Apple gear vs Google Nexus stable drop test (video)

Apple gear vs Google Nexus stable drop test (video)
In this series of drop testing, Square Trade pitted Apple devices, like the iPhone 5, iPad 4 and the iPad mini, against Google's Nexus stable of Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

Apple's gear mostly passed the drop test from various heights, whereas the only Nexus device that survived largely unscathed was the 10" Google tablet made by Samsung, while the iPad 4 bruised on the corners and the screen cracked a hairline.

As far as phones go, we'd have to bear in mind that the iPhone 5 has a 4" display, whereas the Nexus 4 is 4.7-incher, whose larger surface is more susceptible to fragility. The Nexus 10, however, held very good, so you can have this drop test in mind if you are on the market for one.


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12 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Compare the prices.Will u get an aluminum casing at the price of Nexus 7,10 & 4 ? aluminum casing is good for resisting shocks & therefore apple won.

6. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Aluminum isn't ergonomic, it's heavier and it can reduce all the Radio signal needed for WiFi and GPS. Kevlar of Moto Razr is FAR a BETTER choice !

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

care to back that up with data? Good for Apple for FINALLY making something that doesnt crack when you sneeze on it.

2. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Definitely Next NEXUS will have aluminum casing as something has to be copied from Apple. Apple just rocks

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Oh you mean like HTC phones? GOSH if you plan on trolling at least be more creative! THINKING you can do it!

4. wendygarett unregistered

Looks like the iPhone 5 is the only survival on this test... The rest just damaged...

5. sportsinger75

Posts: 71; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

That was a terrible drop test. Hell, it looked like that machine threw them on the ground instead of dropping them. Really unrealistic.

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Next time - use polycarbonate and extend the distance from edges to glass

9. skywalker4711

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Ha. Glad to see Apple has devoting their attention to reducing fall damage. Wondered why they've thrown innovation and user experience out the window.

10. faizanshakyboy

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Everybody skips the important next step. How much does it cost to repair each device after those drops? Obviously, Square Trade doesn't want you to have that info because that would give you a better idea of whether or not their service is cost effective, but it would be nice to see it from somebody.

11. I_Slap_Fat_Kids

Posts: 40; Member since: May 04, 2012

I really don't see how naked drop tests are so important to people. Not to say it isn't a way to compare the durability of a device's design, but if someone is concerned about their phone breaking as a result of a fall, they should invest in a protective case. At which point the case's design is what comes into question. Don't get me wrong, though. It is pretty interesting to get a close look such expensive devices getting broken at someone else's expense.

12. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

This is the first drop test to date I've seen that can be called fair. They had a device set up that dropped them at the same speed and height, and at the same angle. A bit disappointed in how the Nexus 4 and 7 fared (Though the 4 has a much bigger screen than the iP5). No matter what the tests say however, I will definitely stick with my Android devices.

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