Always On Episode 2: The iPad gets the worst of it

In the second episode of Always On, Molly Wood and team freeze, bake, drop, and soak and iPad, and then some. Plus, a croaky trip to E3--like, really croaky.

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I don't want to spoil anything for you, but dudes. iPad. In our first ever Always On Torture Test, we froze it, overheated it (and not by playing Angry Birds, I'm talking electric oven), dropped it multiple times, dropped several things on it, and dumped a glass of water on it. I was sweating by the end of it.

A few people accused me, when they first saw the trailer for the torture tests, of pulling a "Will it Blend" style stunt by shoving the iPad in an ice chest. But let me assure you that while I totally understand that it's great TV to freeze an iPad, these tests are all borne out of one simple philosophy: life is hard on gadgets. And if you're spending hundreds of dollars on them, you need to know if they can take the heat. Or the cold. Or the dropping. Or the dunkings. Hence: the torture tests.

In fact, I hope you'll help come up with some ideas for Wild Card tests that we can conduct in future episodes. Please, e-mail us with the crazy stories of how you once killed your phone, laptop, tablet, Kindle, DVD player, or iPod. We'll re-create them or use them to get ideas for awesome future tests. Always on at cnet dot com, or better yet, send a link to a YouTube video of the accident as it happened, and we'll run it in the show.

Image: Molly Wood mugging, silent-film style, with Lego Batman.
Mugging, silent-film style, with Lego Batman. Eileen Rivera, CBS Interactive

This week's episode is also our E3 episode. A day into the show, I lost my voice almost entirely, so watch as I nod mutely during interviews and try to croak out questions about the future of gaming: will consoles keep driving the industry, or will mobile gaming, cloud gaming, and virtual reality take over? Plus, Sharon Vaknin breaks down exactly what cloud gaming is, and how to get started.

It's come to my attention that a fair number of our YouTube commenters are taking issue with our use of the term "unboxing" for our look at new products. Last week, it was the MacBook Pro with Retina Display , and this week, it's the Samsung Galaxy S III. The commenters apparently want a true unboxing, packing peanuts and all, or at least a look at all the packaging. I happen to think charged-up Super AMOLED screens and gadget-porn port shots are preferable, but let me know what you think in the comments below or on email.

I hope you enjoy this week's episode; I'm really proud of the way the show is going, and it's only going to get better, more exciting, and probably even harder on the gadgets that come through our lab. But please, help make it better with your comments and e-mails and suggestions. I know you will!

 

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