Just as cars are tested for safety in crash tests, several of the season’s tablets were put through the ringer in a “breakability test” conducted by SquareTrade, a provider of extended warranty service for electronic devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 emerged the winner among a selection of devices that included Apple’s iPad Air 2 and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, among others.
According to the test, two of the tablets evaluated have a low risk of breakability (Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Asus Memo Pad 7), six present an average risk level (Sony Xperia Z3, iPad Air 2 and mini 3, Nexus 9, Samsung Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5) and two are particularly vulnerable (Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and TMAX 9 HD).
Overall, larger tablets turned out to be more fragile and also less water resistant than smaller ones. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the overall winner, performed particularly well in the drop test and the water resistance test. The Sony Xperia Z3 also stands out for its exemplary water resistance, unlike the Samsung Note Pro 12.2, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and TMAX 9 HD, which seem to be wide open to water damage.
SquareTrade’s Breakability Score ranks mobile devices according to their risk of breaking, taking into account key elements such as front and back panel design, materials used and build quality, size, weight, friction quotient, water resistance and “grip-ability.”
The higher a device scores on the scale of one to ten, the higher the risk the device will break in an accident. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 claims the lowest risk score among the tablets tested in this round, at just 3.3.