The rugged market is an interesting one. The durability of rugged devices is definitely impressive and cool, but the fact is most tend to skip these devices. While some of us butter-fingered users could take advantage of a rugged device, we tend to believe it’s overkill.
Rugged devices often lack specs and aesthetics and don’t skimp in the size department. Generally, such gadgets are known to be heavy, thick and bulky. The prevalent idea is that these devices are meant for hikers, construction workers and people with more at risk of damaging their phones.
But there are big devices out there that aren’t rugged and are still popular. Maybe what the rugged market needs is better specs? People would probably be more interested in a rugged device if it came with some top-of-the-line specs. The fact is “durable” smartphones with better specs have more potential.
Take the Motorola Defy for example. Maybe it wasn’t Phone of the Year, but its relatively superior specs and aesthetics took it to a way better place than, say, the Casio G’zOne Commando or the Motorola i1.
Now that the tablet market is where the money’s at, all companies are starting to get their feet in the water. Fujitsu is taking that adage literally; they will be the first manufacturer to make a waterproof Honeycomb tablet. The Fujitsu Arrows Tab is a 10-inch tablet that will come with a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor. This is rare, since the trend for Honeycomb tablets is NVIDIA Tegra 2 processors.
The tablet is also rumored to come with 1 GB of RAM memory, 16 GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, b/g/n WiFi, GPS, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, micro USB, micro SD card reader and a micro SIM card slot. If that wasn’t enough for you, this device will also come with a TV tuner. And, of course, it’s waterproof.
This tablet isn’t looking bad at all for a rugged device. It beats the Motorola Xoom in thinness and weight and gets pretty close to even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Fujitsu Arrows Tab is said to measure 262 mm x 181 mm x 11.5 mm, weighing only 599 grams. (Xoom weighs 700 grams, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs 565 grams). Not too shabby.
Since the dimensions, weight, aesthetics and even the specs are up to current-day standards, would you go for a waterproof tablet? It seems this bad boy is rocking it in all those categories, and it wouldn’t make a bad tablet to take for a swim. Maybe you’d even be more comfortable skipping that insurance offer.
Sadly, this tablet is being released in Japan. And as far as we know, it might not be coming to other parts of the world. We would like to know what you guys think of the rugged device market, though. Do you like these durable devices? Do you think they usually lack the specs you want? Do you think the Fujitsu Arrows Tab could bring quality specs, while rolling with the punches? Let us know what you think, and let’s see if it would be good for more tablets like this to come out.