We carr y our smartphones and tablets with us everywhere, so the more resistant they are to being dropped down a f light of stairs or in the toilet, the better. Anyone who has lost their phone to the bog will appreciate hardware that can go for a swim and take a knock. The Titan range of smartphones and tablets is as hard as they get. These phones have been designed for full submersion in the ocean, being reversed over by 4x4s and to bludgeon a large animal to death. They’re immediately appealing to anyone in the building fraternity, mercenaries, field doctors and US Navy SEALs, but they’ll also find practicality in other spheres of life.
Finweek reviewed the super-rugged Titan 1G some time last year – a hardcore Android smartphone with militarygrade toughness. The Titan 7R is pret t y much t he same thing, but in a 7” tablet form factor. It takes a standard Android tablet and makes it everythingproof. You can drop it down mountains or in the ocean and
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While the 7R was clearly designed d for war zones, construction sites and oil rigs, it strikes me as also being a good tablet option for people with kids that are going to drop, spit-on and submerge anything you hand them. The 7R is not afraid of such abuse. It carries an ‘IP-68’ rating, which means it has been tested for just about anything short of a nuclear ear strike.
It also has a decent set of features, as 7” Android tablets go. It has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, so loading the latest apps and game shouldn’t be a problem, 8MP camera, 3G chip and all the WiFi, Bluetooth and other modern features you’d expect. It runs version 4.2.2 of the Android operating system and has a massive 6 000mAh battery.
So it’s everything-proof, but still a solid Android tablet. I also liked the implementation of Android, which is pretty close to the stock experience you’d get from Google. There are prices you pay for all that awesomeness, however.
First, the 7R is bulky as hell and takes up a lot more space than other, thinner 7” tablets. It’s also super heavy and won’t make for comfortable bed-
time web-browsing and the like like. It has sharp, pointy bits and will probably injure you if you drop it on your face.
For the kind of person who needs such a hardy device these are probably small prices to pay, however. Especially considering that the Titan 7R is also very reasonably priced and can be chucked in a backpack without needing a protective case. Also, this is for the kind of person who isn’t afraid of head injuries to begin with.
This is the perfect tablet for the boat, game farm or if you’re part of an insurgent group infiltrating a military complex. It’s hard as nails and will beat down any other tablet offering in a cage f ight. If you like your tablets hard as nails, then this is the one for you. If you just need something waterproof, however, check out Sony’s Xperia range but you will pay much more.