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Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 Handheld Review

Daniel Schmidt, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/07/2015

Indestructible. The ToughPad FZ-E1 is a member of Panasonic's first Rugged 5-inch Handhelds. The device has been developed primarily for enterprise and industrial use. In addition to its exceptional outdoor qualities and battery life, it has a really high performance.

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Panasonic introduced its ToughPad FZ-E1 for the first time to the public at last year's IFA in Berlin. A 5-inch screen would put this bulky handheld device in the smartphone sector. However, its wide bezel makes it look considerably larger, and Panasonic also offers it as a small tablet.

The price alone suggests that this device has not been designed for the average consumer. The lowest configuration is priced at 1699 Euros (~$1888) including VAT. Windows Phone 8.1 Embedded is preloaded on our review sample. The ToughPad FZ-X1 is slightly cheaper (approx. 1648 Euros; ~$1831) and relies on Google's Android.

The ToughPad FZ-E1 does not know any real competition. Compared to it, smartphones such as Samsung's Galaxy XCover 3 or Kyocera's Torque look like toys. The manufacturer does not target private users, but rather logistics, warehousing, trade, security institutions, and military. In other words, wherever a device has to cope with quite a lot and offer modern interfaces at the same time.

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 (Toughpad FZ Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 330, Core: 578 MHz
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, 10 touch points, glove and rain mode, glare and reflection protected, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 26.25 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 64 GB (SD, SDHC, SDXC), Sensors: ambient light, gyroscope and accelerometer, digital compass, GPS, Glonass, NFC (Felica type A, type B), MIL-STD-810G certified, shock-proof up to 3 meters, IP68, -20 to +60 °C operating temperature
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0 (Klasse 1), GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA+, LTE Cat. 4
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 30.9 x 165 x 87.4 ( = 1.22 x 6.5 x 3.44 in)
Battery
24 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6200 mAh, 3.8 volts, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 14 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 23 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 1000 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
Camera
Webcam: 1.3 MP, primariy camera: 8 MP with LED
Additional features
Speakers: two speakers (max. 100 dB), Keyboard: virtual, power supply, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
426 g ( = 15.03 oz / 0.94 pounds), Power Supply: 330 g ( = 11.64 oz / 0.73 pounds)
Price
1699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 is a true heavyweight. Its height of over three centimeters (~1.2 in) and weight of 426 grams (~15 oz) are proof enough. Nevertheless, the device is pleasant to hold and leaves a very high-quality impression.

The gaps are even, and the body is extremely robust. Nothing can be warped. The power jack and USB port are behind a sealed flap to protect them against dust and moisture. The FZ-E1 is IP68 certified, and is therefore dust-proof as well as protected against brief diving excursions in cool water. However, the manufacturer does not stop at that. The device has also passed various MIL-STD 810G test standards and Panasonic guaranties utilization even in adverse conditions. This includes operation at high altitudes, high humidity, shock and vibration resistance, and drops from up to three meters (~10 ft) without being damaged.

Not only is the battery in the ToughPad FZ-E1 removable, but when required, it also heats to make operating temperatures ranging from -20 to +60 °C (~ -4 to +140 °F) possible. Furthermore, the battery can be hot-swapped without having to turn the device off and on. A slot for a micro-SIM and micro-SD card is found under the battery.

Connectivity

The connectivity of Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 has been highly optimized for business use. This is particularly evident in the generous security specifications and the broad compatibility. The NFC chip supports Felicia Types A and B. The support of ARM's Thrust Zone also facilitates integrating the device into secure enterprise networks. The cryptographic security requirements in compliance with FIPS140-2 Level-1 are supported. However, this is particularly important for US governmental institutions and is not used outside the USA.

The ToughPad is also shipped with an integrated barcode reader (plus 40 Euros; ~$44 net). It functions with both 1D and 2D barcodes, and supports 36 different types. The Bluetooth 4.0 interface correlates to the class 1 standard and should thus achieve a range of up to 100 meters (~328 ft). This will be particularly interesting when using headsets. The storage can be expanded by up to 64 GB via a micro-SD card.

The device can also be used with various optional holders and charging stations. Robust metal strips have been screwed to the casing for this purpose, and contacts for recharging the handheld have been placed on both the lower edge as well as behind a plastic cover beside the camera.

Software

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 Embedded (version 8.10.12400.899) operating system is preloaded. It is a special business version of the mobile operating system that has extended features for enterprise integration, which also allows installing custom images on the device. System monitoring is also on-board, just like a device manager for connected gadgets.

Panasonic could not say whether there will be an update to Windows 10 Mobile. However, we believe that this will be the case since the ToughPad easily fulfills all the requirements.

