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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work