The iPad reigns as the king of tablets, but it is a metal and glass device best used around the office. Samsung is keenly focused on those working in the field, industrial locations, and in harsh environments with the release of the new Galaxy Tab Active2[1].

As a professional engineer, I spend time in shipyards, on marine casualties, and checking shipboard systems. These are not environments where I can afford to drop an iPad so the new Tab Active2 looks like a great solution for these situations. The Tab Active2 was subjected to 21 MIL-STD 810G tests and it passed. In addition to this certification, it is IP68 dust and water resistant.

The Tab Active2 has a S Pen for taking notes in the field, which is essential during inspections, field verification, and testing. It also has a removable 4,450 mAh battery so you can quickly sawp it out and keep going when it isn't possible to plug into an AC outlet. Battery life is estimated at up to 11 hours.

Specifications include:

  • Processor: 1.6 GHz octa-core
  • Display: 8 inch 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
  • Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 16GB internal with microSD expansion card slot
  • Cameras: Rear 8 megapixel and front 5 megapixel
  • Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+, GPS, Glonass, NFC
  • Battery: 4450 mAh removable
  • Dimensions: 214.7 x 127.6 x 9.9 mm and 419 grams

The Tab Active2 supports facial recognition, enhanced touch options so you can use it with your gloves on, and a front fingerprint scanner. Samsung Knox is included so your IT department can help you

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