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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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus