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For some, the ideal tablet is a one that’s super affordable or one they can use while out and about or at home for basic web surfing, watching videos, and playing games. For others, however, the best Android tablet is an important business tool, especially for those who work in the field. For them, a rugged tablet, or at least a tablet with an ultra-rugged case, is necessary. The Samsung Galaxy Active3 checks all the boxes in terms of what you’d want in the best rugged Android tablet.
BEST OVERALL RUGGED TABLET: SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB ACTIVE3
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3
Future readyTODAY’S BEST DEALS
View at AmazonEven better shock absorption and drop protection than Active2The touchscreen works even with gloves onSwappable batteries on the flyExpandable microSD storage up to 1TBGoogle ARCore supportMore expensive than Active2Slightly heavier than Active2
In the two-plus years since the Galaxy Tab Active2 was released, Samsung has been hard at work upgrading its popular work tablet. Even though you may not be able to see the improvements at first glance, since the Galaxy Tab Active2 and Galaxy Tab Active3 look like they could be twins, there are several noticeable improvements from generation to generation.
For starters, the Galaxy Tab Active3 comes with a newer version of Android (10), as well as a newer and faster Samsung Exynos 9810 chip. The Active3 starts at 128GB of internal storage, and it can be expanded to 1TB via a microSD card. The camera is upgraded from 8MP to 13MP, and you get an even bigger battery at 5,050mAh vs. 4,450mAh. Whereas the Galaxy Tab Active2 was rated for drops up to 1.2 meters, the Galaxy Tab Active 3 can handle 1.5 meter falls.
Aside from the hardware improvements, there are some pretty useful software improvements here, notably Samsung DeX integration, support for Google ARCore, and a No Battery Mode that extends the device’s usefulness even after the batteries run out.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.513.0_en.html#goog_17873891830 seconds of 18 minutes, 14 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND
The Galaxy Tab Active3 still gives you GPS and S Pen support, facial and fingerprint recognition, and Samsung’s Knox security. The two biggest downsides to the newer Active3 are that it weighs a little more (but only 10-15 grams) and that it is more expensive than its predecessor.
BEST AFFORDABLE RUGGED TABLET: SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB ACTIVE2
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2
White glove serviceTODAY’S BEST DEALSVIEW AT AMAZONHigh-definition screenLots of security featuresCan operate hands-free, with S-PenNow more affordableHeavier than some othersBattery life not as long as othersGPS only works when using Wi-FiAdvertisement
Samsung has been making ruggedized tablets for years, and while the Galaxy Tab Active2 is not the top dog, it sage means you can still get wonderful features at a lower price point. It comes equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities as well as an LTE connectivity option, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS (only when in Wi-Fi mode), and Android 9 Pie.
With an 8-inch, 1920×1080 high-res screen and weighing 1.6 pounds, the Galaxy Tab Active2 is designed with military-grade durability, meeting the MIL-STD-810G testing standard. This means it can withstand drops, shocks, vibrations, rain, dirt, mud, sand, water, altitude, freeze & thaw, extreme temperature ranges, temperature shock, and humidity. It can even be submerged in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It comes with an adaptable S-Pen that is also IP68 certified for submersion in water.
Two really neat features found in the Active2 are the Wet Touch mode, which lets you use the water-resistant screen even if your hands are wet, and the White Glove mode, which makes it possible to manipulate the screen through gloves, ideal for cold weather and clinical settings.
The tablet has an 8MP auto-focus rear camera and 5MP front camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, 3GB RAM, 8, 16, or 32GB solid-state drive (SSD) options, and non-slip grip. Security-wise, it includes a fingerprint scanner, facial recognition for unlocking hands-free, and Samsung Knox defense-grade security. It charges via the built-in POGO pin, and the battery runs for up to 11 hours per charge.
BEST RUGGED TABLET FOR FIELD WORKERS: SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB ACTIVE PRO
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active PRO
In the fieldTODAY’S BEST DEALSFROM $530 AT AMAZONPretty lightweight and compactDecent priceCan be used just about anywhereMight not need extra featuresLarge screen might be too big for taking with youAdvertisement
With a 10.1-inch screen, this Wi-Fi tablet (LTE option also available for $80 more, plus plan) operates on Android 9 Pie and includes Bluetooth and GPS as well. It comes with 64GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB via an optional microSD memory card. It is also equipped with a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera.
In terms of durability, this tablet is ideal for those working in the field thanks to the MIL-STD-810G military-grade durability that, like the Active2, protects it against just about anything, from inclement weather to extreme temperature, dirt, dust, water, humidity, drops, shocks, and more. It also has the Wet Touch, and White Glove modes found in the Active2 and comes with an IP68-certified S-Pen. Fingerprint biometric access and facial recognition are also included, along with Samsung Knox and the POGO pin connectivity for charging, which can also be used to connect an external keyboard.
With an impressive 15-hour rated battery life, the 6.69 x 0.39 x 9.58-inch, 1 lb. tablet adds features like a UHD camera with AR features along with Google ARCore with AR Assist so it can sense your environment. It also has, in addition to the accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, and geomagnetic sensor, a hall sensor and RGB light sensor.