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Best rugged Android tablets money can buy

Update: check out our 2017 edition of best rugged tablet list and our best rugged smartphone list

From luxury to commodity to absolute necessity, being able to connect to the web while on the go and carrying your work with you far and wide have taken new meanings in recent years, as conventional PCs lost steam and ultraportable alternatives rapidly gained traction.

Best Rugged Android Tablet

Tablet construction site

And whereas most smartphone and tablet owners nowadays still fall in the light to moderate user categories in regards to their productivity and range of tasks completed, there are those who take gadgets very seriously, depending on them not to entertain and amuse, but put bread on the table.

These power users are not the same so-called power users that Apple or Samsung usually address with fancy new iPhone, iPad or Galaxy launches. They are real-life, modern John McClanes, who rock Casio Commandos, Kyocera Torques or Cat B15s as “daily drivers”, not because they make them feel manlier, but because a bendable 6 Plus or GNote 4 couldn’t get a through a workday without cracking under pressure.

They’re not heroes, they just like things done a certain way. They work in tough outdoor conditions but never complain. Even in their spare time, they love hanging out in the wild, with nature’s strengths and shortcomings.

Panasonic Toughpad

They’re not afraid of a splash of water, dust, dirt, extreme temperatures, altitudes or things like radiation or vibration. Some can even take a bullet without blinking. Each and every one of them however need survival tools, and a good starting point are the rugged Android smartphones we recommended a while back.

Next step? A solid yet compact and portable, secure, smooth and powerful ruggedized Android tablet. Yes, we know, Windows has the upper hand for the most part in this grossly overlooked niche. But if you look hard enough, here are some of the best Google-powered options you’ll be able to find:

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 – available at $358 on Amazon

Just so we don’t scare you right off the bat, we’ve decided to start the countdown of the best rugged Android tabs with possibly the world’s cheapest. Obviously, the M532 is thus not the most robust ultraportable money can buy.

On the bright side, it’s fairly thin and light, at 8.6 mm and 560 grams respectively. And given the wasp waist and low price, the 10 incher is no featherweight, withstanding extreme conditions such as high altitude, shocks, vibrations and minimal or maximum temperatures, courtesy of MIL-STD-810G certification.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532

The Stylistic can also remain whole after being dropped a few times, though it’s best to protect it from violent contacts with hard surfaces. Above all, the M532 is a business-oriented slab, offering a host of security add-ons and data protection methods, and ergo being a better fit for an enterprise environment rather than a construction site or war zone.

Last but not least, the thing runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, packs quad-core power, 1 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1

Just so you know, the Android “Terminators” are arranged in no particular order, as they’re simply too different to rank. Clearly, pitting the Toughpad FZ-A1 against the Stylistic M532 would have been comparing apple to oranges.

Toughpad FZ-A1

That said, deciding between the two is pretty easy. Fujitsu’s option is better for enterprise, this thing “dares to go where no tablet has gone before”. Meaning you definitely want to put on a protection helmet while on duty as, say, a contractor, but this baby can handle any and all environments by itself.

Yes, it’s that tough. It even comes with an extended 3-year warranty to show you how durable it is. And Panasonic may not list bullet resistance as one of the slate’s features, but honestly, this is your safest best for a war comrade.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1 back

It’s massive, at 2.1 pounds, it can handle repeated drops from dizziness-inducing heights, and it’s of course MIL-STD-810G certified. The carcass is encased in magnesium alloy, the corner guards are made of elastomer, and you get all kinds of hardware encryption methods, the highest degree of password security, root and anti-virus protection.

Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 – available at $1,486 on Amazon

Does $1,500 feel a little too rich for your blood? We get where you’re coming from, and don’t blame you, but believe it or not, the JT-B1 is even stronger than the other Panasonic Toughpad. Aside from complying with all military standards for everything from extreme temperatures to rain and freeze, this compact little 7 incher sports a sealed “all-weather design”.

Toughpad JT-B1

And the raised bezel increases the LCD impact protection. Translation: you can drop the JT-B1 on its face over and over again, and it won’t crack. The craziest thing is the device’s weight, 1.2 pounds, although the 8-hour battery life is a close second.

Getac Z710 – $1,495

This is the last uber-expensive tab we’re going to list, we promise. And perhaps we’d never have recommended it in the first place, especially as it doesn’t come from a big-name manufacturer, but the Z710 breathes strength through its every pore. Maybe more than the Toughpad rivals.

