Shattering mobiles : Why are smartphones so fragile?

Industry reports speak of rising returns of Nokia N95’s, HTC TyTN II and Apple iPhone’s with cracked or inoperable screens (ed : Where's are the likes of the legendary 3310?)

This is causing consternation amongst owners as repair centres don’t have enough replacement parts to meet demand.

Unhappy at waiting weeks for their mobiles punters are looking elsewhere.

This could have opened the market up to Sony Ericsson, but they are having their own troubles with failing keyboards and defective software.

It comes down to buying a case and wearing it on your hip to be nicked, or let your keys do the talking and smash the handset in your pocket or handbag.