The Pantech Element tablet may be water-resistant, but Fujitsu has developed an Android tablet that can do more than just survive a splash or two of water. The Fujitsu Arrows Tab is a thin and light 10 inch tablet that’s designed with a rugged case that really can keep water from damaging the device — even if its submerged in a bowl of water.
Fujsitu has been showing off the Arrows Tab for a few months, but I got my first chance to see it in person this week, and I was impressed with how much the tablet didn’t look like a rugged device.
In fact, it looks a lot like any other 10 inch Android tablet I’ve tested. One of the only differences is that the tablet’s ports were covered by little plastic doors — but that’s not all that unusual. Plenty of other companies put bits of plastic or rubber over tablet ports for aesthetic reasons rather than for waterproofing.
The Arrows Tab has a 1 GHz TI OMAP4430 dual core processor, a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, and runs Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb. The tablet is about half an inch thick and weighs 1.3 pounds.
It is interesting to see a waterproof Android Tablet. From the looks of it, it might be salt waterproof also. Wonder how deep down can this Tablet go.
Oh, the thing seems jellyfish-proof as well. Bet that’ll come in handy!!
I have some mates that tune high-powered racing PWCs (Yamaha FZR, Seedoo RX class) and they gotta drag their machines to shore to adjust mapping and stuff. If someone made an Android app of their mapping program, I’m sure they’d find this useful. Them and rich blokes that like to check the stock markets while in their pools, I guess.
The Japanese have had this waterproof buzz about them recently, for some unknown reason. Many of their domestic market phones sport waterproofing, though the majority are still classified feature-phones (still smarter than what we call feature-phones, fyi … they have browser, video, sat-nav, nfc wallet capabilities…etc). There was one bloke I met that had this gorgeous carbon-fiber & titanium NTT-Docomo model that could dive as deep as a g-shock watch.
yeah i will buy this next time i go diving with my tablet, ive ruined 112 tablets already…it will be handy to have the internet and email under water,,,get REAL..this is DOA
Yes the use case does not fall under what you would like there for no one else in the entire world will want one. /s
The idea is not that you can use it under water (which I certainly doubt considering how capacitive screens work. The idea is you can take it places w/o worrying about getting it wet/dropping it in water. Boats, pools, the beach, a bath, outside(and not worrying about rain), and the big kicker- children. Heck even daily occurances happen involving liquids can break electronics such as drink spills, puddles, etc.
Is it a game changing gotta have feature? No, but it certainly doesn’t hurt the product to include it.
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