iPad mini Bend Test! – Do ALL Tablets Break?!

iPad mini Bend Test! – Do ALL Tablets Break?!


The iPad lineup is getting pretty crowded
lately with the iPad, the iPad Air, the iPad Pro, and this new 2019 iPad Mini that Apple
just released. They all do pretty much the same thing. To get any real work done, you’ll still need
a laptop or a desktop computer, but sometimes it’s nice to have a bigger screen to read
or watch movies on. Today though, we’ll be assessing the durability
and build quality of the littlest iPad. You already know how the iPad Pro handled
this durability test. Let’s hope the Apple’s iPad Mini is built
a bit stronger. Let’s get started. [Intro] You might be thinking to yourself, ‘Man, that
iPad Mini looks kind of old. What year is it?’ And you’re right. The exterior design hasn’t changed much in
the last 7 years. It has that lightning port on the bottom instead
of USB-C, but does come with a fast charger in the box…something that Apple has yet
to include with their iPhones. The overall appearance of the new iPad Mini
is the same as it was back in 2012, with its large bezels and curved edges, but if it works,
it works. Let’s start with the scratch test. I’ll use my set of Mohs mineral picks to check
the hardness level of the front surface. We’ve seen clear plastic screens scratch at
a level 3. Glass screens would scratch at a level 6,
and sapphire screens, like the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 will scratch at a level 8 or 9. The iPad Mini 5 looks like it’s covered in
tempered glass since we see the industry standard scratches at a level 6 with deeper grooves
at a level 7. The 7 megapixel selfie camera is up here in
the top Texas-sized bezel protected with the same scratch resistant glass. Little guy is unable to do face unlock, but
does film in 1080p. The bottom bezel includes some hardware we
haven’t seen since 2015 – a physical clicky home button. Yeah, it’s still scratch resistant and does
that fingerprint scanning thing. Apple must just have a bunch of old parts
they’re trying to get rid of with this new release. The gold colored 2019 iPad Mini is made from
metal, along with both of the volume buttons up here at the top. Speaking of old school hardware, let’s welcome
back the headphone jack. Apple trying to milk an old design for more
money does have it’s perks for the rest of us. Maybe they’ll bring back the iPhone SE this
year too. The iPad Mini does have one little microphone
hole up at the top, but we’ll come back to this later. We have more metal over here on the left side
of the tablet. You can see that silver glinting through under
the gold anodizing. So far, no big issues. The bottom of the iPad Mini has dual stereo
speakers and the same lightning port that Apple’s been using for the past seven years. We should see an update to USB-C at some point. One thing I am glad to see though is that
there’s no weak points along either of the iPad Mini sides. The longer and thinner something is, the more
prone it might be to breaking like the iPad Pro. With it’s microphone cutout on one side, and
wireless charging dock for the Apple pencil on the other side, it made an already fragile
piece of tech even weaker. That’s probably why people were getting brand
new tablets bent right out of the box. The iPad Mini doesn’t have any of these builtin
deformities on the long sides, just the one microphone hole up at the top on the short
side. Hopefully this helps the iPad Mini survive
the rest of this test. The 8 megapixel 1080p capable rear facing
camera is a circular inlay with no protruding camera lens. Apple doesn’t mention sapphire on their website
for this iPad Mini, but judging by my diamond selector tool and scratches at levels 6, 7,
and 8, they’re using the same material they’ve always been using. No surprises there. One thing that has improved with this year’s
model is the front of the tablet is now compatible with the Apple pencil 1 – also 4 years old
at this point. (Everything sold separately.) The back side of the tablet is also compatible
with the Apple pencil if you believe in yourself, but I recommend something a little sharper. I asked on Twitter a few days ago what people
wanted to learn from Art Class with Jerry and Thanos was suggested. As somewhat of an expert in fine razor blade
art, I’ll do my best. Bald guys are pretty easy to draw. And here we are…Thanos eating an apple. Not sure if this is pre or post universal
destruction, but it looks to me like Thanos did nothing wrong. One thing you can add to your tablet before
it gets scratched or after it gets scratched, is a dbrand skin. This particular skin camouflages not only
the scratches, but also the Apple logo…effectively debranding the tablet, making it perfectly
balanced as all things should be. I’ll put a link in the description so you
can customize your own phone or tablet. Thanks to dbrand for sponsoring this video. One thing that Apple changed with version
4, and subsequently this version 5, is the outer glass is now glued to the LCD screen
underneath it, making screen repairs quite a bit more expensive. Replacing the front glass on the iPad Mini
3 only cost about $20. Once Apple started laminating the glass to
the LCD, the repair price skyrocketed to the point where people just live with cracked
screens nowadays. Kind of fun. After about 16 seconds of intense flame, the
7.9 inch LCD pixels go black and turn off, but do eventually come back to life and make
a full recovery…hopefully like the Avengers will recover in Endgame. The iPad Pro failed my bend test catastrophically,
and it’s time now to see if the miniature iPad will suffer the same fate. With the initial flex the tablet moves easily
into an extremely compromised obtuse angle, but then locks out and amazingly retains full
functionality. I’m impressed that Apple has found a way to
defy physics. The tablet is still fully functional despite
the massive bend, and this isn’t even a flexible AMOLED display – it’s an LCD. I’ll try bending the iPad Mini 5 back the
other direction, and it pops into place…mostly, but does not allow any flex towards the screen
size. It still surprisingly doesn’t shatter or stop
working. There is some adhesive separation between
the glass and the frame. Yeah, Thanos has some curves, but some people
are into that. Apple definitely wins this round. That was quite possible the biggest bend I’ve
ever seen on a device that still survived. The iPad Mini is way more durable than the
iPad Pro. I’m impressed. Hopefully this isn’t an omen of Thanos surviving
in Endgame. Tell me your predictions for the movie down
in comments below. Hit that subscribe button – it’s free. And then see hat your phone looks like with
a dbrand skin. Link in the description. Thanks a ton for watching. And I’ll see you around.

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