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Google Nexus Tablet Fares Poorly in Torture Test at International CES

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Google’s Nexus 7 tablet was hailed as one of the most economical tablets on the market during the 2012 summer season. At that time, Apple had not yet produced a seven-inch tablet for the tablet market, and the closest tablet to Google’s Nexus 7 was Amazon’s six-inch classic Kindle (not counting the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire). The Nexus 7 was seen as a Kindle that could do so much more than the classic Kindle could do, and was seen as a better choice for those who did not want to handle Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. I can testify that after having the tablet for a year, it still tires my left hand out rather quickly when I play FIFA 12, my favorite iPad game.

CNET was present at International CES earlier this week with Molly Wood’s “Always On” show that performs torture tests on all the top electronics in the tech world. Molly tested both tablets and smartphones, large and small, and even subjected Microsoft’s Surface to a nine-foot drop on asphalt. Brian Tong of “The Apple Byte” was there to assist Molly, and he placed the 9.7-inch iPad 4 in a bucket full of iced, cold drinks. When it came time to torture test the Google Nexus 10 tablet, Molly decided to place it in a shallow fish tank. As she told Brian Tong (whom she called “BT”), she was not impressed with the Nexus 7 torture tests. According to her, the Always On torture team had to use 3 Nexus 7 tablets during the torture tests because each one would break after a single experiment (concrete, microwave, freezer). At this point, Brian was supposed to drop the Nexus 10 into the fish tank. After yelling, “three, two, one” and hearing the audience scream “drop it,” the Nexus 10 tablet went into the tank. Once the tablet sunk into the tank, the screen died after approximately 10-15 seconds.

Once the screen died out, Molly and Brian knew the show was over; the tablet was gone. They took the tablet out and tried to see if it would turn on. To their dismay, the tablet started leaking water out of it (yes, it had a hole the size of a water line, through which water leaked onto the floor). While someone in the audience was the recipient of the water victim, it did not change the fact that the rather plastic feel of the Nexus 10 could not withstand the elements.

Molly’s torture tests with her segment “Always On” are impressive because they show you how well your beloved gadgets can survive in heat, water, and ice (as well as weather conditions). When it comes to the Google Nexus 10, it is not built to last, but rather, built with affordable materials and marksmanship. It is a beautiful tablet to uphold, but it also seems to be too strained in its pixel density. While the Nexus 10 costs $399-$499 and the iPad’s starting price is $499, there is nothing in the world like paying for high quality. While the iPad costs more than the Nexus 10, it proved itself valiantly in Molly’s torture tests at International CES: not only did it withstand the heat (in her Always On segment during last season), it also withstood the cold bucket full of iced drinks as well as the liquid nitrogen test. Call it pricey, but the iPad was built to last. You can’t put a price on durability.

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  1. “You can’t put a price on durability.”

    Oh yes I can. I don’t buy Apple products for numerous reasons, but one of them is because most components are made in China and the devices are assembled there. I don’t buy things made in China – PERIOD.

  2. These tests may seem unrealistic to some, but the fish tank experiment (in particular) does have some real-time practicality about it. The tank was a shallow tank, a shallow body of water. Just think: if the Nexus 10 will die after 15 seconds in your fish tank, what will it do in your bathtub, deep basin, or a deep bucket of ice? What will it do in an indoor or outdoor pool situation? that was the point of the experiment: to show how well the tablet will survive underwater.

    I saw an experiment several months ago that pitted the Google Nexus 7 against the iPad 3. The Nexus 7 faired better in that experiment, but only because the two devices went underwater for about 3-5 seconds. Had the individual kept the devices underwater for 15 seconds, he would have seen the results of Molly’s Torture Tests. The fish tank may seem absurd, but she tried to get decent materials by which to create some real-life settings in which water poses a threat to your tablet. Both the ice-cold drink bucket and the fish tank provided water environments that could test whether or not the tablets could survive. The small concrete setup she had was designed to do the same.

  3. wow great info!
    I will now gladly shell out an extra $150 for the ipad, cuz I occasionally use my tablets in the microwave and in my fish tank.

  4. I’m waiting for their next segment, “Can A Nexus 10 Prop Up A Hot Uranium-238 Ingot At Three Mile Island?” No? FOR SHAME!

    What are the realistic expectations for smart devices these days, anyway? And if this were a legitimate concern… shouldn’t you test each device after going through a waterproofing coat, a la Liquipel?

  5. Wow, what an article. Must now remember to remove my nexus 10 dock from the bottom of the fish tank. Google, what are you thinking? Can’t a brother use a tablet as a paddle no mo, f00?

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