Now it must have some covering - a notebook computer or a PDA will have a plastic layer covering the LCD and some of them are quite tough - PDA's are designed to write on. It's difficult to believe that Nokia would make something this fundamental in a shoddy way. Perhaps, but T9 let's me get away with not practicing. Why didn't I think of that? Why? Are you going to buy another one? Feel the need for a spare? I'm over it, really I am. I was just using it as an example, a random example, that's all.