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How much punishment can your ipad take before it dies?


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How much punishment can your ipad take before it dies?
iPad stress tests: Don't drop it, and buy a case | Tablets | iPhone Central | Macworld

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If you get an iPad, make sure to buy a protective case for it. Compared to the iPhone, Apple’s latest tech toy is more prone to easy damage.

In our iPad stress tests—a supersize version of the iPhone stress tests that we performed with Apple’s smartphone—the tablet computer started showing damage after a few drops onto a carpeted floor.

Though the touchscreen itself held up well and still responded to touches and gestures, a strip of garbled pixels appeared at the top of the display after we dropped the iPad from a seated position three or four times.

Water isn’t very iPad-friendly, either. Our stress-test unit started malfunctioning immediately after being doused with coffee and water, even though the iPad connector port was somewhat covered. Water entered the iPad’s innards via the headphone jack on the top, and within a minute or two, the touchscreen display became unresponsive and splotchy.

Apple’s tablet is extremely resilient in a few ways, however. Surprisingly, all that glass on the front is practically invulnerable when it comes to everyday wear-and-tear.

Its well-coated screen is literally scratch-proof: We couldn’t produce any scratches on the display even when we tried to etch it with a nail; you definitely won’t need to buy one of those stick-on screen protectors.

The glass did start showing signs of physical damage after a couple of drops onto concrete. But even in those extreme circumstances, the screen cracked only after we dropped the iPad face-down onto the pavement.

The back of the iPad, on the other hand, is a scratch magnet. Keys and the aforementioned nail dinged it up significantly, so a protective case is still a good idea if you plan on toting it around alongside other objects in a bag.

After our iPad became fully inoperable from the combination of water damage and drops onto concrete, we went ahead and threw a baseball at it. The iPad was no match for a Little League-caliber fastball, so if you’re sitting in foul-ball territory with it, bring a glove.

You’ll also be happy to know that an average-weight adult can sit on the iPad without inflicting any damage. It just isn’t very comfortable.

All in all, the iPad is a solidly built machine, but the pixel problems after only a few drops onto a carpeted floor surprised us a bit. This gadget has a lot of potential to be used by kids, so you’ll definitely want to buy a protective case if you have a youngster at home.
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And here is a macworld video showing you their stress tests on the ipad. Well worth watching.

YouTube - Macworld Video: iPad stress tests
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As usual great find :-)


Bottom line get a case and take care of your new iPad.

I think most diehard macs fans like myself, we know to take good care of our apple products.
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I've owned various Apple electronic devices -- notebooks, iPods and iPhones -- for years now. Have never dropped one of them ever.

Dropping expensive electronic equipment is nearly always due to CARELESSNESS. Obviously there are exceptions, but when I'm holding something expensive, I tend to be more aware of what I'm doing so that the risk of accidents is reduced.

I suppose the above article (kind of obvious I would have thought) is useful in helping to raise awareness, but really people: we're mostly adults here, surely we're aware that electronic gadgets are fragile and expensive?

What's next, an article that breaks the news that iPads don't function well when wet?
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I've owned various Apple electronic devices -- notebooks, iPods and iPhones -- for years now. Have never dropped one of them ever.

Dropping expensive electronic equipment is nearly always due to CARELESSNESS. Obviously there are exceptions, but when I'm holding something expensive, I tend to be more aware of what I'm doing so that the risk of accidents is reduced.

I suppose the above article (kind of obvious I would have thought) is useful in helping to raise awareness, but really people: we're mostly adults here, surely we're aware that electronic gadgets are fragile and expensive?

What's next, an article that breaks the news that iPads don't function well when wet?

Good point, I have owned several iphones,macbooks...etc never had a drop. It's just the same as if your carrying a glass plate or glass bottle...etc you wouldn't drop that.
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I've owned and have loved Apple for years as well. The iPhone is the only device that has slipped.(only on carpet and usually from less than 3 feet) I am very careful with all electronics and tools. My wife is complete opposite. Everything I purchase now gets extended warranty, from iPhone and digital cameras to the household appliances. She broke her bowling ball once. I'm still trying to figure that one out.

And if the news breaks that iPads won't function wet I would not be surprised.
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Well if you watch the video they do pour coffee, wine and a running tap over the ipad. The coffee and wine did affect it a little but the immersion in water from the tap killed it. So for me a little sptay of water on the screen will not kill it. But give it a good swim or get water in the socket holes and it'll die.
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