It's probably just me, but don't you just want to try and smash the new XT2 XFR rugged tablet from Dell to test its durability? Like dropping it from a moving car, or using it as a chew toy for my golden retriever. But that's all part and parcel of being a ruggedised laptop, I guess...
The tablet itself sounds pretty decent: It's got a 12.1-inch screen, measures in at 38.1mm thick and starts at 2.45kg with a four cell battery and SSD. It's built off the Latitude XT2 laptop, so offers many of the same features, including: o Intel Core 2 Duo processors with up to 5GB[iii]of DDR3 1066 MHz memory. o QuadCool Thermal Management System enables excellent performance, even in extreme temperatures from -23 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. o Four-, six- and nine-cell battery options. o Standard data security features that include Dell ControlVault and Dell ControlPoint, as well as optional solid state and spinning disk drives with full disk encryption. o Impact resistant, sunlight viewable, 12.1-inch wide LED display with capacitive multi-touch gestures-enabled or optional resistive touch screen. o Optional hot-swappable modules including GPS (in the coming weeks) and webcam. o Optional expansion sliver provides camera/light, serial, and RJ11 inputs. o A full complement of wireless connectivity options including wireless LAN 802.11 a/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and mobile broadband.
The rugged tablet will run XP Tablet edition rather than Windows 7 out of the box, although it will certainly have the juice for the new operating system. It's not available in Australia yet, but should land in the coming months.
But really, all I want to do is try and smash it. Is that wrong?