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

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.

We can tell you guys, this video, produced by the dudes from Android Authority, is Painful, and definitely not for the faint of heart. Each of these two wonderful tablets are being purposefully dropped three times, each time at a different angle. Both devices survive the first drop, although the Nexus 7 leaves with a cracked screen. The second drop, however, causes even more damage to the casing of the Nexus 7, rendering it useless. Meanwhile, the iPad mini's screen gets cracked too, but it manages to remain functional. The third drop leaves the two tablets with even more cracks and dents, even pieces ready to fall off, but the iPad mini proved to be unwilling of losing its functionality.

OK, now that you know what to expect, you can go ahead and watch this horrific video!

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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
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



1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Give them to me if you do not need them -.-*.

6. MeoCao unregistered

But Nexus 7 will beat IPad mini is portability, usability and sales test

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Relevant to his comment t how?

17. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How does that apply to this video, and I doubt the 7 will outsell the mini.

33. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

if you think the nexus will outsell the ipad mini you are smoking crack

38. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Exactly, and its not even about what's better its about everything else.

39. zhiae unregistered

since gorilla glass will crack drop test is useless

52. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I dunno, how well do U think they survived, genius!!!!

14. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

"could you please drop them in my bag instead?"

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You just won the internet! Oh!!!!!

46. deuel_18

Posts: 54; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

on my hand for me

58. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

not good idea, i probably wouldn't catch it, and it would break :(

20. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

So that's nexus 7 build quality huh? That's what you get when you buy these cheap droid tablets!!! That justifies ipad minis price. You think n7 is a better deal? Google is ripping you off your money. This is the worst build quality in the history of tablets! It was probably made using scrap plastic and glue.

22. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

i think you should read ifixit's teardown of ipad mini before judging which tab uses more glue :P http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad+Mini+Teardown/11423/1

37. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Did you see how the back just came off with one fall? This is disgusting! Google is a cheap villain in disguise! And you know why am so angry because I was gonna buy Nexus 7 and not ipad mini why? Because I own a third gen ipad and so I wanted to experience an android tablet and also own a nexus device. I was considering this tablet so seriously. I feel betrayed and cheated even without buying it. About the glue, well ipad mini did not split like nexus 7 did. Apple uses very strong adhesives to make a unibody ipad. The adhesives in Nexus 7 were clearly of cheap quality.

49. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

You're just angry cause you are a hater. You don't have a Nexus 7 and yet you are so sure of the built quality. I have one and it's great. It feels great in the hand and just because it doesn't use aluminum like Apple does doesn't mean it's not a good quality product. Both of the devices broke. So for you to call the Nexus 7 cheap just means you are clueless. Most people put the device in a case and are not going to be dropping it on concrete. So shut up.

54. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

The glass on both devices did break but the nexus 7, it's just split! The back came off!!! The glass broke terribly on the front but the ipad mini did not get very badly damaged. The built quality is crap and I was always wondering why will a company sell such a good tablet for just $199, now I know why because they spent nothing on build quality and design. I knew that there is a catch in this relatively cheaper product and now I have found it. Am not a hater- I was gonna buy this- now I have changed my mind. I wish i could have written an email to the Head of ASUS, telling him just how disappointed I am.

55. chronopc

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

I guess you don't get the point. You're not suppose to drop the tablet. It's meant to be used as a consumption device. Just don't drop it and you'll be find. And if you can't manage to do that, then don't buy nice things.

61. clockworkdude

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Most people DO NOT put their tablets in cases.

23. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Wow, because I use my tablet while walking around on concrete all the time! Seriously, get a life.

27. angelesmec unregistered

But iOS is not as functional as Android. iOS is aging and restricted.

29. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Is not about functionally even if the nexus 7 brokers Easter you can toss 2 nexus with the price of the iPad mini +80 and don't have to worry about your stuff much

28. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Are you an idiot? You know with that money you can still almost buy a new one? I own a nexus seven and it feels really nice to the hand, in fact I'm even using it on a daily basis and I don't feel ripped off, I could just toss in a bump cover and it would still be cheaper so get lost

40. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Let us begin. Drop tests don't represent reality. They use unnatural positions. Who in the world holds a tablet upside down with their arm sticking out like that, and then drops it? People who do drop tests. That's about it. Drop tests aren't scientific. One sample size is not adequate to say that the iPad Mini is conclusively a superior tablet to the Nexus 7 in build quality. Furthermore, tiny variations between the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 drop (drop angles, height, even wind) can cause major differences in the way the device falls, and therefore, how it breaks. And to top it all off, you're comparing a $200 tablet to a $330 tablet. Unless one consistently drops tablets in such a way that is likely to cause damage, it is probably worth it to take chances on a $200 tablet and buy a new one if it should break. Small note: The test assumes that the probability of dropping a Mini is the same as that of the 7. In reality, the rubber backing in the 7 probably decreases the likelihood of it dropping in the first place.

41. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

but lol... yeah even though you got some point but admit it, iPad mini just win this drop test... so much for being realistic! stop being so delusional! but this drop test just showing people what is the build quality of these devices even though it is kinda odd! android authority is an android site... this is why i love them.. they are so real... while android fans here in PA are war freaks...always hates apple and other techs...they will always defend android even though its not not worth defending!

42. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

44. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That drop test is also unfair. As one comment on that article explains, each tablet is pulled down under the weights of all three tablets combined. An iPad Mini falls due to the weight of an iPad Mini, not the weights of an iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and iPad 3. The water test is the only semi-fair test in the bunch, but the guy said that the Nexus 7 was not responding after it rebooted as a safety feature. If I somehow drop my tablet in water for 10 seconds, the last of my concerns is immediately using it. The device shuts off so that permanent damage can be avoided.

45. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

What I mean is how much this things vary depending on various factors, on this drop test iPad mini might survived a side drop but broke on a full frontal drop whereas the the Nexus 7 didn't

43. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Waitwaitwait. You're telling me to stop being delusional with absolutely nothing to back up that assertion. Tell me exactly where my argument was flawed. And, in the event that you missed my entire first comment, drop tests prove next to nothing.

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