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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, 19:10

50. darkkjedii (Posts: 25090; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 21:28

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

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:21

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



posted on 08 Nov 2012, 14:16

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:52 5

2. wendygarett (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:35 2

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

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:52 5

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:26 2

31. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:57 2

4. Nookie4u (Posts: 133; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:59 2

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:01

9. techytechtech (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:00 4

7. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 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 ?

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:01 1

8. AfnanAliAwan (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:11 2

10. takay0 (Posts: 144; Member since: 25 Mar 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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:16 1

11. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 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........

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:17

12. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:30

15. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:46 1

19. deventure (Posts: 25; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 19:48

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 08:48 1

21. schelle (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:02 1

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.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:22

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

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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:05

26. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 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...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:20 2

30. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 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 :)

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 09:45

32. ddeath (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Apr 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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:45

34. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 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

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:03

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.

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:24

36. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 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...

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:13

47. mydi.maus (unregistered)

which survives non, poor 7" tablets

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 17:29

48. Intex (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

just watch this who is the best 7 inch tablet on the drop test


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