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Can the Google Nexus 7 survive a 65 foot drop?

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Can the Google Nexus 7 survive a 65 foot drop?
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What is the point of dropping a Google Nexus 7 65 feet off the top of a building? Obviously no device is going to survive a fall of that magnitude, even one of those rugged PTT phones would probably bite the dust after a drop from that height. Still, the crew at MacWeekend decided that those 4 foot drops seen on other drop tests were not enough and wanted to go all out. We would argue that at least those other tests maintain a semblance of reality, and give us an idea of what to expect in a real life situation. Not too many people drop their mobile device from the top of a parking garage.

The bottom line is that after the fall, the glass was shattered, the tablet opened up like a cheap suit or ripe melon (you pick from either one) and the power button was damaged which was among the many reasons why the tablet would not run.

So what have we learned here? Well, a safe guess would be that we now know not to toss our tablets from the top of a tall building, but most of us already knew that to begin with. We think that this will just be the start of a number of outlandish drop tests conducted from higher and higher distances because we do have something inside us that makes us delight in seeing a perfectly good device fall through the air, make a sickening thud sound, and then shatter into thousands of pieces never to work again. That is, unless it's our own device.

source: MacWeekend via Gizmodo

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posted on 19 Nov 2012, 01:29 10

1. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


These videos are so pointless. I'm just waiting for all the iSheep to say how this shows the Nexus 7 isn't as quality built as an iPad.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 01:51 1

2. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


not even the ipad or ny device for that matter is built to survive that high drops!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 02:02 1

4. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


I've had the Nexus 7 for over 2 months and have not dropped it once. The material on the back makes it really easy to grip. It's not likely that someone is going to drop the Nexus 7 during regular use.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:57

16. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I dropped my Nexus 7 - 3 times - normal 3 ft or less drops...no problems with it so far...

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 02:40

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Aluminium or not the iPads screen is gonna shatter anyway .
I love the Transformer Infinity , aluminium and gorilla glass 2 .
Just that I want the 3G version which is powered by the dual 1.5ghz snapdragon s4 instead of the tegra 3 .
Which one you think is better tegra 3 wifi only or snapdragon s4 with 3G ?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 03:12 1

8. TylerGrunter (Posts: 859; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


It actually depends if you are going to use the 3G or not.
Yes: go for the snapdragon s4
No: go for the Wifi only as it will be probably cheaper.
I for one tend to tether my computer/tablet and use my phone data for that, so I only need the wifi only.
For the SoCs, both have advantages and disadvantages, so (for me) the final result is a tie:
S4: better GPU, better performance for single threaded applications, better battery life (not that it really makes a real difference in a tablet)
Tegra: better multi threaded performance, more games optimized for the GPU.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:07

13. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


They cost about the same . I think the 3G version is better for me . Tablet data only plans are cheaper and wifi hotspot eats up a lot of data of the phone and kill battery very fast .

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 01:52 5

3. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Just one word "WHY"

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 02:52 3

6. tedkord (Posts: 4263; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Well, I've owned three different tablets, and have dropped all of them about 65 feet. So this is a really relevant video for me.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 03:43

9. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


yeah if you keep dropping them from 65 feet buddy you'll have to end up owning new tablets every time....its just commonn sense!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 06:50 2

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Clearly, at least 3 people didn't catch the sarcasm here...

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 03:09 3

7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 863; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


So, we decide to buy a $200 tablet and waste it by throwing it off of a building...I wish I could be that careless with my money.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:09 1

10. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


'Merica!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:24 1

11. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Another ridiculous and pointless test. Why don't you shoot it with your rifle too to see if it would survive?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:17

14. ajac09 (Posts: 1337; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Iphonearena probobly says "this is FACT that android sucks"

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:11

18. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


shut up, no everyone is against android like you seem to think. the whole iphonearena crap is childish

there have been more android articles the past week then any other os so just shut up

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:58 2

15. biagnosis (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


even a human being can't survive a 65-foot drop so what's the point of this video?maybe if he jumped with his device it would have survived. :)

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:11 1

17. Aeires (unregistered)


I was just impressed he nailed the concrete walkway, for a second I thought it was going to be a weak test by hitting the grass.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:14 3

19. androidlikeaboss (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


only nokia 3310 will survive the 65 foot drop lol

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:43 2

20. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


I definitely agree. It may scatter into pieces but when you put them back, it will definitely work like nothing happened. It does leave a dent on the floor so beware.

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