A bit fragile?

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  1. jayducharme, Apr 4, 2011
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    jayducharme macrumors 68030

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    I got a text from a friend today. He bought an iPad 2 with a smart cover last month. He accidentally knocked it off a shelf today, about four feet above the floor. The bezel dented and the entire glass shattered. He's not a happy puppy.
     
  2. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    That's a pretty big drop for any electronic device. If he knew he was going to be careless, he shoulda got accidental insurance. I have a worth ave group policy for accidental and theft, just in case. Accidents do happen, as evident by your friend.

    I wish him the best though and hopefully he can get it fixed at a decent price.
     
  3. hismikeness macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't classify it as fragile because of a fall from that height. Depending on how it landed and what part of the device landed first has a lot (if not most) to do with if it will shatter or not. If it landed straight down on one of the corners, or even totally flat on the face or the back, I could see it shattering from that height. If it hit square along the entire side of any of the edges, it probably wouldn't have shattered, maybe just dented.

    Gotta be careful. I really look at it as $700 I'm carrying around. I wouldn't leave $700 unguarded for any length of time, wouldn't let kids play with $700, but, I probably would be OK with dropping 7 $100 bills off a 4 foot drop- no problem :D.

    Good luck to your friend.
     
  4. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    What is the point of this post? Are you trying to say that a glass/aluminum device should be able to survive a 4 foot fall? Maybe on the moon, but we're on earth. Your friend should have invested in a case or been a bit more careful.
     
  5. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. How many electronic devices do we have that we would willingly drop 4 feet?

    Would you do that with any laptop? That heavy duty (strong) aquarium?
    How about that car battery right before you install it? A picture frame?
    Your Pyrex indestructible cookware?

    Would you drop your watch from chest height onto concrete?
     
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    Yeah, that's a pretty major fall. And the smart cover doesn't protect against drop damage at all, only scratches.

    4 feet is about the limit for any electronic device. 1-2 feet is the range from which you could expect minimal damage.
     
  8. iPhisch macrumors 6502

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    i dropped mine less than 12" onto my ceramic tile floor last friday. the top right corner hit and dented, and the top left corner shattered (like it squished into the aluminum. I took it to the apple store saturday and showed them the backlight bleed (and the broken glass, of course), and they told me they would do a one-time swap. left 30 min later with a new ipad. if you have backlight bleed, this may be an option for your bud, too.
     
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    Yes, no problem.

    I like and usually buy watches that I can throw up into the air as high as I can manage and they won't get damaged, apart from perhaps a small scratch if they hit the ground the wrong way.

    I have no time for poser style "Bling" Look at my giant expensive watch dude. It makes up for my tiny penis type timepieces.

    I just buy a light plastic sports type watch with a flexible plastic/rubbery strap that tells me the time accurately. Why would you need anything more?

    It's a watch to tell you the time.
     
  11. thesiren macrumors 6502a

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    plastic happy meal toy watches don't count.
     
  12. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

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    A device made of glass and aluminum.........yes, it's fragile. :D

    He'll now learn to be a little more careful. It's no ones fault but his own to be painfully blunt. I think it's now common knowledge in this day in age to NOT allow a $500+ device be put into a situation where it can be dropped and damaged/destroyed. It's not a toy, don't treat it as such and just leave it on a simple shelf to allow to be knocked down. And yes, accidents happen. That's why a lot of retail stores offer accidental damage warranties along with it.
     
  13. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    Send me your watch and I'll drop it once and send it back.
     
  14. dru106 macrumors member

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    Seriously? If you drop any electronic device 4ft from the ground anything will break! try dropping your external hard drive, laptop etc and i guarantee it will break!
     
  15. foodle macrumors 6502

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    Take your car. Lift it front end down 4 feet in the air. Drop it and see what happens.

    Would you consider your car fragile also?
     
  16. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a

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    I had mine fall from about 3 ft to a tile floor this morning (dang cat). Only had a smart cover on it. Upper left corner got dinged, but otherwise all is well. 4 ft is a good fall. Them's the breaks. (;))
     
  17. iApples macrumors 65816

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    I didn't even know people wear watches anymore. Whenever you ask someone for the time, they always take our their phones.
     
  18. Piggie macrumors 604

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    I tend to find phones and swimming pools/sea don't mix that well really.
     
  19. King Luis macrumors 6502

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    hey everyone. i fell 4 feet off a ladder and broke my arm, hip and damaged my back. i also have a concussion. am i too fragile?
     
  20. maflynn Moderator

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    If I dropped my iPad 4 feet, I would expect it to break, or get dented in some form.

    We're talking about glass - a brittle material and aluminum, a malleable material that can easily dent.
     
  21. jayducharme thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I really didn't have a specific point, except to maybe have others share their opinions and experiences. The iPad is meant to be a portable device and so should be slightly rugged. I've dropped my iPhone 4 feet (with a case on) and it didn't get damaged. Obviously, the iPad is a bigger surface and is heavier.

    My friend had the smart cover, and it did nothing to protect the device. I told him he should have gotten a case instead, but that's water under the bridge now. Or he should have had insurance.
     
  22. thibaulthalpern macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry, but 4ft from the air is not a small distance. This does not suggest the iPad 2 is fragile! He was rather, a bit unfortunate.
     
  23. thibaulthalpern macrumors regular

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    Excellent points and good examples! I wouldn't imagine a casserole dish could survive a 4ft drop either! I'll tell you what would survive: a paper book.
     
  24. goMac macrumors 603

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    Cell phones are built to be a bit more durable, and a real case will honestly take most the impact.

    Watch this video though:
    http://www.realgeek.com/nokia-n79-drop-test-skow-motion-video/

    Dropping a device sends shockwaves through it that you can't normally see. With that in mind, it's not surprise that the iPad shattered.
     
  25. foodle macrumors 6502

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    Lenovo and a few other laptop companies do pretty extensive torture tests. For example, here's a Lenovo freefall test from quite high with the laptop on.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCwwDacNk1U&feature=related

    It's not worst case, since the laptop lands flat on its bottom instead of a corner. Still pretty impressive. Using non-rigid outer materials does have its advantages, although its not as pretty.
     

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