The best rugged tablets in 2024

Oukitel RT1, one of the best rugged tablets, covered in sand and being carried on the beach
(Image credit: Oukitel)

The best rugged tablets are less easy to damage if you're clumsy, and can work in the harshest environments. So whether you work for the military or public utilities, industry or the emergency services, you'll find your tablet is able to cope with drops, shocks, dust, dirt, rain, vibrations and extreme temperatures.

Just like the best rugged laptops, the tablets on our list are thoroughly tested and certified to military standards, so your hardware and precious data will stay highly protected, even if the case of accidents or harsh environments. Yes, you'll have to pay more than for a normal tablet, but you'll be able to use them in a much wider range of situations and environments.

Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.