The fragile nature of expensive technology

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Each year the newest device hits the shelves of brick and mortar stores and listings of online retailers.

We spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, to procure these devices, and then handle them ever so gingerly in the hopes we don’t drop them, leading to costly repairs. 

Cellphones are one of the more costly items we carry around every day, and also the most susceptible to damage. 

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Companies have invested in stronger glass to ensure the screens on these devices don’t crack if they are dropped, but even the promise of stronger glass does not mean your handheld device is indestructible. 

Expensive cases are sold to help add a level of protection. The best cases can cost upwards of $50, and they add quite a bit of bulk to what was a sleek and eye-catching piece of technology. 

Once it’s in that case, it may get a bit more protection, but it’s no longer easy on the eyes.

We can put all of the care in the world into handling these devices in the hopes they never take a spill, especially toward hard or wet ground. 

But at times our dexterity isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and things fumble from our fingers. 

Some companies are beginning to implement added layers of protection. One cellphone maker touts a flagship “waterproof” design capable of remaining operational even after being submerged in five feet of water for about 30 minutes.

Even though the device is a bit more protected from the weather, you will still want to avoid cracking the screen. 

Cellphone carriers announced that if the screen needs to be replaced, the owner should be prepared to fork over $270 to have the work done. 

Even savvy do-it-yourselfers may be forced to have someone else fix the broken screen, because these phones are becoming harder to take apart, and therefore, fix yourself. 

Basically, handle with care.