What we like the most at Getac’s design approach is they knew from the get-go their target audience couldn’t care less about style and elegance. There are no aesthetical bells and whistles here, just a 7-inch tablet small enough to hold in one hand and “built to survive”.

Getac Z710

Six-foot drops, extreme temps, solar radiation, you name it. Oh, and the screen is perfectly readable in the most difficult lighting conditions, plus glove-friendly. A barcode scanner is inbuilt for obvious reasons, and 3G connectivity is not an option, it’s standard.

Guaranteed to last you at least three years of constant abuses, the Z710 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and packs 1 GB RAM, as well as 16 GB internal storage.

Xplore RangerX – $1,391

1,400 bucks is still a lot of money, but not only is the RangerX a little cheaper than our previous two recommendations, it’s also larger, at 10 inches, and thus more productive. Needless to stress this can also take a loooot of abuse, specifically repeated drops on every edge, corner, plus directly on its face, including on concrete from heights of up to 4 feet.

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Then you have all the extreme conditions that don’t affect the usability of the big guy in the least, which include -4° F to 140° F temperatures, blowing rain, 95% humidity, functional shock, 15,000 feet altitudes, fluid contamination and solar radiation.

As for security options and neat add-ons and features, Xplore Tech equipped this beast with Gigabit Ethernet, CAC and Smart Card Readers, a Kensington lock slot and optional Verizon 4G LTE among others. Just beware of the vague, fishy Amazon listing and maybe go over to Xplore directly for a quote depending on your exact needs.

Motorola ET1 – $1,246

Bet you didn’t know this thing still existed, huh? Well, it has amazingly survived Motorola’s rise and fall, its retreat from the tablet market and successive buyouts from Google and Lenovo. Of course, it’s no longer widely available, but Amazon sells it directly, and the price isn’t so bad… all things considered.

Keep in mind that Moto put Jelly Bean on the 7 incher a while back, so the software at least should be silky smooth. The hardware, not so much, as that dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor is horribly outdated. Not quite as indestructible as some of the above contenders, the ET1 remains a top choice for enterprise users, with its manageability, security and decent durability.

Motorola ET1

The spec sheet includes a bar code scanner, phenomenal 8 MP rear camera, 1 GB RAM and protection for 4-feet drops, thermal shock, humidity, etc., etc.

Before wrapping up, we’d like to remind you the Android universe is an extremely volatile one, so keep your eyes out for alternatives yet to come. Like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active. Not recommended for the most extreme wild conditions, the $700 KitKat-loaded 8 incher will nevertheless fight water and dust, plus remain operational after dropped from 4-feet high… in theory. It’s your call now, so choose wisely and stay safe.

Panasonic’s Lumix CM1 is an Android powered cameraphone with a 1 inch sensor

Panasonic Lumix CM1

Panasonic Lumix CM1

Cameraphones are in the trend lately, with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy Camera taking things to the next level. And Japanese manufacturer Panasonic is the latest to make an entry in this segment with its unique Lumix CM1 camera oriented handset. Unlike conventional cameraphones, the Lumix CM1 packs an enormous 1 inch sensor and has a Leica lens, making it an industry first.

At first glance, the device is essentially a point and shoot lookalike, complete with the minimalistic design, but it’s a lot more than that. The smartphone is running Android 4.4 out of the box and has a 4.7 inch 1080p display, a quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM as well as a 2,600 mAh battery.

Panasonic is using a 20-megapixel camera here which promises to rival the best in the business. It makes use of a mechanical shutter and has a manual ring control as well, which will give shutterbugs the feel of a conventional old-school camera. The 1 inch sensor on the device makes it the largest to be packed on a smartphone till date, so the company has broken new ground with the Lumix CM1.

The device will set you back by €900 ($1164), so it’s certainly not going to go easy on your wallets. The device will be available for purchase in France and Germany starting November. Based on the consumer reaction there, Panasonic will expand availability accordingly.

Via: The Verge

Panasonic to re-enter the smartphone business: Report

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Panasonic LogoNot too long ago, Panasonic bowed out of the smartphone industry citing poor sales and not enough demand for its devices. However, it seems like the company could be making a small comeback as soon as next month, as it is being reported that the Japanese manufacturer will be showcasing a new smartphone at the MWC 2014 event in Barcelona in February.

