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Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Fujitsu's business tablet lacks many exclusively business features

Our Verdict

Fujitsu has crafted an impressive Android ICS tablet and, whether for business or pleasure, this is a decent buy.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel

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For

  • Full HD Gorilla Glass display
  • Free Norton Tablet Security
  • 3G compatability
  • microSD connectivity

Against

  • No HDMI connectivity
  • Tinny speakers
  • Average battery life
  • YouTube lag

After Fujitsu's unimpressive tablet debut with the business-focused Stylistic Q550, we weren't holding out much hope for the Japanese company's follow-up, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532. As it turns out, we needn't have worried. Fujitsu has executed a complete U-turn and given us a tablet that can compete with heavyweights such as the Toshiba AT200, Asus Transformer Pad 300 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Although the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 is aimed primarily at business users, Fujitsu has dropped the Windows 7 operating system of the Stylistic Q550 and opted for Android this time around. There could be no other way.

Although Windows 7 offers by far the widest number of business applications, its performance on a tablet compared to Android is like comparing Sunday league football with the Premier League.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Not only is the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 offering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box, it also has an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor tucked inside running the whole show, 1GB RAM, 32GB SSD storage and an 8MP rear-facing camera.

So, when it comes to performance, Fujitsu has certainly made sure the Stylistic M532 has got the minerals.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

This device is aimed at taking on the top tier of Android tablets, and the price reflects that. Although the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 has yet to be released, Fujitsu told us to expect a full retail price of £476 (around $745), which puts it competitively among the likes of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Asus Transformer Prime, not to mention the new iPad.

Of course, the real question remains: is it worth it? Well, we've spent some serious time with Fujitsu's new baby in order to find out exactly that.

Features

Fujitsu has opted for a 10.1-inch form factor with the Fujitsu Stylistic M532, and has kept the chassis down to a pleasingly slim 8.6mm (0.34 inches). That's as thick as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the new iPad - at 9.4mm thick - is portly by comparison.

Luckily, there's no hidden weight anywhere, and the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tips the scales at only 560g (1.23lbs). In one hand this weight becomes noticeable after a time, but if you're using both it's light as a feather.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

The back of the tablet has been given a soft, rubberised plastic coating, similar to the one found on the reverse of the BlackBerry PlayBook. This doesn't look as attractive as the aluminium of the new iPad, or even budget machines such as the Disgo 9104, but we can't argue with the functionality. The rubbery black coating is easy to grip, and you won't find it getting covered with smudgy fingerprints, either. That's just the screen.

There's only so much you can do with the aesthetics of a tablet, but Fujitsu has thrown a little of its trademark red onto the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 by way of a trim around the outside. The jury's out as to whether this cheapens the look of the tablet, but in our opinion it adds a good design touch that helps to differentiate it from the legions of similar devices.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Thanks to Android 4.0's soft key arrangement, there aren't any physical buttons on the front of the Fujitsu Stylistic M532, and this really helps make it look better. The bezel isn't tiny, but then it isn't massive either – just big enough for the Fujitsu branding at the bottom of the tablet and the front-facing 2.0MP camera lens at the top.

In fact, the only buttons you'll find on the entire tablet are the on/off switch on the top of the device and the volume up/down on the right-hand side.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Below the volume controls is the micro USB port and space for a micro SIM card and microSD storage expansion. Yes, that's right – the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 features both 3G connectivity and microSD storage. These are two features often overlooked on the majority of tablets, and the fact that Fujitsu has included them is enough to merit a slow, appreciative nod of the head on our part.

Even without the microSD card, you still get 32GB of SSD storage inside the Fujitsu Stylistic M532, which is generous for the price.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

The only other connection, besides the 3.5mm headphone jack, is the Fujitsu proprietary port on the base of the tablet, used for charging and the like. The hope is that, à la Apple, we might see some docking stations and other peripherals that take advantage of this before the year is through.

Given that the screen is about the most important part of any tablet, how does the Fujitsu's hold up to scrutiny? Quite well, as it happens. The 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass display has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and excellent viewing angles. All the .MOV, .AVI and .MKV files we threw at it played perfectly, and we were able to settle down for a couple of hours with several HD episodes of Game of Thrones.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

However, as ever, the glossy screen ran into trouble when we watched in bright light. And although the brightness on the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 can be boosted, it wasn't enough for outside viewing.

Even so, you'll get a lot of viewing time from the Fujitsu Stylistic M532. Fujitsu quotes the lithium polymer battery inside the tablet will give you 9.5 hours of usage. We streamed HD video continuously from a full charge until the tablet gave up after 283 minutes.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Given that streaming video is a demanding task, especially with full connectivity and performance settings, you should be able to get longer from this tablet with more conservative use.

The power itself comes courtesy of the aforementioned Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor and the 1GB of RAM that keeps Android 4.0 running smoothly – but more of that on the next page.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSPA+
Product FamilySTYLISTIC M
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30S
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameFujitsu
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)560 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyHi-bright
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Cellular Generation3G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height8.6 mm
Width262.6 mm
Depth175.4 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyLPDDR2
Product SeriesM
ManufacturerFujitsu
Product ModelM532
Product NameSTYLISTIC M532 Tablet
Product LineSTYLISTIC
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberVFY:M53200MPAD1IN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.fujitsu.com
Marketing Information

Work and Enjoy with Confidence

The Fujitsu STYLISTIC M532 is the perfect choice for business and private use by mobile professionals. The ultra-slim 25.7 cm (10.1-inch) media tablet can smoothly be integrated into your company's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), ensuring secure access to your business applications for productivity from anywhere. Corporate exchange email, calendar and contacts can easily be managed with the ready-to-use software while sensitive data remains safe behind corporate firewalls. Moreover, rich multimedia features let you unwind from work.

Package Contents
  • STYLISTIC M532 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • 1 x Micro USB to USB Cable
  • Cleaning Cloth
Limited Warranty1 Year