A few days ago I got the chance to put my hands on a brand new Fujitsu M532 tablet which is running Android OS. A shiny device which is pretty fast and running the VMware View Client by default.
The Fujitsu M532 has the following characteristics:
- 10″ Screen 25,6cm WXGA 16:10 1280×800 Pixels
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor at 1.3 GHz
- 1 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Card Reader, Dual Webcam
- HDMI, 1 x USB, WLAN, 3G, GPS & Bluetooth
- 8,5h Battery
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
As a Apple junkie I was positively surprised about the quality and speed of the M532. This may come from the bad experience I had with a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 smartphone as this was way to slow. For me it seems that the the M532 is a great device for traveling as it has a weight of only 560g. With a optional docking station you can connect even 2 more USB devices to the tablet. Via the HDMI port you could connect a standard screen and use the tablet as a thin client for View.
The tablet comes in tiny box with a power adapter and a screen wipe as you can see on the two photos. When I turned the M532 on the setup was straight forward. Of course it asked me for a Google Account but this was not a requirement and I skipped it for now. On the Next photo you can see how thin the tablet is, just compared it to the USB port.
Compared to my old Sony X10 working with the new Android 4.0 was very comfortable, to be honest – I liked it.
Working with a tablet is great but what if it comes to business applications which are only running on Windows? VDI or Terminal Services is the answer but yes, for me the answer is VDI. The M532 comes with a pre installed VMware View Client for Android. The configuration was easy as with every View client. I’ve added my credentials and could connect to my hosted desktop at Terremark.
I played around with the View Client which is fully comparable to the iPad client in my eyes. The video quality was brilliant, it seems that the processor is quite powerful. Watch this quick video from VMworld about Octopus and AppBlast.
This brings me to the next topic! Octopus and AppBlast! Those two would be a great additional feature to the M532. On one hand I could securely sync all the data I want from my other devices or my home drive to the tablet and on the other hand could run all my apps in the web browser instead of using the VMware View Client. This would even be more easier for the end user.
I’ve tested the M532 also with my Horizon AppManager account and like with the iPad or iPhone the website of Horizon is customized for Android.
The M532 is a great device for business. With the WLAN and 3G connection it is possible to work almost everywhere.
I’m wondering if customers really use tablet computers in the field in masses today or if this is more a BYOD thing and every employee is deciding which device they want to go with?