Watch the new iPad's shiny Retina display get shattered in painful detail (video)

Curious to see how the new iPad fares after falling five feet face-down to the ground? This video shows it all.

Apple's latest iPad may be selling well, but not even the world's most popular tablet can defeat the force of gravity.

That's the message ostensibly embedded in the latest drop test video from SquareTrade, which has pit the new iPad against its predecessor, the iPad 2.

And guess what -- they break. Not at first, but eventually. Both devices survive the first, face-up drops fairly unscathed. But by the second and third falls, which are done face down, the pristine glass screens on the shiny tablets are shattered beyond repair. Surprised? Neither am I.

These tests are done on behalf of gadget warranty provider SquareTrade, which has done this stuff before. In a previous test, the team pitted the iPhone 4S against Samsung's Galaxy S II. Samsung's phone won that battle, but its probably SquareTrade that gained the most from the tests.

Oh, and in case you were curious, the company doesn't cover the kind of intentional damage displayed in the video. And neither does Apple.


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