New drop test pits Apple devices against the Nexus line, things aren’t looking great for Google (video)

by: AdrianNovember 27, 2012

Guess what, ladies and gents, we have a new drop test video for your destructive viewing pleasure. As usual, viewer discretion is advised, while if you’re of feeble spirit or faint-hearted you should probably pass on the clip altogether.

That said, let’s see what we have here. This is not your usual subjective drop test, taking place in a controlled environment and virtually eliminating human error. We also don’t have the regular one or two gadgets drop tested, but no less than six, three from Apple and three from Google.

Basically, what we’re dealing with is an Apple vs Google test pitting the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 on one side against the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4 on the other. All gadgets are dropped from exactly 4 feet high and, as expected, there’s a lot of bruising and scathing going around.

Surprisingly though, all devices seem to survive the drops, with more severe or lighter injuries. We don’t exactly have a single winner, but we have to say we’re impressed about the iPhone 5 first and foremost. The iPad mini also fared pretty well (not exactly a shocker), while the 10-inch tablet fight looks like a very evenly matched one.

All in all, Apple seems to have won the phone and 7-inch tablet battles, while the 10-incher can either be called a tie or given to Google by a whisker. At least that’s our call after watching the clip, because if you have a different view you can voice it in the comments section below.

  • xoj_21

    do i get nexus 10 if i am first here?:(, that being said, iphone 5 peel off too easy.
    never do painted phone xx

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  • Dan

    Everybody skips the important next step. How much does it cost to repair each device after those drops? Obviously, Square Trade doesn’t want you to have that info because that would give you a better idea of whether or not their service is cost effective, but it would be nice to see it from somebody.

  • tBs_Battousai

    would love to see videos like this include devices that have the official cases so we can see what protection they offer….

    also wouldn’t be classed as Apple vs Asus not Apple vs Google?

    • If you want to get technical it should be Apple vs LG, Apple vs Asus, Apple vs Samsung – since each device is made by a different manufacturer.

  • Kenny Larkin

    That is as standardized as the drop test can get. Is really a shame Asus, Samsung and LG haven’t figured out the consumers don’t want easily broken phones for the sake is aesthetics…. That was my favorite thrashing point for the iPhone 4 and 4s. Now apple will probably patent the shatter proof rectangle and we’ll all be screwed.

  • APai

    Apple devices cost almost 2x as much of that of google. if you drop one, you could go for the latest / updated version of the same device.

  • Joan Miquel Joaquim Nicolau

    I can confirm that the Nexus 7 resists less than two days in a family with children. One of the most disappointing purchases of my life.

  • It’s funny how everyone bags on Samsung’s build quality almost constantly, and yet it was the only device that held up against it’s Apple equivalent.

  • ok… question. how can you say that the 10″ tablet drop was close… when the Nexus 10 received no screen shaterage…. and the iPad did? Also, it maybe a thing that applies control to the drops, but last time I checked, that thing appears to be launching them to the ground. Everyone knows that the Nexus 7 is a fragile flower, but the iPad mini and iPhone 5 really aren’t that strong, which leads to question if square trade is using video editing to twist the results in Apple’s favor. Gorilla Glass is still Glass, and it will break like any glass. With more effort. That said, it seems logical to assume that given that the iPad mini isn’t really as strong as this video made it look, and the iPhone 5 is probably almost as strong (but with an abnormal level of non-scratch-resistance for its screen), it is highly likely that they edited the video in Apple’s favor. The iPad against the Nexus 10 is probably unedited (because all three edited in Apple’s favor would make it entirely unbelievable). Samsung is known for the build quality of their devices (in relation to the glass and breakability), and only recently have their devices become this generations new iPhone 4/4S in terms of glass durability.

    • If I’m not mistaken, Samsung made the device which is very often considered a tank when it comes to its glass… enter the Samsung Galaxy S II.

    • Kt

      Why would a site called ANDROID Authority edit a video to favor anything Apple? Your comments in this regard have no logic. And sure, Samsung is known for build quality but the Nexus 7 is made by Asus.
      You really should consider thinking about what you write before hitting the ‘post’ button.

      • You are a fricking dimwit. The Drop test isn’t by Android Authority, it is by Square Trade. Android authority just made a post with the video. Maybe you should really consider thinking about what you *type* before hitting the ‘post’ button.