New research by an insurance firm suggests that when it comes to being
'fragile', Apple devices are not superior to devices from brands like
Samsung, Google's Nexus and Motorola. The study finds the Apple iPad
mini to be the most fragile gadget, closely followed by the Samsung
Telegraph has reported research by SquareTrade Europe which involves
device durability testing against some extreme situations, such as
dropping a device onto a concrete floor from a set height or water
The study reveals that Apple dominates the top 10 list of 'most
breakable gadgets' with four devices (Apple iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPhone
5c and iPhone 5s included. The study also
lists three Samsung devices in
the top 10, and three Google devices including two Nexus tablets (made
by Asus) and the Moto X. The study states that Samsung's 2013 flagship
smartphone, the Galaxy S4 is the second in the list of most fragile
The study looks at the design, construction and weight of
the device, as well as its 'grip-ablity' and water resistance.
Further, the study involved a breakability score, which was given to
each device after dropping it, with the higher score intended to show
the most fragile device.
SquareTrade Europe's research has
detailed the top 10 device list of most breakable gadgets, namely Apple
iPad mini (scoring 7.5); Samsung Galaxy S4 (7); Apple iPad Air (6.5);
Samsung Galaxy S III
(6.5); Apple iPhone 5c (6); Nexus 7 2012 (6); Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
(5.5); Apple iPhone 5s (5.5); Nexus 7 2013 (5) and Motorola's flagship
Moto X (4.5).
report also quoted Kevin Gillan, managing director of insurance firm
SquareTrade Europe: "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. 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."
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