Wolf tests

How tablets can save customer visits

What tablets can withstand and how they can save important customer visits: Peter Wolf tests the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active.

Peter Wolf

The Samsung Active tablet is a tough performer. It is dustproof, shockproof and waterproof and therefore suitable for use on construction sites or for clumsy field workers. However, it still offers all the functions that you would expect from a modern work tablet.

GPS and data

The tablet can be used like a mobile phone for GPS navigation, only that the routing is more convenient on a larger screen. For use in the car, a holder and charging cable for the cigarette lighter are recommended – although the built-in battery easily lasts the whole day with normal use. For longer periods of use, the ultra-power energy saving mode and replaceable batteries are available. The device can send and receive data via the mobile phone network (LTE), via WLAN, Bluetooth and NFC. 




The built-in speaker is suitable for hands-free conversations or video calls, but is not powerful enough for acoustic irradiation. There is a headphone output to connect active speakers.

Protective case and pen

The protective case supplied not only ensures that the tablet can survive a fall from a height of up to 120 centimetres, it also holds a pen that allows you to enter information even when wearing thick gloves. The IP67-certified protective seal protects against water and dust, while the data itself is protected by the Samsung KNOX locking mechanism.


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Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf (50) has been involved with technology for as long as he can remember. For many years, he was a trend scout and social media expert at Ringier. He currently works part-time at e-foresight and thus joined the Swisscom team in spring 2014. He also writes regular columns and app tests for various publications.