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The $5,600 Tablet

Soulskill posted about 3 months ago | from the go-big-or-go-home dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200. But what about the tablets pushing toward the high end of the spectrum? Xplore Technologies sells a line of tablets that top out at $5,600. Who on earth would pay that much? The military, of course. 'The DMSR models both have handles and are encased in tough protective covers. They can be dropped more than 2 meters onto a plywood floor and 1.2 meters onto concrete, and can operate in temperatures between -30 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 to 60 degrees Celsius). They've been tested to the U.S. military's tough MIL-STD-810G standard for extreme conditions. The tablets run Windows and come with Intel's latest Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors. Solid-state drive options extend to 480GB. ... They display images at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's less than some cheaper Windows tablets, but Xplore claims to offer excellent LCD visibility in sunlight thanks to a display luminescence of 1,300 NITS. The tablets have internal fans but can still run for up to eight-and-a-half hours on a 10-cell battery, Xplore said. They weigh a hefty 2.4 kilograms.'"

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96 comments

Some people.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46821235)

I know plenty people who need their smartphone rugged like this.

Re:Some people.. (0, Flamebait)

RobertinXinyang (1001181) | about 3 months ago | (#46821283)

I ended up going with a ruggedized phone. Sure, its ugly; but it has lasted longer than my previous phones.

http://www.runboruggedsmartpho... [runborugge...phones.com]

Re:Some people.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46821359)

I know plenty of smartphones that survives the drop-test and the temperature test. Once the phones got light enough they stopped breaking when hitting the floor and the flimsy plastic is flexible enough to just make them bounce once.
The big difference is that they aren't guaranteed to survive and probably won't if they hit the floor at an unfortunate angle.

All that and water resistant, too (5, Informative)

Doofus (43075) | about 3 months ago | (#46821259)

I handled procurement of a few of these for a client two years ago. They are impressive for their sturdiness and resistance to the environment, and I was able to view the screen very well even in the mid-day sunlight. The model I played with was everything the summary described and a bit more. It was submersible for up to two hours in salt or fresh water as long as the ports were sealed with the silicone port glands.

It is an impressive device for what it provides to people on the move in challenging environments.

Re:All that and water resistant, too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821827)

My Nexus 7, in a cheap fake-leather cover, HAS withstood greater drops, and almost two years later, still has more battery time.

Re:All that and water resistant, too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46823419)

And how is that submersion in salt-water working for you? Or did you conveniently skip over that part?

Re:All that and water resistant, too (2)

Cederic (9623) | about 2 months ago | (#46825501)

Well, the first one died instantly.
The second one survived for four minutes, working underwater, then died.
The third one I managed to fish out before it died, dried it out and then it kept working. But then I dropped it in again and it died.
The fourth one died instantly, and I lost data that I hadn't backed up.
The fifth one I've been sensible and kept out of the fucking water.

Note that I've still spent less money and had a better user experience than buying the rugged version. Total weight is higher, but carried weight is less.

Not many people need seawater resistance on their devices.

Re:All that and water resistant, too (1)

plopez (54068) | about 2 months ago | (#46825601)

Except for losing data. What if the loss of data had been life threatening?

Re:All that and water resistant, too (1)

Cederic (9623) | about 2 months ago | (#46825737)

It's a fair question. I'd hope that if they're using tablets operationally then the data isn't that sensitive.

Re:All that and water resistant, too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46831389)

Would you call waypoint coordinates thru enemy territory & extraction LZ coordinates "sensitive data"? Try losing *that* data or not having it on the field in the first place to find a renewed appreciation for life! xD

Re:All that and water resistant, too (1)

david_thornley (598059) | about 2 months ago | (#46827267)

And the sixth burned down, fell over, and then sank into the salt water.

Re:All that and water resistant, too (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 months ago | (#46825251)

My Nexus 7, in a cheap fake-leather cover, HAS withstood greater drops, and almost two years later, still has more battery time.

My kindle fire 1st gen in its canvas & faux leather over cardboard case survived flying of the roof of my car at 50 miles an hour. I was amazed it still works fine though.

