Broken Palm Treo 650This $400 Palm Treo handheld was dropped once. Note the cracked case around the LCD. While minor, the crack was perfectly placed to scratch one's cheek whenever talking on the phone.
In addition to the cracked faceplate, the phone also suffered a broken antenna. A genuine replacement housing from Mobile Brando (Hong Kong) cost $50, but retained every detail from the factory unit (including the Cingular logo).
By Erik Eckel
Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president of Eckel Media Corp., a communications company specializing in public relations and technical authoring projects.