Verizon Casio Commando Shows Off Rugged Design


While the Motorola Defy tried to hide its rugged heritage, the Casio Commando is an Android smartphone that is proud to show the world that it can stand a beating or two with its rugged aesthetics which may furrow a brow or two at first sight. The device still looks slim and compact, but its […]

Motorola i1Q Will Be a Rugged Droid Pro for Sprint Nextel?

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It looks like Motorola may be making deeper pushes into the space led by RIM. After Motorola had released the Motorola Droid Pro (review forthcoming) for Verizon Wireless late last year with a front-facing keyboard and enterprise enhancements targeted at business BlackBerry-toting customers, the company may be releasing a rugged follow-up to Sprint Nextel’s iDEN […]

Motion CL900 Brings Rugged Design to Windows 7 Tablet (Video)


The Motion CL900 is a Windows 7 tablet with a rugged design that’s powered by an Intel Atom Oak Trail CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz. The tablet can be configured with either a Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Home Premium OS. It’s rubberized aluminum-alloy internal frame offers rugged durability while meeting military specs for […]

T-Mobile Makes Rugged Motorola Defy Smartphone Available Today


In addition to launching the T-Mobile myTouch 4G today, the self-proclaimed nation’s largest 4G carrier is also shipping the rugged, yet consumer oriented Motorola Defy, an Android 2.1 handset that begs to “defy” the elements and fit in with your fun and rugged lifestyle. I had a chance to play around a bit with the […]

Roll Cages: A Big Part of What Keeps ThinkPads From Feeling Cheap

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Last week we got into a discussion about what makes notebooks and netbooks feel cheap. On the other end of the spectrum, there are PCs that look and feel rock solid. Manufacturers that sell to corporations, such as HP and Lenovo, sell devices that are built to last and cost a bit more.  ThinkPads feel […]

Panasonic Toughbook U1 UMPC updated to “Ultra” status


Been more than two years since we saw the debut of the Panasonic Toughbook U1 rugged UMPC. But now it’s been updated with a brighter screen and better innards as the Toughbook U1 Ultra, which in no way reminds me of the Samsung Q1 upgrade to Samsung Q1 Ultra.

More powerful, fully rugged Getac V200 is ready to rumble


Rugged computing specialist Getac announced their most powerful rugged convertible Tablet PC ever, the V200, which they claim is the most powerful in the world. Judging by the Intel Core i7-620LM 2.0GHz processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz, I’m inclined to agree.

Red Bull NASCAR Team Using Rugged Tablet PCs (video)


Today MobileDemand officially announced its sponsorship of the Red Bull Racing Team.  I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina with the NASCAR team to learn more about how the team uses mobile technology as it preps for the Coca Cola 600. Yesterday I met up with the Red Bull team, MobileDemand CEO Matt Miller and’s Kevin Purcell […]

Panasonic Toughbook 19 gets tougher, faster, still can’t fly


Panasonic announced an update for their Toughbook 19 (which sports a 10″ screen, not 19″). It now features an Intel Core i5-540UM processor with Turbo Boost for speeds up to 2.0GHz and vPro for motherboard-level security. It also tops MIL-STD-810G certification with the ability to withstand a six-foot drop (probably still won’t pass helicopter test).

The new Panasonic Toughbook C1: lighter, faster, tougher (VIDEO)


Panasonic has refreshed their Toughbook Tablet PC line with the C1, which they claim is the world’s lightest 12.1″ convertible Tablet PC at 3.2 pounds, yet it remains tough enough to be called a “Toughbook”. On top of that, it packs an Intel Core i5 2.4GHz processor and optional multi-touch screen that works with gloved […]

OLPC Gets Tossed in Demonstration

Not sure what it is, but seeing electronics smashed, dropped, and blown up is just plain cool.  Case in point is the OLPC XO laptop featured in this video from  The OLPC buzz has been slow lately and the organization appears to be weakening from within, but the little laptop shows that it can […]

Ruggedizing Your Own Device


We cover ruggedized mobile devices here at GBM whenever we get our hands on them. We’ve been known to toss MobileDemand devices around casinos, drop Otterbox cases in creeks, and even run over them in cars. But ruggedized devices are often too expensive for the consumer. So, if you think you might be bouncing your […]

Doster Construction Chooses Motion Computing F5 Tablet PC


A construction site would normally be the last place a one would expect to see a Tablet PC. With the number of rugged tablet models being made available today, though, more and more companies are beginning to see the value of a full Windows operating environment paired up with a rugged inking system. Doster Construction […]

Duros 8404 Tablet: Rugged, Atom, Sunlight LCD


Rugged Tablet PCs have been around for a while, but the Intel Atom processor seems to be opening the door to a new breed.   Hothardware reports that the Duros 8404 rugged Tablet has been given the netbook’s famed Intel Atom processor (as an option rather than a 1.0 GHz Celeron M) and an 8.4″ […]

GBM InkShow: Motion Computing J3400 vs Fujitsu ST6012 Head to Head


You’ve all been waiting for it and here it is – a head to head video review between Motion Computing’s J3400 Tablet PC and Fujitsu’s ST6012 Tablet PC. This has to be the most indepth head to head review I’ve ever done, as I compare pens, batteries, ports, screens, bezels, how to hold the tablet […]

Mobile Demand: New GBM Podcast and InkShow Sponsor!


We’re excited to announce that MobileDemand is the new sponsor of GBM’s InkShows and Podcasts. Matt Miller, President of MobileDemand, has graciously agreed to support our coverage of Tablet PCs and mobile technology. Needless to say, we are very thankful to have MobileDemand on board. MobileDemand manufactures rugged Tablet PCs that are designed to be […]

Motion Computing Webinar, Get $500 Off J3400 Tablet PC

If you or your company has been thinking about purchasing a Motion Computing J3400 Rugged Tablet PC, then be sure to attend Motion’s webinar on Tuesday, June 9th at 11:am CST. All attendees will be eligible to receive $500 off their purchase of a J3400 Tablet PC. That’s likely the best money you’ll ever earn […]