Re:All that and water resistant, too (1)

isfry (101853) | about 2 months ago | (#46822039)

About 6 years ago a place i worked looked at these and a few other brands. They were using tough books but needed something more. We were looking to buy in a quality that got vendors out in person and let us do the stress test. If i remember correctly the Xplore was throw through a truck cab and into corner of a curb and the only that thing broke was the stylus. we also threw it into a fountain and it worked and the drop from the hood and roof of the truck. This was with a spinning disk and no SSD at the time they also offered a GPS pod. the QA and the accessories was a little lacking. we got a keyboard/dock that had a keyboard with no Q and 2 B's (You can't spell QA without a Q)

Re:All that and water resistant, too (1)

jovius (974690) | about 2 months ago | (#46826645)

It's not unlike the professional field recorders. Who would need a field recorder that costs thousands of dollars? Quite a many. Durability, longevity, solid service promise and practical usability costs, and the production numbers are not high It's not about the price but having the right tool; the users of such tools also readily know what to do with them and are a demanding bunch of people.

Survival mode! (4, Funny)

cripkd (709136) | about 3 months ago | (#46821289)

Bear Grylls would open it with a coconut and a shoelace, pee in it and then survive a week by eating its insides.

Bullets? (1)

mailuefterl (140499) | about 3 months ago | (#46821303)

But are they bulletproof?

Re:Bullets? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46822145)

But are they bulletproof?

The trick is to not need bulletproofing.
If they can hit your tablet they can hit your head and most bulletproof things aren't.

Re:Bullets? (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 2 months ago | (#46826327)

The REAL trick is to convince somebody else that they should stand between the person firing the gun and you holding the tablet.

Re:Bullets? (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 2 months ago | (#46828019)

The EVEN BETTER trick is to be in places where people aren't trying to shoot you, so you can spend more time playing Steam games.

With shopping, weather and YouTube icons (0)

Begemot (38841) | about 3 months ago | (#46821321)

All are very useful when operating a drone

Re:With shopping, weather and YouTube icons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46821443)

Weather tells you about local conditions for deploying the drone. Youtube lets you access the do-it-yourself video that explains how to operate the drone. And shopping allows to know where you can find replacement parts in the event of an unexpected equipment failure (that would be the drone, not the tablet, mind you, or do you think we build crappy products that are liable to break down)

Re:With shopping, weather and YouTube icons (0)

almitydave (2452422) | about 2 months ago | (#46824349)

<clippy>
It looks like you're trying to operate a drone! How can I help?
-Shoot civilians
-Spy on Americans
-Crash into triathlete
-Do a barrel roll
-Search for help online
</clippy>

Rugged on the outside, Windows on the inside (2)

freeshoes (826204) | about 3 months ago | (#46821341)

So it runs Windows? Who cares if it survives a fall or in Antarctica, as soon as you connect it to the net it will be infested with malware and virii!

Re:Rugged on the outside, Windows on the inside (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46821467)

A device is only as good as the weakest link in the chain !
Windows ... the show stopper !

Re:Rugged on the outside, Windows on the inside (1)

ThatsDrDangerToYou (3480047) | about 2 months ago | (#46822751)

A device is only as good as the weakest link in the chain ! Windows ... the show stopper !

Nonsense! "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

Re:Rugged on the outside, Windows on the inside (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46823113)

The 1990s called. You appear to be lost.

Re:Rugged on the outside, Windows on the inside (1)

freeshoes (826204) | about 3 months ago | (#46830697)

Ok so I can install Windows with no antivirus, no malware protection and use IE without worrying about anything? About time!!

Consumers have no clue... (4, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | about 3 months ago | (#46821361)

I rock a Panasonic Toughbook laptop and a Panasonic Toughbook tablet.

Toughpad FZ-A1 for my android tablet and a toughbook 31 I carry for work more money in tablet and laptop than most of you have every owned in your car. I work in very dusty and dirty environments programming smartbuildings while they are under construction.

The number of people that whine the ,"OMG why did you buy that expensive thing" I then drop it on it's edge from 4 feet and then ask if their Nexus 7 is "the exact same thing" that they drop their on the edge right now. I own a nexus 7 they break if you look at them funny. I can read the screens better in direct sunlight, consumer tablets are unusable out in the direct sun.

