Can the Google Nexus 7 survive a 65 foot drop?

Can the Google Nexus 7 survive a 65 foot drop?
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What is the point of dropping a Google Nexus 7 65 feet off the top of a building? Obviously no device is going to survive a fall of that magnitude, even one of those rugged PTT phones would probably bite the dust after a drop from that height. Still, the crew at MacWeekend decided that those 4 foot drops seen on other drop tests were not enough and wanted to go all out. We would argue that at least those other tests maintain a semblance of reality, and give us an idea of what to expect in a real life situation. Not too many people drop their mobile device from the top of a parking garage.

The bottom line is that after the fall, the glass was shattered, the tablet opened up like a cheap suit or ripe melon (you pick from either one) and the power button was damaged which was among the many reasons why the tablet would not run.

So what have we learned here? Well, a safe guess would be that we now know not to toss our tablets from the top of a tall building, but most of us already knew that to begin with. We think that this will just be the start of a number of outlandish drop tests conducted from higher and higher distances because we do have something inside us that makes us delight in seeing a perfectly good device fall through the air, make a sickening thud sound, and then shatter into thousands of pieces never to work again. That is, unless it's our own device.

source: MacWeekend via Gizmodo

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh

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20 Comments

1. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

These videos are so pointless. I'm just waiting for all the iSheep to say how this shows the Nexus 7 isn't as quality built as an iPad.

2. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

not even the ipad or ny device for that matter is built to survive that high drops!

4. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

I've had the Nexus 7 for over 2 months and have not dropped it once. The material on the back makes it really easy to grip. It's not likely that someone is going to drop the Nexus 7 during regular use.

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I dropped my Nexus 7 - 3 times - normal 3 ft or less drops...no problems with it so far...

5. thelegend6657 unregistered

Aluminium or not the iPads screen is gonna shatter anyway . I love the Transformer Infinity , aluminium and gorilla glass 2 . Just that I want the 3G version which is powered by the dual 1.5ghz snapdragon s4 instead of the tegra 3 . Which one you think is better tegra 3 wifi only or snapdragon s4 with 3G ?

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It actually depends if you are going to use the 3G or not. Yes: go for the snapdragon s4 No: go for the Wifi only as it will be probably cheaper. I for one tend to tether my computer/tablet and use my phone data for that, so I only need the wifi only. For the SoCs, both have advantages and disadvantages, so (for me) the final result is a tie: S4: better GPU, better performance for single threaded applications, better battery life (not that it really makes a real difference in a tablet) Tegra: better multi threaded performance, more games optimized for the GPU.

13. thelegend6657 unregistered

They cost about the same . I think the 3G version is better for me . Tablet data only plans are cheaper and wifi hotspot eats up a lot of data of the phone and kill battery very fast .

3. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Just one word "WHY"

6. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, I've owned three different tablets, and have dropped all of them about 65 feet. So this is a really relevant video for me.

9. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yeah if you keep dropping them from 65 feet buddy you'll have to end up owning new tablets every time....its just commonn sense!

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

Clearly, at least 3 people didn't catch the sarcasm here...

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2236; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

So, we decide to buy a $200 tablet and waste it by throwing it off of a building...I wish I could be that careless with my money.

10. smartphonelover

Posts: 37; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

'Merica!

11. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Another ridiculous and pointless test. Why don't you shoot it with your rifle too to see if it would survive?

14. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Iphonearena probobly says "this is FACT that android sucks"

18. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

shut up, no everyone is against android like you seem to think. the whole iphonearena crap is childish there have been more android articles the past week then any other os so just shut up

15. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

even a human being can't survive a 65-foot drop so what's the point of this video?maybe if he jumped with his device it would have survived. :)

17. Aeires unregistered

I was just impressed he nailed the concrete walkway, for a second I thought it was going to be a weak test by hitting the grass.

19. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

only nokia 3310 will survive the 65 foot drop lol

20. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I definitely agree. It may scatter into pieces but when you put them back, it will definitely work like nothing happened. It does leave a dent on the floor so beware.

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