A tablet for all seasons: Handheld US launches Algiz 7 rugged tablet

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If you're like me, you may be a bit overprotective of new gadgets, wary of taking them outdoors and using them in the elements without either a decent case or perhaps first finding some shelter. But with the launch of the Algiz 7 Rugged Tablet from Handheld, there is now a tablet for all seasons. With its IP65 rating and meeting MIL-STD-810G military standards, the Algiz 7 is capable of withstanding wind, rain, snow, extreme temperatures, vibration, and drops. But luckily, the durability doesn't come with compromises in performance.

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The robust white casing contains some impressive specs starting with a 7-inch WSVGA resistive touch screen, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 64GB SSD, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, b/g WiFi, GPS, and a 2MP camera, with the device running Windows 7 Professional. 3G data connectivity is an optional extra with the tablet being Gobi 2000 ready, allowing its internal antennas to use most wireless frequencies around the world. Another innovative feature is the inclusion of a hot swappable dual battery pack, allowing users to change the battery without shutting the device down. Each battery pack has a capacity of 2400mAh lasting for around 6 hours. As for portability, the tablet measures 5.5" x 9" x 1.6" and weighs 2.42 lbs.

The Algiz 7 is certainly a very impressive device with its combination of extreme durability, impressive hardware specifications, and mobility. It is probably the biggest and heaviest 7-inch tablet out there but those are the necessary compromises for its ruggedness. However, I believe it is positioned as more of a professional device for specific applications rather than a mass market consumer device. Having said that, I wouldn't mind having a tough tablet! Unfortunately no price is currently available, but the Algiz 7 is now available for pre-order from Handheld with the first devices set to ship in March.

Who else likes the idea of a rugged tablet?

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