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Got a busted gadget? We want to see it

In today's mobile era, it's more common than ever to spot spectacularly broken devices running around. Got one? We want to see a photo and hear its sob story.

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Broken, but kind of artsy, no? Lori Grunin/CNET

My CNET colleague Ben Rubin recently toured a Verizon lab where the company tosses phones around to see how much abuse they can take and still keep working. Remember the last time you dropped a smartphone or tablet 2 feet down onto the pavement? We're betting it wasn't part of a lab test, but we'd still like to see the results.

Consumer electronics have, of course, faced hard knocks since the dawn of power buttons, but in these mobile times, it's way easier to get a glimpse of spectacularly shattered devices. Got one in your gadget arsenal? Send us a photo by Tuesday, December 16, along with your name, location and a bit about the device and how it got injured. And be sure to tell us if it still works. We may use your image in an upcoming gallery, which -- if the above photo is any indication -- will likely be equal parts cringe-inducing and cool-looking.

Please send your photo or photos to crave at cnet dot com, with the subject line "broken device." We're sorry you have a busted gadget, but we look forward to seeing it and hearing how it got that way.