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iPad 2 durability?

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by anonchi, Mar 14, 2011.

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    So according to iFixit, the ipad 2's weight reduction is mostly due to a lighter and thinner glass and lcd. apparently 75% of the difference in weight is from the new glass. What does this mean for durability? I havent seen any drop tests yet but does this mean itll be more flimsy than the already easily-breakable ipad 1?
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    Good to hear from you. You’ll find a whole bunch of iPad enthusiasts in this Forum who are only too willing to help other iPad owners and to hear of their experiences. Don’t be afraid to post any questions you may have or use the ‘Search’ button near the top of the Forum web page. I usually find I discover one new interesting and useful piece of information about my iPad every day - and often not even what I was looking for!!

    Yes - the iFixit tear-down was very interesting - I'm a techie geek so I just love seeing the insides of these things. I'm the sort of guy who used to have silicon chip photomicrographs on my wall - oh, well, another era...

    Yes - thinner glass - in fact, much thinner glass. What, of course, is not clear is whether the new glass is a stronger formulation. I'm sure that Apple must have thought long-and-hard about the possibility of a whole raft of iPad2 glass breakages hitting the news and what that would do to the reputation of the iPad2. I'm sure they've done extensive laboratory testing - drop testing, environmental chambers, vibration testing etc - it's 100% standard procedure for any new product and a company with Apple's reputation is not going to 'skimp' on this aspect of a new product. They know only too well that the iPad is going to be carried around in backpacks and shopping bags - some even without a protective case! So I wouldn't be too worried about this; as they say they'll 'have done their sums' and I'm sure we won't be reporting on screen breakages.

    Now, of course, just to prove me wrong, we're going to get a whole bag of posts from Forum members who *have* broken their iPad screens....why can't I keep my mouth shut!!!

    Hope to hear from you soon with your thoughts about the iPad.

    Have fun and enjoy your iPad


    If you don’t already have it you can download a copy of the iPad manual for free from


    http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/...User_Guide.pdf

    Also the iPad2 manual is available at the Apple iBooks store. It’s free too.

    Tim
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    Thanks Tim from Scotland, that's some good info.
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    What? You mean you didn't see the label on that tin you just opened? It said "WORMS" on it.

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    It's glass. Glass breaks. Why anyone would expect otherwise is baffling.
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    Gorilla Glass

    According to a report on NPR on Monday, Apple is reputed to use Corning's Gorilla Glass - a specially formulated glass that is extremely resistant to fracture.
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    I did a drop Test by accident yesterday with my new iPad 2. While getting coffee I knocked off my new iPad 2 on the concrete floor from a counter that was about 3 foot high. Thankfully it didn't break.
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    Wow! A heart-stopping moment! I wouldn’t like to have seen your pulse rate!

    Glad your iPad survived your ‘environmental drop test’.

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    Good to hear. Been surprised by how tough the glass is on the original models.

    Have several "gorillas in the family.
    (Living proof of Darwins theory.....but hey, you don't get to choose your relatives. Just wish they'd play in the trees a bit more. :))
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    OMG, I just gasped just reading this. I can't imagine!! So glad it is ok!
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    At the very least you should not be allowed access to that iPad 2, unsupervised, for at least 10 days. Just sayin' ;).




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    Easily-breakable iPad 1? Please provide your source. I used mine heavily everyday for 11 months. Why didn't it break?

    If you drop glass on a hard floor it could break, but what does "easily breakable" mean? Squeezing it too tight? Looking at the screen too hard?
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    Ipad1 is durable as a Moro. Mine has dropped several times, in the apple case or targus truss case, on it's back, face down, etc.. No problems, no scratches, no dents, no anything. iPad still wrks n looks as if it's brand new. These are some tough glass used on ipad1. I would think ipad2 glass more liable to break cuz it's a lot thinner., regardless If same type of glass used as in ipad1. Unless they used some newer steonfpger type of glass to allow it to be thinner and stronger, the thicker glass will always win.
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    An egg squeezed from the side is breaks easily. An egg squeezed from the top/bottom is a different story. Glass hit in just the right spot will shatter easily whereas unless you hit it just right it is very durable. Chances of hitting it just right in the crystal line are slim but it is possible

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    I swung a roofing hammer as hard as I could at my ipad 2, hit it dead center of the screen........ no breakage.... ever so slight scratch.
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    I have a WP7 by Samsung [the Focus] and it has Gorilla Glass. I am not surprised to hear that the IP2 has Gorilla Glass. When my iP2 arrives [supposed to be the EOM or so since I am getting it from an Apple Authorized Reseller, nearest Apple Store is 50 miles away], I plan to only use the Apple Black Leather cover. [the one with the magnets] The GGlass works well on my phone.
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    Drop Testing


    I can imagine your heart skipped a beat or so. The engineer in me wants a bit more info about how it landed ... if possible.
    - Did it land flat on back or face?
    - Did it hit on a corner or full length on one of the edges?
    - Did it fly a bit and drop with a glancing blow ... vs ... a straight vertical drop?

    Really curious. Thanks
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    More durability Testing




    Was this action on purpose?
    Where you on task to see just how durable your new tablet really was?
    Or were you trying to smash a bug and your aim was off?

    Wow
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    And...you suppose Apple's R&D staff didn't think of doing something like that before giving the green light to go ahead and order a bazillion screens?

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    It was a complete accident. I was watching a youtube video on how to install new shingles on a roof, and was just wasn't paying much attention to the roofing action.

    Now I have a scratch on my iPad2 and my roof is no longer water proof.

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