Fujitsu Forum 2013: view to human centric intelligent society

Munich in Autumn isn’t maybe the most predictable travel target but for many decision-makers, experts, project managers, IT architects, consultants and users it’s the place to go when Fujitsu’s largest IT-event in Europe took place on 6th and 7th November. I was one of the invited bloggers to visit Fujitsu Forum 2013 and again it was very insightful and exciting two days. With the motto “Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society” there were over 11,000 attendees around the world getting new information and looking for strategic and operative options for modernising and developing their IT.

Fujitsu Forum 2013

Fujitsu Forum 2013 in Munich is Fujitsu’s largest IT-event in Europe and was this year attended by more than 11,000 IT experts from around the world. With keynotes, breakout sessions, expert talks, exhibition and evening event the Fujitsu Forum is good place to get new information and looki for strategic and operative options for modernising and developing IT. Just like last year, I was invited by Fujitsu LIFEBOOK4Life campaign with three other insiders aka bloggers to spend couple of days at the Forum and to get insight what the future of IT might look like.

This year the Forum was held with the motto “Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society” and the focus was more about how the technology affects us and how we can make it work for us. Or in business words: “How to combine business processes and IT to form a stable basis that will ensure growth and success in the future.” The main topic was reworked from last years’ “Reshaping ICT – Reshaping Business” and the ICT trend could be easily seen from the buzzwords I heard also this year. Consumerization, BYOD, tablets, virtualization, in-sync, cloud and “One workplace – on any device” were still hot topics but maybe not so strong than last year as most of the hype has passed.

Fujitsu Forum 2013 starts
L4L team and insiders at press lounge

Sessions

Our great LIFEBOOK4LIFE team had planned two keynotes and one breakout session which meant the days wouldn’t be so packed and we would have time to share our insights and to stroll at the Exhibition area.

We started with Defining Your Workplace Strategy: Our Recommendation to IT breakout session by Meinolf Althaus (Fujitsu) who told us how to manage the different users’ needs for the workplace. The three points were: Analyze your users and create user profiles (one size does not fit all); Accommodate multiple devices, operating systems, delivery technologies; Rely on a partner which offers an end-to-end portfolio.

Last year we missed the opening keynote but this year we were wiser. The opening keynote provided a view to Fujitsu’s technology and services vision: human centric intelligent society. The keynote presented the idea behind the “human centric intelligent society” vision and also the exhibition was also built on the three dimensions presented on the keynote: Technology and infrastructure and integration (optimize ict systems from end to end); process and information (power business and society with information); people and innovation (create innovation through people). The main point was that we are in a global village and virtually everything and everybody are connected in one extensive network. But with global village come some challenges both in business and society sense. For example social media is more pervasive and the volume of information is astounding. The question is, how do you mine, analyze and act upon that data? For more detailed information check Marco Rossi’s short recap of the session and how Fujitsu’s services address this topic.

Our last session was on Thursday and I have always liked Dr. Reger’s presentations which are both informative, clever and witty. The CIO Session: “All things considered” – How the internet of things changes our world gave us good ideas what are the technology trends that are going to affect our lives and businesses in the next few years and how the world could look like when every possible machine has it’s own IP address.

Internet of things = there is no people and cat has IP address – Dr. Joseph Reger

In short “All things considered human centric intelligent society is the internet done right. The job is done by the things for the people. Internet of things will make our lives more complex but with multiple opportunities.”. The road to Internet of things isn’t yet paved and there are still many problems to solve like starting with IPv6 becoming mainstream, standards to control the devices and security issues. Reger gave some Sci-Fi like examples what kind of possibilities the Internet of things will present to help our everyday life for example by sensing different things and acting based on that information. It’s worth to check out the video recording of the session from the Documentation or read the written recap by Fujitsu’s Marco Rossi.

Virtually everything and everybody are connected
Everything will have IP address, like light bulb

Overall, I have to admit I didn’t get a good grasp about the message of the Fujitsu Forum 2013 which had a bit different aspect to cover than last year. The same ideas were on the background but from my Fujitsu Forum 2012 insights the message is easier to pinpoint: “The work and workplace is changing to support mobility and working anywhere anytime. The borders between business and private life are blurring, consumerization (same devices home and work) and BYOD (bring your own device) are coming more common. We should think more about user-oriented workplace. In the future the devices we use will be more diverse and we have more of them. Thus there will be need for virtualization, syncing data and support for “One workplace – on any device” ideology. Different tasks have different needs for the device so we need a dynamic desktop experience.” Maybe the topic felt this year more vague as I attended two keynotes which had more abstract than concrete ideas how the workplace might look like compared to last years’ three breakout sessions.

