StatePoint — People of all ages and lifestyles use tablets for just about everything. Unfortunately, the way we use these fragile devices often puts them at risk for breaking, and certain models are more susceptible to going kaput.

To help shoppers make smart decisions, SquareTrade, a protection plan provider for tablets, smart phones and other electronics, decided to find out how durable the most popular tablets are. Evaluating key elements such as front and back panel design, edge construction and materials, size, weight, “slide-ability,” water resistance and “grip-ability,” SquareTrade’s breakability score tests devices in everyday danger situations brought on by our lifestyles and habits.

Overall, larger tablets proved to be far more breakable than smaller ones, as well as the least water resistant.

No matter how durable your device is, accidents do happen and an affordable protection plan can help you protect your pricey tablet investment. More information can be found at

If you’re buying a new tablet, make sure you research your options first, and consider adding a protection plan.