Google’s new flagship of Android tablet, the Nexus 7, has intensified the tablet wars, a market Apple has all but dominated since the release of the first iPad.
In terms of durability however, it looks like Apple’s tablet may be facing some serious competition from Google, at least according to a series of durability tests carried out by Square Trade.
The first test conducted was a simple drop test to see which tablet device would fair better when dropped onto concrete. While the iPad’s screen cracked on both drops and Nexus 7 showed no screen damage. However, the back of Google’s tablet got pretty scratched up, while the iPad’s aluminum back was more resistant to scuffing.
Next the two tablets were dropped into a bathtub. The Google Nexus 7 came out of the tub unharmed and working as good as new. The iPad, however, lost its sound, though it showed no other damage. The touchscreen on both tablets worked fine after being submerged in water.
While these tests were extreme, it does bode well for those wanting a durable, cheap, less-refined tablet like the Nexus 7.
Watch the showdown below: