iPad mini survives drop test, Nexus 7 isn't so lucky
0. phoneArena 02 Nov 2012, 07:45 posted on
The iPad mini and Nexus 7 are two of the hottest small tablets right now. While we can have endless arguments as to which one is better and why, however, the dudes from Android Authority have decided to... put an end to all arguments by performing the deathly test that all gadgets fear most - the drop test...
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1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Give them to me if you do not need them -.-*.
6. MeoCao (unregistered)
But Nexus 7 will beat IPad mini is portability, usability and sales test
17. Ohrules (Posts: 326; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 14377; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
How does that apply to this video, and I doubt the 7 will outsell the mini.
33. phonemonkey (Posts: 168; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)
if you think the nexus will outsell the ipad mini you are smoking crack
38. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)
Exactly, and its not even about what's better its about everything else.
39. zhiae (Posts: 187; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
since gorilla glass will crack drop test is useless
52. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I dunno, how well do U think they survived, genius!!!!
14. Ohrules (Posts: 326; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
"could you please drop them in my bag instead?"
58. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)
not good idea, i probably wouldn't catch it, and it would break :(
20. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
So that's nexus 7 build quality huh? That's what you get when you buy these cheap droid tablets!!! That justifies ipad minis price. You think n7 is a better deal? Google is ripping you off your money. This is the worst build quality in the history of tablets! It was probably made using scrap plastic and glue.
22. Ohrules (Posts: 326; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
i think you should read ifixit's teardown of ipad mini before judging which tab uses more glue :P
37. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Did you see how the back just came off with one fall? This is disgusting! Google is a cheap villain in disguise! And you know why am so angry because I was gonna buy Nexus 7 and not ipad mini why? Because I own a third gen ipad and so I wanted to experience an android tablet and also own a nexus device. I was considering this tablet so seriously. I feel betrayed and cheated even without buying it. About the glue, well ipad mini did not split like nexus 7 did. Apple uses very strong adhesives to make a unibody ipad. The adhesives in Nexus 7 were clearly of cheap quality.
49. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
You're just angry cause you are a hater. You don't have a Nexus 7 and yet you are so sure of the built quality. I have one and it's great. It feels great in the hand and just because it doesn't use aluminum like Apple does doesn't mean it's not a good quality product. Both of the devices broke. So for you to call the Nexus 7 cheap just means you are clueless. Most people put the device in a case and are not going to be dropping it on concrete. So shut up.
54. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
The glass on both devices did break but the nexus 7, it's just split! The back came off!!! The glass broke terribly on the front but the ipad mini did not get very badly damaged. The built quality is crap and I was always wondering why will a company sell such a good tablet for just $199, now I know why because they spent nothing on build quality and design. I knew that there is a catch in this relatively cheaper product and now I have found it. Am not a hater- I was gonna buy this- now I have changed my mind. I wish i could have written an email to the Head of ASUS, telling him just how disappointed I am.
55. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
I guess you don't get the point. You're not suppose to drop the tablet. It's meant to be used as a consumption device. Just don't drop it and you'll be find. And if you can't manage to do that, then don't buy nice things.
61. clockworkdude (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
Most people DO NOT put their tablets in cases.
23. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Wow, because I use my tablet while walking around on concrete all the time! Seriously, get a life.
27. angelesmec (unregistered)
But iOS is not as functional as Android. iOS is aging and restricted.
29. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Is not about functionally even if the nexus 7 brokers Easter you can toss 2 nexus with the price of the iPad mini +80 and don't have to worry about your stuff much
28. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Are you an idiot? You know with that money you can still almost buy a new one? I own a nexus seven and it feels really nice to the hand, in fact I'm even using it on a daily basis and I don't feel ripped off, I could just toss in a bump cover and it would still be cheaper so get lost
40. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Let us begin.
Drop tests don't represent reality. They use unnatural positions. Who in the world holds a tablet upside down with their arm sticking out like that, and then drops it? People who do drop tests. That's about it.
Drop tests aren't scientific. One sample size is not adequate to say that the iPad Mini is conclusively a superior tablet to the Nexus 7 in build quality. Furthermore, tiny variations between the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 drop (drop angles, height, even wind) can cause major differences in the way the device falls, and therefore, how it breaks.
And to top it all off, you're comparing a $200 tablet to a $330 tablet. Unless one consistently drops tablets in such a way that is likely to cause damage, it is probably worth it to take chances on a $200 tablet and buy a new one if it should break.
Small note: The test assumes that the probability of dropping a Mini is the same as that of the 7. In reality, the rubber backing in the 7 probably decreases the likelihood of it dropping in the first place.
41. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
but lol... yeah even though you got some point but admit it, iPad mini just win this drop test...
so much for being realistic! stop being so delusional!
but this drop test just showing people what is the build quality of these devices even though it is kinda odd!
android authority is an android site... this is why i love them.. they are so real... while android fans here in PA are war freaks...always hates apple and other techs...they will always defend android even though its not not worth defending!
42. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Actually look at this in here
44. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
That drop test is also unfair. As one comment on that article explains, each tablet is pulled down under the weights of all three tablets combined.
An iPad Mini falls due to the weight of an iPad Mini, not the weights of an iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and iPad 3.
The water test is the only semi-fair test in the bunch, but the guy said that the Nexus 7 was not responding after it rebooted as a safety feature. If I somehow drop my tablet in water for 10 seconds, the last of my concerns is immediately using it. The device shuts off so that permanent damage can be avoided.
45. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
What I mean is how much this things vary depending on various factors, on this drop test iPad mini might survived a side drop but broke on a full frontal drop whereas the the Nexus 7 didn't
43. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
You're telling me to stop being delusional with absolutely nothing to back up that assertion.
Tell me exactly where my argument was flawed.
And, in the event that you missed my entire first comment, drop tests prove next to nothing.
50. darkkjedii (Posts: 14377; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
If the nexus had won would u be saying the same thing?
53. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Matter of fact, I did. Look up a couple of comments, to my response to a drop test where the Nexus 7 didn't get wrecked and the iPad Mini did.
Said test was probably more fair than this one here, but I still admitted that it was an unfair test.
64. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I admitted that a drop test that favored the Nexus 7 was experimentally incorrect. I'm clearly a fanboy, because my statement clearly expresses my belief that Google is an all-powerful deity who can do no harm.
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
This tablets abuse should stop!!!
Anyway I just rank the nexus 7 review LOL
18. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Yeah I saw it, it seems you like it :p
3. Aeires (unregistered)
And the moral of the story: don't drop your gadgets.
As much as I find these interesting, they are anything but scientific. When the guy can't even drop a tablet on it's back or face, new testing techniques need to be taken. Somewhere in the near future I can see an episode of Mythbusters doing this with actual controlled measures.
31. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Exactly, that]s why at manufacturers like Nokia they have a weighted arm that swings at the device to test its damage resitance, way more consistent than just dropping it and hoping it lands how you want it to land.
4. Nookie4u (Posts: 131; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
Just get a case, and this won't be the case then.
5. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Huh, I own a Nexus 7 and dropped it four times without incident....
9. techytechtech (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
you didnt drop it with intention of breaking it. he is doing it to break it. hence drop test ...
7. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
Well what do you expect ? The Nexus 7 isn't made to be dropped, and the price obviously doesn't say "very tough material".
Anyway, who drops their tablets ?
8. AfnanAliAwan (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
i got a nexus 7 and ipad mini today!
dropped ipad mini 2 times but nothing happend!
10. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
good job for apple...
its dosent matter that nexus 7 is better.. if your tablet somehow dropped\fall.. its need to be strong enough to survive it
11. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
I really have never been a fan of drop tests.......I just dont get the idea......
So if my tablet falls and survives or goes brick there is no way these tests can help me.....
neither am I going to throw around my phone or tablet even if they survive all drop tests...
do people actually like throwing their phones? I guess NO....
so if a phone drops it will be damaged or survive irrespective of what some drop test results were...
No doubt I feel good if my phone falls and still functions but sincerely it is not because some lame guy with lot of money to waste said so........
12. eisenbricher (Posts: 972; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Nokia 3310 tablet edition!
jk.. waiting for Lumia tablet.
15. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1426; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Corning fit glass (nexus 7) vs Gorilla glass 2 (ipad mini) so one does not simply expect fit glass to be stronger than the flagship gorilla series
19. deventure (Posts: 25; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)
I wouldn't say survived, I would say "broke less"
51. chronopc (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
Exactly. Doesn't matter how little the screen gets damage people will still be replacing the screen. So in the end, the point is, don't drop your tablet on hard concrete.
21. schelle (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
An iPad mini cost 2 times more like a nexus 7, for that money must be stronger than the nexus. I would rather buy 2 nexus 7 1 for me and 1 for my children
25. angelesmec (unregistered)
Just take care of your device. After all the Nexus 7 has more superior hardware specs and Android is way too better than the aging and restricted iOS.
63. clockworkdude (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)
Yes, Android OS is superior to iOS at getting viruses and crashing.
26. Topcat488 (Posts: 1191; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
They both were kaputt after the drop test... The iPad mini was not dropped onto its front screen like the Nexus 7... Next time they should get a machine to drop them, as it would be, a more fair and accurate test. ie same height, and positions of both tabs dropped...
30. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
(1) Dropping a tablet is not very common. I haven't dropped my phone accidentally even in 3 years now.
(2) Even if io dropped mine and it damages beyond repair i would buy a new one and stand to lose maybe 40$ at the most as compared to iMINI.
(3) There's no guaranty that these tests would mean that IMINI would continue working if dropped in realtime scenario.
If i compute the interest costs of the price differential and i presume i drop nexus after a year i guess i lose almost peanuts :)
32. ddeath (Posts: 167; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)
SERIOUSLY, can they just stop all these stupid drop tests? No matter how you dropped it, if at that point in time, the tablet or the phone glass happened to hit the ground first during the drop due to a random possibility, it is gonna crack.
34. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
I like drop tests, i feel like its a reminder everytime to be careful with your things and always buy a case no matter what.
Good job iPad Mini, i dont expect anything less form a samsung screen
35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6961; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
This guy a fcking idiot wasting his money. just to proove who have a tougher screen and still dropping from the same length.
36. Topcat488 (Posts: 1191; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
@ InspectorGadget80 It's not his money, he works for Android Authority and they are the one's conducting the tests. Even though the test could be more accurate using a robot to do the drops. Cause the drops he does the phone/tablets never have the same drop conditions...
47. mydi.maus (unregistered)
which survives non, poor 7" tablets
48. Intex (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
just watch this who is the best 7 inch tablet on the drop test