansion Slots
Type microSDHC
Total Qty 1
Interface Provided
Interface Micro-USB, dock, headphones
Qty 1
OS Provided
Type Android 4.0
PDA Software
Type Computrace Mobile
Power Device
Type power adapter
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Battery Life Details
Usage Mode video playback
Run Time (Up To) 8.4 hour(s)
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year
Dimensions & Weight
Width 10.3 in
Depth 0.4 in
Height 6.9 in
Weight 19.68 oz

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