I've had my nano for just a couple days now, but from the way people were talking it sounded like breathin on the thing would have scratched it. Now, I have a skin on the front and back of the iPod protecting the large flat surfaces, and while it is kinda ugly (see my Decalgirl.com skin initial impressions post if you like, and be on the look out for a better review from me after a few more days of use) it does seem to be working. However, this skin leaves the sides, top, and bottom of the iPod open, and while it's not a large area, it is the same material as the rest of the nano and is significantly wide enough to see finger prints, etc. on it. However, after putting the nano in my pants pocket (very lints, filled with debris, no keys though), shirt pocket (kinda linty, but mostly soft and clean), in the space under my in-dash car car head unit (very dirty, lots of little sandy dirst particles), on the "lip" at the top of my work keyboard (I have one of those huge old keybaords with lots of key movement and resistance - I love it!) which is ancient and filthy... Not a single scuff or scratch on the unprotected sides of the nano. So, all the people who have had lots of scratching on their nanos, do you have the same amount of damage to the sides of the iPod as the front/back? If not, then it just must be the way the nan ois designed that it doesn't get damage to the sides. If yes, then either I have a particularly robust nano, or they have particularly fragile one, or you are really abusing the hell out of it. Other than using a $6 skin I haven't been careful with mine at all. As for the screen, I read the reports of fragile ones and being able to make the plastic coating 'touch' the lcd with a littel pressure. I'm glad Apple acknowledged this as a flaw... I pressed my a little and there is no movement or distortion on the LCD. I got a little bolder and tested it some more; This thing feels indestructable! Anywho, just my observation. In my case, I deem this to be yet another excellent Apple product.