Note: panasonic is a lot cheaper than this botique brand, and the Govt uses them on a regular basis.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (2)

ThaumaTechnician (2701261) | about 2 months ago | (#46821609)

Thanks, Lumpy, I came here looking for a mention of Panasonic's offerings. My personal laptop is a Toughbook - yeah, they rock!. I get knowing nods from the Commissionaires at airport security... If the military needs Windows on their tablets, they can get a Toughpad FZ-G1 for half the price of the Xplore - and the display, at 1920 x 1200 pixels, is even brighter than Xplore's offering. As per the spec sheet, the standard operating time of 8 hours can be extended to 18 hours (!) with the optional battery. Bonus: with all the money that they'd save, they could buy some very good whiskey to celebrate a successful mission (or to drown out an unsuccessful one..).

Re:Consumers have no clue... (1)

Adam Jorgensen (1302989) | about 2 months ago | (#46821683)

I was encountered a Panasonic ruggedized Tablet. I felt sorry for the poor people who had to use it, the screen was terrible and impossibly dark. I would imagine anyone using it outdoors would have to work by feel alone...

Re:Consumers have no clue... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821733)

I was encountered a Panasonic ruggedized Tablet.

But you're not typing this comment out on one, are you?

must have had the brightness set wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821745)

Setting the brightness/contrast on a Toughbook is non-intuitive, and the auto-brightness feature can be really annoying in the sun as the sun hits the sensor and is shaded (a piece of tape helps). But if you couldn't read the screen, you must have had it set up wrong. I've used a CF-H2 in everything from pitch black darkness to bright sunshine and had no problem reading it.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (1)

guises (2423402) | about 2 months ago | (#46821829)

You can buy a Toughpad 4K for $6000 if you want. Panasonic seems to have these guys beat in every category, including most expensive.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (1, Informative)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | about 2 months ago | (#46822079)

Toughpad FZ-A1 for my android tablet and a toughbook 31 I carry for work more money in tablet and laptop than most of you have every owned in your car.

A quick search on prices shows that you can get both for about $5k.

Apparently you either think that everyone on /. is working part-time for minimum wage or you think cars are still priced like they were in the 70s. Either way, you sound like a condescending fucktard.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (-1, Troll)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 months ago | (#46823231)

Says the low IQ guy who cant control his potty mouth.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46825123)

At least he can string a fucking sentence together.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (1)

Cederic (9623) | about 2 months ago | (#46825575)

What sort of cunt uses the phrase "potty mouth"?

Re:Consumers have no clue... (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 2 months ago | (#46828051)

The guy who designs the hole in the top of potties.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46828671)

Agreed, the guy is a complete low IQ moron. Just look at the rest of his posts on here. He is a complete tool.

Re:Consumers have no clue... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46823417)

I just wish the Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX3 has a US keyboard layout. What are those idiots thinking, I'd buy dozens of them if they had that.

Not that impressive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46821363)

Doesn't anyone else think surviving a maximum 1.2m drop onto concrete is not that impressive? I've dropped loads of gadgets at roughly the same distance that have survived intact or without serious damage. The most impressive that comes to mind is dropping a Nokia 3310 off a railway bridge onto tarmac.(It was totally fine, the back cover just popped off).

Re:Not that impressive! (3, Interesting)

rally2xs (1093023) | about 3 months ago | (#46821421)

Its impressive when a computer does it.

Took a class in computer reliability in the face of all sorts of problems, and the instructor was a bit taken aback when those of us from the DoD started talking about having the computer system take a 50 caliber round. It wasn't a failure mode he was familiar with.

Re:Not that impressive! (1)

Orestesx (629343) | about 2 months ago | (#46827813)

Considering that a .50 caliber round can be fired into an engine block to disable a vehicle, I can't imagine what type of ruggedization a computer could have to prevent that mode of failure while remaining practical. Sure, you would want the data center walls to be able to withstand such a shot, but the computer itself?

Re:Not that impressive! (1)

rally2xs (1093023) | about 3 months ago | (#46830463)

Imagine an aircraft with multiple computers networked throughout the airframe. The task is then to detect which of the computers has ceased to exist (because of the 0.50), and shift all its functionality to one or more of the other computers, without missing a beat since these computers may be doing really time-critical stuff like controlling airfoils...

Re:Not that impressive! (1)

Orestesx (629343) | about 3 months ago | (#46832763)

In that case, the mode of failure isn't particularly relevant, is it.

Re:Not that impressive! (1)

rally2xs (1093023) | about 3 months ago | (#46832987)

Only in the fact that it surprised the instructor when he found out that when we said that a computer got shot, we were literal, not figurative.

