Here's our Hardware Tip for.. November 15, 2002
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Mobile Hardware Issues--Part 2 of 3
Mobile device makers try to keep total product costs down because they want to position the product within the optimal price point window of $200 to $500 (chip costs, development costs, and other factors drive the prices up to these levels quickly). Thus, you'll often find companies cut corners by offering cheap slipcase covers for mobile devices, rather than hard-shell, protective covers.

Veteran mobile computer users know hard-shell cases are vital for protecting your equipment from accidental damage. Almost everyone drops, bumps, or bangs a mobile device at some point during its life--and you'll reduce your chances of sustaining damage during these accidents if you store your device in a hard case. Most companies offer hard-shell cases as an option when you order a mobile device.