It is being said that this new smartphone won’t target the average consumer. From what we can make of these reports, it seems like Panasonic is going for a sturdy industrial grade smartphone much like what we see from manufacturers like JCB in Europe. This smartphone from Panasonic will reportedly be shock resistant and will feature a standard 5 inch display panel, with no word on the resolution or other hardware attributes at this point.

It is further believed that Panasonic is already in talks with American construction firms to market the device in the region. However, nothing is confirmed at this point and we’re going simply by a report, but we can expect to learn more during the MWC event next month.

Source: Asahi – Translated

Via: Android Community

Panasonic bows out of the smartphone industry

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Panasonic LogoThe Wall Street Journal has confirmed the departure of Panasonic from the smartphone business. The company has hardly made an impact in the mobile industry with its limited number of smartphones. This was very much expected from the company as numerous reports in the past have indicated. The company made a re-entry in the mobile industry back in 2011 with its eye set on the American market, but that didn’t bear any fruit.

It is said that the company will now focus on making feature phones for its home market of Japan. The region still has a huge demand for feature phones with a large majority of the country’s population still reliant on low cost feature phones. So this is pretty much it for Panasonic’s smartphone unit, as the company now looks to utilize these resources elsewhere. We’re not sure if this news will impact anybody, as the company has been almost non-existent in the smartphone industry. But we’re sure Panasonic will have more luck in the feature phone segment.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Via: Pocketnow 

The Panasonic KX-PRX120 is an Android powered home phone

Panasonic KX-PRX120

Panasonic KX-PRX120

To somewhat increase the emphasis of Android on our lives, Panasonic has just announced a home phone powered by Android known as the KX-PRX120. This will work like a regular home phone (based on the DECT standard), with a 40 minute answering machine and also bring the versatility of Android along with it.

This home phone packs a 3.5 inch [480×320] capacitive display, a 0.3MP front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, a 1,450 mAh battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s no mention of the RAM or processor on board, but it’s almost immaterial since it is a home phone. It comes with the Google Play Store preinstalled.

There’s no word on its global availability, but the Panasonic KX-PRX120 should arrive in the UK soon. The idea of an Android powered home phone is pretty neat, but we’re yet to see how it would work in real life. Panasonic is renowned for home phones, so it will definitely bring some of its expertise into this new product.

Via: Android Central

Panasonic Unveils 4.7-inch Eluga P-03E Android Smartphone

Panasonic has announced the introduction of a new Android smartphone in the market.  This is a high end smartphone with a 4.7 inch screen with a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.  It also comes with the same processor that HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 US edition come with – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.

Panasonc Ea-03

Panasonic is not one of the dominant smartphone manufacturers in the market at the moment but it sure has made quite a number of impressive Android devices including the phone’s predecessor the waterproof and dustproof Panasonic Eluga launched early last year.  The Eluga P-03 falls in the same performance category as the current market dominants including HTC’s One, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Sony’s Xperia P.

The Specs

The Eluga boasts of a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB of onboard memory and a 13.4 megapixel rear camera.  The front camera comes with a resolution of 1.3 megapixels.

Panasonic touts the Eluga as one of the most finely designed and built smartphones today with an ultra-slim D-shape design and a 123 x 62 x 7.8mm and weighs only 146 grams .  The phone is also IP57 certified to be dust and waterproof.  Its build protects it from water when immersed for up to 30 minutes and dust up to 75 micrometers or for up to 8 hours.

Like most other Android smartphones of today, the Eluga comes with NFC, GPS with AGPS support and a wide variety of connectivity options including Bluetooth, microUSB and WiFi.  It is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery which to me is not as impressive as some we have seen in the market of late, especially for such a powerful device.

Interestingly, the Eluga P-03 introduces Touch Assist, a new control technology that works almost like the air gestures that Samsung launched with their newest flagship smartphone the S4.  Touch Assist is designed to detect touches or swipes before the user even touches the screen, therefore making it possible to control the device with a series of gestures.

Source: TheNextWeb Via AndroidCommunity.

Sony Xperia A, Blue Arctic Galaxy S4 and 5.2-Inch Full HD Arrows NX F-06E Headline NTT DoCoMo’s Summer Portfolio

NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s number one wireless service provider, has made it a habit of unveiling an entire herd of smartphones before the summer season, most of which get to either be exclusive to the Asian carrier or make their global debut around those parts.

