Panasonic Toughbook FZ-A3 has one of the best displays we've seen on any rugged tablet
Consumer tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab or Apple iPad might have some of the most amazing displays out there, but most owners wouldn't dare to drop them or even use them without some sort of screen protector. Rugged tablets designed for field workers or professionals don't usually have the luxury of crystal-clear touchscreens as their displays must be tough enough to withstand harsher environments that consumer tablets don't have to worry about. As a result, these rugged tablets typically have very grainy matte displays with comparatively poorer colors or grayscale.
The recent 10.1-inch Panasonic Toughbook FZ-A3 rugged tablet bucks the trend of ugly displays by being one of the few in its category with a glossy display that looks much closer to a Samsung Galaxy Tab or iPad. Its RGB layer, for example, is much closer to the surface to create colors that pop whereas other rugged tablets tend to bury the RGB layer under thick touchscreen glass or plastic. It also comes with the same 1000-nit backlight option that many traditional rugged tablets offer for improved outdoor visibility.
The main disadvantage of the Toughbook FZ-A3 display is the prevalence of glare due to the glossy overlay. If you're looking for a rugged Android tablet with one of the crispest displays you can get, however, then the FZ-A3 might be worth a look.
See our full review on the rugged Panasonic tablet here to learn more about its strengths and weaknesses.
NEWARK, NJ – June 24, 2020 – Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America, Division of
Panasonic Corporation of North America has announced productivity+, a suite of Android support
solutions to futureproof rugged mobile deployments for existing and new customers transitioning to the
Android operating system. Productivity+ is a multi-faceted offering that features hardware, software,
and professional services, including from an extensive support partner ecosystem to capitalize on the
modernization and digitization of rugged mobile devices. Adding to this Android offering, Panasonic
announced today the newest addition of the TOUGHBOOK A3 device to the Panasonic family of rugged
devices for AndroidTM, which builds on a long-running history of durability and reliability of the
TOUGHBOOK product family.
Panasonic’s line of Android solutions provides customers across industries – whether existing Android
users, or those considering a replacement for legacy operating systems – the support and services to
future proof their operations by leveraging the capabilities of modern mobile devices. Android, the top
operating system for rugged mobile deployments following Windows CE’s end of life, gets real time
information in the hands of decision makers in the field to drive better business outcomes.
“Panasonic is fully committed to customers transitioning from Windows CE to Android. Whether
enterprise, federal government, public sector, utilities or manufacturing, industries built upon the
support of the mobile workforce likewise need support to modernize mobile devices,” said Magnus
McDermid, Senior Vice President Mobility Solutions, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North
America. “The technology ecosystem that powers these industries is complex, but Panasonic provides
comprehensive support tailored to the needs of our customers and current market demands, which
allows them to seamlessly transition to Android and update their rugged mobile device deployments.”
Designed to address the demands of today’s diverse mobile work environments, the new TOUGBOOK A3
offers features that are tailored to the needs of the mobile workforce, including outdoor viewable
screen and Panasonic’s patented rain-touch functionality. With a 10.1 inch screen and 5 foot drop
rating, the TOUGHBOOK A3 is suited for users across industries to tackle the toughest jobs and mission-
critical applications. The TOUGHBOOK A3 joins Panasonic’s suite of devices for Android – offering
customers a diversity of form factors. The full family of Panasonic TOUGHBOOK rugged mobile devices
for Android include:
TOUGHBOOK A3 – 10.1” Tablet (new)
TOUGHBOOK L1 – 7” Tablet
TOUGHBOOK T1 – 5” Handheld
TOUGHBOOK N1 – 4.7” Handheld
Panasonic’s productivity+ features software solutions for mobile device development, deployment and
sustainment for customers, whether existing Android users or those considering the transition.
Productivity+ offers the ability to rewrite applications, configure device settings and define user access
for Android devices. The platform supports mobile deployments across industries with features that
enable IT managers to seamlessly configure, deploy and sustain devices, while preserving legacy
applications. Additionally, end-users are able to operate devices securely to protect proprietary data and
ensure devices are always updated and ready for work, wherever and however tough the job may be.
Panasonic’s support partner ecosystem is comprised of highly qualified partners that offer exclusive
support to customers and have been specifically selected for their industry expertise. This network
enables collaboration with independent software vendors, resellers and third-party accessories built to
support a technology stack that brings multiple technologies together to meet customers’ complex
needs. By working with software vendors proactively both pre- and post-deployment, Panasonic creates
value for customers by ensuring software integrates flawlessly with various devices and provides
customized solutions tailored to the mobile workforce’s specific job requirements.
Panasonic ProServices offer the support needed to power Android solutions at every stage of the
customer’s journey. Panasonic’s long-term Android service support also features consultation,
replacement services as well as multi-year, global warranties with expeditious turnaround times. For
complete product details, please visit TOUGHBOOK.com/Android.
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