If you need the most robust smartphone available then the Panasonic Toughpad range is where to look. Whether you require a Windows or Android environment, they’re suitable for a huge range of businesses.
Among the specifications that make the Panasonic Toughpad series so strong extensive drop, temperature and pressure tests. As mentioned in earlier posts, there is also a hot-swappable battery and barcode scanner.
Something that makes the new FZ-N1 and FZ-F1 models more accessible than earlier Toughpads is the ease of connectivity.
Now of course these devices feature all of the top-tier smartphone functionality such as 4G LTE and dual-band Wi-Fi.
However unlike some other corporate rugged handsets, they also have standardised connections.
With previous Panasonic Toughpad units, you had to purchase the charger and cables separately. The hardware had a non-standard data/charging port which also meant the official cables were always required.
This is normal practice with other brands such as Zebra. It is restrictive though and creates a level of brand lock in.
With the new models, a standard micro USB connector has been used. The power adaptor and cables are also included in the box.
Whilst the genuine accessories provide fast and efficient charging, this does now mean you can connect other power sources to the phone in a pinch.
What you can purchase separately though are genuine Panasonic Docking Stations. These do more than just charge the handsets, as they have USB and Ethernet ports on the back.
Through these you can deliver updates to the phones remotely over a secure network. You might also want to connect peripherals via USB for manual updates or file transfer.
A slot in the back has the added benefit of charging a spare battery.
Panasonic make several items in this range. There are 10 inch tablets and laptops as well as these smartphones (which Panasonic refer to as small tablets). Here at Clove we currently focus on the FZ-N1 Android and FZ-F1 Windows 10 units.