Panasonic Toughpad A1

Panasonic Toughpad A1
Brand: Panasonic
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 10.1 inches, 1024 x 768 pixels, LCD, Anti-reflective and anti-glare display
  • Chipset: Marvell
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 4.0
  • Battery: 4590 mAh
  • Released Date: 07-10-2011



Device Type Android Tablet
Model Panasonic Toughpad A1
Released October, 2011
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 213 x 266.7 x 17.8 mm
Weight 952.5 g
Protection Anti-reflective and anti-glare display
Colors White


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) LCD
Size 10.1 inches
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 127 ppi
Features Anti-reflective and anti-glare


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 4.0
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Marvell
CPU 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, Compass/Magnetometer
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 4590 mAh
Battery Life 10 hours
Charging Non-removable Li-Ion battery


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 2 MP
Camera Features LED flash
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) LED


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. Yes, version 2.1
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 a/b/g/n
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No


User Reviews 1 User Reviews A powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor, FIPS 140-2 level 2 compliant hardware encryption for security, and a daylight-viewable 10-inch display. The tablet is designed for outdoor use and challenging weather conditions. Notably, it boasts a replaceable battery with a 10-hour life, ensuring extended usability.

The Toughpad A1 is MIL-STD-810G compliant, surviving a four-foot drop in any direction. Its IP65 rating makes it water and dust resistant. The tablet's functionality, emphasizing the active digitizer for stylus input, webcam, and rear-facing camera with flash.
- PanasonicToughpad
User Reviews 2 This tablet, running Android 4.0, is a tough one – built with a magnesium alloy frame, it's drop-resistant (76 cm), water, and dust-resistant.

The display is impressive – non-reflective with only 4% reflection rates. The ports are well-protected, easy to access, including micro HDMI, headphone jack, micro SD card slot, USB port, and a concealed SIM card slot for 3G connectivity.
- Roy Khurana from Intellect Digest
User Reviews 3 This tablet can handle a 4-foot drop and resists dust and water. It's your typical Android tablet with front and rear cameras, accelerometer, and a multi-touch interface, all under a protective cover.
Connectivity options are solid – HDMI, headset jack, SD expandable storage up to 32GB, and a handy micro USB port for external keyboards or other accessories.
- Bob Johnson
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Rugged and durable design - water, dust, shock and drop resistant
- Daylight-viewable display with only 4% reflection
- Long 10 hour battery life with replaceable battery
- Built-in stylus for natural writing and drawing
- Customizable user button for quick access to apps and settings
- Rear camera with flash and front camera for video conferencing

- Heavy at 952.5 g (2.1 pounds)
- Runs older Android 4.0 software
- No mention of processor speed or RAM amount

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 7 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10

In the ever-evolving world of tablets, Panasonic introduced the Toughpad FZ-A1, a rugged Android tablet that promises durability, functionality, and a unique set of features.

Released back in October 2011, this tablet has left a lasting impression with its robust design and outdoor-friendly capabilities. While it has been discontinued, it’s worth revisiting the Toughpad FZ-A1 for those seeking a reliable and resilient device.

Design and Durability: A Tough Exterior

From the first glance, the Toughpad FZ-A1 showcases its robust build, encased in a magnesium alloy frame.

Weighing in at 952.5 grams (2.1 pounds) and with dimensions of 213 x 266.7 x 17.8 mm, this tablet is undoubtedly hefty but carries the promise of durability.

Its MIL-STD-810G compliance ensures survival after a four-foot drop in any direction, making it a reliable companion for those who work in challenging environments.

Display: Bright and Readable

The tablet boasts a 10.1-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The standout feature here is the anti-reflective and anti-glare display, making it suitable for outdoor use even in bright sunlight. With only 4% reflection rates, the Toughpad FZ-A1 ensures a clear and readable screen in various lighting conditions.

Performance and Operating System: Power Under the Hood

Powering the Toughpad FZ-A1 is a 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell processor, offering a decent performance level for its time. It comes with 1GB of RAM, providing enough power for essential tasks.

Running on the Android 4.0 operating system, the tablet may feel a bit dated compared to the latest Android versions, but it still gets the job done.

Connectivity and Ports: Options for Every Need

Connectivity options are plentiful on the Toughpad FZ-A1. It includes a micro HDMI port, a 3.5mm jack, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB, and a micro USB 2.0 port.

The inclusion of a SIM card slot enables mobile broadband usage. The tablet supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1, and GPS, ensuring a variety of ways to stay connected.

Camera and Multimedia: Capturing Moments, Rugged Style

Equipped with a 5MP rear camera with an LED flash and a 2MP front camera, the Toughpad FZ-A1 offers functionality beyond typical tablets.

The AF (autofocus) feature enhances the camera capabilities, making it suitable for various tasks, including video conferencing. However, specific details about image quality and multimedia features remain undisclosed.

Battery and Endurance: A Long-lasting Companion

One of the tablet’s standout features is its impressive battery life. The 4590mAh capacity battery provides up to 10 hours of talk time, ensuring that the Toughpad FZ-A1 remains operational throughout extended workdays.

Additionally, the user-replaceable battery ensures continued usage even after the original battery’s lifespan.

Stylus and Customization: Adding a Personal Touch

The Toughpad FZ-A1 incorporates a Waycom stylus, offering users a precise and pressure-sensitive tool for natural writing and drawing.

The tablet also features a customizable user button, providing quick access to frequently used applications and settings. This attention to user customization enhances the overall user experience.

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