Communication & GPS 

Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 supports the common IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards, and transmits in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequency bands. The Wi-Fi module's range is decent. The ToughPad displays an average signal strength at a distance of 15 meters (~50 ft) from the access point (Devolo dLAN 1200+ Wi-Fi ac, 5.0 GHz), and websites opened quite quickly.

The handheld connects to the data network on-the-go via the integrated wireless network modem integrated in Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB. It supports all prevalent standards, including LTE Cat. 4 (max. 150 Mbps download). However, Panasonic does not give detailed specifications about the available bands. The micro-SIM slot features an eject mechanism that facilitates replacing the mobile network card when necessary. The reception quality was satisfactory and did not give any reason for complaints.

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GPS signal indoors
GPS signal indoors
GPS signal outdoors
GPS signal outdoors

Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 uses both the GPS and GLONASS network for localization. It functioned very accurately both inside and outside the buildings. While outdoor tracking was virtually instantaneous, the review sample needed slightly longer indoors.

Voice Quality

The ToughPad FZ-E1 can also be used for making calls. Panasonic has installed three microphones in the device, which ensure a good voice quality even in adverse conditions. Of course, we had to test this and turned up the volume of our stereo system while using the phone. The result was surprisingly good. While conversation in the room would only have been possible by shouting, we could speak at a normal level and our contact understood us very well. The music was only slightly audible in the background. Ambient noise suppression was thus impressive. This also applies to the speaker, but only to a very limited extent. The internal speaker's volume in particular, found its limitations.

Cameras

A webcam with a resolution of 1.3 MP is on the front of Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1. Its quality is at most suitable for video calls, and then only with compromises.

The rear-facing primary camera has a resolution of 8 MP (3264x2448 pixels), and an LED flash. Its quality is considerably better, and in sufficiently lit conditions can produce  decent photos, although close inspection will reveal that  outlines are not really sharp. On the other hand, the color accuracy is good. The image quality deteriorates significantly in low-light conditions. The photos look blurry and colors look very pale. Then again, the lens is also geared for enterprise use and is sufficient to occasionally photograph documents or scan QR codes. 

Videos are only recorded in 720p (1280x720 pixels).

Image Comparison

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Accessories and Warranty

The accessories included with Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 are limited to a power supply with a generous nominal power supply of 60 watts (16 volts, 3.75 ampere). There are plenty of optional accessories. Ranging from wrist straps, car cradles and holsters through to charging stations for one or multiple devices and replacement batteries - everything is available. The charging stations always have an additional charging compartment for the secondary battery. Prices have to be requested from Panasonic.

The warranty period is 36 months, which is the entire depreciation period. Warranty upgrades or additional services also have to be requested from Panasonic.

Input Devices & Handling

The capacitive touchscreen in Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 identifies up to simultaneous touches and has good gliding properties. Inputs are implemented quickly, even at the edges. The device can also be used with thick industrial gloves or in heavy rain. The device detects the latter and prevents rain from making any inputs. Somewhat higher pressure is then needed for manual entries and  is rather reminiscent of restrictive inputting. However, in practice, it functioned very reliably.

The keyboard corresponds to Windows Phone. Swipe entries are supported in the Embedded version, and automatic word suggestion is also installed.

The Windows controls are physical buttons that are generously sized with a medium drop and clear pressure point. A camera button and a user-definable button that can be mapped with different functions or apps are also installed. Furthermore, the power button and volume key can be configured individually.

Portrait mode
Portrait mode
Landscape mode
Landscape mode

Display

Panasonic relies on a mainstream TN LC screen that only has the small HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels for its ToughPad FZ-E1. This corresponds to a pixel density of approximately 294 ppi, which still reproduces relatively sharp contents.

The screen can also achieve a very high brightness of up to 496 cd/m². The brightness distribution of 95% is outstanding.

472
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
477
cd/m²
477
cd/m²
494
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
471
cd/m²
496
cd/m²
482
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 496 cd/m² Average: 481.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 494 cd/m²
Contrast: 915:1 (Black: 0.54 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.74 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 8.58 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
Gamma: 2.24
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Kyocera Torque
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
GC7000UL, Armada PXA1908, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
4%
2%
-9%
Brightness middle
494
723
46%
452
-9%
424
-14%
Brightness
481
722
50%
436
-9%
426
-11%
Brightness Distribution
95
87
-8%
91
-4%
85
-11%
Black Level *
0.54
0.65
-20%
0.53
2%
0.7
-30%
Contrast
915
1112
22%
853
-7%
606
-34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.74
9.07
-58%
5.71
1%
5.7
1%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.58
8.92
-4%
5.02
41%
5.76
33%
Gamma
2.24 98%
1.65 133%
2.15 102%
2.36 93%
CCT
7030 92%
8090 80%
7441 87%
7236 90%

* ... smaller is better

The black level of 0.54 cd/m² is still within a good range, which we did not expect from an enterprise-class device. The contrast of 915:1 is correspondingly high.

