Pelican's 1075 hard case provides rugged protection for the iPad.

Pelican's 1075 hard case provides rugged protection for the iPad.

Accessories for tablets are still being developed, but plenty of cases and mounts are currently available.

Being able to carry a tablet around is very convenient, until you don't want to carry it. That's why mounts are so useful. In cars, they can be positioned outside of the air bag zone because tablets are small, and mounts anchor the device in place to prevent it from becoming a projectile during a car crash.

Several mounts have recently debuted for various tablets. Havis has developed a docking station designed specifically for Panasonic's new A1 Android tablet that you can set on your desk or mount in a cruiser. Gamber-Johnson sells the TabCruzer for the iPad and a new universal mount that can be adjusted to fit most any tablet on the market.

If you have an iPad and plan to carry it on the job, you need the protection of a case to keep it from breaking, and OtterBox is a familiar choice. But there are other carry options as well, including a case and even a specially designed pack from Pelican.

Because ruggedized tablets are already protected, Danny Adams of tablet manufacturer Handheld US says the only true function of a case for one of his products would be to make mounting easier for certain set-ups in cars. But his company plans to sell additional optional accessories to make carrying its tablets easier. "We'll make holsters, shoulder straps, and chest mounts, so there will be many ways for officers to carry the device the way they want to," Adams says.

Related:

Tablets: The Handheld Option

Tablet Mounts and Docks

First Mobile Technologies

Gamber-Johnson

Havis

Jotto Desk

RAM Mounts

Troy Products

Tablet Cases

OtterBox

Pelican

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Melanie Basich
Melanie Basich

Melanie Basich

Managing Editor Melanie Basich joined POLICE Magazine in 2000 (when her last name was still Hamilton). An award-winning journalist, she has covered such topics as agency budgets, officer suicide, emerging law enforcement technologies, and active shooter tactics. She writes and manages the product section of POLICE.

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Managing Editor Melanie Basich joined POLICE Magazine in 2000 (when her last name was still Hamilton). An award-winning journalist, she has covered such topics as agency budgets, officer suicide, emerging law enforcement technologies, and active shooter tactics. She writes and manages the product section of POLICE.

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