Apple's latest iPad improves upon its predecessor with a number of new features like a stunning Retina display, quad-core graphics, a 5-megapixel iSight camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. But what about the improvements you can't see?

Both devices look identical, but is the new iPad stronger than its predecessor? SquareTrade, a provider of third-party warranties for Apple's iOS devices, decided to find out for us with a simple drop test.

The company dropped both devices on to their backs from waist-height, then on to their fronts from waist-height. Then it dropped them both on to their fronts from shoulder-height, which is when things got really nasty.

With both devices built from the same materials, it's easy to predict the outcome of this one. But I won't spoil it for you; I'll let you discover that for yourself.

It's never nice to see two gadgets destroyed like this, so please don't try this at home. Besides, SquareTrade makes it pretty clear that its warranties do not cover "intentional damage like you see in the video."

Are you surprised by the outcome of this test?

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