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

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.

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

Related phones

iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh



1. Marwanbalu

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Beautiful but where is the z1

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.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 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....

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

7. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 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..

9. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

8. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 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

10. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

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

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