In a period of 24 hours, I managed to scratch my Blackberry Bold, while a friend of mine scratched is iPhone 3G.
In the case of Bold, it was give-or-take my fault: Vodafone did not provide protective carrying case in the box, nor it was available for buying – thus, I had a relatively unprotected device filled with “shiny parts”. Given the fact that I was moving my things from Mountain House to Frisco, one can judge that it was my own fault.
But in the case of iPhone… the scratched part was actually discovered when a good friend of mine removed the protective case – the protective case scratched the phone! Now, you might say that he was an idiot for buying a cheap protective case… but that case was paid 50 bucks in Apple store, at the same place where he left additional 120USD on buying things to protect his investment (screen protectors, carrying case, sleeve etc etc).
So, I decided to give up the ghost and from now on, protect shiny things using an Otterbox case. The company just released. And yes, that’s less gay than Red-White-Blue rubber protection cases for my Bold that a sales person in AT&T store offered to me.
And a message to manufacturers, just for future reference: if you already make shiny things, how about spending roughly 50 cents on nano-paint protective coating that would resists scratches of idiotic kind?
But of course, I guess we wouldn’t have to buy new phones then.