Always On: Torture-test highlights: iPad gets dunked in liquid nitrogen!
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Always On: Torture-test highlights: iPad gets dunked in liquid nitrogen!

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Molly Wood and Brian Tong host an extreme torture test at CES in Las Vegas. See highlights from our 9-foot-tall ladder drop test and liquid nitrogen wild card test.

-Now, though, it is time for the Drop Test. Under normal circumstances, mostly, people drop gadgets just from like this high. We're gonna push it a little farther than that, you know, and so, we were like let's get a ladder. And we did. And Brian Tong is going up the ladder first. -Okay. So, what are we gonna drop? -What will you choose? -Just hand them to me. Let's get this thing going. -All right. -I'm gonna climb the ladder. -And oh my God, be careful with it. So, he's gonna drop and then I'm gonna go and assess the damage. Let's start with like a-- sort of an easy one. -Okay. What? So, guys, when we drop it, do we drop it flat or we drop it on its corner, guys? -Corner! -Exactly, that's how we do it. All right. Just count with me. We're gonna do three, two, one, drop it! Here we go. Ready guys? Three, two, one. Drop it! -Drop it! -Oh. -Oh my gosh. Is that the screen? -That didn't go well. Brian, I can't believe it, but when you dropped it from 9 feet, you broke the screen. -That's horrible. -That's your basic bad damage right there. I think that the RAZR is supposed to be pretty tough, the Droid RAZR, right? RAZR HD. This is meant to be rugged. It's got Kevlar on the back. I have high hopes for this one. -Stop looking on my butt. -High hopes. -Okay, here we go, guys. -Ready? Three, two, one, drop it! Hey. Oh my gosh. -Oh, hang on, hang on. -Anything funny? -Well, it's not like okay. It has hairline fractures. -Someone is like oh-- -So, now, I'm trying to turn it on. Oh. -Oh, I don't care. -Oh. And I'm pretty sure it came on before that drop, but now, it doesn't. -Oh. -So, that's also kind of-- Wow, that's a pretty big let down actually. They are not coming on. There's like-- I think there are glass shards in there from it. -Windows Phone 8 shards, so good. -This one though-- This one. I have seen people using phones in way worse condition than this. So, I'm gonna call this usable assuming that it comes on later on. -Do you guys wanna do something bigger? -Yeah. -Because normally, I think so. -Because bigger is better. This is-- Hey, you know, you tell me what to drop. This is okay. -I'm gonna give you-- I'm gonna give you what? -On the corner-- -Oh God. -Dear Lord, forgive me for I have sinned. Here we go, here we go. In three, two, one, drop it! -Two, one, drop! -Drop it! -Oh. -It went flat. -It went flat. It's getting-- It's getting kind of hard to get in here. Oh my God, the gadget is totally okay. -Again! -Wait, wait. Well, it turned on. -Oh. -Oh! -There's life. -One more drop! One more drop! One more drop! All right, we hope this-- if this drops on the corner, we just gotta live with it. All right, here we go, let's go. Three, two, one, drop it! -Three, two, one, drop it! -Drop. Oh! It wants to live. -It puts a weight in the booty, guys. What can you say? [unk] -That was smart. You know what? That's funny too because I took an iPad Mini to Paris recently and dropped it on the Champs-Elysees and it completely broke and this guy is a "okay." This seems this is our first success story. -I can tell you that I'd literally tried to drop it on its corner. -I know. -Everyone saw that here, right? -I saw it. -This is not like Apple Byte preference thing, right? -Nope. -Right. -How about-- Oh, you guys really wanna see the Surface. You got them on a little tablet run. I think I'm gonna do Nook first. I gotta save some of the good stuff for me. -Yeah, yeah, for sure. -I mean, not that the Nook is not good, which it is. The Nook is good and I think the Nook is somewhat sturdy. -All right, here we go. Ready? Let's do it. Three, two, one, drop it! -Oh. -Oh, there's damage. I can already tell. Oh. Oh, yeah, we have some coming apart at the bottom