7.3/10
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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
5+ MP


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PC Magazine

Tough as nails and built like a tank, but this rugged tablet is small enough to fit in a coat pocket.

- Brian Westover, PC Magazine
Expert Reviews

This Windows tablet is ultra-durable, but its 7in screen makes regular desktop programs difficult to use.

- Kat Orphanides, Expert Reviews


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Screen Size
7"

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3220mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3220 mAh battery. Panasonic's performance ratings are 11 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Toughpad FZ-M1 Specs

Overview
Release date March 30, 2014
Regions available United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Core i5-4302Y vPro 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 3 Years
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3220 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Magnesium alloy
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 20.3 x 1.8 cm (5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 544 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 216 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove touch, Anti-reflective
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key Yes
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


PC Magazine

Tough as nails and built like a tank

from PC Magazine

With its Intel Core i5-4302Y processor, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 offers significantly better performance than Atom-based counterparts. Its small size makes it easier to tote around, whether you're carrying it from house to house checking gas meters or accessing real-time data in a war zone. T...More

With its Intel Core i5-4302Y processor, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 offers significantly better performance than Atom-based counterparts. Its small size makes it easier to tote around, whether you're carrying it from house to house checking gas meters or accessing real-time data in a war zone. The broad array of modules and accessories that can be added to the tablet offer a robust variety of functions and uses. Compared with larger rugged tablets, however, its Y-Series processor doesn't have a lot of oomph, and the battery life is a bit short. The battery issue is solved in part by the option for a hot-swappable battery, but it's an added expense. For a fuller PC computing experience, the larger Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 remains our top pick, thanks to its superior performance and longer lasting battery.

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Expert Reviews

Incredibly durable but screen is small

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In an ideal world, you'll use the FZ-M1 to run custom-made applications that are designed with a Windows tablet of this size in mind. If you’re running a small business, though, it’s more likely that you’ll be using off-the-shelf programs and tablet apps, and, when it comes to business, Google Play and Apple’s App Store are far better equipped with such programs than the Windows Store. While the Windows Store does have a section for business apps, including bar code readers, finance and invoicing tools and standard office software, finding tools suited to your needs can be a challenge, especially as the Store is packed with apps that are little more than glorified ads or just placeholders for a standard desktop app that you can download elsewhere...

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In an ideal world, you'll use the FZ-M1 to run custom-made applications that are designed with a Windows tablet of this size in mind. If you’re running a small business, though, it’s more likely that you’ll be using off-the-shelf programs and tablet apps, and, when it comes to business, Google Play and Apple’s App Store are far better equipped with such programs than the Windows Store. While the Windows Store does have a section for business apps, including bar code readers, finance and invoicing tools and standard office software, finding tools suited to your needs can be a challenge, especially as the Store is packed with apps that are little more than glorified ads or just placeholders for a standard desktop app that you can download elsewhere.

Unless you’re able to deploy applications specifically designed for Windows tablets of this size, the usability of the FZ-M1 is restricted by its screen size. Many small business users will be better served by the Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1 7in Android tablet or the 10in FZ-G1 Windows tablet, which has a screen that is much better suited to desktop use. 

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User Reviews


Great for working environment, but not a toy

This is clearly a working-environment tablet. The size is made small for in-the-field, as easy as portable as possible. It is not a light tablet, but very robust and pretty fast. The thing I like about it, is the battery life. It last easily 8 to 12 hours when using constantly. I'm sure the people...More
This is clearly a working-environment tablet. The size is made small for in-the-field, as easy as portable as possible. It is not a light tablet, but very robust and pretty fast. The thing I like about it, is the battery life. It last easily 8 to 12 hours when using constantly. I'm sure the people working with the device wil have a good time, it's ideal for line-of-business applications, not child-like-apps.. btw have you ever seen an responsive business app that can do more than 3 things good? I havent.. So if you buy this, do this for your work-force.. not for playing or toying around! I'm now programming for one, and I especially like the interconnectivity (bluetooth, wifi, rfid, nfc, ...) So as a work-professional-tablet I give it a 9! As a mainstream consumer toy I give it a 4. Less