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Drop Test Of The Galaxy Tab, iPad2, And Motorola Xoom – Prepare To Cringe

What happens when you drop a Samsung Galaxy Tab, an iPad2, and a Moto XOOM? Some people would cringe, some would laugh, some would even cry. Well the lovely people over at ElectronicsBreak decided to see what would happen when you drop these tablets waist high onto a marble looking sidewalk. Unfortunately, there are no winners in this match up. Let’s just say I won’t be walking around with my XOOM in hand downtown anytime soon after watching this. Who would have known this would be a great way to sell warranties for your tech. Great video after the “break”! (See what we did there, again?)

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  • Dman27

    God DAMN…… 

  • ieatapples

    If you look closely you’ll see they only dropped the iPad at waist height

  • Captain Snapperhead

    I think the IFAD looks way better now:) Lighten up people, too. They were probably pads sent in for warranties that didn’t work right anyways. 

  • Anonymous

    Just get an otterbox defender case for any of the 3 devices and you are set. My ipad 2 actually fell and landed on a corner from the height of my waist and nothing happened to it, other than a little dent thats not even noticeable. 

  • http://twitter.com/bsaana Bryan Ady

    Such waste.

  • http://twitter.com/baniels Ben Daniels

    In other words – they are all f*cked.  Less cracking on the Galaxy doesn’t mean less repair. 

  • slappynutz

    Goes to show you that apple makes CRAP.

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      Xoom didn’t do too well either lol

  • LPMeteoraremix

    I cried watching the xoom drop

  • Sackmonkey

    Wow..  drop glass on the concrete and it’ll break.  I’m so surprised.

  • Jcorf

    All, that matters is that the iPad2 lost.

  • Anonymous

    Wtf? They definitely dropped the Xoom from much higher than the iPad and Galaxy Tab if you look closely!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Stupid test. What did this prove? Did we really need this to know you would f*** up your device if you dropped it?

    So, next I need to see what happens if you set it on fire. Then, I need the drop it out of the car window test. Then. lets see the throw it against a tree test. But not before the hit it with a baseball bat test.

    Man… this was just dumb.

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      the company that makes the videos is a warranty company. drop tests are great ways to show strength. i dont’t think they shoudl drop it face down though. And an incredible did get dropped into a fire, and survived

  • Joos519

    I wouldn’t get too scared.  It’s obvious that the video was edited.  Too many cuts and cut aways.  First they show you the nice screen, then cut…get the damaged one…. ok, start recording again….face it down so the audience can’t see it.  Ok…now drop.  BS!!!!  Show me the video of a new one being drop with now edits and I’ll believe it.  In business it’s called increasing revenue, tactics….scare the customer and make them feel the warranty is necessary. 

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      you’re just in denial

  • Anonymous

    the xoom was dropped higher than the iPad2 you can notice he extended his arms for the iPad

  • Bobby

    now i would be very happy to have got any of these tablets and use them for what they are deseigned to do… but apperntly its better to break these tablets and put it on youtube for 1.53 secs for no appernt reason…

  • Bobby

    now i would be very happy to have got any of these tablets and use them for what they are deseigned to do… but apperntly its better to break these tablets and put it on youtube for 1.53 secs for no appernt reason…

  • Anonymous

    So it’s bad to drop a tablet on asphalt? Oh, thank goodness for videos like this that teach such an important lesson. Never would have thought that i needed to protect my 800 dollar glass front device from a drop onto a hard surface. They could have just sent me those tablets instead and I would have told them what would happen without ruining them all.

    • Anonymous

      Its away for them to market. People may “know” it could happen but when you see it is when you take action.

      Just like almost all safety aspects. People “knew” it could happen but it takes someone getting injured by it before a change is made.

  • Anonymous

    Shoot the iPad 2 while you are at it.

  • http://twitter.com/TriadX1 TriadX1

    What is the point?  Did they really think any of them would survive a face down drop on concrete?  The displays are glass folks…

  • Tomgillotti

    Love* (stupid swype)

  • Tomgillotti

    Love* (stupid swype)

  • Tomgillotti

    I live seeing any *pple product smashed ;)

  • William Everette

    Have my Xoom in the Motor Portfolio case. I’ve dropped it at least 4 times while doing service calls, not a scratch.

