PCWorld's Surprising iPad Scratch/Water/Drop Stress Tests (Video)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MICHAELSD, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    After PCWorld's first iPhone stress test video, which made me much less worried about the screen's tendency to scratch and the iPhone's durability in general, iPhone stress test videos have become an annual tradition with every iPhone release. I was looking foward to them releasing an iPad stress test video, and they did, providing a detailed look at the durability of the iPad with a few surprising conclusions. You can watch PCWorld's iPad stress tests here:

  2. Sleazy E macrumors 65816

    Sleazy E

    Nov 24, 2009
    The screens scratch resistance was pretty impressive
  3. magpie maniac macrumors 6502

    magpie maniac

    Aug 24, 2007
  4. bluehaze013 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    That's about the most retarded thing I've ever seen from a so called professional publication... If they want to stress test it at least show what caused the screen to look like that. If that really happened from "3 or 4" normal drops on carpet then Im a bit concerned but they don't show the drop that caused it? More likely pouring the coffee on it in the beginning caused it. And of course dropping it 6 feet on to concrete is going to break it same as pouring a gallon of coffee on it then holding it under a running faucet for quite awhile... I could appreciate it if it was more professionally done but these guys are akin to the idiot outside best buy smashing one with a baseball bat. Not something I'd expect from a "professional" publication.
  5. Mpalmieri1203 macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2007
    One drop and these bad cats are done. Totally putting a squaretrade warranty on my 3gs when they get here.
  6. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    I ROFLed in the beginning with the coffee and lick finger for page turning
  7. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    So it looks like the summary is that the front screen is scratch proof, but it'll break if it gets wet or gets dropped from too high.
  8. Oskar1921 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    I don't understand what these Neanderthal's are suppose to be proving with these "stress" tests. D'oh!! C'mon, did they really think the screen wasn't going to crack when dropped face down on concrete? That the pad wasn't going to get fried if it was put under water? That the back was going to get scratched when keys were forcibly scrapped across the back?

    Why don't they do the same tests with the Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer laptops? Oh... I know. They're not APPLES!!! ;)

    Oh, PCWorld is a professional publication? Hmmmm, didn't notice

    Just another example of someone with an IQ of two below plant life having the need to get in front of a camera. Funny bit, but it proved squat.
  9. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    My Dell laptop dropped from 4 feet onto the concrete on its screen hinge and after the hard drive G shock returned to normal everything was fine, I was reliefed and surprised nothing was broken or was cracked.
  10. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I thought it was informative to watch. I've dropped my iPhone onto concrete twice and it was fine, but this video lets me know to be especially careful not to do that with my iPad.
  11. foxnews1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2010
    This just confirms that you definitely need a case on all the time. holding it naked just begs for accident to happen.

    He said dropping on carpet caused the screen to mess up. My laptop falls on carpet many times.
  12. Oskar1921 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2010
    I guess it was just pretty obvious to me that you don't drop a thin metal and glass high-tech object face down on concrete or hold it under running water.

    Why a "stress" test? This isn't stress, it's abuse. Maybe I'm missing something here. :rolleyes:
  13. paulisme macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    That was one notch above the video of the kids smashing an iPad outside Best Buy with a baseball bat.
  14. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  15. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    looks pretty delicate...but the screen is really scratch resistant.
  16. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    At first I was womdering what was wrong with that guy. That was pretty funny.
  17. GadgetX macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    So maybe it wasn't the best way to "stress" test the iPad, but I for one found it pretty informative. I was curious at how scratch resistant the aluminum back was and after watching this video I'll definitely be purchasing a case.
  18. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Honestly, it went a while under the faucet before anything happened. thats pretty good. you would likely only spill something on it, like in the first part, and it stands up to that. it would have been nicer for them to have a less obvious scratch test on the back, though.
  19. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    I found the video interesting and entertaining. The kids smashing one for no good reason was annoying, but at least this and the Will It Blend videos have semi-justifiable reasons for destroying them.
  20. applesupergeek macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    All these stress tests prove is what we've know all along, that people who write for pc world are morons.

    It would have been acceptable if some kids had put that up on youtube, but these guys are supposed to be professional journalists. Stress testing is not about mucking about and destroying a device under conditions it was never meant to be used at. It's about controlling an environment to see how it reacts to various wear and tear stresses, even extreme ones, but in a controlled, measurable, professional way. Not the crap that these morons are pulling...:rolleyes:

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