Galaxy Tab Active

IFA 2014 At the IFA in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab Active, a ruggedized 8-inch tablet that can withstand a 1.2-meter fall thanks to its protective coating. Certified IP67, the tablet is dust and water resistant and comes with a tougher version of the S Pen stylus, called the C Pen, that provides an alternate form of input for when you're wearing gloves.

Notable specs include an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot up to 64 GB, 3.1 MP camera at the back, 1.2 MP front shooter, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet boasts 10 hours battery life from the 4,450 mAh removable battery and runs Android 4.4. KitKat out of the box. Samsung is bundling in a protective cover as well as the C Pen stylus with the tablet, along with its Knox security suite.

The Galaxy Tab Active will be offered in Wi-Fi only and LTE variants, with no mention yet of pricing or availability. What are your thoughts on the ruggedized tablet?


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Samsung announces ruggedized Galaxy Tab Active with dust and water resistance


I should grab one of these for the kids. I won't let them touch my phone and i am on edge whenever they have my Nexus 10 in there greasy little hands.

This is the first Samsung tablet that I'm actually excited about. There are too few water proof tablets on the market. Those of us with toddlers are waiting with bated breaths.

It always plain and simple nothing beats Samsung they lead the way and keep android in the Forefront of people buying mind worldwide.

It's pretty clear nothing else matters and never will.

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I usually hate samsung but I have to give them credit to these rugged devices. I think cat and Kyocera are the only ones besides them doing rugged.

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Panasonic makes a windows tablet that you can run over with a truck. We issue them to maintenance personnel where I work, they're stunningly tough. These sorts of "rugged" devices seem very cutesy in comparison. That said, the Panasonic probably costs about 8 times as much, but we'd be replacing these guys on a weekly basis.

As long as they keep pricing realistic then this will be a good tablet for the family.
On a side note, why can't they out a half decent camera in tablets yet? Cameras are so freaking small, it's not going to add anymore size to the tablet I know some people are cometely against taking pictures with their tablets, but I have found myself more then once, on my tablet and wanting to take a picture of my little one. Then I have to reach for my phone and open the camera, only to be too late.

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All these 8 inch tablets and my Shield Tablet isn't even concerned about the competition XD

Waiting for the Nexus 6 to pull me back to Android.

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Yup, is like no one is even trying anymore. Storage seems to be perpetually stuck at 16GB and mediocre 720p screens still are par for the course. When I first saw the headline, I was really hoping for Samsung to release something with Tab Pro-level internals but in a ruggedized case and a S-Pen. I still like the use of hard buttons, the waterproofing, the removable battery and the Pen but it needs more oomph in the screen, SoC and storage departments. Also, will Samsung ever start putting Qi charging on its tablets??

Don't forget the new Sony 8-incher. Looks very good. Maybe not ruggedized, per se, but Sony does waterproof like no other.

More like 499. The kids nabi tablets are 279 so this definitely won't be that low priced.

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I am not a Samsung fan, but I am actually pretty excited about this. I work some days outside in the elements and this would be welcome - especially with a pen input and LTE. Currently we use the Panasonic Toughbooks, but they are getting pretty out of date and WAYYY overkill for what we need.

I'm just curious how viewable this will be in the sunlight.

Samsung usually does LCD panels on their cheaper (or less premium) tablets, so if this does too, I'd imagine sunlight visibility will be good.