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Fujitsu tablet M532 in action

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Written by Christoph Harding

July 9th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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Working in the cloud for a week – On a Fujitsu Q550 tablet

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Back in April I’ve published a post about VMware View on a brand new Fujitsu Q550 tablet PC. At this time the device was a prototype and I had the chance to test it. It was great to work with it event if it was a prototype. In the last few month was a lot of buzz going on about tablet computers. Almost every vendor released a device but there are a lot of differences between the tablets. First of all the platform and the operating systems. Most of the hardware vendors developed their devices on a ARM based platform but there are also ATOM based computers. One of those is the Fujitsu Q550. It’s not running Android, no there is a standard Windows operating system installed. Yes, that’s true – a standard Windows OS what gives you loads of advantages but also a few challenges. As I’m really interested in how a user can work with a tablet and the cloud only I’ll try this for a week. As the tablet is Windows 7 based I’ve an advantage because I can run my email software Zimbra Desktops as I would run it on my laptop. Good for me as this gives me offline access. Additionally I want to use the VMware View 4.6 client to access my work desktop whenever I’ve a network connection. Let’s see how this all works. :-)

To clarify one point up front – The Fujitsu Q550 is not a consumer device, it was released to match the needs of enterprises.

The Q550 includes some great features which are necessary for using a tablet in the business.

  • Dual digitizer – Touch screen but also a digitizer pen to make notes with Microsoft OneNote for example.
  • Fingerprint reader for authentication
  • SmartCard reader for authentication
  • Changeable battery
  • USB port
  • 2 Cameras for collaboration (Front View and Webcam)
  • Integrated microphone and loudspeaker, earphone plug
  • SD Card reader

From my view this device can easily be handled by IT departments as it is a standard Windows device which can be integrated in the companies Active Directory. You could even use Group Policy Objects or a software deployment software with it.

Disadvantages? Sure! Windows is not optimized for touch tablets! It’s great to have the dual digitizer with the pen as this helps a lot. I’ll also check how a bluetooth mouse and keyboard or a USB replicator will help me when working on the desk.

We’ll see! Let’s get started with testing. You’ll see some posts about my experiences in the next days.

Written by Christoph Harding

July 21st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Fujitsu produces zero-client monitor for VDI

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Fujitsu teamed-up with the hardware vendor PanoLogic to deliver a zero client monitor device for desktop virtualization. The companies will produce a client device which contains connectors for network, keyboard and mouse.

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Written by Christoph Harding

March 9th, 2010 at 10:10 am