01/25/2012, 01:49 AM
hmmm mine is also cracked at the exact same spot as the rest.
from the look of the plastic - it's a type of 'rigid' but brittle type plastic and the weak points are the speaker , usb and the earphone jacks..
Speaker area - vibrations from the speakers, plus weaker area- There is pressure from the glass/rubber seal which presses outwards. If the plastic used was less brittle (even compared to the Palm Pre plastic which was a bit elastic and a bit elastic, it would allow slight stress/stretching marks..but i guess the engineers / or the subcon decided to use this type of plastic; which i think is a bad choice.
Well really no point getting it repaired by HP, knowing the new unit will have the same problem down the road...BUT it shows that either HP or the Palm Engineers or the subcons didn't look closely at product integrity, strength etc (unlike other companies) and just looked at esthetics.. (e.g palm pre plastic stone design).