Square Trade has just carried out a series of three drop tests on several different tablets, including the iPad mini, Nexus 7, and third-gen iPad. Two of the tests involved dropping the tablets from four feet using special apparatus, whereas one involved dunking the tablets in some water for 10 seconds. The tablets were tested for corner drops and faceplate drops, and the iPad mini did best of all in the corner drop test, with very little damage and no screen cracks. In the faceplate test the Nexus came out on top, with only slight cracks, in comparison to major fractures in the two Apple tabs. In the water submersion test, the iPad mini still worked normally after its 10-second-soaking, while the bigger iPad had a malfunctioning home button and was also sluggish to respond to touch input. Not much was made of the Nexus after the dunking, which was “unresponsive.” Overall, Square Trade proclaimed the iPad mini to be the winner!
Source: 'Drop test' finds iPad mini is more rugged than Nexus 7, 3rd-gen iPad