Tight Seal

The Seals VR7 rugged mobile phone from Seals Technologies is designed to withstand harsh conditions. It’s waterproof to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, and resistant to more than 800 pounds of pressure. The GSM phone has a 2-inch, TFT QVGA 262,000-color screen, and the 2-megapixel camera also works under water. The battery supplies 12 hours of talk time and up to 1,500 hours of standby time. The device resists dust, dirt, shocks and drops. The phone also offers Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi, and supports GSM 900/1800/1900 and EDGE/GPRS networks.

Clean Slate

The Hewlett-Packard Slate 500 is a Windows 7 touchscreen tablet with an Intel Atom processor Z540 (1.86 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB) and 8.9-inch WSVGA wide-viewing angle touchscreen (1024x600 or 1024x768 for some applications). The 1.5-pound tablet comes with a 64 GB solid state flash module and an integrated 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + HS combo. The Slate 500 contains 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and an external USB 2.0 CD/DVD R/RW drive is available on some models. The battery lasts up to five hours.

Air Travel

The 1.4 GHz, 11-inch Apple MacBook Air has 2 GB of memory, 64 GB solid state flash storage and weighs 2.3 pounds. The notebook offers 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics. The battery lasts up to seven hours, with up to 30 days of standby time. It includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for wireless peripherals and two USB ports. The notebook includes a built-in camera, microphone and stereo speakers. The MacBook Air is also available in a 13-inch model.

Miriam Jones  |  Chief Copy Editor

Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.