(junior member)
01/19/04 06:03 PM
Reliability and cracked screens

I am considering whether to buy the 4150 or the 2215. I am inclined to go for the 4150 because it's smaller however, reading a lot of the buyer's comments on sites such as Amazon it appears that the 4150 tends to attract a lot more reports of cracked screens, unreliability concerns (e.g. needing to be re-set) and annoying problems e.g. the PDA not being able to connect to the cradle smoothly.Is the 2215 more robust and reliable than the 4150 perhaps because it is slightly bigger and there is at the moment a limit to which you can reduce the size of PDA's without making them fragile/unreliable?
I think the possiblitiy of cracked screens is a killer. If you buy from an internet site like Amazon can you buy extended warranty from elsewhere which includes covering damage to the screen? Which PDA's have a good reliability and durability record with respect to their screens not cracking easily, wearing out or dying? Will all PDA's be liable to crack after a short period of time (say a few months)from every day use including knocks and the occasional dropping?

06/13/04 07:55 PM
Re: Reliability and cracked screens

How do you guys take care of your pocket pc?? I got an hp ipaq 4155 and I am using the case that comes with it.... I put it in my pocket, even if I am wearing tight jeans... I put it in my jacket, in my bag,under my pillows, anywhere.. I even brought it to beach, rode a boat, bus, car, jeepney and still carry it... all those times I am just using the case that came with the whole package... guess what? Nothing happened, it worked perfectly well and there is no crack on the screen. The thing is, when you buy a product such as this, always remind yourself that you are not carrying a slab of brick in your pocket..

Tong Zhang
(Senior Editor)
08/21/04 02:05 AM
Re: Reliability and cracked screens

You definitely got lucky. Most of the warranties don't cover screen cracks.

11/05/04 05:57 AM
Re: Reliability and cracked screens

I had screen alingnment problem with my iPAQ5550 after around 10 months of use. HP replaced the LCD free of charge but I am checking the LCD daily to see if there is any crack! It has already hard-reset twice during soft-reset after the repair. And the screen calibration test has also failed few times.

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