- Screen very usable outside
- Wide array of ports
- Lower cost than Windows alternatives
- Mid-range performance
- Camera just adequate
Quick TakeThe Xplore Xslate D10 is a rugged Android tablet that's more portable than rugged laptops and more affordable than similar Windows models.
The use of Android in business is growing, which is why Xplore decided to introduce a rugged tablet running this operating system. The Xslate D10 has a 10.1-inch screen designed to be used outside, and it runs Google’s OS on an Intel quad-core processor. It is well supplied with ports, including two for USB and one for Ethernet.
This device is available now with a base price of $1,699.
Build and Design
The Xslate D10 is built to take multiple 5-foot drops onto its sides, face, and corners. It can also stand up to heavy rain, and it’s completely protected from dust. This makes it ideal for use on a job site or a crime scene.
But it looks like what it is: a rugged tablet. Actually, it looks a bit like a regular tablet in a protective case, but the case is integrated into the design. Overall, it’s 11.05 x 7.07 x 0.86 inches (28.1 x 18.0 x 2.2 cm).
This model weighs in at 2.4 pounds (1.09 kg), so it’s considerably heavier than a non-rugged tablet. On the other hand, rugged laptops are typically two or three times as heavy.
The Xslate D10’s magnesium alloy midframe keeps it rigid enough to resist all our attempts to flex the device.
The 10.1-inch screen has a 1366 x 768 (WXGA) resolution. Obviously, it’s intended to be usable in the field rather than look great showing movies, and it accomplishes this with a 500 Nit backlight and an 800:1 contrast ratio.
The display uses AFFS+ technology, which has been designed to be viewable over a 178º viewing range, so multiple people can look at it simultaneously.
We experimented with using the Xslate D10 outdoors and found it to be as easy to see in direct sunlight as any tablet we’ve ever tried. We had no problems reading text or viewing video while outside.
Capacitive displays like this one typically require a fingertip or a specially designed stylus. However, the device’s screen has a mode so it can be used with workgloves on. This performed as expected in our tests, as long as the screen is pressed firmly.
Buttons, Ports, and Speakers
The very extensive selection of ports Xplore included in this device begins with two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a microSD slot, a micro-SIM card slot, a micro-HDMI port, and a headset port, all on the left side underneath a lockable, protective door.
On the right side is the power button, a volume up/down rocker, and a button that takes screenshots. Also on this edge is the power port and an RJ-45 Ethernet port under one door, and a RS-232 port under another door.
On the bottom edge is a connector for an optional clip-on keyboard that can be used to turn this tablet into a 2-in-1 laptop ready to be used on the go.
There’s a physical Home button on the front, just below the display. This is the only button on the front, as Android’s Back and Recent Apps buttons appear on screen, along with a second Home button.
Xplore intends this device to be ready for almost anything that might occur in the field, which is why there are so many ports. If these won’t do it, more can be added, like a barcode scanner and ever HDMI video in.
Held in brackets on the right side is a short stylus designed to work on the D10’s capacitive screen. Virtually all Android software can be controlled with a fingertip, but the stylus is handy for signatures.