Re:Not that impressive! (2)

mrvan (973822) | about 3 months ago | (#46821461)

I would guess that there is a big difference between "guaranteed to survive a 1.2m drop onto concrete" or even "99% chance of surviving the drop" (which is probably what they offer) and the anecdotal "I dropped shit from longer distances and they were fine".

My S3 was seriously damaged by a much smaller drop. You can be lucky or unlucky with such devices. Military doesn't like that :)

Slashvertisement, brought to you by Dice. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46821381)

Nice advertisement you got there.

Rather then talk about the technicalities behind why and how modern day hardware has allowed us to build a reasonably specced ruggedized system (there have always been rugged computers, but they usually came at a cost- both a high price, and significantly lower speed then what you could get as a consumer or business grade system), you're blasting us with this obvious advertisement that really doesn't give a shit about that and just blabbers on about this one particular company and their awesome piece of hardware.

Nice. Real nice. Good to know "news for nerds" can mean "advertisements for nerds" as well.

Re:Slashvertisement, brought to you by Dice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821867)

What we really want to know is:
Other than the plastic/metal cover, was anything designed specifically for this type of task, or did they just slap on components to get as many features for a really huge price hike?
Government contracts, because.

Re:Slashvertisement, brought to you by Dice. (1)

mlk (18543) | about 2 months ago | (#46823169)

RTFA? Motherboard is defined for a more action packed life than your home laptop, as is the screen (lower res but better vis in direct sunlight).

Re:Slashvertisement, brought to you by Dice. (1)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about 2 months ago | (#46824679)

Yes, tard, because products like this are _often_ advertised in such a way. Idiot.

BUT (2)

PsyMan (2702529) | about 3 months ago | (#46821385)

Will it blend?

Re:BUT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46821483)

A marine can blend anything.

Re:BUT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821869)

It comes with different colour schemes depending on location of deployment: Iraq yellow (sand), Afghanistan red (blood), Lybia black (oil). It can blend (in) anywhere.

Re:BUT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821895)

Yes, it makes the BEST smoothies.

The $5,600 Tablet (1)

shine (1502) | about 3 months ago | (#46821547)

Perfect for when you're sitting on one of those $900 toilet seats.

Weakest Part? (1)

Bazman (4849) | about 3 months ago | (#46821557)

What's the point of making a rugged system that can survive all that and then putting Windows on it?

Re:Weakest Part? (2)

Johnny Loves Linux (1147635) | about 2 months ago | (#46821681)

Why, oh why, would anyone go through the trouble of making hardware that could survive those extreme conditions and then put Windows(!?!?!?!?) on it? Talk about the most pointless exercise ever. They couldn't be bothered to go check what the OS market share for tablets was? Hell, I wouldn't surprised if those tablets were running Windows XP. If you're going to choose to go stupid, might as well double down.

I can't help but think of the old saying "A fool and his money are soon parted."

Re:Weakest Part? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821775)

I have actually used multiple (Canadian) government-owned toughbook designed for extreme environments. Specifically, they were all used by naval folks in close to water circumstances. They also all ran Windows. Windows XP, mostly.

Why Windows?

1) They were locked down and not on outside networks or the internet ever. Windows is a lot more stable and infinitely more secure when there is an environment where 0 things ever end up on the boxes without being scanned and approved by multiple people in IT first.

-and-

2) They needed proprietary software that only ran on Windows. The tablets were used to interface and access hardware that was purchased from non-governmental sources, and rather than spending a couple of people's time for several months to reverse engineer everything and provide equivalent functionality for very specific and finicky hardware and devices in another OS (estimate cost: 20k or more), they just got a few Windows and MSOffice licenses (estimate cost: less than 2k).

I don't know that running another OS would have been a particularly good choice for these circumstances.

Yes, Windows is inferior without vendor lockin and those sort of networking effects and all that. However, in the real world, those effects actually exist, and you have to be realistic.

Re:Weakest Part? (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 2 months ago | (#46821961)

Having worked in defense, I can tell you that Windows is also much easier to secure from a procedural standpoint. The auditing and policy tools are much easier to set up, and enjoy more third-party support.

Re:Weakest Part? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46823443)

Protip: When trolling, post anonymously or use a username that isn't easily identifiable as belonging to a fanboy.

