UPDATE – AUGUST 5, 2013:
Well, my wife added to the Surface brutality. She dropped it on concrete from about 4 feet and it landed on it’s corner. This is the result. Thanks honey.
And yes, it still works perfectly fine.
UPDATE – AUGUST 1, 2013:
Looks like approaching a year later, my mishap continues to serve Microsoft as a testament to the Surface’s durability. :-)
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ORIGINAL POST – NOVEMEBER 4, 2012:
I wrote this up seeing as I’m sure many others have done something similar with their tablets:
I guess it stayed there for several blocks as I sped down a main thruway before I made a lane change on Westwood Blvd & it lost its grip, slid off the top, & careened off the side of my car into the middle turn lane. (sob) Several onlookers watched in horror as the device toppled corner-over-corner finally resting a lane over from where I was.
Then a car going the opposite direction drove over it while making a left turn. (!!!)
Now as a pre-sales tech, I freaked. The Surface was my personal unit & this was no “hey-let’s-test-drop-the-unit-from-4-feet-and-see-what-happens” on-stage demonstration: This was a hardcore, real-life, on-asphalt, gutcheck test of the unit’s durability. In a geekpanic, I stopped my car in the middle of the road and ran out to find it. A pedestrian shouted its location having watched the whole thing happen, then asking, "Damn dude – is it okay?"
- While it was ‘run over’, I don’t think the other car’s tires ever actually hit the unit since I didn’t see tread marks. (Thank goodness)
- Besides 6-7 hard nicks on the magnesium casing & lots of scratches to the backside paint (click photo to the right to see the detail of the damage) … THE GLASS IS FULLY INTACT & DEVICE COMPLETELY FUNCTIONAL.
- BTW: I’m an idiot. And Surface rules.
As I typed this post, Xbox Music SmartDJ in the background started playing this & I started lol-ing. Man, that SmartDJ’s smarter than I gave it credit for.