2013 Google Nexus 7 tablet gets drop test treatment, dies

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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Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh



1. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

died on the first drop...

2. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Wasn't it the second?

10. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

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

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

31. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 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"

3. thelegend6657 unregistered

All tablets are fragile ..

5. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Check Cnet tests with the ipad

12. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

39. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

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

17. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 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).

38. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

4. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

6. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So its not sturdy as it looks

13. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

I hate these tests...

19. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 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

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

30. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

26. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 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

34. Cyberchum

Posts: 1111; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

36. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Being careful is too mainstream,eh?

35. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

R.I.P Nexus 7 II ;(

37. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 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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