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Torture-testing the Nexus 7, iPad, and iPad Mini

While the Google tablet freaks out and shuts down when submerged in water, it holds up better in drop tests done by warranty company SquareTrade.

Not surprisingly, the glass on the larger iPad 3 has a harder time holding up to drops. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

I think I might need a support group -- I seem to be hooked on gadget snuff films.

The latest one from my hookup, the device warranty outfit SquareTrade, sees a third-generation iPad, the iPad Mini, and the Google Nexus 7 being methodically abused to see which holds up best.

The real development in this latest in a long series of face-off videos is the use of a new "drop-bot" that helps ensure a more fair drop of each device. In the past, the fate of each tortured device seemed to depend on a randomly determined point of impact. As you can see below, the bot does seem to level the playing field.

After dropping the tablets on a corner, on their faces and submerging them in water, SquareTrade concludes that the iPad Mini holds up best.

Just based on the video, I might contest that notion, since it seems to be based on the fact that the Nexus 7 automatically reset itself when submerged in water. That might actually be an intentional data-saving feature rather than a fail, but you can watch the video below to judge for yourself.