And the winners of the Drop, Dunk and Slide tests are...

By Jay Jay

Smaller compact tablets are more durable and less prone to breaking than larger tablets, says a study that evaluated durability of the most popular tabs through Drop, Dunk and Slide tests.

Based on a score of 10 where a higher score meant higher chances of breaking, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, a compact tab, performed the best with a score of just 3.3.

Larger tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and the Microsoft Tmax 9 HD fared the worst, with the latter at the bottom of overall rankings.

During the study, the researchers evaluated several factors like back-panel design, edge construction and materials, size, weight, friction quotient, water-resistance and grip-ability. Christened the SquareTrade Breakability Score, the findings revealed that smaller tablets like the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Apple iPad Mini 3 performed remarkably in durability and water resistance tests.

On the other hand, the larger Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Apple iPad Air 2 lagged behind in drop and slide tests.

Kevin Gillan, SquareTrade’s European Managing Director, said “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 contemporary equivalents of Swiss army knives – but they’re nowhere near as durable. The bargain basement tablet we tested literally broke in two.”

With a range of highly-capable tablets on offer in the days approaching Christmas, tablet-hunters in the UK will need to evaluate their devices not only based on the on-board features, but durability of the devices as well.

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