Today is the big day for DoCoMo’s latest summer smartphone line-up, though the network’s portfolio seems to be a little less glamorous than usual. Still, there’s an awful lot of top-notch Android handhelds on the list of gadgets introduced a few hours ago, with the standouts probably being Sony’s Xperia A and Samsung’s Galaxy S4.

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The Xperia A, also known as the SO-04E, is basically the Japanese version of the recently unveiled Xperia ZR. Sporting a 4.6-inch 1,280 x 720 pix res display and packing a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU beneath the hood, plus 2 GB of RAM and a 2,300 mAh battery, the A sits right beneath the Xperia Z and ZL in the Android food chain.

Right beneath meaning it’s not exactly a top of the line device, but it’s still pretty cool, also running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and having a 13 MP snapper slapped on its back.

Next up, we have Samsung’s Galaxy S4, whose Japanese intro should not exactly be big news anymore. And yet it is, because the “Land of the Rising Sun” is the first to get the GS4 in the snazzy new “blue arctic” flavor, teased for the first time just a couple of days ago.

Number three and four on NTT DoCoMo’s list, we have two phones from OEMs that are unlikely to ring any bells with Westerners. The Aquos Phone Zeta SH-06E and Arrows NX F-06E will probably never hit stores in America or Europe, which is our loss and our loss only.

The Fujitsu-made NX F-06E is a very big and technically impressive fellow, coming with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 16 MP rear camera (!!!) and 3,020 mAh battery in tow.

As for the Sharp-manufactured Zeta SH-06E, this looks a little bit more modest in some ways, sporting a 4.8-inch display and coming with a 13 MP main snapper, but it also has one very intriguing ace up its sleeve – that Full HD screen is an IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) unit, which we’re hearing can help the phone save up valuable “juice”.

Things don’t stop here for Japan’s number one carrier, but the LG Optimus L-05E, NEC Medias X N-06E, Panasonic Eluga P-03E, Sharp Aquos Phone SH-07E and Fujitsu F-07E are far more modest handhelds and therefore not worthy of anything more than a quick mention from us.

Oh, okay, maybe LG’s L-05E deserves a little more than that, but only because there’s more than an outside chance the thing will make it outside of Asia at some point. This is basically the textbook definition of upper mid-range phone nowadays, coming with a 4.5-inch 720p display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Snapdragon 600 processor, 2,100 mAh battery and 13 MP camera.

Via [NTT DoCoMo]

Panasonic Reveals 20 Inch Tablet With 4K Resolution

Over at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Panasonic took to the stage and showed of its latest product which we can say is pretty massive. The company unveiled their 20 inch tablet which runs on Windows 8. If the huge size doesn’t impress you at all then maybe the 4K resolution of the screen will. That’s four times the resolution of the current full HD standard.

panasonic 20 inch tablet

Panasonic 20 Inch Tablet Specifications

  • OS: Windows 8
  • Display: 20-inch IPS Alpha LCD 3840 x 2560 pixels, 230 ppi
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 1.80 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB upgradable to 16 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB SSD
  • USB, microSD support

This device also comes with a high precision digital pen. The company says that this new tablet will bring in years of realistic and intuitive working environment when compared to paper or displays. Its large display is capable of showing an A3 sized paper in full size making it ideal to show magazine content or pictures of the same ratio.

Panasonic has not announced any details yet on when this will be released or how much it is going to cost. Based on their presentation they are targeting the business market with this tablet. Architects, media people, engineers and businessmen will definitely be interested in getting this as they can easily work on their projects using this device.

Aside from this tablet the company also announced a new television that comes with facial recognition features. The TV set will be able to recognize the person watching it and customize content based on that person’s preferences.

The highlight however of their presentation was their upcoming 56 inch OLED television that comes with a 4K resolution and is only half an inch thick. A live demo of how the TV works was presented on stage and the picture quality was stunning. No announcements were made as to how much it is going to cost or when it will be released.

via engadget

FCC gives Panasonic go signal to sell Panasonic P-02E

There have already been rumors about Panasonic’s high-end Android device, Panasonic P-02E, which would soon be released. Those rumors died down because the company kept its mouth shut about its future releases. A few days ago, however, all rumors were confirmed to be true following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of the device. The Japanese company can now start selling its new Android model.

