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Old 02-06-2008, 07:08 AM   #1
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iliad durability

Hi all:

I want to buy an Iliad, but reading several messages int the official irex forum and in this one about broken Iliad screens or dead pixel lines doesn't encourage me to spend a LOT of money in a product that seems so fragile...is it really SO fragile? much more than a pocket PC, for example?. I am not going to kick it on a regular basis, but as a product that you can carry anywhere it must be strong enough.

Can anybody tell me of his/her "long happy love story" with his/her Iliad without any problem? (I'm talking about long-term relationships with the machine, not passionate one-months romances followed by (screen) breakage) (wow, I should have posted this one to an "advice to the lovelorn" forum, I guess...)
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:15 AM   #2
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I've had mine for almost 6 months and used it almost every day, carried around a lot in the bag that comes with it. No dead pixies or lineouts or breakage. My two-year old son has terrified me several times by suddenly appearing with it (meaning that he got into our room, took it out of the bag which was hanging on a peg and brought it down stairs).
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:00 AM   #3
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I too have had mine six months, used almost daily and the hardware has caused no problems at all
fingers crossed, touch wood and other such superstitions
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:04 PM   #4
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I've had mine for almost a year, no problems. I do keep it in a zip case originally designed for a day planner, and I try to avoid letting it get squashed by heavy things pressing against it in my bag. The screen is larger than that of a palmtop, so a stress could more easily build up that could crack the screen, but I think a reasonable amount of caution is all most people need.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:11 PM   #5
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I've had mine for eight months.

I normally don't transport it to and from work, so it lives primarily at home.

But I do take it on weekend trips and vacations, and have flown with it on four trips.

It's like new. I take care f it, but I don't baby it.

I do have a case for it, which I would recommend (I got one of the Book Jacket by M-edge).
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:19 AM   #6
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mine is in a cover and simply gets popped in my bag along with everything else. I have dropped in face down in a gravel car park with no ill effects, other than my own near heart failure as I watched my precious toy fall. I have had it for around 8 months and it gets constant use.
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:38 AM   #7
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All eInk screens need to be treated with a certain amount of care, as they have a reasonably delicate glass substrate. However, avoid sharp knocks or pressure on the screen and you'll be fine. I've had three eInk devices over the last couple of years, and no problems.
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Old 02-12-2008, 08:57 AM   #8
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The nice textured rubbery coating is coming off mine in places, but other than that it's great (well, I now possibly have a hardware issue with wifi, but that's not durability as such). I keep it in the standard iRex cover, which protects the front and back nicely, but not the edges.

I've only had it since September though.

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