If you weren’t able to attend the Forum or some particular session you can re-experience the Fujitsu Forum 2013 and watch or download the presentations from Fujitsu Forum 2013 documentation page.

Exhibition

Between the breakout sessions and keynotes we had time to check out the exhibition are with 250 highlights from the portfolio offered by Fujitsu and its partners. I especially liked innovative ideas like The Office 21: Intelligent Desk which showed how to make the physical desk better and the unified communication & collaboration setup (article by FujitsuFans.com) which presented how video conferencing and sharing ideas can work more seamlessly. I also didn’t know that Fujitsu also makes ATMs.

Some highlight from the exhibition in 15 seconds: ATM, retail solution, unified communications, U904, T904, mainboards, displays, Eternus parts, intelligent desk, cad.

And of course as a technology geek getting my hands on to Fujitsu’s new LIFEBOOKs Ultrabooks with IGZO display was nice. Both the versatile T904 convertible ultrabook/tablet and the ultra-slim U904 were beautiful devices and I especially liked how the RJ-45 port was designed. Also the semi-rugged STYLISTIC Q704 tablet had nice use cases and accessories to support it.

The Office 21: Intelligent Desk
360 degree video conferences and collaboration

For more detailed information about the different topics presented at the Exhibition check the Fujitsu Fans -blog with the forum tag and the YouTube playlist. I just don’t understand how Abassin who keeps the Fujitsu Fans blog (MixBlogeu in YouTube) had time to do so many hands-ons and interviews at the Forum :) If you’re interested to know more about the new LIFEBOOK Ultrabooks U904 and T904 check the hands-on articles from the Fujitsu Fan blog as they present nicely what kind of Ultrabooks they are.

LIFEBOOK Ultrabooks with innovative RJ45 port
Hologram showcase

For visual view and to get the overall feeling of the Fujitsu Forum 2013, Fujitsu DE has made day 1 impressions and day 2 impressions in pictures on Flickr.

Networking and entertainment

And lest the whole two days be just about technical topics there was an Oktoberfest themed evening event on Wednesday. This year the event provided something different and was more social than previous years’ concerts with Anastacia (2011) and Amy McDonald (2012) which were also nice. At the “Oktoberfest” there were special Bavarian dishes, such as crispy roast chicken (Hendl), spiced strips of pork belly (Hüttenspeck) and of course pretzels (Obatzda und Brezn) and excellent beer. And it was not just food and drinks as there were playful games like sawing a log, throwing a pint, hammering nails and throwing balls. If the games weren’t for you, you could take a ride in a carousel, ferris wheel or swing (schauke).

Oktoberfest by Fujitsu Forum 2013. G’suffa.
Accidentally half a chicken. And weissbeer.

The Oktoberfest atmosphere was something like this:

Summary

Fujitsu Forum 2013 is over but the new insights are just starting to form up to new ideas how to do things better. This was my third visit to the Forum and every year has been interesting and a bit different and great on their own kind of way. This year the sessions, keynotes, I listened were more about ideas than doing and they gave a good view how the future might look like with trends like Internet of things and how Fujitsu sees the future and business through their “human centric intelligent society” vision. I also got to see great looking Ultrabooks, interesting new concepts and products and I really liked the Oktoberfest themed evening event which was more social than previous years’ concerts.

The three days in Munich went fast and it was again great to visit Fujitsu Forum and to see other Insiders and the campaign crew. Thanks LIFEBOOK4Life and Fujitsu.

Fujitsu Forum 2013

Getting ready for Fujitsu Forum 2013

In two weeks time it’s again that time of the year when business- and IT decision-makers, experts and specialists, project managers and IT architects, consultants and users travel to Germany to visit Fujitsu’s largest IT-event in Europe: Fujitsu Forum 2013. And that’s also the destination where I’m going as I’m one of the bloggers invited by Fujitsu’s Lifebook4Life campaign to visit the forum. This year the event is held 6th and 7th November at the ICM in Munich and there will probably be over 12,000 attendees around the world getting insights and looking for strategic and operative options for modernizing and developing their IT.

