It's the Google Nexus 7 versus the Apple iPad in drop test

It's the Google Nexus 7 versus the Apple iPad in drop test
SquareTrade is a warranty company that will sell you extended warranties on your new heart mobile devices like your smartphone or tablet along with a number of other electronic products. Occasionally, the company will sponsor a drop test battle. Today, it's the Google Nexus 7 against the Apple iPad. Both devices are dropped, smashed, smacked and submerged. Not exactly the real life paces that you put your tablet through. Speaking of real life, there are some statistics displayed in the video. Did you know that 1 out of 3 reported broken tablets have a cracked screen? Now you do.

Considering that in the last few days we have heard about problems with the build quality of the Google Nexus 7, does the Apple iPad have a head start? Click on the video below to see what happenes!

source:  SquareTrade via AndroidandMe

Related phones

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
iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

You know when you spend $500 on a tablet you would think it would be more durable than the $200 one.

7. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

you forgot the fact that the $500 tablet was an apple product

16. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Wowww what a comparison. Boring. !

2. DroogV59

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Simple physics really, the smaller panel should always be more durable in a drop test. Also ifans should keep their ipads in a zip lock ibaggy when playing in the ibathtub.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Exactly. The N7 is hitting with half the force because it's half the weight. That alone will help it be more durable.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I also think that's the reason the Galaxy S3 seems easier to break, the big screen and the huge battery engineering like the Droid Razr and should have been shaped to either be non removable or be re-engendered in terms of design

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the bigger it is, the easier it breaks on the average. of course, the little i4s breaks when you sneeze on it, so there is always exceptions to the rule.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

not necessarily big, remember size is just one part of the equation, small and heavy can also break

24. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

True and false. There is the equal and opposite reaction it takes into its body (so half the weight takes half the force back into itself - so, it's the same really). The device doesn't break because of the hit to the ground. It breaks because of the equal hit it TAKES from the ground. That's where the build grade matters. Besides, it depends on which part of the body gets hit. What is the narrowness (inverse of pressure)? How does the impact flow through the structure? Lots of variables there.

11. snotyak

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

However, the actual impact of the nexus 7 had less surface area when hitting the ground, meaning the force was distributed to a smaller area. :D

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Nexus 7 orders after July 13 are not affected by that screen problem. The issue was just for the first batch.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

My name is Sniggly, and I approve this test.

6. galaxyisking

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

haha .

8. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

aww reminded me when an Apple fan boy said to me "My apple iphone/ipad is made of classy expensive premium materials" haha look how cheap the ipad is.. even the metal is bent when it fell on its side... Sad apple.. but the reality is your products are FRAGILE... I have dropped my Sony Xperia Arc and Samsung Galaxy note so many times from my pocket, there isn't even a scratch on the body let alone crack on screen.

10. benjitek

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They must've added the iPad to the comparison to get free press -- the models are so dissimilar that a purchaser of one wouldn't even be considering the other. Clever way to get free page-time in the blogosphere though. Love it or hate it, the iPad is what draws eyeballs-to-ads... ;-)

12. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Wow. Nexus 7 still completely works after the water! I'm impressed. Does anyone else thing that guy in the gray shirt looks like Kevin Bacon?

21. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

lol yup he does.

13. wendygarett unregistered

What about surface tablet...

14. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

wow the crappad 3.0 is a total piece of china icrap!! i knew they were made of overpriced parts but wow, google has a home run here!! i can't wait to pick one up soon! at $200 mind you!!!! blah hahahahah!!!

17. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 2012

I'm really impressed and surprised with the results from the bathtub, I was certain both devices would be done for.

18. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

i work at a phone case shop that does custom jobs in a mall and i started working and i have had 35 people(exactly ask me if we fix iphone screens) not

19. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

androids or blackberry's those things are as fragile as can be

25. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

android is an OS.

20. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

i have been working for 3 weeks there and i always tell them no we do not repair iphone screens we protect phones lol

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

getting sick and tired of seeing rich kids breaking electronics. they won't give you anything new just the ones they break on the ground

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