iPad Mini damage test against Nexus 7 debatable

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If you are planning on buying the new iPad Mini which is now available to buy in select countries, you may find the following, but traditional drop test very useful. In this test, we see how Apple’s smaller iPad compares against the Google Nexus 7 and the iPad 3 which has now been discontinued in favor of the iPad 4.

Drop tests are always popular with consumers and an ideal way to test just how much damage a product can take, even if such situations never arise. The Nexus 7 has been available to buy for some time now, so there’s a good chance that you have already seen various drop tests against other products.

As far as we’re aware though, this is one of the first instances of the Nexus 7 compared against the iPad Mini, and the video provides some nice answers for those looking to see which is the strongest.

In the first test, we see the iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and iPad 3 dropped from a distance of four feet. In a planned test where the devices would drop specifically on their corners, the video suggested that the iPad Mini came out on top with barely a few scratches, whereas the Nexus 7 and iPad 3 already had visible cracked glass.

In the second test, the devices were again dropped from four feet, but this time so that the impact would be face down. In this test, the Nexus 7 appeared to be the winner, as the iPad Mini emerged with cracked glass this time, but the iPad 3 was completely damaged with cracked glass covering almost the whole area of the display screen.

Finally, the devices were submerged in water for a full 10 seconds just for good measure and we were surprised to see that despite the previous damage, both the iPad devices were still functioning normally, with touchscreen input still in tact. The Nexus 7 appeared to react to the water damage though, as the device had reseted itself automatically.

Despite many sources suggesting that the iPad Mini came out on top against the Nexus 7 overall, we would disagree and suggest that the Nexus 7 appears to be more reinforced. The device may have powered off after the water test, but if it resumed normally afterwards, then it would be the clear winner. Both the iPad devices had sufficient damage to their display screens with shattered glass, but the Nexus 7 did not.

For $199, we would say that the Nexus 7 looks like a good choice, both in hardware specifications and the ability to withstand a lot of damage. Do you agree with us that the Nexus 7 is actually the winner here, not the iPad Mini?

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