Rugged android tablets

Rugged Android tablets for field use

We all know that tablets are ideal data collection tools when it comes to field work. With android tablets, and the right app  it is possible to fill out forms, take photos and upload your data quickly and conveniently.
However, using a tablet in the field comes with its own problems and limitations:

  • Bad weather conditions, such as rain and snow, can result in your tablet malfunctioning
  • Tablets can get damaged during transportation or if they are dropped while you are working in the field (most field surveys are done while standing or crouching)
  • Damp and dirty environments, such as muddy areas, can also result in damage and scratches on your tablet’s screen

Fortunately, there are Android tablets designed specifically for the purpose of outdoor use and field data collection. Sometimes known as “industrial tablets” or “outdoor tablets”, these tough devices are designed specifically for durability and are perfect for use in physically demanding environments while doing data collection and surveys in the field.

Below is a list of our favorite rugged Android tablet picks when it comes to data collection in the field.

Best Android tablets for data collection in the field

Panasonic Toughbook A3 rugged Android tablet


Dimensions171.8mm x 196mm x 16.5mm
OSAndroid 9
Screen size10.1-inch
Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Rear camera8MP
Front camera5MP

Other features of the Panasonic Toughbook A3 rugged Android tablet

  • Detects rain and wearing gloves
  • Withstands drops from 5 feet
  • Certified to IP65 for dust and water resistance
  • Two hot-swappable batteries

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 rugged Android tablet


Dimensions127.6mm x 214.7mm x 9.9mm
Screen size8-inch
Resolution800 x 1280 pixels
CPUOcta-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Rear camera8MP
Front camera5MP
MicroSD slotYes

Other features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 rugged Android tablet

  • Water- and dust-resistant (half-hour in five-foot-deep water)
  • IP68 certification
  • MIL-STD 810G certification (drops, shocks and vibrations, high / low temperatures and humidity, and even high altitudes)
  • Electronic pen
  • Touch options on water
  • Gyroscope, GPS and a geomagnetic sensor
  • Easily replaceable battery (11h durability)

Zebra XSlate Android L10


Weight2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dimensions280.8mm  x 195.2mm  x  22mm
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
Screen size10.1-inch
Resolution1920 x 1200 pixels
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2 GHz
Storage64GB or 128GB eMMC
BatteryUp to 9.8 hours
Rear camera13MP
Front camera5MP
microSD slotYes

Other features of the Zebra XSlate Android L10 rugged Android tablet

  • 6-foot drop
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Glove / wet touch technology

Vanquisher Ultra-Rugged Android Tablet


Screen size8 inches
Model nameSV-86
Memory storage capacity128GB
DimensionsL x W x H – 22.8 x 14.7 x 1.6 centimeters

Other features of the Vanquisher ultra-rugged Android tablet

  • Ultra rugged construction and IP67 waterproof
  • Scratch-resistant and gorilla panel for exceptional durability

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro rugged Android tablet


CPU speed1GHz, 1.7GHz
Size (main screen)10.1 “(255.4 mm)
Rear camera – resolution13.0 MP
Weight (g)653

Other features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro rugged Android tablet

  • Robust design
  • IP68 water and dust-resistant certification
  • Shockproof design with protective caseStylus included
  • Replaceable battery with long operating time (15h)

Now all you need is the perfect and most fully-featured mobile data collection app to use with your rugged Android tablet.

Luckily, we at Coral have got you covered with the Coral Collect mobile data collection app!

You can use it to create and fill out forms in the field, view and export data on a dashboard and much more! You can find out more about Coral Collect by watching this video.

Let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to the next one!

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