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

0. phoneArena posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:45

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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posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:48 18

1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:59 14

6. MeoCao (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:27 2

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Relevant to his comment t how?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:34 2

17. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:02 5

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 24911; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:08 7

33. phonemonkey (Posts: 168; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 12:45 1

38. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 13:27

39. zhiae (unregistered)

since gorilla glass will crack drop test is useless

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 20:40

52. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:30 12

14. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:33

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 15:44

46. deuel_18 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

on my hand for me

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 06:15 1

58. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:46 8

20. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:52 4

22. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

i think you should read ifixit's teardown of ipad mini before judging which tab uses more glue :P


posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:32 3

37. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 18:28 1

49. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 00:25 1

54. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 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.

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 00:51 1

55. chronopc (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Oct 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.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:19

61. clockworkdude (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

Most people DO NOT put their tablets in cases.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:58 6

23. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:11 7

27. angelesmec (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:19 3

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:17 3

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:11 1

40. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:46

41. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 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!

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 14:54 1

42. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Actually look at this in here


posted on 02 Nov 2012, 15:16

44. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 15:26 1

45. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 15:12

43. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


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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