The motto this year, “Reshaping ICT, Reshaping Business and Society”, highlights the key theme that is addressed by all aspects of the event: How to combine business processes and IT to form a stable basis that will ensure growth and success in the future. So what can you expect from Fujitsu Forum 2013? The event overview gives you some idea about the different topics covered but let’s look which events I’m looking forward to the most.

The presentations I picked from Keynotes and the list of 52 Breakout Sessions for my Fujitsu Forum 2013 agenda span all of the three conference tracks, “Create innovation through people”, “Power Business and Society with information” and “Optimize ICT systems from end to end”, and cover topics like cloud services, creating value from enabling innovative IT models with mobile technologies and information security and data protection. Overall I selected 10 sessions to my agenda but pruned it to one Keynote and four Breakouts as you don’t have time for every interesting topic.

Defining Your Workplace Strategy: Our Recommendation to IT by Meinolf Althaus (Fujitsu), 6 November, 10:00, Room 13b

Adopting new computing devices and delivering concepts to provide optimized workplaces for the different user roles within a company present a new challenge. An optimized end-to-end selection, from back-end to workplace devices and a suitable combination of desktop delivery methods is essential to guarantee high availability, flexibility and user satisfaction. This session looks at the various ways to identify the ideal workplace strategy.

Leveraging Advanced ICT to Support Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision by Tatsuo Tomita (Fujitsu), 6 November, 13:00, Room 4

Leveraging ICT to generate New Value for society is essential to enable sustainable growth and advancement of societies. This session highlights how Fujitsu’s R&D is being leveraged toward realizing a Human Centric Intelligent Society envisioned by Fujitsu, by supporting the Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision, to be achieved through Three Actions: Create Innovation through People’s Activities; Power Business and Society with Information; and Optimize ICT Systems from End to End. We introduce how it will contribute to societal growth and realization of a prosperous society in which people can thrive.

Intelligent Workplace. Greater Efficiency. Here is the answer! by Anand Srivatsa (Intel) and Dieter Heiss (Fujitsu), 6 November, 16:00, Room 13a

There are fundamental changes taking place in society, new technology and changing demands are redesigning the workplace. The enterprise workplace will dramatically improve interactions across applications and between workers, driving productivity and improvements in work quality. This session will show you how new technologies support you at your workplace and how to ensure efficiency in and outside the office.

Keynote: The CIO Session by Dr. Joseph Reger (Fujitsu) and Ed Goldman (Intel), 7th November, 10:00

“All things considered” – How the internet of things changes our world

Powering Healthcare Information – improve and secure the healthcare data value chain by Lester Russel (Fujitsu), 7 November, 12:00, Room 5

Healthcare costs are rising and the burden of managing long term conditions threatens to destabilize whole economies. Clinical information has to flow smoothly to ensure a seamless patient journey through the healthcare system and the safe practice of medicine has special requirements in terms of the data value chain. The right information, in the right place, at the right time. This session will give examples of how IT can power healthcare in new and exciting ways and underpin the radically different processes we need to adopt, if we are to avoid meltdown in our healthcare systems.

And of course you should not forget the Exhibition with 250 highlights from the portfolio offered by Fujitsu and its partners which has always been interesting. I’m looking forward to get hands-on with Fujitsu’s new LIFEBOOKs with IGZO display like the versatile T904 and the ultra-slim U904 and check out the semi-rugged STYLISTIC Q704 tablet.

And lest the whole two days be just about technical topics there’s the Oktoberfest themed Evening Event on Wednesday. Excellent entertainment and networking opportunity with drinks together with special Bavarian dishes, such as crispy roast chicken (Hendl), spiced strips of pork belly (Hüttenspeck), bread and dripping (Schmalzbrot), chive bread, savory cheese spread with pretzels (Obatzda und Brezn). Hmmm, and now I’m hungry :)

Until then, read about my insights from last year’s Fujitsu Forum 2012 where I was invited by Fujitsu’s Lifebook4Life campaign and follow me on Twitter (@walokra) for upcoming insights from Fujitsu Forum 2013. See you all on 6th and 7th November at the ICM in Munich.

