SquareTrade drop tests the BlackBerry Playbook

By Bla1ze on 22 Apr 2011 03:54 pm EDT
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Dropping your brand new BlackBerry PlayBook to test its durability isn't really suggested. But luckily for us, there are people out there interested in these sorts of things and as such, they've done the dropping for everyone. SquareTrade, which offers extended warranties for your BlackBerry PlayBook has done a drop test video for us all. Sit back, press play and check out the destruction. Also, if you head on over to the YouTube page and leave a comment about what you want the to drop next -- you'll be entered to win some warranty coverage. This is of course, their contest -- not ours. So please, don't leave any comments below expecting to win; you'll need to hit YouTube to enter.

If you're worried about dropping your PlayBook when you're out in the elements, you can always plan ahead and "drop" it in a BlackBerry PlayBook case ahead of time. OtterBox is the ideal choice, but if you are a bit more careful you can get away with something like a zip sleeve as well.

Source: Jephfoust

78 comments

laalkala

not at all impressed, $500 down the drain, does not make any sense. next time before performing this kind of stupid act, just think of the children in Africa, who die of hunger.

mavsguy842

And before you think of doing anything that is not a basic necessity, like owning or having access to a device with internet access, think of the children in Africa who die of hunger. /s

mat562

Oh dear. This is what happens when 14 year-old emo girls try extra hard to be a bit new age and oh-so-fashionably outraged about some cause or other. They end up typing utter nonsense that makes them appear silly. Just as me leaving a couple of spoonfuls of food on my plate earlier isn't wilfully cocking a snook at starving children in Africa, neither is destructive testing a tablet computer. Get a grip.

bdad14

Whats with all the spelling mistakes. Terrible.

Average Joe

I remember someone did this with an ipad and a baseball bat when it first came out lol

Average Joe

They should have dropped the iPad and Playbook side by side and see which had more damage

ignites

just went out to bestbuy.ca and got a case 20% of fbefore i watched this... playbook must now stay in neoprene case

Dezz01

bored kids with money to burn. what did they think would happen. people who have these things knows one thing if nothing else, don't drop them. lol!!!!

Jimcmf

Agreed. They just want to impress the girlies

ba_hamilton

bwahahahahaha. Send it to the 'Will it Blend' guy.

thpsrulr

That would be awesome to see!

axllebeer

I was hoping someone would say that!

egranlund

I hope I never drop this device xD

Dezz01

so how does everyone like their Playbook thus far? i am loving mine, and my friends with ipads are jealous saying it can't do this or that but when i show them their eyes light up and jaws drop.

macallik

I'm loving my PlayBook. I haven't taunted any iPad folks yet... lol

bizzyqu

that was a painful video to get through

bovcrx

I just ordered an Otterbox, but a warranty would ease my mind even more.

neoflasher

I am looking for a carbon fiber case for protection but a warranty for my playbook would be very good.

MLE724

All I can say is Ouch!

DavideaNY

Poor little thing (the Playbook), almost cried when I saw the movie (and just purchased a case..)

rjkolo

Ouch! That is rough...but DX has the OEM screens/digitaziers for $53.00 if you to happen to drop yours...hope I never drop mine...

Dim-Ize

LOL - that was great! Absolutely, GREAT! "Glass could cut your finger..." Let's all touch the glass and see? Well done. I'd like to see you do the same with a 9800 side by side.

Jimcmf

Hey .... I just tried that with my LCD TV .... and guess what happened? Do they have a case for my TV.

Let's hope that this guy does not hold onto any ones baby from waist length!

What a NUT.

spencerdl

If your going to do a stupid test like that, use all available "TABLETS" that are on the market. Anyone walking around without protection............needs protection for their head, why don't you drop an EGG and see how that fairs. You should have drop that $600 iphone in your hand .....NOW THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FUNNY

BOS2BDA

If we crash cars for safety and durability tests (which cost a heck of a lot more than a Playbook) why would we get upset with a $500 item. I like knowing what my investments can withstand :-) although I do agree it is painful to watch

ericlc2

Can I have a warranty? Also, drop test a Xbox 360.

danp2000

I'd love to have a FREE warranty on my new Playbook. Kill an iPad2, those Apple guys are snobs.

dabomb54321

Break a motorola xoom next. That thing is a piece of shit

dumb4ever

drop the guy that drop that playbook.... ;) jk
i wanna see a DSLR drop frome high building.

DaNomadicOne

Drop the code manual for flash on an iPad from waist high......its should shatter....lol

robertyhn

Please protect mine!!!!

amittiwari

WOW Thats called being super IDIOT!!!
Of course everyone know how to hold smart devices. A dumb dont need to drop to show it.
Silly stupid jerk

djonz

Protect Mine!!

Sent from my Playbook.

Cozmik

I would LOVE a free warranty for my PlayBook....as for what to drop test next, how about a Xoom and iPad2 side by side. Then compare that to the PB drop test.

ScottsdaleHokie

"Jesus Christ, he's tiny! I've had bigger chunks of corn in my crap!"

debugy2k

Oh man...I better put a case on mine but won't mind the free warranty.
I think you should try to drop the 3DS because I'm thinking of getting my butterfingers son one but he always drop things.....

moshpitpal

See if they make Nerf Armor for 3DS. My son would have killed his DSI several time over without it. Best 20 I ever spent.

eyew#CB

Don't have enough money to burn, what a waste ;(
Maybe you can try running it over with a car.

ardew

that hurt to watch
how did the ipad2 do?

moshpitpal

Would like to have seen it fall and hit a corner. Don't know anyone that has dropped their berry perfectly flat like that. That said, it reminds me of scared straight. That was cheap but effective advertising.

