All iPads iPad Air Drop Test (Disgusting Results)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by priyamsingh, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. priyamsingh macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2013

    I gotta say results are very disappointing. I thought Apple was known for its build quality. Apple has downgraded quality over higher margins and the results of this test show that the iPad is no better than its cheap crappy plastic Android competition. The hollow front really just gave me a headache.

    PS. If you want to see quality build check out iPhone 5s droptest. Amazing results on that.
  2. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    I was not going to get AC+ this time. I have to.

    Sad about the hollow part. iPad air is a iPad mini with slightly bigger screen.
  3. ijen0311 macrumors 65816


    Jul 4, 2009
  4. blue43fan macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2008
    Why is it that some people cannot comprehend the difference between build quality and durability?
  5. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Um, yeah. Who thought it wasn't? Oh and I know plenty of people who dropped their iPhone 4's and had broken glass. Was the iPhone 4 build quality crap too?
  6. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    Don't drop it. It's like, what would you expect from dropping a piece of glass glued to a sheet of aluminum? :)
  7. rovex macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2011
    What's wrong with the hollow part?

    I suppose the glass could be more durable though.
  8. Brittany246 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    A device with a lot of glass cracks when it's dropped? Who woulda thunk it?
  9. mpayne2k macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    To people complaining the iPad isn't more durable. That is like buying an expensive super car then complaining it doesn't just bounce off the pole you just wrapped it around. If you drop your iPad, expect a dent, crack or other type of damage to the device. Plain and simple!
  10. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    lol @ people complaining about a hollow space in the ipad.

    Did you want them to fill it with something if they didn't need to, thus increasing weight? The whole point of the air was to reduce weight and overall size.

    While I suppose they could have added some corrugated aluminum, it would have still added weight, and probably have done nothing for preventing screen cracking.

    BTW: how do these kids afford to do these drop tests? Do they just insure the product, and expect video ad sales to make up the difference in the deductible they pay?
  11. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    The iPads for what they are and do are quite durable. Then again, drop a good laptop when it is open and see what happens. I guess the answer is that all "thin" computers should be disappointing to the original poster along with all tablets and smart phones and so forth.

    iPads like other similar technologies require care and ideally one gets a cover/protection for them.

    If you think more robust build is required, skip the ipad and get yourself a Panasonic Toughbook laptop. - Built like a tank with a screen that is insulated with gel/silicon to handle shock and a suspended motherboard.
  12. Jburnette87, Nov 7, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013

    Jburnette87 macrumors member


    Mar 18, 2012
    Poplar Bluff, MO
    The reason for the "hollow part" is for cellular and gps antennas. It's been this way since at least the ipad 2. Every wifi only ipad has empty space above the screen. Cellular models have antennas there.
  13. Atrin1 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2012
    I dropped my iphone 4 and it shattered. Disgusting.

    I mean really? Grab any tablet or phone and drop it on those rocks and the glass will shatter. Maybe not as much as the air just did but still. It's 9.7" just don't drop it!!!
  14. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    Where's the MacBook Air drop test? People carry those around, too?

    Yes, a nearly 10" piece of glass will break if you drop it. This is why Apple offers an "out of warranty" flat repair (replacement, really) which is significantly less than the cost of a new device. And why they offer AppleCare Plus.

    On a side note, didn't MacRumors post the reason for the air gap on the iPad Air is because of the new low-power IGZO screen technology? Pretty sure I read that somewhere. Apple wouldn't have designed it that way if they could have avoided it. Hell, the made the iMac really hard to manufacture by having the LCD laminated to the glass. You think they wouldn't do it for the iPad of the could?
  15. geepondy macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2013
    So other pads dropped on concrete from nearly five feet will not break? What about older model Ipads?
  16. Stack Overflow macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2012
    Yeah, if you drop an iPad from chest height, onto concrete, directly on a corner, it'll shatter.

    What I'd like to see is more common types of drops. Off of a kitchen counter onto linoleum, etc. Most drop tests at least ramp up from things like a 1 foot drop onwards.

    Mass. Also, they tend to start out less severe.

    These guys fail at drop testing.
  17. x-evil-x macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    what do you expect with a full glass front screen of 10"?

    who would drop their iPad from that high anyway? usually when you hold one its around your stomach. not your face.

    Of course after a glass screen is cracked if you drop it again it will splinter even if it doesn't touch the glass because of pressure.

    I Don't know what you expect the outcome to be... don't drop it...
  18. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2012
    Las Vegas
    Exactly. Plus its heavier lol, what do you expect?
  19. Bengy66 macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    This is my favorite. Guy throws Apple under the bus about lack of innovation and pricing then drops the Air on dirt. There is a convenient cut away before he picks it up and presto it's damaged. Always trust a guy firing a high powered BB gun at an metal electronic. Maybe one of those ricochet caused brain damage.
  20. gtmac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    It's funny because I can hear the hollow areas when I tap on the screen. Not a complaint just an observation.
  21. lolwatpear macrumors member

    May 11, 2013
    The problem is that the vertical bezels are large, yet there is nothing in there. I'm guessing the ipad 5 will have "drastically reduced bezels that never before was possible."
  22. mfr1340 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    n. cal
    ipads and iphones

    I put a case on all my gear because I take care of all my stuff. It is for use, not show. I want to be able to hand it down in a year, and have it still in the same condition as it was when I bought it.
  23. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    You do realize it's a tablet right..... why would you expect it to hold up in a drop test? Put a huge otterbox style case on yours if you'd like it to be able to survive such a drop.

    If you can't take care of your expensive things then yeah, you need AC+.
  24. JoeRito macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2012
    New England, USA
    A drop test from the couch to a carpeted floor would be more realistic.

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