To each his own First thing I do when I get new electronics is pull all the plastic stuff off, it annoys me. I take good care of it though, and tend to spend extra on a good case or sleeve to protect portable stuff. I still have a 3rd gen ipod that looks like new while it's traveled 1000's of km's with me, all over the world. The DAC broke down though so it's useless now... The irony For those who don't use their touch screens, the Pandora one is awesome! It's precise, sensitive (Remember this when in the heat of a battle! It's not necessary to push hard) and has good pressure sensitivity when drawing. It's remarkable how light a touch will be registered. And it's tough! Some times I cringe and regret it that I let one of my kids draw on my Pandora but the screen keeps up well! I hope the Pyra will have a touch screen as good as the Pandora's.