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iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 deemed most fragile gadgets

Sam Loveridge


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The iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 have been deemed the most fragile gadgets in an experiment by an insurance company.

A study involving drop tests onto concrete and water dunks has discovered the top ten most fragile gadgets currently available to buy.

The research carried out by insurance firm SquareTrade Europe included looking at the design and construction of the devices, as well as their weight, grip and water resistance.

“We are all investing in more and more technology, so when we do we want to make sure that we are going to get our money’s worth”, said Kevin Gillan, MD of SquareTrade Europe. “By putting devices through tests that replicate real life situations, we want to help people make smart choices when it comes to choosing gadgets and ensure they are covered against accidental damage.”

All the test results and phone specs were put together to form SquareTrade’s “breakability score”, where higher numbers indicated a more fragile device.

Unfortunately for Apple, four iOS products made it into the top ten. The iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 were shown to be the most breakable out of the lot though.

Google and Samsung make up the rest of the list outside Apple products, with three products each in the top ten.

Samsung actually did the worst as the S4 took second place and the Samsung Galaxy S3 was in fourth place.

At least Google and Apple learnt some lessons with design generations, as the iPad Air was deemed less fragile that the iPad mini, iPhone 5C more fragile than the iPhone 5S and the Google Nexus 7 2 less breakable than its predecessor.

The full list is as follows

1. iPad mini – 7.5

2. Samsung Galaxy S4 – 7

3. iPad Air – 6.5

4. Samsung Galaxy S3 – 6.5

5. iPhone 5C – 6

6. Nexus 7.1 – 6

7. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – 5.5

8. iPhone 5S – 5

9. Nexus 7 2 – 5

10. Moto X – 4.5

Read more: Best tablets 2014


February 6, 2014, 9:14 pm

"Samsung actually did the worst", because they had products in second and fourth place? Pardon? Apple had products in first and third... right?


February 7, 2014, 1:11 pm

As Alex said, I really don't understand the logic of Samsung being the worst (with 2nd as 4th place), as Apple had 1st and 3rd place in the breakability scores?

"Samsung actually did the worst as the S4 took second place and the Samsung Galaxy S3 was in fourth place."


February 7, 2014, 2:25 pm

Is there a list of least breakable devices? That would be very handy!

George Washington✓

February 12, 2014, 4:55 am

This report was most likely written by an Apple fanboi who didn't right posting an actually chart putting Samsung ahead of Apple's more scratch-able, dent-able, breakable and bendable devices now with even more iRevolutionary DIE CAST Aluminum. Apple is basically saying it's all still about PROFIT MARGINS and no longer value to consumers. Iconic Hype, Propaganda, Elitism and Exclusive software is what made them an also ran over last year in coming in 2nd again to Samsung's 325 Million Smartphones Sold last year.

Which is more than double Apple's sales........ meaning for a company like Square Trade, more customers means MO MONEY for them. Well at least the suckers that fall for these gimmicky durability tests!

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