Insights to future workplace from Fujitsu Forum 2012

This year my Autumn holiday was a bit different as I was one of the four bloggers who were invited by Fujitsu’s LIFEBOOK4Life campaign to visit Fujitsu Forum 2012 in Munich to hear about how the future workplace might look like and to experience new technologies to support that. We also got a tour at Fujitsu’s factory in Augsburg which provided some views how computers are made from mainboards to final product. The three days in Germany were insightful and fun. How can you not like to hear about new ideas, see innovative things, meet new people and of course experience the excellent German food and beer.

Fujitsu Forum is the largest IT-event in Europe which is visited by professional users and IT decision-makers, as well as Fujitsu channel and technology partners. In 2012 more than 12,000 IT experts from around the world attended the Fujitsu Forum in Munich. And I was one of them invited by Fujitsu LIFEBOOK4Life campaign with three other bloggers (called Insiders). The chance I wrote last time came true. Our trip to Fujitsu Forum 2012 was scheduled to contain breakout sessions and keynotes on Wednesday and a tour at the Fujitsu factory in Augsburg on Thursday.

This year the Forum’s motto was “Reshaping ICT – Reshaping Business”: How to combine business processes and IT to form a stable basis that will ensure growth and success in the future. Kind of redefinition of last year’s “Reshaping IT” theme. In short some buzzwords I heard most were: consumerization, BYOD, tablets, virtualization, in-sync, cloud and win 8. “One workplace – on any device”.

First day, Wednesday 7.11


photo by Kim Ekman, Vision 51

The first day at the Forum was full of exciting breakout sessions and keynotes and the exhibition area provided some innovative ideas and services from Fujitsu and technology partners. And of course you got to test new devices like Windows 8 enabled STYLISTIC Q572 -tablet with AMD Hondo platform and STYLISTIC Q702 hybrid tablet with Intel Core i3/i5. There were also some prototypes of future Fujitsu products.

The breakout sessions and keynotes provided some good insights about how the future workplace might look like, which decisions and technologies are needed to support that and what kind of tools are we using in the future. In short the three breakout sessions I listened “Has the Post-Pc Era Begun – What will be on your desktop tomorrow”, “The War Between Enduser Devices” and “Tablets & More – Cool scenarios for hot devices” can be summed to words: consumerization, byod, tablets, virtualization, in-sync, cloud and win 8. “One workplace – on any device”. The materials for all sessions can be found at Fujitsu Forum 2012 documentation page.

The three breakout sessions’ ideas about the future of workplace and tools were similar what I think about the issue: the work and workplace is changing to support mobility and working anywhere anytime. Some of the driving actors for this is that the borders between business and private life are blurring, consumerization (same devices home and work) and BYOD (bring your own device) are coming more common. We should think more about user-oriented workplace. Although the mobile computing is big the traditional desktop computing model isn’t going anywhere as there is always need for more computing power, larger screen, data protection and security.

In the future the devices we use will be more diverse and we have more of them. Thus there will be need for virtualization, syncing data and support for “One workplace – on any device” ideology. Different tasks have different needs for the device so we need a dynamic desktop experience. The sessions also provided some views about the tablets’ platforms and in Western Europe Windows, iOS and Android will be about equals in strength. It will be seen. It was said about Windows 8 that there will be a challenge with transition and touch monitors are needed to deliver significant impact on Win 8.

There were also some suggestions about the devices which can support our future workplace needs. At the desktop we could find the ESPRIMO X -series which has integrated desktop computer at the base of the monitor and the same form factor works in multiple use cases. And with the integrated Web camera with presence sensor you can lock the screen when leaving and login with face detection. Crafty. For the mobility aspects there are STYLISTIC Q572 and Q702 tablets and for laptop needs you have Ultrabooks LIFEBOOK U772 and more traditional LIFEBOOK T902.

