SquareTrade Drop Tests iPad 2 with Smart Cover

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Third party warranty company SquareTrade has published a video drop test of the iPad 2 with and without an Apple Smart Cover to see how well the device can survive a drop onto cement. The company did side by side drops of the iPad 2 from waist height and from shoulder height, and in both cases the iPad 2 with a Smart Cover suffered markedly less damage.

There are some caveats that we’ll note. The tests were done with the devices falling flat, face down. This isn’t likely to mirror most real-world falls, but it does still demonstrate the importance of a case in protecting your iPad.

We would have liked to see an iPad dropped on its side or corner, but the reality is that you’re likely to need something dedicated to the task of protecting your tablet for those kinds of drops. For instance, during Macworld 2011, we saw the iBallz protector repeatedly protect an iPad that was dropped in a variety of ways onto the sidewalks outside the Moscone Center. If you’re planning on dropping your iPad a lot, consider something like that, rather than a Smart Cover.

Be that as it may, that’s not the purpose of SquareTrade’s video drop text. The firm was out to show what kind of damage an iPad can take when dropped with and without a Smart Cover, and to that end it’s quite informative.

WARNING: The squeamish may not want to watch this video.

SquareTrade iPad 2 Drop Test

Comments

Lee Dronick

“For instance, during Macworld 2011, we saw the iBallz protector repeatedly protect an iPad that was dropped in a variety of ways onto the sidewalks outside the Moscone Center.”

Okay mhikl I am itching to pun that statement. Shall we have a contest?

geoduck

I should have thought of that first.
I guess I dropped the Ballz on that one.

Lee Dronick

“For instance, during Macworld 2011, we saw the iBallz protector repeatedly protect an iPad that was dropped in a variety of ways onto the sidewalks outside the Moscone Center.”

I can see that is a testes meant of their product name.

geoduck

Yeah thats the way the Ballz bounces.

Lee Dronick

In the video at the 39 second mark you can hear someone getting a text or email alert. Sounds like Tri-Tone.

I need to get a case for when I take my iPad out and about. The Smart Cover is fine while at home where any drop would probably be on carpeting or a rug. The iBallz is only $20 which isn’t bad though it looks a bit bulky. I have been using my iPad at our Shakespeare readings instead of holding a printed book so maybe one of those cases that has palm strap across the back.

cb50dc

Took ballz to conduct this test anyhow.

Bryan Chaffin

Or corporate dollars.

RonMacGuy

One thing’s for sure:  There’s a vas deferens between the Ballz case and the Peter Yates iPad case!!

grin

Lee Dronick

Good one Ron!

wab95

There?s a vas deferens between the Ballz case and the Peter Yates iPad case

Impressive, although I’ll forego any additional anatomical references.

Lee Dronick

Impressive, although I?ll forego any additional anatomical reference

Yes, these iBallz puns have left me prostrate.

wab95

Yes, these iBallz puns have left me prostrate

That’s because the original article was truly seminal.

AKjohn

That seemed like a pretty BALLZy test.

I mean dropping an iPad gets expensive!

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