Fujitsu Stylistic M532 review

Fujitsu's business tablet lacks many exclusively business features

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The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 is billed as a business tablet that you can take home with you. Or alternatively, a home device you can take to the office. But we're not really sure what makes it a business tablet, aside from a couple of pre-installed apps. The VDI apps can be downloaded for free from Google Play anyway, so all you're left with is Norton Tablet Security and ThinkFree Office.

It's nice to have 3G connectivity, but again, this isn't the only tablet that offers it.

Because of the open source nature of Android, there's always the option for businesses to load in-house bespoke software onto the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 and distribute it to employees. Should this scenario occur inside your company then thank your benevolent employer, because this is a fantastic tablet.

Why Fujitsu feels the need to market it as a business device is a mystery.

We liked

The design and build quality of this tablet is so much better than the unwieldy Stylistic Q550. Fujitsu has crafted a sleek and accomplished device with bags of power, thanks to the Tegra 3 processor and an impressive Full HD Gorilla Glass display.

We're big fans of Android, and the fact that Fujitsu has left well enough alone really works here – there's barely any clutter to wade through, and as a result, performance is silky smooth.

Also, even if you don't use them often, the inclusion of an 8MP rear-facing camera and 3G compatibility are definite positives.

We disliked

We understand that certain compromises have to be made to keep the chassis as slim as it is, and that makes it easy to forgive the Fujitsu for its slight lack of ports, but we would have appreciated some sort of HDMI connectivity alongside the micro USB, rather than having to rely on an adaptor.

Slightly better audio would also be on our wish list for any follow-up tablet from Fujitsu – although volume wasn't really a problem, there was a tinny edge when we really pushed it up.

Aside from these basic quibbles, there isn't much wrong with the Fujitsu Stylistic M532, and it handled just about everything we threw at it with aplomb.

Final verdict

A great Android offering from Fujitsu, the Stylistic M532 dutifully ticks each box on our what-we-want-from-a-tablet list. There's slick performance from the Tegra 3 processor and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The tough build quality and slim design are certainly standout highlights.

It's true that it faces tough competition from other Android heavyweights such as the Acer Iconia Tab A510, Asus Transformer Prime and the Toshiba AT300, but the Fujitsu is more than capable of giving these tablets a run for their money.

Fujitsu might take some heat by opting for a proprietary connection on the bottom of the tablet, but if it follows up with some killer accessories, then we can see the appeal of the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 growing even more.

It's unlikely that the business angle will draw iPad customers away from their devices and yes, there are a few issues we've outlined above – even battery life could be slightly better – but these are tiny blemishes on what is a very good piece of tech.

In short, whether or not you plan to use this for business, it's still among the top Android tablets out there, and well worth considering.

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