An iPad? How About a Tough Tablet For Grown Ups

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Apple’s iPad, which is their solution for the tablet market. However, much of this buzz has been negative chatter seeking to point out each and every one of the iPad’s shortcomings. The naysayers proclaim that they are looking for a device with multitasking, USB ports, a camera for video chat, HDMI video output, Adobe Flash support, widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, and more. To many, Apple’s iPad is more of a child’s toy than a tablet computer with any real uses. In an effort to help those who are in the market for a tablet but are not impressed with Apple’s gimmicks, you should feel obligated to look into Panasonic’s line of Toughbooks.

Panasonic offers an entire line of rugged mobile computing solutions that are typically classified as either business-rugged, semi-rugged, fully-rugged, or ultra-mobile-rugged. These different classifications refer to toughness of the notebooks. Panasonic offers many different tablet PC solutions that will bring the power of a durable tablet with a full-featured operating system right to your finger tips.

Typically, Toughbooks are owned by people who intend to use their tablet for important tasks out in the work field. On the other hand, the iPad is much more suitable for use while sitting on the couch browsing IMDB (Internet Movie Database). When you’re using a Toughbook tablet there is no need to worry about dropping or scratching it; these notebooks are tough. Beyond being physically built like a tank, it is easy to find Toughbook models that are superior in performance over the iPad’s internals.

As a quick example of one of Panasonic’s superior Toughbook tablets, let’s take a look at the Toughbook C1 vs. Apple’s iPad.

Operating System: Toughbook C1 has full Windows 7 or XP while the iPad had the iPhone OS

Processor: Toughbook C1 has a 2.4Ghz i5 while the iPad has a measly 1Ghz

Display: The C1 has a 12.1″ 1280 x 800 widescreen display, while the iPad has a 9.7″ 1024 x 768 display 4:3 display

Hard Drive: The Toughbook C1 has a 250GB Shock-Mounted HD, while the iPad has only a 16 – 64GB HD

And the list goes on!

Many people like to respond to facts like those by bringing up the price difference between the two products. Yes, the Toughbook is going to cost you more, but usually only in the short term. Buying a Toughbook gives you the added satisfaction of knowing that you’re not going to need to buy a new computer if you accidentally drop it, or you accidentally spill something on the keyboard. These computers are built to last. However, if you still think that you want a Toughbook but are struggling to justify the price, there are a few places that sell refurbished Toughbooks for significantly lower prices, while still offering the same great Toughbook products.