iPad 2 tougher than iPad 1. True
The iPad 2 is more durable than its predecessor, at least as far as its glass face is concerned. The new model incorporates a much stronger, more flexible screen than the old one did.
A team from repair shop iFixYouri ran the two tablets' glass display covers through punishing tests to see how much damage they could withstand.
Despite being 27 per cent thinner, the iPad 2's glass panel came out top.
Check out the video below.
Some of you may complain about the iPhone 4 being weaker than its predecessor, passing off the phone's surprising airplane plunge survival as fluke. But it's good to know Apple hasn't reduced the iPad 2's strength to make it thinner. Well, its screen, at least. ®
The reason the new screen doesn't break is because it's thinner.
Because it's thinner the pad is less likely to survive the sort of point impacts typically expected.
The test carried out is simply unrepresentative of typical failure modes.
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>What happens if you drop it from about shoulder height on a hard floor?
Doesn't need to be shoulder height, 2 or 3 feet is enough.....
Woah there, hoss....
Strength and flexibility are not synonymous.
If something of the same material is more flexible, it is likely to be less strong. Different materials may have different characteristics, but are likely to have different drawbacks. For example, ceramic is very strong, but very brittle, whereas polythene is very flexible, but not very strong.
A flexible thing may bend and distort components underneath, causing damage. In comparison a harder thing may transfer shock into the case chassis, rather than through the components.
Or not, it depends on the design.
It may be that by design the ipad is indeed more resilient to damage, but that is not borne out by the contention of the article, which is misleading at best.
Thinner thing made of stuff, bends less than thicker thing made of stuff, is pretty scant material on which to base an article.
Shame the rest doesn't bend :p
The screen might survive, but good luck with everything else inside the case...