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2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet gets drop test treatment, dies

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2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet gets drop test treatment, dies
Ouch! Watching a tablet (or any other fancy gadget, for that matter) getting tortured like this is surely not a pretty sight. But tests like these are a necessary evil, demonstrating how fragile today's mobile electronic devices can be. Sure enough, the recently launched 2013 Google Nexus 7 was given the drop test treatment as well. The tablet didn't go through it unharmed, as anyone can probably guess.

The sad thing about it is that the second-gen Google Nexus 7 suffered some serious damage right after the first drop. A drop on its back from a height of several feet was enough to render the tablet unusable. Naturally, further drops damaged the Nexus 7 even more, turning its screen into a spiderweb display and cracking the most vulnerable areas of its housing.

The Google Nexus 7 drop test video is embedded in its entirety below so feel free to take a look. Would you still buy one knowing that it is this fragile?


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posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:45 10

1. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


died on the first drop...

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:52

2. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Wasn't it the second?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 22:10 4

10. sniper1087 (Posts: 368; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


it was the first drop, it never turned on after it dropped on its back

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 23:13 1

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5800; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Time to get an Otterbox case.... Maybe the Defender?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 23:57 5

31. GTR722 (Posts: 236; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Really...its horrible...too fragile....all the fanboys came here to laugh when the horrible and fragile desing of the Iphone 4/4S appear...now they are the same saying "omg thats why you get a case dudeeee"

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:54 11

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


All tablets are fragile ..

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:56 6

5. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Check Cnet tests with the ipad

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 22:14 8

12. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Never drop a tablet, no matter who made it. If you never drop a laptop because you are always careful, then there are no reasons why you should drop a tablet.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 17:02

39. Ohrules (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


what about the surface pro, which could apparently survive being used as a skateboard and being dropped on-stage?

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 22:49

17. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Dropped both my transformers multiple times and they still work. The prime has a cracked screen though, but that's only because it fell directly on the corner and due to the smaller point of contact the force was greater. This caused the corner of the housing to fail, thus putting all the force on the glass itself, which caused the glass to crack from that corner and spread four big cracks across the screen. Still works like a charm(this was after dropping it multiple times).

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:46

38. decent4u (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


U should host a channel on YouTube so much explanation on a single drop (clap clap) ;)

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:55 5

4. aditya.k (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Don't abuse those poor little tablets and smartphones. :'(
Give 'em to me, I'll take care of them! :')

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:58 2

6. jove39 (Posts: 1285; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


So its not sturdy as it looks

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 22:20 1

13. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I hate these tests...

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 22:53 5

19. gazmatic (Posts: 625; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


my god... the comments are getting dangerous

who actually expected a 200 tablet to survive a drop?

just buy a gaddam case

this whole race to the slimmest is counterproductive

at least nokia phones are built like tanks

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 23:05 3

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Who buys a tablet and doesn't buy a case for it? I feel no sympathy for people with cracked phones. If you're really right on money, Amazon has cases for $5.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 23:48

30. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


I agree, I hate the thin stuff they keep pumping out as selling features. Would I rather have a 7mm phone or a 10-11mm phone with a big battery that's more durable, obviously the bigger battery. That being said I feel most drop tests are absurd, if you're dumb enough to drop your tablet/smartphone enough to do serious damage don't buy one at all, I only care if it starts breaking for no reason.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 23:35 9

26. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


OMG! What will I do now? This is a dealbreaker for me. You see, I always tend to play catch-catch with my smartphones and tablets. I don't miss catches usually. But I need an assurance however that, the device I am going to buy is well-built, not neccesarily like a tank but well built.
Who cares about the device and its software optimizations right? Therefore, I am not going buy the new Nexus 7. Not worth it. Thank you PA for asking. :3 /s

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:05

34. Cyberchum (Posts: 269; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


talk trash all you want, it should have fared better considering the huge bezels. No one buys a tablet or smartphone to play catch but falls if you ask me are inevitable, they're bound to happen and i for one won't like to be on the edge when mine do slip from my grasp. Buy a base Buy a case Buy a case!!! I like to feel the elegance of my device, it's finesse, why then should I bury it in a hideous tank? My dream will come true when Nokia joins the Android bandwagon.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:48

36. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Being careful is too mainstream,eh?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 04:21 1

35. aayupanday (Posts: 517; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


R.I.P Nexus 7 II ;(

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 05:40 2

37. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


No matter what apple haters say, iPad is still reigns supreme in build quality.
With that being said, it is unfair to expect such a cheap tablet with high-end specs to have a superior build quality.........

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