iPad mini survives drop test, Nexus 7 isn't so lucky

The iPad mini and Nexus 7 are two of the hottest small tablets right now. While we can have endless arguments as to which one is better and why, however, the dudes from Android Authority have decided to... put an end to all arguments by performing the deathly test that all gadgets fear most - the drop test...
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50. darkkjedii

Posts: 30793; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If the nexus had won would u be saying the same thing?

53. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Matter of fact, I did. Look up a couple of comments, to my response to a drop test where the Nexus 7 didn't get wrecked and the iPad Mini did. Said test was probably more fair than this one here, but I still admitted that it was an unfair test.

62. clockworkdude

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

LOL Fanboy

64. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I admitted that a drop test that favored the Nexus 7 was experimentally incorrect. I'm clearly a fanboy, because my statement clearly expresses my belief that Google is an all-powerful deity who can do no harm.

2. wendygarett unregistered

This tablets abuse should stop!!! Anyway I just rank the nexus 7 review LOL

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Yeah I saw it, it seems you like it :p

3. Aeires unregistered

And the moral of the story: don't drop your gadgets. As much as I find these interesting, they are anything but scientific. When the guy can't even drop a tablet on it's back or face, new testing techniques need to be taken. Somewhere in the near future I can see an episode of Mythbusters doing this with actual controlled measures.

31. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Exactly, that]s why at manufacturers like Nokia they have a weighted arm that swings at the device to test its damage resitance, way more consistent than just dropping it and hoping it lands how you want it to land.

4. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Just get a case, and this won't be the case then.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Huh, I own a Nexus 7 and dropped it four times without incident....

9. techytechtech

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

you didnt drop it with intention of breaking it. he is doing it to break it. hence drop test ...

7. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Well what do you expect ? The Nexus 7 isn't made to be dropped, and the price obviously doesn't say "very tough material". Anyway, who drops their tablets ?

8. AfnanAliAwan

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

i got a nexus 7 and ipad mini today! dropped ipad mini 2 times but nothing happend!

10. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

good job for apple... its dosent matter that nexus 7 is better.. if your tablet somehow dropped\fall.. its need to be strong enough to survive it

11. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I really have never been a fan of drop tests.......I just dont get the idea...... So if my tablet falls and survives or goes brick there is no way these tests can help me..... neither am I going to throw around my phone or tablet even if they survive all drop tests... do people actually like throwing their phones? I guess NO.... so if a phone drops it will be damaged or survive irrespective of what some drop test results were... No doubt I feel good if my phone falls and still functions but sincerely it is not because some lame guy with lot of money to waste said so........

12. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Nokia 3310 tablet edition! jk.. waiting for Lumia tablet.

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Corning fit glass (nexus 7) vs Gorilla glass 2 (ipad mini) so one does not simply expect fit glass to be stronger than the flagship gorilla series

19. deventure

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

I wouldn't say survived, I would say "broke less"

51. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Exactly. Doesn't matter how little the screen gets damage people will still be replacing the screen. So in the end, the point is, don't drop your tablet on hard concrete.

21. schelle

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

An iPad mini cost 2 times more like a nexus 7, for that money must be stronger than the nexus. I would rather buy 2 nexus 7 1 for me and 1 for my children

25. angelesmec unregistered

Just take care of your device. After all the Nexus 7 has more superior hardware specs and Android is way too better than the aging and restricted iOS.

63. clockworkdude

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Yes, Android OS is superior to iOS at getting viruses and crashing.

26. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

They both were kaputt after the drop test... The iPad mini was not dropped onto its front screen like the Nexus 7... Next time they should get a machine to drop them, as it would be, a more fair and accurate test. ie same height, and positions of both tabs dropped...

30. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Three points: (1) Dropping a tablet is not very common. I haven't dropped my phone accidentally even in 3 years now. (2) Even if io dropped mine and it damages beyond repair i would buy a new one and stand to lose maybe 40$ at the most as compared to iMINI. (3) There's no guaranty that these tests would mean that IMINI would continue working if dropped in realtime scenario. If i compute the interest costs of the price differential and i presume i drop nexus after a year i guess i lose almost peanuts :)

32. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

SERIOUSLY, can they just stop all these stupid drop tests? No matter how you dropped it, if at that point in time, the tablet or the phone glass happened to hit the ground first during the drop due to a random possibility, it is gonna crack.

34. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I like drop tests, i feel like its a reminder everytime to be careful with your things and always buy a case no matter what. Good job iPad Mini, i dont expect anything less form a samsung screen

35. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This guy a fcking idiot wasting his money. just to proove who have a tougher screen and still dropping from the same length.

36. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

@ InspectorGadget80 It's not his money, he works for Android Authority and they are the one's conducting the tests. Even though the test could be more accurate using a robot to do the drops. Cause the drops he does the phone/tablets never have the same drop conditions...

47. mydi.maus unregistered

which survives non, poor 7" tablets

48. Intex

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

just watch this who is the best 7 inch tablet on the drop test http://youtu.be/htsPXx_mXAA
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