After the day at the sessions and exhibition area it was time for lunch. A nice buffet with currywurst, burger and Weissbier. The final event for the day was Celebration Night with some comedians with guitars and then the stage was open for Amy McDonald. It was a nice gig by Amy but last year’s Anastacia was better :)

Second day, Thursday 8.11

The second day for us at the Fujitsu Forum 2012 was dedicated to for a tour at Fujitsu’s factory in Augsburg. It was kind of surprising to see how many workers there are although the automation percent was something like 85-90. Some mainboard components and checking is more easy to do by humans. Also the storage and putting things together were done manually.


After the visit to the factory it was more or less free time to roam the exhibition area because we didn’t have time for anymore sessions or keynotes. At the exhibition we found about Fraunhofer’s nLightened workplace with touch, rotate, scan, change light, adjust hight features and which runs on top of Linux. Again we saw the Made4You customization service which engraves with laser any product you want. Like my Twitter name and Fujitsu Forum 2012 hashtag to a metal cased pen.

The second day was interesting and it looked like there was some party starting when the Insiders and moderators had to head back home. It would have been fun to spend some more days in Munich but as usual the work calls.

Summary

Fujitsu Forum 2012 provided insights and ideas about how the future workplace might look like and we got to experience new technologies to support that. The three days in Munich went (too) fast and it was again great to visit Fujitsu Forum and to see other Insiders and LIFEBOOK4Life crew. Thanks LIFEBOOK4Life and Fujitsu.

If you want to read more check out what Antonia wrote about our trip to campaign site and Aba from FujitsuFans.com has made some previews and reports from the Forum.

Fujitsu Forum 2012 has insights for the future of IT

Germany is known for it’s technology expos like CeBIT but for more detailed and in depth view about the state of information technology you might want to go to Fujitsu Forum like I did a year ago invited by LIFEBOOK4Life. This year it’s held November 7th and 8th at the ICM in Munich and enables you to get an insight what the Japanese multinational information technology equipment and services company and world’s third-largest IT services provider thinks about information technology and where the IT is going.

Fujitsu Forum is the largest IT-event in Europe which is visited by professional users and IT decision-makers, as well as Fujitsu channel and technology partners. In 2011 more than 10,000 IT experts from around the world attended the Fujitsu Forum in Munich. And I was one of them invited by Fujitsu LIFEBOOK4Life campaign. As I’m a LIFEBOOK4Life Insider there’s a chance to visit the Forum also this year so let’s look what events I’m looking forward to the most and why I would want to visit those.

Fujitsu Forum 2012’s motto is “Reshaping ICT – Reshaping Business”: How to combine business processes and IT to form a stable basis that will ensure growth and success in the future. Kind of redefinition of last year’s “Reshaping IT” theme. With keynotes, breakout sessions, exhibition area and expert talks there is plenty for everyone to see and listen. But as I last year got to experience the time is not enough for everything so you must choose your own agenda which is made easier with the Individual Agenda Builder.

My agenda contains mainly topics about how the workplace in changing and what new devices there is to expect and their use cases. As a software developer the technical development affects the software and provides new innovative ways to use software. So it’s good to know which things are just around the corner or little further away. Here is my take of the events I look forward to the most (my Fujitsu Forum 2012 Agenda, pdf). I think the events’ descriptions tell all the reasons to participate. It was hard to pick just three but managed to get it down to one Keynote and two Breakout Sessions.

Keynotes – strategic perspectives:

Keynotes are addressing the questions like “The direction of future IT developments?”, “Which technologies will be on the CIO agenda?” and “What strategic factors will be of importance to decision-makers?” and although as working in a big corporation it would be interesting to know how the CIO thinks, as a tech geek more interesting one is the future IT development. From the Keynote sessions I would attend “Deriving Value from the Connected Economy”.

“Deriving Value from the Connected Economy” by Benno Zollner, Fujitsu and Kim Stevenson, Intel:

The world is changing as new technologies enable information, opinions and idea sharing like never before. Such rapid evolution is breaking down the barriers for creating businesses and economic value. We see an opportunity to harness the knowledge and ideas of the world’s population as large- scale business potential. We have tools available to be ahead of the curve in supporting this transition; and more solutions become available. Having the right strategy to produce solutions customers want, leverage technology and enable employees is paramount. Inspiring examples of the strategies and tools that are needed to pace ahead of these transitions and enable value creation for company.