Dropped onto plywood and concrete?! Why? (1)

erroneus (253617) | about 2 months ago | (#46821619)

Oh, they run Windows... nevermind. Carry on.

Alternative to one tough tablet (2)

BusterB (10791) | about 2 months ago | (#46821641)

For that price, you could buy 50 regular Android tablets and luggage to keep them in. Just grab a new tablet when you break one.

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (2)

Johnny Loves Linux (1147635) | about 2 months ago | (#46821687)

But those tablets couldn't run windows (xp)! We can't have that!

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (1)

Adam Jorgensen (1302989) | about 2 months ago | (#46821689)

Yeah, not sure how you'd provision it out in the field though...

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821943)

that would not be nearly as effective at its primary purpose; moving government money to contractor pockets

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (1)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 months ago | (#46822401)

When you're shipping everything across the globe by C-130, HMMWV, and raw human horsepower, you're a bit bound by volume and weight.

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (1)

Kaptain Kruton (854928) | about 2 months ago | (#46822443)

For that price, you could buy 50 regular Android tablets and luggage to keep them in. Just grab a new tablet when you break one.

That's fine... unless you have data saved on the broken tablet.

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (1)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 months ago | (#46824929)

You're missing the part where if a slashtard gives you a dismissive alternate solution, and you can't use it because it misses some critical and non-negotialbe criterion in your use case, it's your fault because your cow isn't spherical enough.

Welcome to Slashdot, where all the Windows are evil, all the grits are hot, and your problem doesn't matter because it doesn't conform to someone else's biases.

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (1)

Gavagai80 (1275204) | about 2 months ago | (#46825953)

MicroSD cards aren't particularly breakable. That's where you put your data.

Re:Alternative to one tough tablet (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | about 2 months ago | (#46825493)

What about the apps and data on the broken tablet?
Would those backup tablets even survive being transported around a battlefield?
How would those tablets back at base help if your tablet broke while on patrol?

You are talking about non-mission critical civilian use and comparing it to mission critical military use. Sorry but there are different requirement for reliability in those two situations.

Chances Are Good (2)

jchawk (127686) | about 2 months ago | (#46821933)

That these tablets never leave the truck or tank because they are heavy and very likely not all that usable.

We tooled around with a general dynamics tablet with similar capabilities and it wasn't good for anything except blocking bullets.

Detailed price (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821951)

$600 for the tablet, $5000 for Windows XP with extended support beyond EOL?

Mostly good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46821965)

All good except this: The tablets run Windows. Yuck.

Extreme Conditions (2)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 2 months ago | (#46822205)

1.2 Meters onto concrete or 2 Meters onto wood is not extreme by and standard, extreme would mean it could take a 40 cal bullet right to the screen and not break, or drop from 100 meters onto concrete. Also a tablet running Windows for field use dangerous on its own right. I would really hope I'm not the solder in the field who has to deal with blue screens on the battle field.

Re:Extreme Conditions (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about 2 months ago | (#46822969)

It's way past time to put that old trope to bed. I have seen way more Android and iOS devices spontaneously reboot than I ever saw blue screens. The only difference is, the spontaneous reboots provide absolutely NO information about why they happened, and the name of the product that DETECTED (not necessarily caused) the problem is not displayed, so people are far more likely to blame 'the hardware', etc whereas with a blue screen it is always WINDOWS that blue screened.

Re:Extreme Conditions (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 2 months ago | (#46823379)

Oh that's fair, but if you want stability you have to use either BSD or Linux / Unix. Mobile operating systems are designed for phone and not stability or rock solid operation. Windows 7 and 8 still blue screen more then an acceptable amount, also Androids crash logs are immensely powerful for debugging, they contain much more information then was ever shown from a blue screen.

Blue screens? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46835655)

I thought Windows caught up with the rest of the OS market and just spontaneously reboots instead of blue screening like every other platform now. Unless you turn that feature off, but of course that isn't the default.

New SAPI Plates! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46822363)

This just in, Apple moving into the high end tablet market with the new iSapi. Perfect for sneaking a tablet into a guard tower ; unless of course the Sergeant of the Guard does the very routine check of punching you in the chest to make sure your plates are in the armor.

Not for the US Army.... (1)

FeatureSpace (1649197) | about 2 months ago | (#46822377)

The US Army now favors commodity Android smartphones with well designed cases over tablets like these.

http://www.army.mil/article/10... [army.mil]

$3000+ tablets that weigh several pounds do not make sense in many roles.

