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iPad Mini, Nexus 7 Square Off in SquareTrade’s Drop-and-Dunk Test

SquareTrade, the gadget-warranty company that occasionally puts devices through the wringer to test their durability, has put out its latest wacky masterpiece: iPad mini versus Nexus 7 versus iPad 3.

In this drop-and-dunk test, SquareTrade’s “Drop Bot” holds each device with a mechanical arm about four feet above the ground and then drops the tablets on their corners and displays.

Afterward, each tablet is submerged in a bucket of water for 10 seconds.

The iPad mini held up surprisingly well. What happened to the third-generation iPad, though, might surprise you:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik