Now that the iPad mini’s been on sale a few hours, it’s time to address the issue you’re all itching to know about. I’m talking, of course, about the drop test. Apple’s new tablets have been put to the test against Google’s $199 Nexus 7, and the iPad mini does surprisingly well, only sustaining any real damage when dropped on its face onto concrete.
Warranty provider SquareTrade has put the iPad mini and the new, fourth-generation iPad up against the Google Nexus 7 in a series of drop tests, and in a liquid damage test. The first two tests saw the devices dropped on their corners, and then onto their faces.
The iPad mini did surprisingly well in the first one, only sustaining minor damage to its aluminum, while the iPad and the Nexus 7 both shattered. In the face-down drop, all three devices were smashed to pieces.
In the liquid damage test, the devices were submerged into a tub of water for ten seconds. When they came out, both the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad were still functional, while the Nexus 7 had died. I have a feeling, however, that both iPads will die sooner rather than later after having their insides soaked in water.
Android Authority also performed a drop test that pitches the iPad mini up against the Nexus 7, and it saw similar results. The iPad mini did surprisingly well when dropped on its side, with no damage to its display at all, while the Nexus 7 shattered. When dropped on its back and on its front, however, the iPad mini’s display was ruined.
The iPad mini’s aluminum shell clearly makes it a little stronger than the plastic Nexus 7, which sustained a lot of cracks to its casing during the drop tests. Drop any of these devices on their face, however, and you’ll be looking for a replacement.