What does make sense is $200 - $400 Android smartphones/tablets with waterproof shock cases that weigh less than a pound with better battery life.

yeah, yeah, (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | about 2 months ago | (#46822427)

but ... can they be operated with bloody, grimy or gravelly fingers?

Re:yeah, yeah, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46823465)

"but ... can they be operated with bloody, grimy or gravelly fingers?"

The way to solve the touchpad problem would be to make the tablet like a fighter MFD and add a Thinkpad-style clitmouse with a wider rugged replaceable nub.

Tactile feedback matters, which is why jet fighters don't use mere touchpads for controls:

http://www.ausairpower.net/VVS/Su-34-FRP-Cockpit-1S.jpg

2 meters? (1)

morgauxo (974071) | about 2 months ago | (#46822625)

Don't get me wrong, surviving a 2 meter drop is pretty good compared to most consumer products these days. Still.. I would expect much much better from a $5600 tablet marketed to the military. It should at least survive a couple of stories!

Re:2 meters? (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about 2 months ago | (#46822897)

Don't get me wrong, surviving a 2 meter drop is pretty good compared to most consumer products these days. Still.. I would expect much much better from a $5600 tablet marketed to the military. It should at least survive a couple of stories!

If the user falls a couple of stories, he's dead and doesn't need the tablet anymore.

If the user DROPS the tablet off a building, and it falls a couple of stories, you really don't want the bad guys to be recovering a usable tablet before you can run downstairs and locate the thing.

The milstd seems to be designed so the tablet will survive the sort of things that happen in combat that are recoverable for the user (if you come under fire, diving to the ground is likely to break any civilian tablet when you land on it), but not survive the sort of thing where the user has no real chance to recover the tablet....

Re:2 meters? (1)

jittles (1613415) | about 2 months ago | (#46824111)

The milstd seems to be designed so the tablet will survive the sort of things that happen in combat that are recoverable for the user (if you come under fire, diving to the ground is likely to break any civilian tablet when you land on it), but not survive the sort of thing where the user has no real chance to recover the tablet....

Meh. That's what WP is for. Put in that lock code incorrectly 10 times? Screw wiping the encryption key from the device. Just ignite some WP and watch that flash cook. Burn baby, burn!

Re:2 meters? (1)

morgauxo (974071) | about 2 months ago | (#46938815)

>>If the user falls a couple of stories, he's dead and doesn't need the tablet anymore.

Not necessarily. It depends on how he lands and on what. It's just as likely the user REALLY needs the tablet after the fall as entertainment while the broken bones heal.

Motion Computing is less overpriced (1)

John.Banister (1291556) | about 2 months ago | (#46822661)

I own a motion computing tablet. Their current model meets the same 810G standard, appears to have the same features available and costs about half.

Windows (1)

CauseBy (3029989) | about 2 months ago | (#46823409)

"The tablets run Windows"

The military is getting ripped off.

High Ends (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46824429)

Usually people that hear high end think about glitter and slickness but Xplor tablets are everything but those so not sure you want to wave a bulky and ugly tablet around, just dont drop it and you can buy something below 1k with the same specs except the concrete part and -30 thing.

And then... (2)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 months ago | (#46824465)

missile_guidance.exe has stopped working.
A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.
Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

maintenance costs (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 months ago | (#46825097)

Quote from the article:

"The durability keeps maintenance costs down, and the company provides a three-year warranty."

They must have had a lot of maintenance costs.

BLING (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46825857)

That a lot of money for a crappy laptop.

It's a joke isn't it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46826241)

I stopped reading when it said that these tablets run windows...

wait what?! thats friggin cheap for military (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46826495)

just the other day i made a purchase for military for a touch screen that was 14,000 (yes 3 zeros) it has a 800x600 resultion, and this is expenisve for military?! no thats friggin cheap, did i mention the touch screen was the weight of an elephant?

1024x768 is not acceptable (1)

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) | about 3 months ago | (#46830587)

I'm sorry but super VGA is not acceptable in a five thousand dollar tablet. Most Windows software made in the last ten years won't even work at that resolution. I don't care if you can read it under molten lava, if the resolution is so low as to break the device's functionality there's no justification for purchasing it.
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