  • http://twitter.com/mutinymanx Tyler Spurgeon

    Yep, I cringed. Worth watching though.

  • Anonymous

    why dont you send me one of those instead of breaking it…jeez

  • MJZ2112

    interesting part of the video for me is that we never see the front of the iPad before it’s dropped. 
    I’m no Apple fanboy… but that was suspect IMO

  • Anonymous

    I wanna see the test where they put gorilla glass up against a gorilla…

    • EC8CH

      Ha!

      Put a picture of a banana on a Xoom, and throw it in a cage with a Gorilla.

  • EC8CH

    I dropped my OGD like that once.

    It was fine, but some guy in China got a black eye.

    • http://twitter.com/gmzeller Geoff Zeller

      Was there an earthquake that day?

  • Crazedasun

    Inconsistent drop heights…c’mon guys, havn’t you ever seen an episode of Mythbusters?  I’m certain the devices would still break, however compare equally.

    • Anonymous

      i was under the impression that a corner drop is the most destructive, since the impact is spread over a really small area.  But yeah, they should have at least dropped them similarly (i would have slid it off a table or something similar)

  • http://www.facebook.com/franzvezuli Franz Vezuli

    You can just tell they are apple fanboys though, how did the Xoon get more damage then the iPad. From what I saw iPad 2 had the most damage done to it lol.

    • Zach Tanksley

      they actually listed iPad 2 as the worst at the end.  Tab fared best, Xoom more damage, iPad2 not so good

  • Anonymous

    I guess Gorilla Glass isnt that strong. I was always under the impression it could survive a basic fall.

  • Johnzenobia

    So much for Gorilla glass!

  • Johnzenobia

    So much for Gorilla glass!

  • Anonymous

    Look at the surface they tested this on. If they had used a smooth concrete surface I wonder if the test would have gone differently. But having many little rocks or pebbles protruding from the surface of the cement would put the impact into a tiny area. Similar to stabbing it with a pen or screwdriver.

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      but there is a video of gorilla glass getting stabbed with a pen and it doesn’t break.

  • jbonics

    What’s Crackalackin.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a great marketing ploy for Square Trade.  Showing how easy it is to essentially destroy your new expensive toy from such a short drop. It will make a lot of people seriously consider buying a warranty.

  • Davros

    Do any of these use Gorilla glass?

    • Carlto Pr787

      I know the xoom does but it prevents scratches I don’t know about dropping it

      • Davros

        I thought GG was stronger than that. I don’t even know how many times I’ve dropped my DX and it hasn’t broke. Yet, lol.

        • http://twitter.com/gmzeller Geoff Zeller

          Yeah it must be the larger size of the screen. It will flex a lot more and lead the the cracking I guess. I would assume the reason your X hasn’t broken is the same as the reason the Galaxy Tab had less damage.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I’ve accidentally dropped my D1 onto concrete and asphalt a few times and not-so-accidentally let it go after some infuriating phone calls. Never a single scratch or crack in the glass. The only part that has ever gotten damaged is the plastic part of the phone (scratches).

        • Anonymous

          They had a video of a guy dragging his Gorilla Glass screen/cell on a road (nothing happed).. so it surprises me the Xoom screen didn’t survive a simulated fall. 

        • Anonymous

          Same here.

    • Anonymous

      The XOOM and the GTab. The iPad’s screen is made from ordinary glass (don’t quite know why; the iPhone 4 has a GG equivalent on the front).

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        they say that the iphone has a GG equivalent, but i doubt it. those things are as fragile as it gets

  • http://www.facebook.com/BenBGriffiths Ben Griffiths

    next time they should put a marker for height.  The short kid dropped the Ipad from his waist, the tall guy dropped them from sternum height.  Funny that even so the Ipad lost.

  • Anonymous

    It’s great for selling tablet insurance!

      Is there anyone out there that got a tablet that doesn’t have insurance?  If so, watch the video again!

    • Anonymous

      I know I would get insurance.

