Resilience of Nexus 7 vs. iPad 3

By Daniel Chubb - Jul 21, 2012

The resilience of both Google’s Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad are being put to the test with a new video, which you can see below this article, and it shows how both tablets handle being knocked, dropped, and put in water. The video runs for almost 3-minutes and gives the potential buyer some insight into how tough these new tablets are, so you can make sure they handle minor accidents without much damage.

When it comes to the price of a Nexus 7 vs. the iPad it is not a fair fight, which is due to the iPad costing around double and including some better specs, so we wouldn’t normally see these two devices compared. The Nexus 7 is also 3 inches smaller with a 7-inch size, not sure if this affects the test results, but the interesting point is that the cheaper Nexus 7 seems to be the clear winner in the video.

Google’s Nexus 7 handled the drop test better, and when both tablets were dropped into water the iPad lost sound while the Nexus 7 could still play sound and video. It’s unlikely either the Nexus 7 or iPad could see drops on concrete like in the video, although it can happen, and even harder to imagine is a tablet being dropped into a bath of water.

Do you have a story to tell about a phone or tablet being damaged by water or from a big drop? Were you surprised how bad/well your gadget handled a drop in the past? Hit the comments if you have a story to tell, and also let us know what you think of this video putting the Nexus 7 and iPad through extreme pain. You can also see a recent review of the Nexus 7 in our earlier article.

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  • Pkreos

    I waited for this freaking product for almost a whole month, just to find out that it DOESN’T WORK. I tried to call google, I put my phone on speaker for almost 2 straight days till finally on Saturday morning they answer my call, and with a careless voice they say… oh, i’m sorry about it”. that’s so freaking wrong, you saying I’m sorry does not fix all the travel I went through. At least show a little respect for customers and try make a better product… i’m so disappointed in this product

  • Jaredmanzano

    Size and weight plus the material used on both devices are significantly different. This test is not accurate. But then again, it all comes down to personal preference.

    • BrandonRains

      if the iPad doesn’t win the test, then it was done improperly

  • Michael_paffenroth

    Yeah I would say it’s a push for Google

  • fran farrell

    You can be sure size affected the results. Smaller is inherently stronger. A flea inflicts 300 g acceleration on itself every time it jumps.

    Another factor was not tested, the likelihood of dropping while walking. Nexus 7 is a handheld device, designed for mobility. iPad is designed for the sedentary. Unless you happen to be a wrist wrestler you will drop your iPad on the sidewalk, if you try to walk and consult it for advice. Meanwhile Apple is retesting Siri upgrades that account for street noise.

  • Dean Spleen

    That nexus looked suspiciously unresponsive at the end – feature sponsored by Google maybe?

    • Bervick

      Not really. The tab in the video was the “Info” tab and there was nothing more to scroll on that tab. On the iPad, he was in the comments tab of that video and hence it scrolled. Plus the NX7 did respond to touch when he managed to play the video. Just as additional proof, in case there was still doubt.