Breakout Sessions – IT perspectives:

There is around 50 breakout sessions which discuss technologies, best practices and innovative solutions that are relevant to the modernization and further development of IT so you can’t attend every one of them. For more business oriented people there is “the benefits and threats of the cloud”, “in-memory computing for “big data”” and “solutions for data centers that cut costs and increase IT flexibility” but for technology oriented geeks hearing about “new developments in IT mobility” and “behind-the-scenes looks at current IT-research” is something to look forward to. So “Tablets & More – Cool scenarios for hot devices” and “The War between Enduser Devices” are obvious choices.

“Tablets & More – Cool scenarios for hot devices” by Meinolf Althaus, Fujitsu

Media tablets and mobile centric applications are new top priorities for business users and IT. How can combinations of current and new technologies help you to securely and efficiently merge the opportunities offered by business and privately owned devices? Find out about the effective and secure blend of accessing business and private IT environments from new mobile devices.

“The War between Enduser Devices” by Thomas Meyer, IDC

New formats for enduser devices are appearing very quickly. Netbooks, Ultrabooks, Tablets, new types of thin clients and also operating systems such as Android are raining down on IT departments. This analyst presentation looks at what can be expected in the near future. Which device for which purpose and how to deal with such a complex range.

Expert Talks – specialist know-how transfer:

Sometimes a specific in-depth know-how is required and Expert Talks are the place to attend. They are focused on specific topics and supplement the strategic approaches outlined in the keynotes and the concrete information presented in the breakout sessions with specialist discussions in small groups. Expert Talks are ideal for those who want to exchange information, discuss specific issues in detail and share ideas with other specialists. There is many topics to choose like “How to mitigate the headache caused by BYOD?”, “Secure your valuable data: Easy to use and scaleable security solution”, “Android tablets in Business Environment – A challenge for CIOs?”, “New LIFEBOOK notebooks meet trend of consumerization” and “Oracle Applications Strategy”. Would like to go couple of those but my agenda is already full.

And between the events it’s a must to visit the exhibition which holds 3,500 square meters of innovations and presents over 250 highlights from Fujitsu and its partners. For example I look forward to get hands-on with Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702 hybrid tablet PC and Windows 8 running on new touch devices and hear about a brand new way of running desktop environments.

But there is also something more. On the Wednesday evening singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald takes the stage at the Fujitsu Intel Celebration Night. Not to forget the delicious bratwursts and weissbier which I hope are provided also this year :) Technology, entertainment and nourishment: what could a professional user wish more?

Fujitsu Forum holds many interesting keynotes, sessions, insights and experiences which I last year got to experience. The chance to do it again this year is open so let’s hope I get to travel to Germany for Fujitsu Forum 2012 experience, meet other Insiders and see NDA devices like last year the Ultrabooks which Fujitsu released this Summer.

LIFEBOOK4Life Ultra Test Flight adventure starts

Fujitsu’s LIFEBOOK4Life is here again with “Ultra Test Flight” and new challenges for Insiders. This year it’s about Ultrabooks and the Autumn will be full of interesting tasks to fulfill. In the end if successful the Insiders can keep their Ultrabooks, be it U772 or U572. Last year I took part in Fujitsu’s “LIFEBOOK4Life: Accept no boundaries” campaign and tested LIFEBOOK S761 laptop. It was very interesting couple of months. This year is not going to be any different and looks like it will be even more exciting.

LIFEBOOK4Life: Ultra Test Flight challenges 40 independent IT- and lifestyle-bloggers (called Insiders) from all over the world to a quest through virtual airport passing all stations from check-in to the gate. Each station contains a solo and a group task in which the Insiders unveil the features of Fujitsu’s Ultrabooks (U772 and U572) in aspects of mobility, reliability, elegance, connectivity and security. In the end if an Insider solves at least seven test tasks he or she can keep the Ultrabook. There is also extra bonuses with a change to go to Fujitsu Forum 2012 in Munich, which I went last year, and the Top 10. will get a flight voucher.

There are total of 10 test tasks and couple of extra tasks for the enthusiasts. Last year there was overall of 15 tasks but unfortunately the project site is not available anymore. It was and will be quite brain teasing and interesting to solve those with travel themed and somewhat tongue-in-cheek like articles. For example “mobility” contains a task to pack a lightweight luggage with the five items and “security” is about discussing and showing which security feature is your favorite. “Elegance” is for thin-telligence and design & style as “connectivity” is for 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE. And the fifth theme “reliability” is about features which combine German engineering with Japanese quality.