    • Anonymous

      I’m running without insurance, but that’s because I got my tablet for $99 on contract, and it’ll probably cost less to replace than insurance would cost me. Insurance is usually on the order of about $200 for one claim (including a year’s worth of monthly payments). I could probably replace my tab for about $275-325, so I’m risking an additional $100 for a potential savings of $200. Makes sense to me.

      • Anonymous

        I can dig what you are saying! Makes sense to me too!

    • Anonymous

      I’m running without insurance, but that’s because I got my tablet for $99 on contract, and it’ll probably cost less to replace than insurance would cost me. Insurance is usually on the order of about $200 for one claim (including a year’s worth of monthly payments). I could probably replace my tab for about $275-325, so I’m risking an additional $100 for a potential savings of $200. Makes sense to me.

  • AVVallace

    Droid Life is my favorite tech resource and I realize it’s not an English grammar blog, but “who would OF known” should read “who would HAVE known.”  Keep up the good work otherwise. 

    • Dane Butters

      We’re a generation taught to spell by Hooked on Phonics.  “Would’ve” sounds like “Would of”, and so it becomes.

  • Anonymous

    They should record how fast money burns next…

  • Mike

    I’d be curious to see tests with some popular cases protecting them.

    And “Who would of known”? Not sure, but “all of the sudden” I want to find out. See what I did there?

  • http://twitter.com/reginaldfelix Reginald Felix

    They need to show the IPad2 before dropping it, just like they did with the XOOM and the TAb. People will not see it as credible. 

  • Mctypething

    Wow. Only in America would you see a couple of dopes dropping perfectly good tabs (presumably) on the sidewalk to see what happens. Really? Thanks for letting me know I shouldn’t drop my XOOM 3 feet on concrete, whew! Even worse that this video is getting proliferated on the net. What a joke.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not just “a couple of dopes.”  It’s a company that sells warranties for various tech items.  Showing how easy it is to completely destroy your pricey new toy with a short drop is a great way to sell more warranties.  It’s called great marketing. Great American marketing since you brought nationality into it. It’s a very smart advertisement.

      • Joelseph

        win.

      • Mctypething

        Great marketing? I own a XOOM and won’t purchase a warranty based on this video, and I have a hard time believing many others will. I don’t need these guys to show me that it’s possible to drop my XOOM and what will happen if I do drop it. It’s called being careful. If you’re clumsy, you probably already purchased a warranty or insurance, and you don’t need these idiots dropping expensive electronics in the street to make the point stronger.

        • Anonymous

          Accidents don’t happen on purpose. It’s in the definition.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know man.. I’ve had a new phone every 6 months since 2003, I was in a frat, I party every weekend, I’m around people who think phones are disposable every day, and I’ve NEVER broken a phone, or dropped mine into a pool, or shasta.. and I’ve never had insurance

            they don’t call car accidents accidents anymore, they are car crashed.. we shouldn’t refer to dropping your tablet any different :)

            oh and I run my phones naked too, no invisible screen, no case.. period

          • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

            Shasta Soda? I haven’t that stuff since I was in middle school. I miss it very much :(

          • Anonymous

            Lake Shasta in nor cal… it’s where pretty much all greek life at Oregon universities and Nor Cal schools go for Memorial Day for the biggest party you’ve ever seen, rent 2,000 houseboats with each one having 30 people, and well you get the idea, it’s a 7 university greek life party ;) If my phones can survive 4 of those trips, I don’t want to hear about someone knocking their phone off the counter and shattering the glass

          • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

            I’m from Humboldt, bro! I know all about Nor-Cal! :P

          • Anonymous

            That’s 4 boats… now imagine 2,000 tied up to an island that is about 15 miles in shoreline

          • Anonymous

            haha, i was thinking soda too.