here, but it comes on, totally still usable. -Welcome back, covered under your 30-day warranty. -I know your Nook is-- your Nook is okayish except that your little SD card slot here, I think, is not in good shape. So, that's not gonna be as usable anymore. -Okay-- -No, longer expandable. All right. Oh God. It turns out this ladder is pretty high. Let's try the iPad Mini with a case since we've already-- You're gonna have to retire on that, sorry. Okay, so this is the G-Form case that they lent us to try to drop. They asked us to drop it flat. We'll see what we can do. -I'm like ah! -That's kind of anticlimactic, but it's okay. -I mean if, if-- -If you could, get it. -The one-- If the one with-- -You're the pitcher. -If the one without the case survived flat and we dropped it flat, it's probably gonna survive. -I don't know if the-- -I'm in-- -I think it's okay. -I think I pitched it like a dog. -Well, I did. -Okay. -It's totally fine you guys. That case you can tell it's completely tough. -Still good, still good, guys. -Still good. -Your iPad is okay. -Okay. What do you want next? -Okay. All righty. Okay, I'll go up one more step for this. Oh God. All right. I'm gonna die. It's okay if they do, but not me. All right, Nexus 7. Ready? -I'm gonna do it on the corner, corner, corner-- -Three, two-- What? You guys, you only do that for BT? -Hey, come on-- Let's go-- Let's do a-- Hold on the corner. -You say it. -Hold on the corner. -All right, okay. -All right. Here we go. Three-- -Make them do the thing. -Two, one, drop it! -Two, one, drop it! -Oh! -Oh! -Now, that's exciting. It came part. -Wow, this is amazing. The Nexus screen was awesome there. -By the way, we have the super-- We have this wonderful system on there, GoPro that is streaming, so that's how you're getting that cool split screen there. -All right, here we go guys. We're gonna do-- -See if it comes on. -one more test here, which is good. -He's like where's the-- I think maybe that thing has a test on [unk] for that thing to go on. -Yeah, which-- Oh, yeah, I gotta get the buttons on that part. Okay, okay, here we go. This is like-- I feel like I'm at Foxconn right now. Okay. -Wooh! -I'm just up here on the ladder. -Too soon? Okay, here we go. I'm trying to be able to play the Source, okay. Here we go. Holding the power button, holding the power button. No. -No. -No. -Huh. -All right. -All right, let's keep going. -Okay. -I bet that's gonna be fine. I'm not worried about that. -Here we go. -All right, time for the iPhone 5. -That's not my personal one, right? Okay. I just wanna make sure. -No, no. -I just wanna make sure. -It does still work. You can see my little kit on there, but this is the one that we've already tested. So, okay, I'll make him do the thing. -Holding on the phone. Here we go, guys. Let's go. Three, two, one, drop it! -Three, two, one, drop it! -I know. I thought he's playing. -You know, it kind of fell sideways, but you have the damage here, where it actually made impact right here. Can you see that? Oh yeah-- -But otherwise, it's okay. -Right on that corner, right there. Everyone is like, well, I'm mesmerizing. Okay, yeah, it's-- Okay, last one. Let's do it one more time. -All right, let's do a rugged phone. Let's see how-- Oh, we gotta do the Surface, you're right. -Let's do the left-- -Let's-- yup. -Let's just-- let's just do it. -It's time. -I don't know. That thing is heavy. Ah. -Okay, see. I want you guys to know that during his announcement, Steven Sinofsky dropped this thing a whole bunch of times. He skateboarded on it. It was pretty tough when Jeff Cannata had to go on it. Oh nurse, I'm gonna die on this ladder. Okay, make him go. -Three, two, one, drop it! -Three, two, one, drop it! Oh! -Oh! -That's a little-- -That was dramatic. -That did fall in the corner. Okay, here we go. -I think we can see some damage from here. -So, you can see some of the battle damage here where the camera-- the alignment of the camera piece here. The metal has been warped. Right? Oh, that's too bad. -Oh! -Oh. -Oh, does that hurt? -No, but, dude, turn it around, look. It's on. -Yeah! -It's