Square Trade, which offers device warranties has done a “drop-test” on the freshly released iPad mini and uploaded a test video on YouTube. In the drop-test video, Apple’s iPad mini has faced off against Google’s Nexus 7 as well as the third-generation iPad.
The iPad mini has hit the stores on November 2. The people at SquareTrade decided to test its durability when it literally hits something, for example, a rock-solid pavement. The group also decided to test the durability of Nexus 7 and iPad 3. The group dropped an iPad mini, Nexus 7 and iPad 3 onto concrete and into water using a robot called “drop bot” just to see how the devices survive. The SquareTrade’s “drop bot” ensured that each device get dropped the same way.
When the 7.2 millimeters thick and 7.9 inches long iPad mini was dropped at corner onto concrete (pavement) from about 4.5 feet high, its corner got a minimal damage. On the other side, when Google’s 10.45 millimeters thick and seven inches long Nexus 7 was dropped onto concrete (pavement), the edge of the screen went cracked. And finally when iPad 3’s turn came, it received various damages at different places on the screen. That’s not all. When the group dropped the screen of iPad mini directly, its screen was badly damaged and without replacing the screen it seemed that it can’t be used anymore. The same thing happened for the iPad 3. But surprisingly, the Nexus 7 survived the fall, having little damages.
Don’t you want to know what happened when these devices had been drop into water and pulled it out after 10 seconds? The iPad Mini survived the dunk and continued to function well. On the other side, the iPad 3 survived the dunk, but had a few malfunctions. But the Nexus 7 shut it down, restarted automatically. And it’s unclear whether Nexus 7 worked or not after being turned back on. See the “drop-test” for yourself and let us know what you think of the test.
See the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 comparison side-by-side in our product section.