Tough

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

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

Value for money:

Also con­sider: your big­gest prob­lem will be how to o re­cover it.

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.

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