You know we get a bit excited here when we find everyday products that are waterproof. From waterproof iPod cases and speakers to waterproof powerstrips, we just love all things waterproof. I mean, how many times have we just happened to spill regular water — let alone caustic saltwater — on something that was, ummm, not so waterproof? We recently saw the Fujitsu Arrows Tab F-10D at Gizmodo along with the questioning headline “Does a waterproof tablet make any sense at all?” Our answer is sure, why not?
Books are moving to a digital realm and even the iPad is making tablet computers sexy and are starting to become more commonplace. Just looking at a few daily tasks like using your tablet as a recipe book while cooking but who wants to stick their tablet right next to the sink or messy, steaming pots next to the stove let alone the water you might have on your hands from frequent washing in between prepping food? So beyond the daily mainstream tasks a waterproof tablet helps out with, in the saltwater hobby these would be ideal.
As a hobbyist, waterproof is always better. The occasional spill to outright hose mishap that sprays water everywhere is reason enough besides just having the waterproof tablet to control web apps for equipment, keep a tank journal or look up some images of hitchhikers to ID that strange new thing in your tank.
In the industry overall, they would be a great addition for fish stores wanting something portable to show customers fish they might want to order, equipment they can choose from or just controlling inventory. Imagine a coral vendor heading to a show having a tablet loaded up images from the mother colony so show customers what that tiny frag can grow out to be. Manufacturers could also use these to call up customer contact forms, show off new products or just have an online reference handy — all without having to worry too much about stray splashes of water.
Besides being able to take your waterproof tablet into the shower or bath to read Reef Builders or catch up on your favorite TV shows, having a waterproof recipe book in the kitchen or being able to take your favorite ebook to the beach or pool — as hobbyists we can definitely see plenty of areas where a waterproof tablet makes sense. Would you purchase a waterproof tablet?