          • Asdfjkl

            wow, you sound like a douche

          • Anonymous

            I don’t doubt it…. I’m probably one of the few who is a bigger nerd than most of you, but get treated like the blonde at work because I look like I was hired for a favor… whatever, being a nerd in IT actually becomes a huge positive after college, because your the only with a job out of all of your friends.. and your probably making more than 50k a year 

          • Anonymous

            Id say you’ve been lucky. Or you just aren’t as clumsy as the average person(me included). Im careful with my stuff too but for some reason things slip put of my hands a lot. Just last week I dropped my g-tab flat on the kitchen floor. Luckily it didn’t break. Were talking about average people here though. You could be using your tab in public and have someone bump you and knock it out of your hands. A lot of people drop phones in toilets all the time. Its preventable sure but I don’t think anyone does it intentionally.

          • Anonymous

            Just saying, I don’t think it’s luck… like I wouldn’t put my tab on the end of a table… that isn’t your friends fault it is your fault… My xoom is naked also, taken it on business trips with me.. still nothing.. I’m going on 10 years of this no issue, it’s not luck.. but then there are some people who can’t keep a phone looking new for 2 weeks

            like someone said earlier.. it depends if you are careful

            I mean things happen of course… but there are steps you can do to make that chance slim to none

        • http://twitter.com/gmzeller Geoff Zeller

          You sound like a really angry person.

        • Anonymous

          Then this advertisement is clearly not directed at you.  It’s not directed at me either, but I see the value in it and the smart reasoning behind it.  Any freshman marketing major would realize that.  It’s directed at the general populace, and the general populace does not buy extended warranties or warranties that cover accidents.  Seeing something like this with their own eyes will sway a number of people to purchase warranties, and the company will turn a healthy profit, even after taking into account the cost of the tablets.  It’s a publicity stunt.  Companies do them all the time.  Most often, it’s just a way to get attention without much of a point to it.  But this one is trying to get attention by highlighting the entire point of why the company exists.  

          If you don’t see why that’s good marketing, just move on and continue to spout off ignorant, nationalistic vitriol somewhere else.

          • Mctypething

            Well, it’s sure nice to know the company will turn a “healthly profit” on the virtues of this video. Any freshman marketing major would also realize how many millions of other things go into whether a company is profitable. I would love to see the data on how many people will purchase insurance based on this video, but you seem to be sure that many people will. Great analysis there. My point is that destroying perfectly good products is wasteful, and if that is there genius marketing strategy, that’s pathetic.

          • Anonymous

            Well, it did make me wonder about if a warranty was worth it once I saw at the end that it was SquareTrade.  I have a feeling those might have been damaged products they were dropping or something anyhow. Just a hunch. Who knows.. either way, it worked.

          • Anonymous

            i wonder if the tabs they dropped were under their warranty? :P

          • Anonymous

            Enough people certainly will buy insurance in order for the company to turn a profit from the cost of this advertisement.  In the grand scheme of things, this ad was probably a heck of a lot cheaper – and a heck of a lot more effective – than a traditional ad.  And I never said the earnings from this ad were the only source of profit.  Who would get an idea like that?

            Keep on believing what you want to believe.  The video is getting a lot of attention, which is the entire point of doing a publicity stunt like this.  Clearly it’s working.

          • Anonymous

            Translation of all your posts: 

            I wanted to shock everyone by spouting off about how wasteful this is. Surely everyone will give my “likes” because it goes against the normal thought process. This will make me look incredibly intelligent and “deep.” I’ll throw in an anti-America comment for good measure, that’ll make me look knowledgeable about world affairs.
            Continued…
            Oh no, someone is countering my point. Instead of admitting I’m wrong or that people disagree with me, I’ll continue to force my point no matter how ignorant it may be. If all else fails, I’ll try to push guilt on everyone because these guys spent ~$1500 on marketing.

            That sum it up? I think it’s an accurate observation.

          • Mctypething

            And how is what you’re doing any different?

          • Anonymous

            He has 6 likes you have one.  That’s how what he is doing is different.  Money is spent on all sorts of things.  Heaven forbid they do a silly drop test.

          • Anonymous

            He has 6 likes you have one.  That’s how what he is doing is different.  Money is spent on all sorts of things.  Heaven forbid they do a silly drop test.

          • Anonymous

            By the way, have you ever poured water down the drain, or taken a long shower? Left the water running when you’re brushing your teeth? Washed your car?