Color accuracy will be rather secondary for this device category, but we looked at it anyway. The visible bluish cast, especially in the grayscale levels is obvious and leads to a DeltaE of 8.6. It looks better with the colors, even if the shifts are visible to the trained eye.

Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Color Space (target color space: sRGB)
Color Space (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)

Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 also excels in outdoor use. This is not only due to its good brightness and good contrast ratio, but also foremost its screen's glare and reflection protection. It reduces reflections noticeably, and even makes it possible to use in bright daylight conditions.

The FZ-E1's outdoor legibility is superb
The FZ-E1's outdoor legibility is superb
The reflections are marginal
The reflections are marginal

Due to the underlying technology, the TN screen's viewing angle stability is not perfect. Loss in brightness is only marginal when tilting the screen, but the colors quickly fade and invert in flatter viewing angles.

Viewing angles: Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
Viewing angles: Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1

Performance

Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB SoC, which was one of the best in the Android sector, and was installed in last year's flagship models. The SoC is also high-end in the Windows Phone sector; devices with faster processors are first expected in late summer. Consequently, the FZ-E1 together with HTC's One M8 for Windows is currently the fastest device based on this operating system. The Android model comes with only a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T .

The buyer does not have to worry about performance. Both the processor, as well as the graphics performance are still very good. Unfortunately, the number of benchmarks in the Windows Store is not particularly high, and thus we can provide only a few comparison values. Even the existing BaseMark X 1.1 (did not start) and GFXBenchmark 3.0 (is not supported) did not present any results. The comparison fields, all of which are based on weaker SoCs, are nevertheless clearly outperformed.

The storage device's speed is very high, and outruns some rivals by a factor of five.

Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
978.204 MFLOPS ∼33%
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
76.562 MFLOPS ∼3% -92%
Kyocera Torque
265 MFLOPS ∼9% -73%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
226 MFLOPS ∼8% -77%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
221.347 MFLOPS ∼7% -77%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
244.551 MFLOPS ∼24%
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
52.858 MFLOPS ∼5% -78%
Kyocera Torque
98 MFLOPS ∼10% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
122 MFLOPS ∼12% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
71.591 MFLOPS ∼7% -71%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
587 Points ∼29%
Kyocera Torque
544 Points ∼27% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
744 Points ∼37% +27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
595 Points ∼29% +1%
Graphics (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
1286 Points ∼4%
Kyocera Torque
356 Points ∼1% -72%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
129 Points ∼0% -90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
355 Points ∼1% -72%
Memory (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
1449 Points ∼23%
Kyocera Torque
291 Points ∼5% -80%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
366 Points ∼6% -75%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
324 Points ∼5% -78%
System (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
1202 Points ∼7%
Kyocera Torque
1006 Points ∼6% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
1103 Points ∼7% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
881 Points ∼5% -27%
Overall (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
1071 Points ∼13%
Kyocera Torque
488 Points ∼6% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
443 Points ∼5% -59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
496 Points ∼6% -54%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
17.5 fps ∼0%
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
1 fps ∼0% -94%
Kyocera Torque
5.9 fps ∼0% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
5.4 fps ∼0% -69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
5.8 fps ∼0% -67%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
26.9 fps ∼1%
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
2.7 fps ∼0% -90%
Kyocera Torque
10.7 fps ∼0% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
15.1 fps ∼0% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
10 fps ∼0% -63%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Kyocera Torque
1.7 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
0.8 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
1.6 fps ∼0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Kyocera Torque
3.9 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
2.3 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
3.5 fps ∼0%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
2891 Points ∼6%
Kyocera Torque
2755 Points ∼6% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
2059 Points ∼4% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
1891 Points ∼4% -35%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
515.8 ms * ∼6%
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
1096.4 ms * ∼12% -113%
Kyocera Torque
1701 ms * ∼19% -230%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
2616.2 ms * ∼29% -407%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
10459.6 ms * ∼18%
Kyocera Torque
13209 ms * ∼22% -26%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
17355.5 ms * ∼29% -66%

Legend

 
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 Texas Instruments OMAP 4460, PowerVR SGX540, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Kyocera Torque Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3 Marvell Armada PXA1908, Vivante GC7000UL, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

Even though Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 was definitely not designed for portable gaming, it is perfectly suitable for it. The integrated Adreno 330 graphics unit has high performance and can easily render all up-to-date games in their full glory and without any lags. Neither the sensors nor the touchscreen impede gaming fun.

