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'Drop test' finds iPad mini is more rugged than Nexus 7, 3rd-gen iPad

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An informal drop test performed by a third-party warranty firm found that despite having an extremely thin bezel, Apple's new iPad mini outperformed both Google's Nexus 7 and the third-generation iPad.

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iPad mini following face-down drop test. | Source: ElectronicsBreak via YouTube


A total of three tests were performed by protection plan provider Square Trade, two using a specialized apparatus that dropped the three tablets from a height of four feet, and one where the devices were simply dunked in a container of water for ten seconds.

Unlike other tests, the iPad mini experiment utilized a machine to drop the tablets at the same time under similar conditions. In the two tests, the devices were dropped on their corners and front faceplate. The iPad mini fared the best out of the three for the corner drop, suffering only minor aesthetic damage with no screen cracks, while the edge of the Nexus 7's display showed some trauma and the full-size iPad suffered major cracks from the point of impact.

Up next was the face-down test, in which the Nexus saw slight fissures in its display glass, while the screens of the iPad mini and third-gen iPad were significantly fractured. The test did not attempt to turn the devices on after they were dropped.

Finally, the tablets were turned on and submerged in water for ten seconds, after which they were taken out and inspected. The iPad mini appeared to function normally, while the 9.7-inch iPad's home button malfunctioned and seemed to respond sluggishly to touch input. It is unclear how the Nexus performed as the device was quickly glossed over as it had started a reboot during the process, and was declared "unresponsive" by the tester.



Taking all three drops into consideration, the firm gave the nod to the iPad mini.

Disregarding the highly subjective results, the test series gives a fairly reasonable look at the tablets' survivability when dropped from height, though results undoubtedly differ in real world situations.
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Maybe this will help the stock...
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And how did it go in the 'Charlie Sheen Throw Test'?

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I'm sorry.  These tests are just silly and simply cater to little kids with way too much time on their hands and too much money given to them by their mommies or trust fund.

Whether it be an iPad or Nexus, or whatever... these are fragile devices  Treat them as such.  Period.

Do you need any more enlightenment kids?

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I'm sorry.  These tests are just silly and simply cater to little kids with way too much time on their hands and too much money given to them by their mommies or trust fund.

Whether it be an iPad or Nexus, or whatever... these are fragile devices  Treat them as such.  Period.

Do you need any more enlightenment kids?

 

Are you saying that Microsoft putting wheels under their Surface craplet and standing on it (effectively making a skate board out of it) was catering to little kids too. After all the Surface isn't considered a "recreational tablet."

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I understand an insurance company doing it, but these tests still seem wasteful.
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That was stupid.

It's the gadget equivalent of MTV's Jackass.

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I understand an insurance company doing it, but these tests still seem wasteful.

 

A real insurance company would've talked about the cost of repair, instead these clowns are running a frickin' promotion to win a gadget. It amounts to nothing but a publicity stunt.

 

Would a health insurer subject people to a 4 ft.-to-concrete drop test or a drowning test?

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Are you saying that Microsoft putting wheels under their Surface craplet and standing on it (effectively making a skate board out of it) was catering to little kids too. After all the Surface isn't considered a "recreational tablet."


No... that's okay in my book. :)

post #10 of 31
Hey, test which once can withstand falling from the effing Empire States building. Meh!
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The world nowadays...
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Why does AI lower their standards to report this crap? This is a totally useless article...

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A small candidate for scuba diving?
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As most of us already know, the SquareTrade's drop test was very UNscientific indeed. For example, take a close look at the video in the face-down test. Freeze the video at the instant just before impact. You'll see the Nexus tilted about 30 degrees from level and the iPad tilted about 10 degrees. A 30 degree tilt gives less overall G forces than a 10 degree tilt.

I think they should have suspended each device on a tether, then have it struck at the same relative location by a round (or flat for the edge test) weight swung down from a fixed distance.

But not with MY iPad.
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I think these destructive tests might be sponsored by Samsung, to takeout their frustration against Apples iPads. 1biggrin.gif lol
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And how did it go in the 'Charlie Sheen Throw Test'?

 

The results had the iPad mini WINNING !

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The results had the iPad mini WINNING !

Up to forty percent more aerodynamic.

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post #18 of 31

If the Nexus 7 shut off because it was being dunked in water, I'd say that was a pretty damn smart idea.

