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Can your tablet survive a whole night at -13° F?

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Can your tablet survive a whole night at -13° F?
The listed operating and nonoperating temperatures for a device are important specs that we should all have in mind. Especially those of us who happen to live in areas where it tends to get extremely hot or extremely cold in certain periods of the year. Sure, our devices are capable of remaining perfectly operational inside a pretty wide temperature range, so in most cases there isn't even the slightest reason to worry.

However, this wasn't the case for BerryReview's 'BBA Brian', who accidentally forgot his RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on the roof of his car when he got home from work. The tablet remained there for the whole night. Brian's panic on the following morning could be easily explained with the fact that he's living in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, where, at this time of the year, temperatures get to about -13° F (-25° C) during the night. Thankfully, when he found it the next day, the PlayBook managed to power up just fine (it seems the tablet was turned off, which has probably saved it), with no signs of malfunction. This should be considered quite the achievement (and luck), because...

According to the PlayBook's manual, the device should be kept (when in powered off state) in temperatures ranging from 14 to 104° F (-10 to 40° C), which is an even narrower range compared to the one of the iPad, for example: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C). Even then, Brian's PlayBook managed to survive the cold against all odds and was ready to power up happily on the next morning. Well, good to know that our mobile devices (or at least some of them) don't fear cold like we do.

source: BerryReview

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posted on 23 Jan 2013, 10:39 2

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


if you leave it on it should be able to survive.. turn it off and it may not turn on till its warmed up

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:56

18. torr310 (Posts: 372; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Not really... My HTC Rezound seems to act funny/laggy when I was outside when the temp was 20F.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 10:45

2. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


I need my tab to stay with me like a faithful friend I may never want to leave it in ice cold weather or scorching sun.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 10:46 8

3. Johnnokia (Posts: 512; Member since: 27 May 2012)


If my device is Nokia, definetly will survive.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 10:51

4. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Other then condensation, the glass temperature should be considered before putting device under load.
Cell phones go through this every day up here north of the 49th, worst is a broken/cracked display or extreme sluggishness.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:00

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1056; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I know that the Evo Shift had a limited range, found out first hand. A couple winters ago I was using the light on my phone as a flashlight when all of a sudden it turned off. I thought that the battery had died or something but it was still at like 30%. Went to turn the light on again and it said something like "Temp is too low to use flashlight" (I had the battery widget on my screen and it said the battery was at something like -3*C). Same thing happened during the following summer, but in reverse. The app said something like "Temp is too high to use flashlight" (again the battery widget on my screen and it said the battery was at something like 50*C).

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:06

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6408; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


What kind of idiot would wast their money freezing their phone/tablet just too prove everyone which one is stronger. Just plain stupid.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:22

7. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Ans: People who bought insurance for their phone/tablet. They are not stupid at all as posting such a video will net them some monetary gain.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:16

11. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Insurance for your phone/tablet? lol it's called warranty

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:38 5

13. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 293; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


No, warranties are for hardware and software defects. Insurance is for human defects.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:42

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


LOL! Totally right! +1 :D

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:41

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Warranty and insurance isn't the same thing, for example since when warranty can cover if your mobile phone or tablet is stolen? You can insure your property including your mobile phone or tablet, anyway I don't think that a lot of people Insure their mobile phones or tablets.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:46

16. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Not a lot of people insurance their phone, but probably most of those who creates those drop test videos for a living do.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 15:42

23. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


This is true, that virtually all property can be insured by insurance companies.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 15:14

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6408; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So u saying that u want to make a video like those people destroying their phones/tablets just too see whos stronger? Still a wast even if u have insurance. Just like the ones doing drop test. Thats wat im talking bout

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 15:22

22. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


That's the cost of doing business. They'll make more money in return.

You see the movie industry destroy much more expensive stuffs like sport cars all the time. They are doing it because they'll make more money in return.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:30

8. __Toprak__ (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Hmm should I consider to buy a PlayBook? :s :) seriously, it's cheap! and seems strong enough :)

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:43 1

9. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


If all you do is browse the web, it'll be great

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:09

10. marchels14 (unregistered)


I have play book and it's biggest crap ever.It is a device that can't be personalised, battery is crap as well, atleast it has a flash player ,like all fruit devices don't have,ahd the screen resolution is poor ps my stupid mum bought it for me,I wish I could have chosen the devise my self I would have bought nexus 7.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:17 5

12. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I'm sure your Mum so proud of you calling her "stupid" that she went and bought you gift !!!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:50 5

17. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


You're an ungrateful little s**t.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 14:16 1

20. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Your out of line son

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 16:30 1

24. Johnnokia (Posts: 512; Member since: 27 May 2012)


disgusting comment... Shame on you
You say ''stupid'' to your mum..
Shame on you ..

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 13:27

19. Whateverman (Posts: 3196; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Say what you will about the PlayBook... But that is impressive!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 17:24

25. identity (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I have an iPhone 4s. In Wisconsin, it was -10 to -15 degrees, I had my 4s in my pockets and I was fixing my car for 1 hour. I came back in and found that it was turned off. I turned it back on and the damn power button is jammed and stuck. FML that I'm out of the 1 year warranty and I didn't get Apple Care. Oh well, I was going to get the Note 2 or GS4 anyways.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 17:41

26. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Send it to me :D

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