By Vicky Boyd

The new Apple iPad has nothing on Trimble's Yuma 2 ultra-rugged waterproof and dustproof tablet computer.


Designed with agricultural users in mind, the 2.5-pound unit can take a licking and keep on ticking, says Victoria Gagnon, Trimble vertical sales manager for agriculture/natural resources/industrial mobile computing in Corvallis, Ore.

"You don't really find computers that are as rugged as ours," she said, as she demonstrated at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., by throwing it on the ground.

A little dusty but no worse for the wear, the computer kept on working.

The Yuma 2 meets military specs for dust resistance, water resistance, vibration resistance, and heat and cold tolerant. The screen is designed to be read in broad daylight.

It is meant to be used with a stylus, although you can use a finger to touch the screen in a pinch.

It measures only 5.5 inches by 9 inches by 2 inches.

The computer comes with Microsoft Windows 7, a camera, microphone, global positioning system receiver software and a video camera. It will run just about any software that will run on Windows 7.

If you have a 3G wireless phone card, you can conduct video conferences in the field, Gagnon says.

An optional case with straps allows you to balance it on your stomach to make it easier to enter data.

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