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Warranty Company Drop Tests iPad 2, PlayBook

SquareTrade is a third party warranty provider for electronics. It's essentially the alternative warranty for your new shiny gadgets when you don't want to go with the one that Best Buy pushes on you, or the AppleCare that even come in their own boxes.

While most of are conditioned to reject extended warranties, SquareTrade is trying to attract your attention by make silly viral videos of "drop tests" of the iPad 2 and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

We know that dropping gadgets is never good for them, but it's a little scary that even a waist-high drop will shatter the glass of these shiny new tablets.

  • So the Playbook has better glass?
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  • scook9
    Looks like my HTC Droid Incredible is MUCH more durable than a tablet then....I have dropped it from waist height several times in nothing but the cheak verizon OEM holster/cover combo and it has NO scratches or cracks on the screen.
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  • NapoleonDK
    But will it blend? :D
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  • frye
    Who would drop it with the screen pointed directly down?
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  • Anomalyx
    scook9Looks like my HTC Droid Incredible is MUCH more durable than a tablet then....I have dropped it from waist height several times in nothing but the cheak verizon OEM holster/cover combo and it has NO scratches or cracks on the screen.I own the same device, and have dropped it as such WITHOUT any cover of any sort. So far it has received nothing but small scratches on the plastic housing, and no malfunctions. =)
    Although I'm sure its light weight compared to a tablet has something to do with it.
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  • antemon
    NapoleonDKBut will it blend?you haven't watch the videos for a long time I take it. Both iPad and iPad 2 will blend
    fryeWho would drop it with the screen pointed directly down?by accident?
    although realistically I think drops for gadgets as large as the iPad will hit edge first. Force concentrated at a smaller surface area, but if the devices had better construction there...
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  • legacy7955
    Actually we all know that some of these types of devices are built to withstand some occasional bumps and drops, usually they are built to business specifications.

    But you have to admit that the thought of laying down many hundreds of dollars for your new TOY and perhaps destroying it perhaps only hours or days after you get it is a gut wrenching feeling.

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  • doive1231
    The iPad2 without the smart cover could already have been broken before they dropped it as they didn't show the cover prior to dropping.
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  • frye
    antemonby accident?although realistically I think drops for gadgets as large as the iPad will hit edge first. Force concentrated at a smaller surface area, but if the devices had better construction there...
    Yeah. You're much more likely to either be holding it on it's side (walking with it) or having the screen face-up (using it) when you drop it.
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  • burnley14
    He's so short! Go to 1:00 on the first video
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