Apple tops most fragile gadgets list

07 February 2014 - 02:00 By ©The Daily Telegraph

Apple products dominate a list of the most fragile gadgets released after a study involving drops onto concrete and water dunkings, with four of its devices in the top 10 most likely to break in an accident.

The research looked at the design and construction of the front, back and sides of each device, its weight, "grip-ability" and water resistance. Finally, each device was dropped from a height onto concrete. All of that information was taken into account and each device was given a "breakability score", with higher numbers indicating a more fragile product.

Topping the list of the most fragile devices was the iPad Mini, while the iPad Air was in third place and the iPhone 5c in fifth position. In eighth place was the iPhone 5s.

Samsung and Google products made up the rest of the list, each having three products in the top 10. Samsung fared worse, taking second and fourth slots with its Galaxy S4 and S3 respectively.

Kevin Gillan, managing director of insurance firm SquareTrade Europe, which carried out the research, said: "We are all investing in more and more technology, so we we want to make sure that we are going to get our money's worth.

"By putting devices through tests that replicate real-life situations, we want to help people make smart choices when it comes to choosing gadgets and ensure they are covered against accidental damage."

The top 10 list:

1. iPad Mini - 7.5

2. Samsung Galaxy S4 - 7

3. iPad Air - 6.5

4. Samsung Galaxy S3 - 6.5

5. iPhone 5C - 6

6. Nexus 7.1 - 6

7. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 - 5.5

8. iPhone 5S - 5.5

9. Nexus 7.2 - 5

10. Moto X - 4.5