The best durable tablets mean you can stay connected to the web and apps even in the harshest environments. So whether you work in military, public, industrial, or emergency services, you’ll find that your tablet can handle drops, shocks, dust, dirt, rain, vibration, and temperature extremes.
Just like the best rugged laptops, the tablets on our list are rigorously tested and certified to military standards, so your precious devices and data will remain highly protected, even in the event of accidents or harsh environments. Yes, you will have to pay more than for a regular tablet, but you will be able to use it in a wide variety of situations and environments.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best rugged tablets available today, in a range of prices and for Android and Windows platforms. You won’t find a durable iPad, unfortunately, because Apple hasn’t made it yet…but the moment they do, we’ll make sure to update our list!
Oukitel isn’t a brand you’re probably familiar with, but they made a rugged tablet in the Oukitel RT1. This rugged device complies with military standards MIL-STD-810G and is IP68 certified, and is water-resistant to five feet for 30 minutes. With its rubber corners and shock-absorbing metal frame, it has a drop protection of up to 30 metres. Plus you’ll benefit from the 360° comprehensive dust resistance, up to IP69K certification.
It’s a very nice tablet overall too. It runs Android 11, and it has a 10,000mAh battery, which its makers say will keep your device running on standby for up to 350 hours. Instead, it promised seven hours of playtime, or 22 hours of video time, or 21 hours of talk time from a single charge. Yes, talk time: You can use this tablet to make calls as well.
The 10.1-inch touchscreen, with an aspect ratio of 16:10, offers Full HD resolution, and it works even when you’re wearing gloves. Meanwhile, both the front and back feature Samsung’s 16MP cameras with built-in shooting modes.
On the downside, the P22’s processor isn’t the most advanced, so it can run a little slow. Also, the screen only offers 350 nits of brightness, so it’s not great in sunlight. But since this is a budget tablet, we consider these compromises acceptable. All in all, this fully durable tablet offers a great value.
Looking for a durable Windows tablet? The Latitude 7220EX Rugged Extreme Tablet is our top pick. It is MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certified and offers a good level of protection against weather, dirt, dust, sand, vibration and drops (up to four feet when turned off and three feet when in use). The temperature has also been tested from -28°C to 62°C.
The 11.6-inch Full HD display is beautiful and large, and offers up to 1,000 nits of brightness, making it a great choice for outdoor use in sunlight. This tablet also benefits from a fast Intel Core i5 processor, a nice side-mounted stylus pen, and the fact that you can use the touchscreen while wearing gloves. Yes, it’s pricey, but you get a lot for what you pay for.
Nowadays, more and more tablets come with a detachable keyboard, allowing you to use it as a file 2-in-1 laptop. If you want that, and solid boot protection, we recommend the Panasonic Toughbook 33.
Certified to MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards, it provides a high degree of protection against water, dust, dirt, sand and more. You also get a drop resistance of 150cm (5ft) and can operate in temperatures as low as -29°C, and up to 60°C.
The 12-inch, gauntlet touchscreen offers a highly detailed 2160 x 1440 resolution, and there are two great cameras: a 2MP/HD selfie lens, with a privacy shutter, and an 8MP rear camera with autofocus. The i5 processor gives you great performance, and there’s a massive 265GB of storage space.
In general, we only have two small hits. The trackpad on the keyboard is quite small, and the built-in battery is not the most powerful, although you can buy extended batteries that double the battery life from 10 to 20 hours.
Released in 2020, the Toughbook A3 is a bit outdated now, and only runs Android 9. Along the same lines, you might see one for a lower price than the others on this list, and if that’s the case, there’s still plenty to like here.
blunt one. The Toughbook A3 has been MIL-STD-810H tested and certified for dust and water resistance to IP65 standards. Also drop tested (500 drops over 3.3 feet at 5 rpm) and drop tested to six feet.
The Toughbook A3 is highly customizable, thanks to five configurable physical buttons. It also features volume controls, dual interchangeable batteries, a built-in stylus, a USB-A and type-C port, dual SIM support, and a barcode scanner. Plus, the 10.1-inch LCD screen offers a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and up to 800 nits, making it suitable for use in bright daylight.
Not only is the Getac UX10 a great tablet, it’s also ATEX and IECEx Zone 2/22 certified. This means that it is safe for use in potentially explosive environments, such as mines, factories, oil and gas rigs, flour and wood mills.
The UX10 is also IP65 rated for water and dust resistance, MIL-STD-810G certified, and is drop-resistant to six feet. It can operate between temperatures from -29°C to 63°C, and it can be stored at -51°C to 71°C. All this made it a popular choice among emergency services and public safety personnel, as well as those in the armed forces, industrial manufacturing and transportation.
Running Windows Pro, it’s a fast worker thanks to its Intel i5 or i7 processors and 8GB of RAM. The 10.1-inch IPS touchscreen can be used with gloves on, and it boasts an amazing 1,000 nits brightness. There are five programmable buttons. And if you like, you can add a full-size detachable keyboard (sold separately) to turn it into a rugged 2-in-1 laptop.
Do you love Samsung gear and don’t want to stray from your favorite brand? The Galaxy Tab Active Pro might be a little dated now (first launched in 2019) but it’s impressively durable.
This Android tablet complies with the MIL-STD-810G standard and is IP68 certified to protect against moisture, dirt, temperature extremes, drops and shocks. This means that it can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes and has passed the drop test on the impact surface of plywood, over concrete, from a height of 1.2 meters. Replaceable batteries keep you in the field for longer, and you can also use the touch screen with gloved hands.
As an old tablet, running Android 9 and the processor isn’t the best, so things can run a little slow at times. On the plus side, the 7,600mAh battery saves you plenty of power, replaceable batteries keep you going for longer, there’s a programmable switch for easy access to your favorite apps, and NFC technology allows processing Pay easily.
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