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19th Feb '18 11:49:11 PM lilithmercy
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** The Wii Remote originally had a rather weak wrist strap, which led to a number of Remotes getting embedded in walls or [=TVs=]. Nintendo quickly updated its production with sturdier straps, but not for the Wiimote's protection: for the protection of ''everything else!'' Notice that in all those humorous pictures of embedded remotes, it is always the wall or TV that is damaged, not the remote. Current models of the Wiimote come with a rubber sleeve that is perhaps best described as a bumper.

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** The Wii Remote originally had a rather weak wrist strap, which led to a number of Remotes getting embedded in walls or [=TVs=]. Nintendo quickly updated its production with sturdier straps, but not for the Wiimote's protection: for the protection of ''everything else!'' Notice that in all those humorous pictures of embedded remotes, it is always the wall or TV that is damaged, not the remote. Current models of the Wiimote come with a rubber sleeve that is perhaps best described as a bumper.[[note]]The amount of TV damage is probably not helped by the console launch happening around the same time easily ruined flatscreen TVs started overtaking CRTs, which were covered in glass that may as well have been bulletproof.[[/note]]
16th Jan '18 8:24:27 PM 4444jdm
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* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/indestructible-nokia-3310 Nokia 3310]] model cell phone. Takes beating, getting wet, ''can be used as ice hockey puck'' and the damn thing still works.

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* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/indestructible-nokia-3310 Nokia 3310]] model cell phone. It might be your ChildhoodFriend for TheNineties kids, but this phone... Takes beating, getting wet, ''can be used as ice hockey puck'' and the damn thing still works.
11th Jan '18 12:24:29 AM NamelessFragger
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*** There's even one mechanic story about a GM 3800 surviving a several-mile trip to the shop with ''no oil pan or filter'' after a lousy oil change job from a different shop, leaking like a sieve, expecting the worst, and finding that the engine still had ''no traces of metal particles or shavings despite the lack of oil.''



* Smartphone cases deserve a special mention as they are designed to not only last for long periods of time under tough conditions but also keep a fragile device safe while doing the same. Some brands take to this ridiculous extremes, one brand literally dropping an I-pad with their case from 100,000 ft with no damage to the I-pad or case.

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* Vintage IBM keyboards up to the Model M are not only coveted for their tactile mechanical key action, but ludicrous durability due to construction around a steel plate and PBT plastics (which are more durable than ABS for keycap texture). Unicomp still produces modern variants of the Model M using the very tooling that IBM sold off decades ago. The kicker? The Model M is actually a cost-reduced version of their Model F and older beam-spring keyboards, the main difference being that the M uses membrane switching instead of contactless capacitive switching for the keys, yet many Model [=Ms=] still survive to this day!
** It's also not unheard of for users to use these IBM keyboards as an ImprovisedWeapon. As someone once said, the Model M will break ''you'' before you break it!
* Smartphone cases deserve a special mention mention, as they are designed to not only last for long periods of time under tough conditions but also keep a fragile device safe while doing the same. Some brands take to this ridiculous extremes, one brand literally dropping an I-pad [=iPad=] with their case from 100,000 ft with no damage to the I-pad [=iPad=] or case.
11th Jan '18 12:01:41 AM NamelessFragger
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*** While the complaints of screen scratches on the Switch may dent Nintendo's reputation for durability, it should be noted that making the screen digitizer surface out of plastic instead of glass makes it effectively ''shatter-proof.'' Adding a tempered glass screen protector easily handles scratch resistance while not interfering with the dock, not to mention that you can easily peel it off and replace it with another if it does crack. Now go out and see how many people use smartphones with cracked screens because they couldn't afford the repairs, and you can thank Nintendo for making a ''practical'' portable device that can survive a drop.
4th Jan '18 2:28:55 AM NamelessFragger
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** The popular StarTAC line from the late 90's. Motorola even stated this in the user manual; the phone would work even after receiving case-deforming hits.

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** The popular StarTAC [=StarTAC=] line from the late 90's.90's, the RAZR's spiritual predecessor, also qualifies. Motorola even stated this in the user manual; the phone would work even after receiving case-deforming hits.


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* Buick is generally the American equivalent to Japan's Toyota and Europe's Volvo in reputation for sheer reliability, with fellow General Motors marque Oldsmobile having enjoyed a similar reputation before GM consolidated.
** It helps that Buick's V6 engine, later developed into the GM 3800 V6, generally outlasts the cars it's built around and can easily survive over 300,000 miles of wear and tear, and supercharged L67 variants are common engine swap candidates.
14th Dec '17 9:31:37 PM DarkHunter
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*** The console has been proven to be so resilient to damage that it's even found its way onto [[Wrestling/ECW Extreme Championship Wrestling]].

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*** The console has been proven to be so resilient to damage that it's even found its way onto [[Wrestling/ECW [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} Extreme Championship Wrestling]].
26th Nov '17 10:25:22 AM nombretomado
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*** In a letter from a 1999 issue of ''Magazine/NintendoPower'', one boy had lost his GameBoyColor in the garage, only to find it 3 months later sitting in a puddle of used oil. After carefully disassembling and cleaning it, it was able to work like brand-new, if a bit worse for wear. The editor recommended to all readers to not allow your systems to be submerged in any liquid for safety's sake, but also that this sounded entirely plausible.

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*** In a letter from a 1999 issue of ''Magazine/NintendoPower'', one boy had lost his GameBoyColor UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor in the garage, only to find it 3 months later sitting in a puddle of used oil. After carefully disassembling and cleaning it, it was able to work like brand-new, if a bit worse for wear. The editor recommended to all readers to not allow your systems to be submerged in any liquid for safety's sake, but also that this sounded entirely plausible.
10th Nov '17 10:21:38 AM zeldagirlgrace
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10th Nov '17 10:20:54 AM zeldagirlgrace
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*** On an episode of Carlos Mencia's show, ''Series/MindOfMencia'', a midget was smashing old electronics with a large sledgehammer. Everything was smashed to bits in one go, save for a Nintendo 64. It took two strikes before any visible cracks formed in the case, and a third strike before the casing began to dent.

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*** On an episode of Carlos Mencia's show, ''Series/MindOfMencia'', a midget dwarf was smashing old electronics with a large sledgehammer. Everything was smashed to bits in one go, save for a Nintendo 64. It took two strikes before any visible cracks formed in the case, and a third strike before the casing began to dent.
22nd Oct '17 2:41:25 PM nombretomado
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* [[CompactDisc CDs]] are incredibly forgiving, being still playable even after suffering all kinds of abuse, thanks to the error correction technology the discs use. There are basically two things which can render them unusable, [[HumansAreMorons both due to operator error]]:

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* [[CompactDisc [[UsefulNotes/CompactDisc CDs]] are incredibly forgiving, being still playable even after suffering all kinds of abuse, thanks to the error correction technology the discs use. There are basically two things which can render them unusable, [[HumansAreMorons both due to operator error]]:
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