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U772 unboxed

LIFEBOOK4Life: Ultra Test Flight started last Friday which was convenient as the same day I got my package from the local post office. As usual, everything starts with unboxing and as a special Silver Insider (last year went the extra mile and expressed extraordinary commitment) my package contained a red LIFEBOOK U772. In short: Intel Core i5-3427U (2.8 GHz, 3 MB), 4 GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 14″ 1366 x 768 LED backlight and Anti-glare screen, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4, 3G/UMTS, 4G/LTE, (WxDxH): 327 x 225 x 15.6 mm and 1.4 kg. I will later write a short review about it.

The project has also something for everyone. You who can take part in a raffle and win a flight. To improve your chances of winning you can earn badges which gives you an extra raffle ticket. Just comment on 10 different blog articles, “Like” 10 different blog articles, share 3 articles with your friends on Facebook and log in on 6 different days.

You can follow my quest at the LIFEBOOK4Life site from my profile or follow me in Twitter.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Tablets have become more and more common in recent years and I have thought about getting one but haven’t quite got myself to buying one. Too many choices and didn’t know if I really needed one. When Fujitsu suggested to test their new Stylistic M532 Android tablet in part of their Lifebook4Life project i gladly took the opportunity. Couple of days later the postman brought their brand new 10″ Android tablet which is powered by quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and has 1280×800 resolution screen, 1 GB memory, 32 GB flash and weights 560 grams. In Finland it costs about 612 euros.

Fujitsu Stylistic M532

In short Fujitsu Stylistic M532 is a 10″ business grade Android tablet powered by quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB memory, 32 GB flash and has 1280×800 resolution Gorilla Glass protected LED backlighted and glossy screen. By 8.6 mm thickness and 560 grams it’s a bit slimmer and lighter than Apple’s new iPad (660g, 9,4mm). It runs vanilla Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has 8 Mpix and 2 Mpix cameras. The black bezel has no physical buttons, is rounded by a red metal trim and the back is covered by rubber like material which gives you a good grip. Physically and visually it stands out from the crowd of Android tablets. In positive sense. The connectivity is enabled with Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G and you can extend storage with microSD card. Charging is handled by proprietary dock-connector at the bottom. There’s also microUSB connector (can’t be used for charging) and 3,5mm audio plugin.

The tablet’s performance is great and test results are in line with other Tegra 3 powered tablets (see results below). Movies and games ran without problems and with 32 GB storage plus microSD extension it would be a great traveling companion. But the most surprising thing is that the tablet has only 3,170 mAh battery as almost any other manufacture has over double the power. New iPad has 11,560 mAh and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has 7000 mAh. And as the charging is done only by docking connector you always have to carry it around on longer trips. And depending on what you want to do with your tablet the camera isn’t so good. In general tablets are lousy devices for taking pictures and although M532 has an 8 Mpix camera I would use any other available camera (test picture), eg. my HTC Sensation. You need a steady hand and good light to take decent pictures. I take the 2 Mpix front camera is fine for video conferences.

In overall, during my couple of weeks use of the Stylistic M532 tablet I found it convincing with visual appearance, physical structure, feel of robustness and performance and although it stands out of the crowd it isn’t really something to be excited about. Just like you could imagine a business grade tablet to be. And after work you can take it home with you for entertainment use. It’s light enough to hold easily and was pleasing to use for reading ebooks, news and seeing lecture videos. Also the games ran fast. Battery life is moderate compared to competition but I didn’t find it as a problem in my use but the glossy screen was sometimes annoying. The preinstalled apps are good extra for corporate users.

For more detailed review with videos you can check Aba Müller’s review in Lifebook4Life blog and read TechRadar’s verdict.

