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Re: Protecting LCD Screens
Paul, I'd agree the marine market is somewhat of an exception. A niche market, so it is of less interest to the copycats. And the instruments...probably are only found on the 10% of the small market which is on boats over 24? 28? feet OAL, and racers, both of whom may grumble but will find money. Of course the use of tablets and smartphones instead of real chartplotter displays could be considered an attack on the high-end devices, too. The senders are something else, but there probably is a "good enough" line being drawn by marketing departments. You know, "good enough to last ten years for the weekend seasonal sailor" or "good enough for two circumnavigations". Somewhere, someone is deciding the product aren't built to last forever, and they're drawing lines.
Of course considering what some places charge for phone screen protectors, maybe the instrument companies have missed a good subscription market. Screen protectors, 50 cents or 20$, take your choice right?