sending a message. I'm okay. I'm okay to go. Where's the [unk] -All right. And here's the corner where it hit, but there you go. Surface up to this point. -Survived. -Rugby guy. -It turns out it takes a long time to drop a bunch of stuff. All right, here we go. This is the Samsung Rugby Pro ruggedized phone. So, if it is not fine, I'll be very surprised. -In three, two, one, drop it! -Three, two, one, drop it! -Oh. -Wow. -It's rugged. -Molly, it works out clearly. Okay, here we go. -The USB port guide did open on the drop. That's kind of new. It's a new feature. And over here, here's the battle damage here. You got the little rugged-- I did-- -Chip. -Yeah, rubber chip. -All right, so, there you guys have it. Let's see if we can power this bad boy on here. -That's not so bad, though. I mean-- -Here we go. -Right. -He's alive! -There you go. Survived! Boom! -Okay. -I love it. I'm here with Chuck. I'm ready to get suited up for a liquid nitrogen. I have my apron on for splashing and look at the-- like look at the freezing steam coming out of this thing. Do you think-- Okay, so, here we have a GoPro camera. -Yeah. -We have a GoPro camera? -I guess. -We have an iPhone 5 in a ballistic case-- -Right. -which they say is like military spec, but there are holes. -Uh-huh. -And then, we have the naked iPad. Do you think anything on this table is gonna make it? We also gonna have-- I think we can't do the Samsung, right? -I don't know. -Anyway, we're gonna do this two. -Liquid nitrogen is 321 degrees below zero, so-- -Sort of. GoPros must be really tough. -That-- We will see what that case is like. -Wait. Can you give us like a little demonstration? -Sure. -I'll put my gloves and my goggles and stuff on. Show us what happens to things when they go in liquid nitrogen. Whoa, there's snow flying. -Suited up. -Uh-huh. All right, so we can see the rose-- -Kind of bubbles. -is basically bubbling in there, like it's being fried. It looks like it's in a fryer. All right, fried up. Probably, our devices aren't gonna go in that long, huh? Oh, poor little thing. Look at that. It looks like eggshells. Operation might lean over that close to that. -No, it's not. -Okay. -So, which one are we gonna-- -First off, let's go-- I think we should go with the GoPro which, look, is recording. -Ah, okay, as we go? -Yeah. So, as it goes to its doom. -Okay, let's put it here. -We got a little fryer basket. We'll record every-- Oh my God, look at that. It's still recording. The light is still flashing. I mean GoPro-- -The low one or you wanted medium? -I think medium because I'm a softy. -Yeah. -It-- Seriously, though, it's still recording right now with the fryer basket stuck to the side. -Now, do you want to do a drop test on it? -Not this one, not this one. Look at the-- look, though. Near as I can tell, even though there is cold smoke coming off of it, this is a highly unexpected outcome, I have to say. How long is it gonna-- I can feel the cold by the way through these gloves, which are like an inch thick. How long do you think it's gonna take to warm up? -Yeah, that's a good question. That I don't know. Each item is different, you know, [unk] -Yes, that's true. -All right, we're gonna-- I hear like cracking as it's warming up though. I think the plastic is starting to crack as it warms up. -Yeah. -All right, well, this is dramatic, though, because the camera inside still okay. I'm calling this a conditional survival, and I am pretty surprised. All right, let's keep moving. We have-- So we have-- There are two ballistic cases. It turns out these are both ballistic. We're gonna try them both. The iPhone 5 is in here. -Okay. -And this one has some little holes in the front. Let's see how it does. Oh, wow. It's gonna like turn it-- -Oh, yeah. -Oh, you're brutal. You really get into the scary things. -I wanna play around. -Feel like I don't have this kind of time as quick as bad boy. Ooh, sizzle, sizzle. That one, clearly, we're gonna have to wait, remove from the case. I don't even know. The sounds are insane. It's just frozen solid. See the power button. Ooh, I hear crackage. -It's not coming on. -I think the button maybe is frozen. -I think the button is frozen, yeah, okay, but you know, we'll let it warm up for over a period of days, I guess. Look at the frost on that one, okay, and then let's the S3. And the case, by the way, structural integrity-wise, at least, the case is looking good. