Got Butterfingers? Get A Nexus 7 Instead Of An iPad [Video]

Got Butterfingers? Get A Nexus 7 Instead Of An iPad [Video]

Some people do this for fun.

If you have a tendency to drop your expensive gadgets, and you’re looking for something a little more robust than the iPad, you should probably check out Google’s new Nexus 7. According to this drop test from warranty provider SquareTrade, Google’s $199 slate handles drops and water damage better than the new iPad.

SquareTrade both tablets from chest height, and then pushed them both off a table. The devices were then dropped in a bath tub full of water.

In the first and second tests, the iPad’s display shattered, and sustained some damage to its aluminum rear casing. In comparison, the Nexus 7 took quite a few scuffs and scrapes to its plastic backing, but its display remained intact both times.

In the third and final test, both tablets were submerged in water and rather surprisingly, came out functional. Most electronics would be dead almost instantly in this case. The iPad’s speakers did fail, but there was no noticeable damage to the Nexus 7. Of course, this could change over time as that water makes its way around the tablet’s insides.

Not only is the Nexus 7 significantly cheaper than the iPad, then, it’s also slightly more robust. So if you’ve got butterfingers and you just can’t hold onto your gadgets, your next tablet should probably be from Google. Though I think I’d still prefer an iPad with a sturdy case.

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  • ddevito

    No one is a bigger fan of Android and technology and even I find these kinds of videos stupid.

  • Shane Bryson

    If you dropped that Nexus on it’s face like you did the iPad, it would be done.

  • Shane Bryson

    Also, let that iPad dry out and it’s sound will be back in an hour.

  • Stuka_UK

    That poor ipad… dropped right on it’s corner…. I agree they are easy to break, but that particular one never stood a chance with that bad luck (or perhaps I should say, that lack of scientific approach).

  • ddevito

    What I am enjoying is watching the iSheep drool over the Nexus 7 attention. Lovin it

  • Hans Kisaragi

    Meh.. These tests are dumb..

  • Scott Townsend

    …or maybe just get a good protective case for your tablet, iPad or otherwise. The media, including CoM, are leading the charge into total stupidity.

  • Harvey Lubin

    In both drops the iPad (whether purposely or not) hit the corner, the Nexus 7 did not. On the second drop, after hitting the corner first, the iPad landed glass side down, while the Nexus 7 landed back side down.

    It doesn’t take a genius to understand why the iPad was damaged and the Nexus 7 wasn’t.

  • Andy Murdock

    Why are these idiots dropping these devices, aren’t they better suited for playing movies, surfing the internet, playing video games and the like. I suggest that these fools should try dropping a basketball, a far better device for dropping.

  • joewaylo

    Nah. Dropping it ain’t fun. If they’re bored, take the RatedRR approach. Go to a testing range with the screen on, pull out a sniper rifle with an explosive cartridge, and blow it to smitherines.

  • lwdesign1

    So instead of showing us what the Nexus 7 can do to improve our lives, how it operates and how useable it is in comparison to iPad, these guys concentrate on dropping them to see how well they survive. Instead, just get a piece of wood about the same size and drop it. Wow, the wood hardly got damaged at all, so I’ll buy that instead! Any electronic device will experience some damage when dropped, which is why there are protective cases. How about showing us how the Nexus 7 compares to the iPad’s interface and apps? Now that would be some news.

  • Darrel J Conway

    Hmm, the iPad was dropped to land on its corner. The Nexus, was not. The iPad shows corner damage. The Nexus does not. When Nexus can guarantee it never lands on its corner, maybe this type of comparison will mean something.

  • Kris Smith

    …this is obviously pandering to Nexus 7 fans (they even sucked people in by giving one away). Everyone knows tablets and phones are weakest on their corners, and the iPad took two direct shots on the corners. The liquid test was nice, but the claims against losing sound were unfounded as THE VIDEO WAS NOT PLAYING when he said there was no sound. You can’t fight against what you can ACTUALLY see. Nexus 7 propaganda. Mr. Bell, you should have inspected this video a little better. I’m disappointed.

  • Shane Bryson

    What I am enjoying is watching the iSheep drool over the Nexus 7 attention. Lovin it

    You must be stupid. The Nexus 7 is an incredibly broken device. Nevermind the fart that it’s a 7in tablet and I can give a million reasons why that is a terrible idea, but its built for mobility with NO CELLULAR DATA CONNECTION. Come on Google!? What are you thinking? With the lack of data, and not rear facing camera, this device is pretty much useless.

  • Benjamin Charles Rhys Anderson

    It costs $20 for a glass replacement on eBay for the iPad.

  • AKahney

    Why are these idiots dropping these devices, aren’t they better suited for playing movies, surfing the internet, playing video games and the like. I suggest that these fools should try dropping a basketball, a far better device for dropping.

    I totally agree

  • Nikolai Baker

    I think I’ll pass and just be careful!

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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