Consumer electronics are absolutely expensive while being relatively cheap at the same time. It's a small price to pay for the utility, access, mobility, etc., but when you break one, it's a big financial impact, whether you're talking about smart phones, tablets or laptops, cameras, music players, etc. I've stepped on smart phones, replaced my son's phone when it got run over by a forklift and tried to resuscitate my wife's phone when she washed it by accident.
Waterproofing is like GorillaGlass, it's good to have, but it won't make a bad device better. So for me, the bottom line is the device I want/need to get. I'll pay a premium for GorillaGlass or waterproofing, or a better screen or more memory if the device is what I want/need to buy. I won't buy a device I don't want just because it's waterproof.
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