By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 07, 2013 07:45 AM EDT
The new Nexus 7 made its debut recently and while its specs and features look impressive, it's only natural to wonder how durable the tablet is.
Square Trade wasted no time in performing drop, slide and dunk tests on the new Nexus 7, the original Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, comparing the results to see which tablet takes the most damage.
When it comes to the drop test, the tablet and device warranty provider went for a five-foot corner drop. The iPad Mini took the most damage from this fall, suffering massive damage to its screen and case. The new Nexus 7 came out with some corner damage and a few scratches on the screen, but it wasn't nearly as affected as the iPad Mini. Lastly, the original Nexus 7 took more damage compared to its successor. In conclusion, the refreshed Nexus 7 came out as the winner in this five-foot corner drop test.
The slide test, meanwhile, was performed on a smooth-surface table. With just a slight push, the iPad Mini took a joy ride and slid right off the desk. The matte and texture panels on the back of both Nexus 7 slates seems to be quite inspired when it comes to sliding, as both tablets stopped a few feet from the edge. In other words, the Nexus 7 tablets slid for a bit and stopped in due time, while the iPad Mini slid all the way down, taking another drop.
Square Trade also checked to see how the three tablets perform if they come in contact with water. After a quick dip, the new Nexus 7 had its audio still working. The original Nexus 7 completely reset itself and it took a while to regain audio capabilities, while the iPad Mini lost audio altogether even after a full restart.
If these simple tests are anything to go by, the iPad Mini seems to be the most fragile and prone to damage of the three. The original Nexus 7 fares a bit better than Apple's tablet, but the refreshed Nexus 7 is the most durable. Check out the video below to see how the three tablets performed in these tests.
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