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philehidiot

June 2, 2011, 11:10 pm

Just a note to consider - the headphone jack being on the top of the phone to me seems to leave the phone open to water ingress if you use it in the rain.

And in the UK, we're going to want to use it in the rain.

I don't like this process of phones becoming more and more fragile - seeing the HTC Desire HD's back panel with the relative chasm between panels meant I wouldn't touch it. Imagine in winter when you're walking along and get lightly sprayed by a car. The grit means the water is salty and a light spraying is all you need to totally and utterly bork it.

The worst part is that the Motorola Defy which makes so much out of its robust features merely seems to have what I would class as sensible and appropriate protection from the elements and therefore is fit for purpose.

Looking at my P990i from years ago - the buttons are rubber sealed underneath, there aren't any cracks for water to get in and I got drunk and lobbed it so hard it smashed a shelf off the wall. I had no concerns about using it in any weather and it still works years later. That was a cutting edge smartphone at the time - what's changed? Why do they not need to be adequately protected these days?

These aren't just luxury playthings to be handled in the coffee shop, they're to be taken everywhere and should be usable in pretty much any weather. Simple things like placing the 3.5mm wide hole underneath the phone seems to go along with this thinking.

ffrankmccaffery

June 3, 2011, 3:35 am

@philehidiot: Perceptively put and something that I hadn't considered up until now. As a lefty it's always a relief to see the headphone socket located anywhere but the bottom right hand corner though.
A very elegantly designed phone, particularly the deliberate shortening of the glass face to allow the speaker grills to peak out.
And on the subject of the screen, HTC have released an updated version with a 'Super LCD' screen which remedies somewhat the display issues the reviewer noticed.

theDman

June 3, 2011, 4:21 am

@philehidiot Erm, the headphone socket is at the bottom of the phone...next to the charger/usb port...

philehidiot

June 3, 2011, 5:18 pm

Yes I know, in the review it was stated that they weren't a fan of this position. I was pointing out why it's a better position for it...

... they went on a whisky fueled rant.

Ed

June 3, 2011, 5:36 pm

Whisky fueled rant?

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