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PSP delicate? Maybe not.


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Well, I guess it was coming, although I hoped it never would. I dropped my PSP today. That's a bit of an understatement.

 

I was on my way to the subway platform, walking down the concrete stairway, when as I often do, I reached into my pocket to get my PSP. I pulled it out and started to let it drop out of the padded case into my right hand. But somewhere along the way I misjudged how fast it was coming out of the case and managed to hit the PSP in such a way that it flew away from me. It was one of those slow-motion moments when you see the demise of your fancy toy play out in a number of ugly scenarios.

 

I estimate that it was airborne for about 15 feet before it struck the first step (concrete, remember). It was headed for the right side of the staircase, which turns out to have been a massive lucky break because at the edge of the stairs is a kind of 'gutter' (almost like the gutter lane in a bowling alley). So the PSP hit one step and then slipped into the gutter, sliding all the way down to the bottom.

 

I could hear that by the time it reached the bottom, it wasn't just one piece...but a few. The vision in my head was that it had broken into many parts, probably the screen popping out, and the back door breaking off.

 

I got to the bottom of the steps and saw the battery door off to the left. The battery itself had slid out onto the platform a ways. I picked up the PSP and was surprised to see that it was in one piece. The door was open, but the game was still inside. A quick first glance found no scratches on the screen area. I picked up the pieces that had fallen off and noticed that the memory card had been ejected. I put the battery back in, it's door back on, and the memory card re-seated. I fired it up and was happy to see the "Sony Computer Entertainment" screen come up. Then I heard the disc start to read and up came Midnight Club 3 (after a long load, typical of the game).

 

I played a bit of the game, and it seemed to work fine.

 

I took a closer look at the PSP body and there's a good sized dent in the game door. Some nicks and scratches mostly on the back. I am very lucky that it hit the step on the back, and when it fell into the gutter it was face-up. If it had been oriented the other way, the dent on the back would have been a massive crack in the middle of the screen.

 

It's pretty rare for me to drop electronics. I have never dropped any of my iPods, or my sidekick, I did once drop my palm...which also survived.

 

I was happy to see that the PSP is more than just a pretty looking device, it appears to be well made too.

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That's how much mine opens.

 

Hmm, Well I'm sure that mine didn't used to open that wide, but it doesn't seem to adversely affect anything. I can see more of the internals of the machine, which is kind of cool ;)

 

I was looking around to see what part held the door from opening wider (making sure there aren't any loose parts inside), but i can't figure out what it was.

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ey, he's Mexican...he is still learning the English language.

One day you're all going to find some new material. I know it's asking alot of you, but hey I can dream. The fact that you have a million perfectly good "Cuban riding on a piece of dry wall to get to the states" jokes right at your fingertips, yet you continue to go to the Mexican well is disappointing to say the least.

 

Oh and my little spelling error has been corrected.

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...I'm sure he didn't much intend for the LCVG race war to break out. ;)

 

Especially because LCVG SWAT has the worst fatality and police brutality record in the United States. IA sent someone to look into it, but we shot him when he reached for his badge.

 

Now, here's an OT question:

 

Why do some PSP's open way wide and others do not?

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Mine definitely didn't open that far before, so maybe the drop fixed it. ;)

 

Damn, you are really lucky it fell on the back instead of the screen. That blemish on the back doesn't look bad AT ALL compared to what could have happened. Whew!

 

I feel very lucky in general, I can't believe it survived such a serious fall, and the fact that came through with almost no damage is amazing....very lucky.

 

The feeling I had as I watched it fall away from me is that there was no way it would survive, it was a foregone conclusion, and I was already thinking about the $250 to replace it.

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Mine definitely didn't open that far before' date=' so maybe the drop fixed it. ;)

 

 

 

I feel very lucky in general, I can't believe it survived such a serious fall, and the fact that came through with almost no damage is amazing....very lucky.

 

The feeling I had as I watched it fall away from me is that there was no way it would survive, it was a foregone conclusion, and I was already thinking about the $250 to replace it.[/quote']

Not to metion some not running off with ut before you got to it

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It was one of those slow-motion moments when you see the demise of your fancy toy play out in a number of ugly scenarios.

 

Oh I so know this feeling, although it was with my cell phone. I was walking through the mall when my phone rang, while pulling it out of my pocket it clipped my belt and down towards the floor went my phone. Now having played soccer for alot of my life I'm pretty adept at catching things with my feet hence cushening the blow to the floor. Well this time around I flinched and my leg went into full out punt mode. As the phone connected with my now full force kick all I could see was my phone take off up a flight of 7 stairs and about 40 yards down the main corridor of the mall. Thank goodness the mall was empty at the time. When I retrieved it it still worked but really badly at that. It seperated at the seams and had to be squeezed tightly just to dial or answer it. You really have to see how far those things can fly!

 

Glad to hear your PSP survived though. That really could have been a nightmare.

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When I first brought my PSP in to work, one of my co-workers was standing and listening to an mp3 on my PSP via headphones. He must've moved around because the headphone cable pulled the PSP off the desk and it started to fall to the floor. Another co-worker who sat next to me, the guy using the headphones, and myself all instinctively reached for it at the same time and prevented it from hitting the floor. I've never seen 3 humans react so quickly in my life. It was like some serious Bullet-Time action! :rock

 

I'm glad to hear that the PSP isn't as delicate as it looks.

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