Best waterproof and rugged tablets: here's which devices are not afraid to be soaked to the "skin"

Best waterproof and rugged tablets: here's which devices are not afraid to be soaked to the
One of the main trends that we witnessed in 2014 was the serious onslaught of water-proof gadgets. A wide array of the more trend-setting and popular devices, the flagship ones, were protected from water and dust.

It comes without saying that one normally wouldn't regard this type of protection until their phone (somehow) pops from their pockets and sinks like the Titanic.

Some phones will survive such an ordeal just fine, but what about their bigger-sized cousins, the tablets?

Certainly, if one wants to lay their hands on a rugged slate which will withstand an occasional dip in the pool or a "regular" sand storm, they have certain options. Then again, it looks like there are way more water-tight smartphones than tablets, at least for now. We decided to make a summary of the rugged slates that can be found on the shelves.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1

Panasonic has a history of tough tablets, and one of their newest, the LTE-enabled Toughpad FZ-E1, is yet small-sized device that proves this. It's a relatively compact 5" tablet that is as rugged as it gets - it is water-, dust-resistant, and shock-proof. It runs on Windows Embedded 8 Handheld and has a 6,220mAh hot-swappable battery. A tough nut to crack.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1

Meet the bigger brother of the FZ-E1, Panasonic's bigger FZ-M1. With a display size of 7 inches, it's the largest and most-rugged Windows-powered (Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, to be exact) tablet you can find at the moment. It's MIL-STD-810G and IP65-certified, which means that it might be a true companion for that hiking trip you've been planning for ages.

Fujitsu Tablet Stylistic Q584

If you're looking for a Windows-powered tablet with water-proof capabilities, Fujitsu's got you covered. Its 7", LTE-enabled Stylistic Q584 is a water-/dust-proof hybrid slate, which can be used either as a slate or easily transform to a laptop (thanks to a keyboard that is being sold separately). 

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony's newest tablet is not only one of the most compact 8-inchers in the world, it was also boasted as being the most-rugged tablet in the world. Surely, the Z3 Tablet Compact will be your best bet if you intend to binge-watch Breaking Bad while skinny dipping in your pool. 

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet 

If the specs sheet of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has caught your eye, but you're secretly longing for something a little bigger, then Sony's previous slate, the 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet should be somewhere near the top of your wishlist. However, it has a slightly-lower water-resistance capabilities than the Z3 Tablet Compact, mind you!

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Let's not forget about one of the progenitors of both the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the Z2 Tablet, Sony's Xperia Tablet Z. Although it's already a bit dated, you'll have nothing to worry about if you drop it in the bath. Thanks to its 10.1" silhouette, you can even use it as an umbrella and shield yourself from the pouring rain outside.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active

Although it's not still out on the market, Samsung's first rugged tablet, the Galaxy Tab Active, deserves a honorable mention in this list. Apart from being water- and dust-resistant (it's IP 67-certified), Sammy's foray into durable Android slates is also shock-proof. Reportedly, it will withstand drops from up to 1.2 meters.



1. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

crazy biatch high as fukk using ipad underwater

8. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

That biatch needs some gin and juice!

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ugly & horrible PhotoShopped photo there. It looks like a 6 year old did it. I am sorry but it's truly bad! It's so bad that I can't even comment on the actual article.

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I have to agree... They can't even find a hot girl using a real waterproof table and use it underwater??

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well the picture has bee touched up... Looks better but she still looks like she is using an iPad of sorts underwater, we all know iPads don't like water. E for effort!

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yeah, but she's pretty hot :P

4. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

When I read the title I was like, 'Yess! An article without Samsung' Then scroll Scroll... Scroll...... Oooh Panasonic! Scroll... Scroll.... Oh Sony, nothing new Scroll... Scroll... A Samsung? Damn! Why does that brand everywhere? That tablet wasnt released yet. I just remebered that this site is paid by Samsung but that brand is so everywhere that it came to me as boring.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Well, this is an article about "Best waterproof and rugged tablets", and the Galaxy Tab Active is a waterproof and rugged tablet, so there's nothing wrong with PA including it in here. But the Galaxy Tab Active is ugly and boring looking IMO, yuck. They should learn from Sony to make a beatutiful and sexy looking waterproof tablet or learn from Panasonic to make a waterproof and rugged tablet that doesn't look ugly.

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

its best by PA, but not by consumers...its not out in market

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Guy read the article name... Why not include a product that actually fits the description? Who cares if Samsung made it. It's completely relevant to the article. SMH Where is the red thumbs down button?

16. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol, get a life. the article is about waterproof tablets. you seem to hate samsung so much. nokia? ex-nokia? or apple fan?


Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

ooo xperia Z4 Music is comming... http:/

11. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Why does PA have to use an image bearing a resembling to an iPad when iPads have no underwater capabilities? This alludes to the fact that Apple tablets some how are the standard for measuring liquid resistance. PA can do better then this. This is like running a article with the following headline "which mobile devices includes the best stylus?" With an accompanying image featuring a lovely female utilizing a iPhone 6 with a stylus. That just shows a plain bias towards one manufacture. At one point all visual media that wanted to depict a person using a generic mobile device always showed what resembled an iPhone (4 to 5s) but most recently that has changed and visual media now portrays a mobile device as a generic black slab ( no circular home button located at the bottom middle). This is a good thing as most companies wanted to be fair and impartial. As much as we in america would like to think Apple is synonymous with mobile device and tablets they are not. Mobile devices and tablets existed prior to Apple.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31253; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Chick is hot.

14. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Pa made a mistake by saying "However, it has a slightly-lower water-resistance capabilities than the Z3 Tablet Compact, mind you!" Z2t and z3tc have the same waterproof rating ip x8. The z3tc is dust tight(ip 6x) the z2t is is dust protected (ip 5x)

15. effimote

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

nice sharing ,guessing many people will like it very much . it is useful for people to play outside especially besides the beach ,and you won't concern about your cellphone water drained when rainy day without umbrella .

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Its interesting that using something underwater is used for commercials to prove it is waterproof, they forget to mention and I am sure that there are peeved people out there, that touch screens really have no chance of actually working underwater, so unless they've worked that out and I missed it, it is just silly.

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