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Up next was the face-down test, in which the Nexus saw slight fissures in its display glass, while the screens of the iPad mini and third-gen iPad were significantly fractured. The test did not attempt to turn the devices on after they were dropped.

Has Apple stopped using Gorilla glass in its products? This isn't the first time the glass on Apple's iOS products seem to shatter a lot easier than similar products from other companies. Very disappointing if true as Apple was the first company to utilize this tech I believe, using it as a major selling point also. Maybe Apple's build quality is not all its made up to be, when push comes to shove.
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If the Nexus 7 shut off because it was being dunked in water, I'd say that was a pretty damn smart idea.

 

It also shuts off if smashed with a hammer.

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Up next was the face-down test, in which the Nexus saw slight fissures in its display glass, while the screens of the iPad mini and third-gen iPad were significantly fractured. The test did not attempt to turn the devices on after they were dropped.
Has Apple stopped using Gorilla glass in its products? This isn't the first time the glass on Apple's iOS products seem to shatter a lot easier than similar products from other companies. Very disappointing if true as Apple was the first company to utilize this tech I believe, using it as a major selling point also. Maybe Apple's build quality is not all its made up to be, when push comes to shove.

My gripe is steel->aluminum from iPhone4 to iPhone5.

I guess I will still get the 5, but I'm trying to resist... after all, my 4 works perfectly well.

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The results had the iPad mini WINNING !

That's because it runs on Tiger's Blood.

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post #23 of 31

It's not just about "rugged."

 

It's about build quality in general, and iOS vs. Android on tablets specifically. 

 

Guess which provides the Platinum user experience?

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Yes any drop tests are childish
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I really don't understand why people would spend that money on a brand new device, go through the trouble to get one, etc. Do they really get the money to do this through ads?

 

 


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I'm sorry.  These tests are just silly and simply cater to little kids with way too much time on their hands and too much money given to them by their mommies or trust fund.

Whether it be an iPad or Nexus, or whatever... these are fragile devices  Treat them as such.  Period.

Do you need any more enlightenment kids?

 

Why does the test upset you so? Ruggedness is something that someone using these devices for professional reasons may very reasonably take into account when deciding which one to buy.  All people, not just kids, drop things.  As such, it's interesting to see how these competing products react to these tests. I don't see a problem with this video at all and and I'm very, very far from being a trust fund kid. lol.gif

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post #27 of 31

iPad is far heavier.

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Why does the test upset you so? Ruggedness is something that someone using these devices for professional reasons may very reasonably take into account when deciding which one to buy.  All people, not just kids, drop things.  As such, it's interesting to see how these competing products react to these tests. I don't see a problem with this video at all and and I'm very, very far from being a trust fund kid. lol.gif

 

No I disagree. You cannot "very reasonably take into account" the kinds of abuse performed in this jackass video. None of the manufacturers promise ruggedness in their advertising, and dropping 4 ft. or dunking in water isn't covered by any of these manufacturers' warranties. Anyone that careless with their tablet should think twice about owning one without something like an Otterbox case.

 

You, the consumer, should remember that any accidental damage on your part will void the manufacturer's warranty. The kind of devices built to withstand this kind of abuse do exist; I used to work on Tablet PCs (running Windows 98, back in the day), built to MIL-STD specs. They were ridiculously heavy, tough, and expensive because they had reinforced magnesium bodies and were sealed against moisture, but they were the only kind of tablets that you could "very reasonably take into account" treat like that and survive. Anything less than that, and without the manufacturer claiming ruggedness, is not reasonable, period.

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post #29 of 31
Anything is more rugged than the cheap plastic Nexus 7. Mine only lasted a couple of months of light use.

Asus has severe quality control problems. The Nexus 7 glass can become separated from the case, and when that happens the screen can crack right in your hand. Unfortunately, I didn't find out how widespread the problem was until my screen had already broken. The Nexus 7 is complete junk as far as I'm concerned.
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"Drop test' finds iPad mini is more rugged than Nexus 7"

 

Did you watch the video?

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post #31 of 31
How long before we see Apple introduce iDrop, especially made to be lobbed about like that & so comes through it with flying colours? 1biggrin.gif

Really, what a waste of descent electronics. (Of course I'm talking about the iPad/s abused in this) 1hmm.gif
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