Microsoft Surface gets run over by a car, still works perfectly

By on November 12, 2012
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Microsoft’s new tablet takes a fall and the weight of a car, and comes out alive.


While we’ve gotten used to the fact that most smartphones and tablet devices made today are extremely fragile despite packing a lot of power, looks like one new device in the market will stand tall as the new Nokia 3310 in terms of build quality if this account is to be believed.

We’d already heard of the story that a man’s new Surface tablet from Microsoft survived and worked perfectly after it fell off the roof of his car because he forgot to take it down. Now, another user takes it one step further. On the forums, Rob Waldhauser of Kingsville, Maryland posted that he left his 64GB tablet on the top of his car and forgot about it. When he started driving, he realised that the Surface was not next to him. Quickly, he stopped and looked behind to find the device lying on the road. But that wasn’t the end of it.

Rob says that just before he could go pick it back up, a car appeared. In his own words:

The tire of the car ran completely over the Surface and next thing I saw was my brand new $700 tablet and touch cover flying through the air in separate directions! My heart jumped, and so did I! I jumped out of my car and ran across the street to first grab the tablet, then the Surface, and then my phone which of course fell out of my lap during all this. I jumped back in my car just before 60 mph traffic made its way to me!

Even though there were signs of wear and tear, the Surface itself was functioning perfectly and gave no problems to the guy:

The Surface feels completely sturdy, exactly like how I got it. Everything works in it, even the touch cover (which got a slight tear in it) works completely fine! Microsoft has made such an incredible product, I am completely speechless how this could happen!

Some people will doubt the authenticity of this, but as far as I’ve done my research, it looks like the real deal and not a marketing stunt by Microsoft. Despite the warm reviews to the product, looks like it at least nails it in the build department. Imagine a Nokia tablet now.


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