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Recent reports suggest that it would be going straight under the umbrella of Japan’s biggest telecom, NTT Docomo. There is no certainty for now that Panasonic P-02E will be sold in the United States or outside the Japanese market. This is because the company shared its intention to focus on the local market.

Panasonic is among the companies that don’t release many communications devices such as smartphones and tablets. Thus, it is quite a surprise to know that there is a high-end Android smartphone that would be released in the next few months from the company. Here are some specifications that would be packed with P-02E:

Panasonic P-02E Specs

Processor. The device is reportedly using APQ8064 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Apparently, this is one of the most powerful SOCs available for mobile devices today. This makes Panasonic P-02E on par with other high-end devices built by mobile industry key players like Samsung, HTC and even Apple.

Display. The FCC filing didn’t provide information on the size of the screen but since it features 1920 x 1080 pixels Full HD resolution, it must at least sport a 5-inch display panel. That said, this device will become one of the large smartphones available in the market.

OS. Panasonic is required by the FCC to use the latest software available during the production of this device. That means that the P-02E will be released with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Connectivity. Aside from standard connectivity features like WLAN and Bluetooth, Panasonic P-02E will also support LTE and NFC. In Japan, the device will feature wireless charging but if ever it would be sold in the U.S., such feature will be absent. At least, that’s what the FCC filing says.

Financial loss is one of the reasons Panasonic is putting to rest plans to go after the global market. But if looking into the initial specs we know about P-02E, the device is competitive enough to go head-to-head with other high-end devices today. But let’s wait for the company’s official unveiling of the device.

[source: FCC | via Phone Arena]

The Fall of the Rising Sun

The reign of Japanese consumer electronic powers has finally come to its demise with the emergence of their rival companies in the United States and neighboring South Korea and China.

Previously considered as household names for high-quality electronic products, Sony, Panasonic and Sharp took a drastic nosedive in the tech market ever since consumers shifted their preference to digital media, mobile devices and software applications.

“People used to have Sony homes,” said Tony Costa, an analyst at Forrester Research. “You’re just not seeing that anymore.”

So far this year, Sony posted subpar sales from their consoles and other electronic devices with their debts reaching the ‘panic’ threshold.

Sharp is losing money in the trading floor almost every month and is reportedly seeking a bailout from the Japanese market while Panasonic showed their intention to cut off other segments in their business that haven’t been profitable.

CNET reporter Roger Cheng said the unprecedented collapse of these electronic giants signals the end of an era for Japanese consumer electronics.

“Everybody recognizes those days won’t come back again,” said NDP Group analyst Stephen Baker.

With the fall of the Japanese electronic titans, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has developed into a legit superpower in the industry with the launching of their full array of products, from their smash hit smartphones to cutting edge technologies.

In his article on CNET.com, Cheng clearly explained the reasons behind the downfall of Japanese electronic empire and their ignorance of the shifting market trend was apparently one of those.

“As with many other downfall stories, these companies failed to pay attention to shifting trends and were outmaneuvered by overseas competitors. As consumer markets shifted to digital media and games, mobile devices, software apps and the Internet, the Japanese struggled to keep up,” Cheng said in his article last week.

The sharp increase in the value of the Japanese Yen did not also help these companies, who have to ship more expensive products abroad.

“External factors like the rising value of the Japanese yen, which made products exported from Japan more expensive abroad and cut into margins at home, further squeezed the companies.,“  added Cheng.

If not mitigated, these factors could possibly lead these once known electronic entities out of business, for good.

Via: Cnet.com

Panasonic Eluga Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update rolled out via Google Play Store

Financially troubled Japanese technology titan Panasonic rolled out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Eluga, the only smartphone it marketed outside the Japanese market, a couple of days ago. It was pushed following reports that the company will pull out from the European market to turn the losing company into a more profitable state.

This dual-core handset was release in April running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While it may not fall short when it comes to specs, not too many people were convinced to purchase it. Nonetheless, the recent ICS update is necessary especially for people who might not want to use GB forever. If you are one of the few people to have an Eluga in their possession, here are a few requirements before you can commence the update process;

  • Make sure your phone is running the latest Gingerbread version (07.5315).
  • You must have, at least, 30MB of space in your phone’s internal memory. If not, move some apps into your external storage.
  • You must check that your external storage has, at least, 150MB of space; delete some files if you need to.
  • Make sure you have enough battery to complete the process or, at least, near a power source because the update may take up to 100 minutes to finish.

