Nexus 7 (2013) drop test video: the new Nexus doesn’t make it

August 4, 2013
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    Nexus 7 (2013) drop test

    After having dropped a variety of gadgets to see how they fare against all sorts of hard surfaces – including last year’s Nexus 7 – we did the same thing with the new Nexus 7 (2013 model).

    We would have expected the device to survive the test better than its predecessor, and to some extent it did so. But (spoiler alert!) while the device survived the first drop – falling on its back – receiving only some minor scratches, something unexpected happened: the device would not turn on after. Despite receiving more damage in its respective drop test, the Nexus 7 (2012) was still turning on, and its touchscreen became unresponsive only after successive drops, once damage to display was significant.

    We then continued our drop test with a few other drops. We let the new Nexus 7 fall on its sides but also on its display.

    Naturally, more damage was done to the gadget, with cracks on the display appearing right after the first drop on the side. While the device didn’t split open, after the third drop the back cover snapped out – with some effort we could have pried it open.

    After the fourth and final drop, the display was further damaged, with a hole in it showing internal components. Hopefully, in real life you won’t drop the device successively, which could bring on the kind of gadget carnage we’ve managed to achieve.

    While no two drops are similar, and while there aren’t completely objective ways to drop test devices, we’ll advise you to make sure you don’t drop this particular tablet in any fashion, as it may not turn on after the first drop, which is far worst than having to live with the scratches or cracked display, or replace the screen and/or the case.

    If you want to see how the Nexus 7 (2012) and iPad mini (2012) did in a similar drop test, you can also check our earlier video (above).

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    • Balraj

      Does that mean if I drop the tablet accidentally n if the display doesn’t turn on
      My 230$ + cash is doomed?
      I can’t claim warranty?
      :-( :-( :-(

      • Chris

        Yes. warranty cover manufacturer defects only. You drop it, you bear the cost. Any damage outside the packaging box = pay 230$ for nice (or not so nice) looking paperweight.

        • Balraj

          Thanks I get it
          Need to treat it like a darling lol

          • Keg Man

            I got mine warrantied at squaretrade,com

      • monkeypox69

        Was that a serious question? Did you just land on planet Earth?

        • Balraj

          I was over reacting actually..I mean a small drop n display dies..that’s very bad
          This is the first drop I have seen where the device won’t turn on
          I hope AA has found a solution or considered the device dead?
          I wish they update the post

          • Keg Man

            the nexus 7 is way too fragile. You need a heavy duty case. I bought a new 7 and seido case. it has survived a few drops with the case

      • Ryan

        Depends on where you buy it AND if you buy the stores ‘extra’ warranty.

        I know where I am, Staples & Future Shop offer warranties that do cover dropping and just general stupidity from people.
        IMO I’d rather just take care of the device than spend an extra $60-120.

    • B

      These tests are pointless…I’ve had the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 for over a year and a half never once dropped either device…if you don’t want to lose money take care of your devices..get a case…and don’t drop them. For these drop tests to say it “failed the test” no shit..your dropped it on cement. I wouldn’t expect any device to survive a fall pike that..these tests are pointless and a waste of good technology.

      • najiy91

        friend,cement or whatever if it is your fate it will drop anywhere.those test are important for users before buying new gadgets and can evaluate the toughness.

      • Balraj

        Your half right half wrong
        Let’s say you got unlucky one day n dropped your device n it died completely
        Then what?
        These drop tests are meant to show us so n so device are bad,average etc
        Please buy a good strong hard case with the device
        Simple :-) :-) :-)

      • Balraj

        Your half right half wrong
        Let’s say you got unlucky one day n dropped your device n it died completely
        Then what?
        These drop tests are meant to show us so n so device are bad,average etc
        Please buy a good strong hard case with the device
        Simple :-) :-) :-)

    • Magnetic1

      This is painful to watch.

    • Danny Blaney

      It all depends on how it lands. I have seen the same phone/tablet survive with a barely scratch and another of the same fall and shatter to pieces.

    • Ryan

      I’d be more interested in seeing how it handles in a ‘home setting’. Drop it on different, typical home flooring (hardwood, carpet, tile, linoleum). I just never see people out with tablets that they would have to worry about dropping it on concrete.

      Although I agree with @B
      “if you don’t want to lose money take care of your devices..get a case…and don’t drop them.”

      • Keg Man

        more importantly, dropping it on the welcome mat while trying to unlock your front door. pure shatter hell. “It was on the mat FFS” I yelled.

    • ATODD

      I just got a NEX7 and picked up one of these (mygostrap.com) for about $9.00. It is super comfortable and I don’t have to mindfully hold the damn thing all day. Probably the cheapest insurance policy you can buy to protect your mobile device.

    • ATODD

      I just got a NEX7 and picked up one of these (mygostrap.com)
      for about $9.00. It is super comfortable and I don’t have to mindfully
      hold the damn thing all day. Probably the cheapest insurance policy you
      can buy to protect your mobile device.

    • Alan Shearer

      Should do a ps4 and xbox one drop test :)

    • J

      this is pointless by a good case and be careful that’s it

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