There are some pretty vicious things you can do to a tablet. If you’re sitting on a park bench reading an ebook and accidentally drop it, it could potentially be the end of your device. You might also accidentally drop it in water, which could lead to shorting out of various electronic components and ruin the tablet. SquareTrade, a 3rd party warranty service, decided to do some tests of their own to see if the iPad or the Nexus 7 was more prone to damage:
The first test conducted is from standing height, where two people dropped an iPad and a Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 got away with just a few scuffs on the back, while the iPad’s screen shattered. The second test was from table level, and both tablets were simultaneously slid off of a 3-foot high concrete park bench. The Nexus 7 got away again with just some scuffs, while the iPad suffered a dented corner and some shattered glass.
The scariest and last test was a simple water test: which one would survive better when dropped in water? They start by both playing a music video, but when dropped in, the audio stops. The iPad totally lost sound, but the Nexus 7 suffered no losses as far ST could determine.
The Nexus 7 was the clear winner in these tests, and it goes to show that Apple’s obsession with glass to the very edge of the screen can lead to bad things happening in accidents. If you have either of these devices, were you expecting these results? Feel free to discuss in the comments below!