"Asphalt 8" on the FZ-E1
"Asphalt 8" on the FZ-E1

Emissions

Temperature

The surface temperatures on the rear of Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 were only slightly higher than room temperature while idling. It is noticeably warmer on the front. Under load, the temperatures climbed to 43.3 °C (~110 °F), which we simulated with the Relative Benchmark. Although this is relatively high, it is not critical, especially since these rates will rarely ever be reached in everyday use.

Max. Load
 37.1 °C
99 F
41 °C
106 F
43.3 °C
110 F
 
 39.6 °C
103 F
40.6 °C
105 F
42 °C
108 F
 
 39.1 °C
102 F
39.4 °C
103 F
41.1 °C
106 F
 
Maximum: 43.3 °C = 110 F
Average: 40.4 °C = 105 F
33.4 °C
92 F
33 °C
91 F
32.5 °C
91 F
33.2 °C
92 F
33 °C
91 F
32.5 °C
91 F
31.3 °C
88 F
31.8 °C
89 F
30.9 °C
88 F
Maximum: 33.4 °C = 92 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  27.1 °C = 81 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.4 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.3 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.3 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 34.1 °C / 93 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

According to Panasonic, the two speakers below the screen can get very loud, and reach up to 100 dB(A). Unlike in telephony, they are not suitable for media playback. Although the sound is rendered quite clearly, the trebles in particular are too muffled. The audio jack functions perfectly, and leaves a very good impression subjectively.

Energy Management

The power consumption of Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 is actually quite satisfactory. Only the slightly increased standby consumption has to be criticized. The comparatively high-energy requirement in minimum screen brightness is due to the display's high brightness. The screen still shines with 58 cd/m² in this setting.

The other consumption rates are rather normal for a smartphone based on this SoC. The power supply is generously sized in view of the energy requirement, but it also recharges the handheld very fast. The 6200 mAh battery is recharged by 50% within 90 minutes. A little more than three and a half hours is needed for a full recharge.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.2 / 2.4 / 2.8 Watt
Load midlight 6 / 7.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 870

Battery Runtime

We could not perform our runtime tests using a screen brightness of 150 cd/m² because the screen of Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 has only three settings (minimum: 58 cd/m²; medium: 250 cd/m²; maximum: 494 cd/m²). 

Therefore, we will have to be satisfied with the Reader's test and the minimum runtime. The review sample achieved very good times. We believe that the 14 hours of continuous data use specified by the manufacturer is quite plausible.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
38h 17min
Load (maximum brightness)
8h 27min
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Kyocera Torque
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8928, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3
GC7000UL, Armada PXA1908, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8926, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
SGX540, OMAP 4460, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Battery Runtime
-74%
-62%
-35%
-60%
Reader / Idle
2297
1002
-56%
1640
-29%
899
-61%
Load
507
132
-74%
166
-67%
306
-40%
206
-59%
WiFi v1.3
446
503
WiFi
861
492

Pros

+ Impeccable build
+ Extremely resistant
+ Swift SoC
+ Operating temperatures from -20 to +60 °C
+ Hot-swappable battery
+ Useful optional accessories
+ Decent voice quality
+ Good ambient noise suppression
+ Long battery life
+ Expandable storage
+ 36-month warranty

Cons

- Mediocre camera
- High price
- Relatively bulky

Verdict

In review: Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1. Review sample courtesy of Panasonic Germany.
In review: Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1. Review sample courtesy of Panasonic Germany.

Panasonic has created a fantastic piece of technology with its Rugged Handheld, which is very well aligned for the professional sector. An impeccable build and its ability to take blows form the basis of the device. The device easily withstands drops from a height of up to three meters (~10 ft), and can even be used in unusual altitudes, high humidity or adverse temperatures without any problems.

A screen that is suitable for outdoor use is also part of the package. The FZ-E1 is not only water and dust proof, it can detect rain and optimizes the touchscreen's responsiveness accordingly. However, the highlight is the hot-swappable battery that enables outstanding battery runtimes. The integrated battery heater also allows use in temperatures as low as -20 °C (~-4 °F). We think the well-conceived design and useful features should be appreciated.

Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-E1 is an excellent Rugged Handheld that comes at a price.

The only minor flaw is the integrated camera. It is adequate for small documentations and scanning codes, but it does not really have genuine snapshot qualities. The offered performance is sufficient considering its purpose.

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1 - 05/29/2015 v4(old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
92%
Keyboard
73 / 80 → 91%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
52 / 65 → 80%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 92%
Battery
98%
Display
82%
Games Performance
58 / 68 → 85%
Application Performance
46 / 76 → 61%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Audio
81 / 91 → 89%
Camera
49 / 85 → 58%
Add Points
+2%
Average
71%
90%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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