Rugged tablets for rugged jobs
The typical tablet computer is well-suited for many jobs and work environments, but some people -- like construction workers or tornado chasers -- require a little more heft from their mobile devices. As a result, many are turning to more rugged tablet models built to withstand a punch or two.
As Fortune magazine reports, rugged models actually predate today's generation of tablet computers, with some making their debut more than 15 years ago. These rugged tablets, while durable, have understandably lacked many of the features of the current lineup of mobile devices on the market.
However, rugged tablets are changing with the times and adopting many of the features seen in today's tablet technology, like touchscreens, WiFi connectivity and more. Many are also being equipped with the latest versions of tablet software, such as Google's Android™ operating system.
At the same time, the physical aspects of these tablets are also seeing upgrades, with the addition of stronger, scratch-resistant displays and slimmer but more durable bodies built to withstand snow, rain, mud, sand and more.
Whether in the office or on an oil rig, the tablet is quickly becoming a valuable tool for many professions. As the technology continues to move toward the mainstream, its role in the enterprise will expand.