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Apple iPad mini tops insurer's list of most easily broken gadgets

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Apple iPad mini tops insurer's list of most easily broken gadgets
Device insurer SquareTrade Europe decided to do a study of the most breakable gadgets. Some of the more expensive smartphones and tablets were tested unscientifically. The gadgets were dropped from a tall height and then submerged in water. According to the insurance firm, the Apple iPad mini was on top, considered the most easily broken device with a score of 7.5.

In second place, with a score of 7, was the Samsung Galaxy S4, coming to the end of its reign as Sammy's Android flagship phone. The Apple iPad Air was third with a 6.5 score. The top five most breakable gadgets were rounded out by the Samsung Galaxy S III in fourth place and the Apple iPhone 5c in fifth with scores of 6.5 and 6 respectively.

Number six on the list turned out to be the Nexus 7 (2012) tablet, which also scored a 6. Two devices scored a 5.5, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (number seven) and the Apple iPhone 5s (number eight). The last two names on the top ten were the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Motorola Moto X. Those two devices scored a 5 and a 4.5 respectively.

"We are all investing in more and more technology, so when we do we want to make sure that we are going to get our money's worth. By putting devices through tests that replicate real life situations, we want to help people make smart choices when it comes to choosing gadgets."-Kevin Gillan, managing director, SquareTrade Europe

You have to think that part of the reason for conducting this test and making the results public, is to get owners of the devices on the list worried enough to consider purchasing a SquareTrade insurance policy.

Back in September, SquareTest put the Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPhone 5c, Motorola Moto X and the Samsung Galaxy S4 up against each other and captured it on tape. You can check it out by clicking on the video below.

source: TheRegister

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:30

1. Marwanbalu (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

Beautiful but where is the z1

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:54 1

2. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)

This isn't a fair comparison. They should've included the G2, One, Z1, Nx5, & 1020. It would've been more interesting too.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 06:56 4

3. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

I am sure they'll be happy to drop $2000+ devices if you're ready to sponsor :)

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 08:12 1

6. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Considering they're a device insurance company, I'd hope they've already done extensive testing.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:09 2

4. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

But, but... they get the highest scores in workmanship by tech sites , praise by so many as the best, made of magic aluminum while the rest are made of crappy plastic....

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 07:14

5. Finalflash (Posts: 3492; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Calm down guy, the only thing that those ratings shows is that most of the highest selling devices are at the top of the charts. Which makes sense since there are more of them to break. Plus, a lot of children are handling tablets these days because they're for the house use and so they'll be right up there with the best of broken devices.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 09:05 1

7. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

what ? did you ever read the article , is has nothing to do with the amount of insurance claims

And even if it was no repectable person would use the absolute number to make such statements, but instead % figures..

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 12:09 1

9. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1737; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

You obviously cannot read. They put these individual devices to the test to see if they are worth insuring. This has nothing to do with how they might have the most claims because their are more popular.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 11:53

8. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

not a fair test....cnet made a fair test on iphone 5 vs s4 and the s4 wins in drop test, water test it took 2 minutes for the s4 to shutdown in water while the iphone 5s only took 45 seconds and it took 4 days before it goes back to life

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 00:46

10. ndrey (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)

he, my iphone 5 was alive after I dropped it into snow

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