When new smartphones are released, we are inevitably hit with videos from folks trying to show how well they survive drops and hits, usually in comparison to other leading devices. Although interesting to those who enjoy watching devices get trashed and fanboys or fangirls who like to find any little thing to claim superiority for their favored device, the results of these videos are really just a single data point. For some folks, like SquareTrade which supplies insurance to consumers who buy electronic devices, the breakability of different devices is important for their rate setting and more extensive, controlled testing is required. The company recently completed another round of testing of popular devices and released the top 10 results. Leading the way as the most breakable device was Apple’s iPad Mini, but other Apple devices along with those from Samsung and Google fill out the top 10.
In addition to the iPad Mini, Apple’s iPad Air claimed the third spot, the iPhone 5C was in fifth, and the iPhone 5S was in eighth place, meaning Apple devices accounted for 40% of the list. However, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was the second most breakable device while the Galaxy S3 was in fourth place on the list and the Galaxy Tab 3 was in seventh place. Rounding out the top ten were a trio of Google devices with the Nexus 7.1 (2012 version?) in sixth place, the Nexus 7.2 (2013 version?) in ninth place and the Motorola Moto X slid in to tenth place.
SquareTrade’s tests look at the design of the products, weight, “grip-ability,” water resistance, and the results of drop tests onto concrete. SquareTrade Europe’s Kevin Gillan says, “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.”
Below is the list of the top ten devices along with the breakability score that SquareTrade produces:
- iPad Mini - 7.5
- Samsung Galaxy S4 – 7
- iPad Air - 6.5
- Samsung Galaxy S3 – 6.5
- iPhone 5C - 6
- Nexus 7.1 – 6
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – 5.5
- iPhone 5S - 5.5
- Nexus 7.2 – 5
- Moto X – 4.5
Do breakability ratings impact your buying decisions when it comes to technology gadgets? Would you be more or less inclined to buy additional insurance if you knew the device you were buying was on the SquareTrade top ten list?