Casio V-500-GE and V-T500-E tablets built to withstand a kicking
Casio has unveiled a couple of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet computers for the rugged market. The Casio V-500-GE and V-T500-E come in a tough rubber shell built to handle more than a gentle scuff, or two, and specs that should see either tablet capable of going toe-to-toe with the best of them.
Casio claims that the 10.1-inch V-500-GE and V-T500-E tablets can be dropped from one metre and live to tell the tale, and are splash and dust-proof. As a badge of honour, both tablets have been awarded an International Protection Rating (IPR) of 54.
Inside, the Casio V-500-GE and V-T500-E tablets run the Android 4.0 operating system, powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor that should ensure quick performance when using apps, playing games and browsing the web.
Admittedly, the Casio V-500-GE and V-T500-E are not much to look at, but as with rugged smartphones, there was always going to be a market out there for tablets capable of taking a battering.
Casio has yet to say when the V-500-GE and V-T500-E will hit the shops. Nor has the company confirmed how much either will cost; here’s hoping the price of having a tablet that’s not easily broken won’t be too high.
Would you buy a ‘rugged’ tablet? If not, there’s always the Nexus 7, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, iPad, or even the reportedly soon to be announced iPad Mini. Like the iPhone 5, a smaller iPad has been rumoured for a September release.