Apple's new iPad mini bends but does not break in grueling durability test (video)
iPad mini (2019) is not significantly thicker than the latest iPad Pro variants, at 6.1 versus 5.9mm, its compact size and minimalistic design appear to contribute to vastly better durability. That's at least according to popular YouTuber and master gadget destroyer Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything, who managed to bend the iPad Pro 11 (2018) out of shape and pretty much break the thing in two with little to no effort last fall.While the
As you can see in the recently uploaded video embedded above (at around the 6-minute mark), it takes a bit more muscle to flex Apple's newest 7.9-incher, which also miraculously survives this grueling test with its functionality intact. Once bent, the iPad mini 5 cannot be (completely) unbent, but the slate essentially defies physics, locking out at an obtuse angle no matter how hard you might try to further compromise its integrity.
Clearly, that's not an ideal durability behavior, but the $399 build quality is substantially better than what you're getting in exchange for $799 and up. Of course, no (sane) iPad mini 5 owner is likely to replicate Nelson's treatment of the hot new tablet out in the real world, but this experiment is usually a good indicator of how well gadgets can handle long-term usage and day-to-day abuse.
Something tells us the refreshed iPad mini will not ship with any sort of a bend out the box, with scratch tests pretty much yielding the expected results in this day and age. The screen is covered in tempered glass, the front and rear-facing cameras are similarly protected against keys and coins, and the metal sides are as robust as always. All in all, this is definitely a well-constructed device justifying its price.