EchuOkan1

Heart stopping video.

People, relax with all the nasty comments about these guys dropping a new Playbook. It's their business if they want to blow money that way. DROP AND iPAD2 NEXT, PLEASE! =0)

teamfoster03

WOw that poor poor playbook. I say drop the broken playbook on a ipad2!

CAPTION" Playbook DESTROYS ipad2"

mssg131187

Have you tried dropping the Samsung Galaxy Tab?? It has a gorilla touch screen (they say it doesn't break)!!! Let's see...

eyhab27

warranty please!!!!!

seanbone

why don't they make these things w/ high quality plastic instead of glass?

FunktasticLucky

For me this test is not all that great... Seriously. Who drops it waist high face down like that. I wanna see a real test. Drop it slightly forward while looking at it or on a corner or something like that. Who the eff drops it glass down. I know I don't use my device face down...... My buddy had an Iphone 4 and he dropped it from 3 feet on the corner and it spidered the entire screen like that... This test was completely pointless and lame.

shiftysdad

I know when I carry my mobile devices, I always hold them at the waist with the screen facing the hard, textured road.

I have dropped my Torch like 4-5 times now, and the only damage i can report is that some of of the plastic bezel chipped off.

I had an ol' curve (back when they still had track balls) and I literally did everything to that that would ruin a phone (dropped in a lake, had it fling out of a pocket as I was sprinting, etc.), and it still worked as good as new.

I have a very good impression of blackberry and the strength of their devices, and I'm sure in real life situations the playbook shows the same vigor.

billk2k

3ds sounds good to me

petworks97

how about an ipad....My wife dropped her iPhone with a case on it and no damage at all. My son on the other hand hit his ipad the first day he got it with the seatbelt and cracked the screen. Fortunately Apple being the great company that they are,replaced the ipad at no charge.

liquidlink

I bought my Sqaure Trade warrenty today. I emailed Sqaure Trade and Ask them about the playbook, they sent me a link for the playbook for a special price.

I got a 3 year warrenty with Accidental Damage from Handling for $99.

Here is the link

http://www.squaretrade.com/pages/playbook-landing1

17.michal

I can't believe they have done that...what a waste....

jmb12177

so . . . . what is the big deal, anyone remember the first ipad drop test, 3 feet on to carpet, and it screen broke. so your surprised a glass screen broke after being dropped on asphalt. drop just a piece of glass that height and see what happens. oh wait, bet i can tell you.

freitame

Kinda makes me want to get some sort of case, but that would almost make it too bulky...sigh

dmonty

Drop a Playbook onto and iPad...see what one breaks first. :-)

Tecklop

I felt sorry for him, the playbook.

YOU GUYS NEARLY KILLED HIM!! :(!

MikeCooler

That was rather hard to watch. Poor Playbook. Someone should call the cops for PB abuse!!!

Gamesdmc3

Send me the broken playback (ill take it), waste of money,but i did like the way they recorded with the playbook came on a couple of the drops for a more dramatic effect

Cynn

I'm shocked how people do not understand that these guys sell warranties and are showing you how easy stuff can get broken. Some of these comments are totally out there! Also, I'd love a free warranty. Everyone raves about SquareTrade.

stubbornswiss

Got the accident protection plan from BestBuy for my 32gb.

Not worried about drops or spills!

bjpowell0

How comes all everyone ever thinks about anymore is the outrageous line of apple products? out of sight out of mind. I dont care if the ipad or the iphone shatters or doesnt shatter when you drop one, when I buy a device I buy for the design and the OS. Gravity sure does take its toll on all electronics these days. Then again companies make money from this natural disaster.

kongfused

ouch. Pains me to watch this. brutal abuse of technology

spiller

Break that iPad 2 a few times....at least the Playbook lasted a good 5 drops before the screen gave in

smithk1

...I may have shed a tear.

berd#CB

break the strange hold that Steve Jobs seems to have on some people. Oh yea, and I'd love a warranty for my playbook

FTMFW

after watching this, i might end up cracking the screen by giving it the death grip trying to not drop it lulz

ippyg

Ouch!! LOL I would love to win a warranty but most things I'd live to see broken probably already have but a side by side comparison of an iPad 2 and Playbook would be cool.

usulsuspct

i need a waranty for my pb! would love to see how well a thunderbolt bounces off of bricks!

Jimcmf

Was it a 16GB, 32GB or a 64? The 32GB holds up much better !

Now have him drop this one. If he continues dropping PlayBooks, RIM will sell millions of these things.

ATTENTION ALL MOMS : Don't let this guy hold onto your baby ! He might drop it face first !

LLAmos

What a shock. Gravity works.

BBM_MIA

Great test i just a bew playbook and thus might be a good option . Hope i win one.

Noto#CB

OUCH !!!! now that hurts ... anyone spending more that 550$ would obviously know how to handle such products and use protection on it ... still havn't got my Playbook but when i do m surely gonna get a case with it jus hope that case is loyal to my Playbook lol .. Dont waste money rather donate it :)