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SquareTrade Breakability Tests Reveal Compact Tablets Are The Holiday’s Least Breakable

Big Tablets Proved Far More Breakable Than Smaller Ones


SquareTrade®, the top-rated protection plan trusted by millions of happy customers, today announced the results of 10 popular tablets' performance in Breakability testing, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 coming out on top as the least breakable (3.3 breakability score), and the Tmax 9 HD coming in as the most breakable (8.2 breakability score).

The SquareTrade Breakability Score ranks today's top devices based on how prone they are to break due to accidents. Evaluating key elements such as front and back panel design, edge construction and materials, size, weight, friction quotient, water resistance and grip-ability, SquareTrade's Breakability Score fills in the missing gap left by traditional device reviews: it tests devices in a manner that replicates everyday danger situations brought on by our lifestyles and habits.

See SquareTrade's Breakability test video here.

"For the first time, we put 10 tablets through the rigor of our Breakability tests and found that size does indeed matter. These expensive devices are the equivalent of our Swiss army knives – but they're hardly as durable. And the bargain basement tablet we tested literally broke in two," says Ty Shay, CMO of SquareTrade. "Unlike with smartphones where Apple consistently comes out on top in our Breakability tests, Samsung was the winner here with the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 the overall winner."

The SquareTrade Breakability Score is based on a number of factors, from physical characteristics to the results of SquareTrade's Drop, Dunk and Slide Tests. The higher a device scores on a scale from 1-10, the higher the risk of it breaking due to an accident.

Overall, compact tablets performed above expectations, faring better in drop and dunk tests than larger models like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or Tmax 9 HD. Durable and water-resistant models like the Sony Xperia Z3 (4 breakability score), and Apple iPad Mini 3 (4.4 breakability score) performed admirably. Popular devices that run higher risks of breaking due to an accident include Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (6 breakability score) and the Apple iPad Air 2 (6.1 breakability score) which lost points in slide and drop tests.

SquareTrade's Breakability Score testing revealed the following:

  1. Larger tablets proved to be far more breakable than smaller ones, as well as the least water resistant
  2. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 scored well in our drop and dunk tests, making it the least breakable option this holiday season
  3. The most durable and budget-friendly performer was the Asus Memo Pad 7, which performed well on most tests, followed closely by the Sony Xperia Z3

See the full results of the 2014 SquareTrade Tablet Breakability Score here.

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