            Millions of people die because they don’t have water. Want to judge people about waste? Work on yourself first.

          • Mctypething

            This might be the most ignorant thing I’ve ever read. First off, all I ever said was that in my opinion, breaking expensive electronics just to show they can break is wasteful and unnecessary. It was your decision to attack my post. Who’s judging anyone? I’m commenting on one specific thing these guys did. And comparing washing my car to dropping a XOOM on the ground intentionally is just idiotic. Think about things before you post them.

          • Anonymous

            If that’s the most ignorant thing you’ve ever read, then in my opinion, you need to read more.

        • Anonymous

          if it’s not your tab, why do you care? also, i dont buy a phone/tab/any electronic without buying the warranty…you never know when you might be working with your electronic and have lightning strike and your surge protector malfunction, or be using it outside and a sudden downpour soaks it…you. just. never. know.

      • Anonymous

        Honestly, this is some good advertising. If someone would have asked me I would have said a well made tablet could survive a fall from that height. Maybe the body would have some dings, but I would have thought the screen would be OK.

        Now, when/if I get a tablet I’m definitely getting a warranty with it.

      • Guest

        Warranties don’t usually cover damage from abuse or accident.  Does this company sell insurance?

        • Anonymous

          Their third party warranties do cover accidental damage.  It’s more like insurance, but they call them warranties.  Maybe the name difference makes people feel better for some reason.

      • Guest

        Warranties don’t usually cover damage from abuse or accident.  Does this company sell insurance?

    • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

      THIS is the foundation on which you build your moralism?  Give me a break. 

      • Mctypething

        huh?

        • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

          If you’re too dense to work through it, you can’t be helped, sorry.

          • Mctypething

            You’re a moron.

          • Anonymous

            Why, because he pointed out the fact you missed a subtle joke (although he may have been able to word it differently)?

          • http://twitter.com/IBelieveinSteve Steve Peter

            No sir, you clearly are. Your entire point is idiotic. A great way to sell insurance is to show people how vulnerable a product is. Get over it.

      • http://twitter.com/gmzeller Geoff Zeller

        A “break”?? eh??

        • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

          I almost put “(pun intended)” for that part, but I was secretly hoping someone would appreciate the dry humor.  Thanks for vindicating me. 

    • http://twitter.com/gmzeller Geoff Zeller

      Yeah in many countries of the world someone would mug you and steal the tablets before you could perform the test. Or you would get shot in the cross fire of a civil war on the way there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      Dude, get over it. Its not like they would have given it to you had it broken. Besides, Its not like they’re throwing the things in the garbage. They’re part of a company, I’m sure they get a huge discount (if any cost at all) to just replace the screen.

    • http://twitter.com/DooleyNoted Jonathan S Nowak

      I wish I had a Xoom 3 in the first place, to drop.

  • Rocktoonz

    Interesting, but I noticed that all 3 were dropped screen facing down.  I wonder how they would fare going back first or on an edge instead.  Anyone got a bunch of tablets they wanna trash for us?  :D

    • http://twitter.com/strikeir13 Keir Stiegler

      Yeah, they should have dropped them face up first to see if the glass would break that way. Or sideways. Then do face down last.

    • Evil-D

      I agree if you were carrying it using it down the street and dropped it, it would not land screen down.  Back down probably or at worst on its side.  Not screen down.

  • Onelowchef

    Good way to blow $1000 dollars!

    • http://profiles.google.com/2k1yellows2k Michael Thompson

      Your sentence reads “Good way to blow one thousand dollars dollars!”

      =0)

  • McBuckets

    First…damn

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

      nope you were third

  • Anonymous

    Damn…what a waste of perfectly good tabs…that is unless they were already ‘bricked’ to begin with…haha (Actually, that didn’t work as the sidewalk is marble and the tablets weren’t thrown into a brick wall…damn…next time)

  • Anonymous

    Damn…what a waste of perfectly good tabs…that is unless they were already ‘bricked’ to begin with…haha (Actually, that didn’t work as the sidewalk is marble and the tablets weren’t thrown into a brick wall…damn…next time)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    awesome!