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Samsung’s rugged tablets survived these 21 durability tests

When you’re working in the field, the demands placed on your technology can be tough. Blowing rain, freezing temperatures, dust, drops and more. To withstand these demands, field workers need mobile devices that are as tough as the conditions they operate in.

Rugged tablets have emerged as the best option to meet these challenges — but not all rugged devices are built to the same specification or can meet the unique working conditions for frontline workers across a variety of environmental conditions.

Samsung’ Galaxy Tab Active series are a new breed of rugged tablet, combining both the durability and the smarts to support seamless workflows. Put through a series of MIL-STD-810G* environmental tests in an independent testing lab, the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab Active Pro and 8-inch Tab Active2 showed their resilience and durability in the face of some of the toughest environmental conditions.

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Want to know just how tough? Here’s a quick look at the 21 tests they survived.

*Note that real world usage will vary from the specific environmental conditions used in the MIL-STD-810G testing lab and Samsung does not guarantee device performance in all extreme conditions.

Tests 1-8: Salt fog, immersion, settling dust, blowing rain, dripping rain, blowing dust and icing

Open water, desert landscapes and nearshore environments can all create challenges for mobile devices left exposed to the elements. If you’re working in these types of conditions, you need to know that your device can withstand the rain, sand or ice. In the tests conducted in the MIL-STD-810G testing lab, both the Tab Active Pro and the Tab Active2 resisted water or dust intrusion with exposure of over three days for settling dust and 24 hours for salt fog. Devices were also immersed in water for 30 minutes at a depth of 5 feet (for IP68 certification), exposed to 4 inches of blowing rain per hour for 30 minutes along the device’s screen and covered with 6-millimeter ice accretion, but still managed to emerge with no water intrusion.

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Tests 9-11: Vibration, transit drop and ballistic shock

In industries like transportation and logistics, defense and construction, rugged tablets are frequently exposed to vibration, ballistic shocks or transit drops. To ensure that the Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Tab Active2 are strong enough to endure these kinds of bumps and bruises, the devices were dropped a distance of more than a meter a total of 26 times, received 10-100Hz maximum SRS shock and underwent hours of vibration testing. In all tests, the devices showed no signs of damage beyond normal scuffing, proving that even when the going gets tough, the Samsung rugged tablet lineup keeps going.

Tests 12–19: Temperature and humidity conditions

Another risk in tough work environments is temperature and humidity. However, in the eight different tests conducted in the MIL-STD-810G testing lab, both Samsung rugged tablets not only endured the rigorous testing conditions, but came through with no signs of damage, deformation, discoloration or any other anomalies. Temperature tests included being exposed to a temperature shock of minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit to greater than 120 degrees, operating for several hours at minus 40 degrees and being stored at minus 40 degrees, while also being exposed to temperatures up to 160 degrees for more than two hours.

Tests 20-21: Nonoperating and operating altitude testing

The final two tests the devices were put through included operating at 15 kilofeet altitude pressure and being stored at 15 kilofeet conditions. The devices returned from such dizzying heights in perfect functioning condition, proving once again that they were up to extreme environmental conditions.

In the long run, though, choosing a rugged device like the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro or Tab Active2 isn’t only about performance in extreme conditions — it’s also about achieving cost savings and greater productivity. Rugged devices last longer, lowering replacement costs and limiting worker downtime. Other features such as the S Pen, which allows gloved workers to use the device; a long-lasting, replaceable battery; and and Samsung Knox’s defense-grade security and easy device customization and management capabilities, make the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Tab Active2 well suited any business or industry use case.

When it comes to toughness, the Samsung rugged tablet lineup has been put to the test and proven its more than ready for the job.

Learn how Samsung’s rugged device lineup can help solve your toughest business challenges. Or get a deeper look at the ways rugged push-to-talk smartphones are transforming field communications.

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Becky Lawlor

Becky Lawlor is a freelance technology writer. She develops and writes content on topics such as mobility, cloud services, unified communications, managed services, and more.

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