Toughpad FZ-A2 - honest (!) opinions? 8-)

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  1. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Software & Hardware Android 6.0.1-powered tablet with software encryption for enterprise-grade security and management

    Intel® x5-Z8550 processor (2M Cache, 1.44 GHz up to 2.4 GHz)
    Durability Fully Rugged
    Display 10.1-inch WUXGA , 800 nit daylight-readable screen with 10-point capacitive touch
    Battery Standard 9-hour with hot-swap battery
    Ports & Expansions USB 3.1 Type-C, USB A 3.0, HDMI output, front and rear cameras, optional 2D barcode reader or additional USB A 2.0 and Smart Card reader
    Wireless Wi-Fi with GPS or optional 4G LTE mobile broadband with GPS, Bluetooth® 4.2, optional dual pass external antenna connection
    Weight 2 lbs.
    Certification: MIL-STD-801G, IP65
    Warranty 3-year warranty with business-class support
    1 Exclusively configurable by selecting one from barcode reader or secondary USB A 2.0.
     
  2. sunrk

    sunrk Notebook Evangelist

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    Hmmm doing a google search brings up an Australian tech retailer claiming to have available stock 'at the supplier' of this config:
    FZ-A2A200GAA

    so does anyone know exactly what that is?

    Quoted price is under A$2k so that's a lot better than when they first appeared!
     
  3. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    google tells me it is a
    FZ A2
    mk1
    4gb ram
    32gb storage memory
    built in gps
    Android 6.0
     
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  4. sunrk

    sunrk Notebook Evangelist

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    Righto I have come across another local Australian supplier listing three different FZA2 model codes. There's
    FZ-A2A200GAA

    as mentioned previously, but also
    FZ-A2A200MAA

    and
    FZ-A2A202MAA

    Righto found yet another Aussie site with all three listed, and it's smartly listing the different specs...

    The first one is a std config pricing under A$2k, the second one adds 4g MBB (mobile broadband) support pricing around A$2.3k, and the last one also adds a barcode reader pricing a bit under A$3k. There might be other differences I can't figure out yet.

    Does anyone know how good (or bad) the built-in MBB radio hardware is?
     
  5. sunrk

    sunrk Notebook Evangelist

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    Prices have gone up - the basic configuration now sells for over A$2k, the middle one for about A$2.5k and the top of the range one for about A$3k.

    Does anyone happen to know if FZ-A2's imported from say the USA as used items will automatically work here, or will I need to buy one here to get the right 3g/4g functionality with Australian mobile broadband services?
     
  6. towelie

    towelie Notebook Guru

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    The difference in price in between the FZ-A2 and the CF-20 is small and, at least with the CF-20 you can upgrade to the latest android x86 versions.

    You can also swap the cellular module in the CF-20, i doubt you will be able to in the FZ-A2(even if hardware allows it the software probably won't)
     
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  7. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    I'm running Android 6 on this tablet....it sucks. A Lot of apps not compatible including tapitalk.

    But it was cheap....:eek::D
     
  8. towelie

    towelie Notebook Guru

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    Panasonic tends to not keep android versions up to date on their devices, i would stay away from arm toughbooks or toughpads.
     
  9. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    I have to agree after having the FZ-A1.
     
  10. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    But it does make a good e-reader.
     
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