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is inside this ballistic case, which seems to have a little, but the cameras are exposed. -Oh, there's no film on that. -Yes, that's kind of a bummer for that device,-- -Yeah. -but nevertheless and it goes. Oh, look at the bubbles. It looks really pretty like Halloween. I think our studio audience is horrified right now. They're in stunned silence. GoPro, by the way, still recording. Okay. Can you hear that? -A lot of cracking going on in there. -Do you hear those sounds at all, all that cracking? All right, now though, okay, once again-- The phone seems okay though. All right, once again, we'll let that warm up. You guys will probably still be here when we see if it's okay, but we have one last device to do. The only one that's going in unprotected. Brian Tong, can you come here for a minute because I think we're gonna-- this is a two-parter. -Okay. -I'm sorry guys. There is one device that we're taking out of the give-away pool and that is our, so far, indestructible iPad because everything we've done to it, it's been okay. Now, it has water in it-- -Yeah, and as well as the liquid nitrogen. -and it has no case and it's going in. -I think it's gonna last. I think it's gonna survive. -That's right. -And it goes and then-- -It actually sounds like it's frying. -I know. It sounds exactly like a fryer and it looks like-- the bubbles are actually-- -[unk] -The screen is on. -The screen-- No. -Can you guys see that? Yeah, look. -The screen is on. -And it just went away. -Wow. -It's last breath. -Look! It restarted. -Yeah, the logo just started. -Yeah. -You guys, this thing is unbelievable. Look the water on the inside is starting to freeze. -Oh. -You can see the ice where-- that was the water from the inside. All right, well, now, that it's well and truly frozen, it wouldn't be a liquid nitrogen test if we didn't go a little bit terminator on it. -So, I will-- -So, maybe, I should bring it over and you should climb up, something you can climb while you're holding it. We're gonna go ahead and drop this one, maybe back up just a tiny bit-- -Yeah, take just a step back. -Take one step back. -Cover your beautiful faces. -I'm gonna-- I just wanna show this to you guys, though. We'll just give it a look. -All right. -Like it's frozen on the inside. All right. -Hey, the logo just went on. -It just came back on. -The logo-- Wow. It refuses to die. -It really wants to live. It's totally like knocked. -And-- -Tough stuff. The logo is still on, you guys. That thing is amazing. You can give that to any kid you want. -Okay, you guys. -Ready? -We're gonna count this out real good. -Except knocked shock because he's like in a really dangerous state. -We're gonna do three, two, one, drop it. Cover your eyeballs. I mean I'm gonna be like this. -Cover your eyes also. -I gotta protect this face. You know what I mean? Okay, here we go guys. Ready? Three, two, one, drop it! -Three, two, one, drop it! -Oh. -Oh. -Is that the screen? -It's not okay. -I actually think it was so strong and dense as the cement. -As dense as the cement. -Okay, here we go guys. Let's pick up the pieces here. -What-- You got it! Still on! -Yeah! -Okay, as far as I'm concerned that is a passed. This thing is still kicking. That's unbelievable. All right guys. -That's ridiculous. -Incredibly, every device we put in liquid nitrogen came out okay. The GoPro Hero 2 not only survived, it recorded the whole experience. -Still recording. The light is still flashing. -And the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 were fine inside their ballistic cases. -It looks really pretty. -Once we let them thawed out a little, both turned on. -Do you hear those sounds at all, all the cracking?
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