The Android ICS update for Panasonic Eluga was not pushed over the air but owners can download them from the Google Play Store. The process is somewhat bizarre especially for people who may be used to downloading OTA update, however, the process is not as difficult as it may seem.

How to update Panasonic Eluga to Android ICS 

Panasonic, actually, posted a step-by-step guide on how to flash the official update to your device. But to make things a little easier for you, here’s the simplified version of that tutorial. But if you must, feel free to visit the website; you can find the link at the end of this post.

Step 1: Launch the Google Play Store app and search for “eluga ics update” without quotes. This process is no different from installing common apps you can find from the app store.

Step 2: Once found, tap on the “Install” button to the right to automatically download the app and commence the update process.

Step 3: When the app is installed, launch it and agree to the terms and conditions and continue.

Step 4: Wait for the phone to finish searching for the update. Once found, the basic information about the update will be displayed. You need to tap on “Yes” to start the download. Basically, the app you downloaded from the Play Store does not really contain the package but you need it so that your phone will be given access to do queries on Panasonic’s servers. It is only after you tap on that “Yes” button that the download process will start.

Step 5: Once the download process is done, tap on “Update Now” button.

Step 6: You can see the update status by pulling down the notification bar but then you must be prepared to stay up for 100 minutes because the process may just take that long.

Step 7: Once the update is successful, your phone will reboot automatically. You can check the version of the firmware to confirm.

The ICS update for Panasonic Eluga is a major one and there could be hundreds of new features owners can enjoy. Some reports from people who claim to own this device suggest the update brings huge improvement for the overall performance of the device. The battery is reportedly among the many aspects to have received a considerably noticeable change.

[source: Panasonic | The Wall Street Journal]

Panasonic’s UN-W700 Device Runs Android

While Android might be more popularly used in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet, Panasonic is showing that the open-source operating system can also be utilized in entertainment systems. The company has introduced a new compact entertainment device called the UN-W700 which has Android 2.3 onboard.

Touted as device for singing and dancing, the UN-W700 sports a sleek silver chassis with several buttons on the right side and a stand at the back. At first glance, one might mistake it for a run-of-the-mill tablet. After all, tablets today serve many purposes, entertainment being one of them. However, a closer look at its features reveals that the UN-W700 is different from the slates today.

The device has a screen that spans seven inches, with a pixel display resolution of 800 x 480, and an aspect ratio of 15:9. Users may play content on the standee from an SDXC card or through DLNA. It also supports playback of recordings from Panasonic Diga, including those targeted at BluRay. There is support for various codecs, including H.264, MPEG-4, and WMV. Meanwhile, audio files such as AAC, MP3, WMA, MP4, and 3GP and AAC+ are all supported.

Apart from watching multimedia content, users can also take advantage of its front-facing camera, which may be used for Skype. If users wish to download new apps, they may do so through Google Play, which comes pre-loaded on the entertainment gadget.

The device also comes with built in speakers, headphone jack, USB port, and a card slot for SD, SDHC, and SDXC. A web browser is pre-installed so users can access the Internet using Wireless LAN.

The device charges for 2.5 hours. Depending on the kind of activity performed on the device, it will be able to run from an hour to ten hours.

The Panasonic UN-W700 will be released this coming July 25th. There is still currently no word on its price range.

Panasonic Eluga Android Phone Released In Germany

The Panasonic Eluga (which sounds like ugly) is an absolutely gorgeous phone. It’s made extremely well and it’s water resistant and dust resistant. We doubt we’ll see it in the United States but it has been released in Germany.

It’s also being reported that the device will be available in just a few days in the UK.

The Panasonic Eluga features a waterproof body design and a 4.3″ qHD screen at 960 x 540 resolution. Panasonic’s sleek curved design is ergonomic and Panasonic promises that it makes it easy to operate the phone with one hand.

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Panasonic Introduces New Eluga Android Phone

Panasonic has introduced a new waterproof Android device called Eluga. From what we can tell the word Eluga doesn’t mean anything, and as Engadget says it’s kind of an ugly name. However the name is where ugly ends, the rest of the phone is actually very pretty.

It features a waterproof body design and a 4.3″ qHD screen at 960 x 540 resolution. Panasonic’s sleek curved design is ergonomic and Panasonic promises that it makes it easy to operate the phone with one hand.

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