Are you a clumsy, computer-using outward bound type with fingers of butter and the reactions of a recently deceased sloth? Well, you’re quite a specific demographic but, regardless of that, Panasonic has been thinking of you. You see, this is the Toughpad JT-B1, a tablet PC that’s tougher than a Bear Grylls over-cooked bear grill and even more rugged than the more remote parts of Clint Eastwood’s leather-effect face.
Running on Android 4.0, the 7-inch Toughpad comes with a four-point capacitive, high-def, Gorilla Glass 2 touchscreen (1024×600), a powerful Dual Core 1.5GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4460 processor, dedicated GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and optional 4G LTE to give you the greatest range of options for communication, entertainment and, indeed, escape while you otherwise lie trapped and waiting for Death to come on some miserable mountainside, 1.3-megapixel cameras front and rear, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD card), and a battery that’s capable of giving you a full eight hours of use, which should be more than enough to help you triangulate your position and work out the path of least ‘wolf’ resistance on your panicky way back down said mountain.
But of course it’s the durability of the tough-tablet that sets it apart from others of its ilk. Featuring an IP65 sealed all-weather design Magnesium alloy chassis encased with ABS and elastomer corner guards, the Panny is both water and dust resistant, can operate in temperatures from -10°C to 50°C and, back to those with fingers of butter, can withstand drops from up to 1.5-metres high without spilling its innards all over the ground, which is always a bonus.
Obviously aimed at those with jobs at the more extreme end of employment, the Toughpad JT-B1 retails at £725 for the standard model and £810 for the 3G step-up from here, and is very clearly the ideal Android for both the hard-core hard grafter and the ham-fisted alike.