Samsung also added its DeX software to this year’s Tab Active, which will let you stream its content to a larger screen and connect peripherals like keyboards and mice for easier control. It is also the first Tab Active to support Galaxy Enterprise Edition and Knox Suite for security and other computer software.
I especially like that the S Pen that comes with this device is also built to withstand harsher conditions. It has a ridged texture that makes it easier to grip and, like the tablet, is also IP68 rated. While it doesn’t look like a pen like other Samsung styluses, it still provided a smooth writing experience when I scribbled on the screen.
Despite the extra bulk, the Active 3 was surprisingly thin and light. The display was clear and bright. Like most rugged devices from Samsung, the Tab has physical navigation buttons below the screen (when held vertically) for easier interaction. But the company also said that it has adjusted the screen to be more sensitive so that you can also press and slide it on while wearing gloves. There are also POGO pins on the side for jobsites that require this connection. For those who wish to install the tablet in a kiosk or vehicle (or machines like forklifts), there is also a battery-less mode available. Plus, the Active 3’s 5,050mAh battery is removable so you can just pop in a new cell when you’re low instead of having to wait for it to recharge.
Since this is a B2B device, it’s unlikely that you could just walk into a Best Buy and pick one – businesses will be able to get one through Samsung’s distribution channels and website. In case you were wondering, the Active Tab 3 starts at $ 490 for WiFi-only models and $ 590 for LTE versions.