Technical details

  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra 3 T30S, Quad-Core ARM Cortex A9, 1.4 GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB Flash
  • Interfaces: SIM card slot, MicroSD (SDHC) slot, Audio, Micro USB, Dock connector
  • Display: 10.1″ (25.7cm), TFT, 1280 x 800 (WXGA), Gorilla Glass
  • Camera: 8 Mpix with flash, 2 Mpix front
  • Battery: 3,170mAh, video playback 8.4 h, charging 2.7 h
  • Muuta: 2x speakers, built-in microphone
  • Antennas: 2x dual band WLAN, 3G (UMTS), GPS, Bluetooth 3.0
  • WLAN: AzureWave AW-AH663 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 3G: Integrated Huawei MU739 module, HSPA+ (downlink 21 MBit/s, uplink 5.76 MBit/s)
  • Sensors: 3-axis Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetic Field Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
  • Weight: 560 g
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 262.6 x 175.4 x 8.6 mm

The tablet can be equipped with accessories like a dock with 2 USB ports and HDMI and the travel dock provides 1 USB port and HDMI. Also the tablet sleeve functions as a stand.

Performance

I quickly tested tablet’s performance with Quadrant, Vellamo, Rightware Taiji, GLBenchmark 2.5, Antutu 2.9, SunSpider 0.9.1 and Peacekeeper. Considering raw performance the Stylistic M532 is in line with other Tegra 3 based tablets.

Results

  • Quadrant: 4463
  • Vellamo: 1405
  • Rightware Taiji: 19,65
  • GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt Classic C16Z16: 5818 frames, 51 fps
  • GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt Classic C16Z16 Offscreen: 3306 frames, 29 fps
  • Antutu 2.9: 11157 (cpu 6627, gpu 1449, ram 2575, i/o 506)
  • SunSpider 0.9.1: 1708,5ms (1,3%)
  • Peacekeeper: Chrome 18, 417; Safari, 350; Firefox 15, 325

Preinstalled software

Fujitsu markets the tablet for businesses and as a Bring-your-own-device tablet and thus provides it with some preinstalled software for work related tasks. Otherwise it is just like any other Android tablet and isn’t equipped with manufacturer’s user interface customizations like Samsung and HTC tends to do.

For office documents the tablet is equipped with ThinkFree Office which provides MS Office 2007 (OOXML) compatible document, spreadsheet and presentation editing. Remote access to business applications can be done with Citrix Receiver, VMWare View Client and iTap Mobile RDP apps which are Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) applications. Nitrodesk TouchDown keeps you email, contacts and calendar in sync with Exchange ActiveSync.

Norton Tablet Security with one year subscription keeps the tablet free of malware and viruses and combined with Norton Anti-Theft you can keep track of it in case of theft. Also with Absolute Computrace Mobile you can track the device and secure the data on the tablet.

Other preinstalled apps are ES File explorer for browsing and managing the files in the tablet and you can also access files from servers like Fujitsu Q700 NAS server. And for multimedia center there’s CyberLink’s PowerDVD.

One essential application for tablets is splittable keyboard which doesn’t come with Android 4.0 or preinstalled. The default on-screen keyboard is way too wide to use comfortable and by splitting it by half you get separate numpad and arrow keys. One possible free app for this is Open Split Keyboard.

Summary

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 is business grade Android tablet which also works for home and entertainment use. It convinces with good performance, build quality, feel of robustness and visual appearance. It stands out of the crowd but isn’t really something to be excited about. Which is a good quality for a business grade device. Battery life is moderate compared to competition and glossy screen is sometimes annoying. The preinstalled apps are good extra for corporate users but most of them can be bought from Google Play. Both WiFi and 3G connectivity enables you to connect easily where you want and microSD slot provides more storage if needed. It lefts little to be wanted and is a sleek and accomplished device.

Pros:

  • Performance
  • Robust and build quality
  • Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • microSD slot

Cons:

  • Moderate battery life
  • Glossy screen

Fujitsu Stylistic M532 is a robust 10″ Android tablet and it would be interesting to compare the Stylistic M532 against the competition from eg. Samsung and Asus. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tested by The Verge sounds on paper very interesting with pen functionality and all but at least The Verge said it was “Disappointing although S Pen works well”. Mostly the issues were with TouchWiz and build quality but the better drawing ability would make a big difference with prototyping applications and stuff. Other interesting devices are Asus’ Transformer Pad hybrid tablets like TF300 and TF700T which are more or less comparable in specifications, performance and price with Stylistic M532. And some people would compare Apples to oranges but as iOS provides features you can’t get with Android tablets and likewise the comparison isn’t meaningful.