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post Feb 7 2019, 12:36 PM
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QUOTE(Daniel W @ Feb 4 2019, 09:11 AM) *
For what it's worth, after close inspection and careful (neighbor) cat hair removal, I seem to have three. If I start measuring from the side that has the charging port, mine appears at 33, 57.5 and 139mm. Here's a closeup of one of them:
Apologies for the weird angle, it was quite hard to get the light just right, to, at all, make the crack visible. We're looking at the front edge of the Gemini lid, with the top cover removed. The white hazy part to the left is the serial number sticker.

While they are very thin, I can feel them with a fingernail, and with the top cover removed, prying gently with a fingernail, I can make the one on the picture above flex ever so slightly, so they are indeed real. I notice that all three of mine are near (but not exactly at) ends of the four magnets keeping the lid closed. I would presume the magnets are press-fit into place and that the cavities receiving them are supposed to be really tight to ensure a snug fit. Molding plastic to very exact dimensions is tricky, so maybe some cavities got a fraction of a millimeter too small, or, possibly, some of the magnets were a hair thicker than specified.

In either case, I agree with Eldkatten, the affected material likely won't see any further stress. Given there's plenty of plastic behind the magnets, I don't think the cracks will affect the structural integrity of the lid in any relevant way, so, at least in my case, I'd write them off as manufacturing blemishes. While naturally undesirable, I'm neither surprised nor upset. I've seen worse from far more experienced brands.

I took another look at my Gemini and in addition to the obvious crack I photographed, there are another three cracks!

Prior to this, I wrote to Planet and they offered to investigate, but I can't do without my Gemini and don't want to risk further damage shipping from here in Australia.

FYI - reply from Planet Support included the following statement:

"From my own experience at the warranty service side, this is not something we have replicated at a large scale, or our own personal devices. Nevertheless, we are happy to have a look at the affected devices for investigation and potential resolution of the fault."
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post Feb 10 2019, 04:20 AM
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I have two, but I needed this forum to actually find them.

Not worried enough (yet) to send the Gemini back. Also, what can they do about it ?

Contrary to the others, I am worried. This might be a psionesque design flaw. Remember the 5mx screen cable, the loose netBook connector and the 3a battery lid rupture ?
They all started with hairline cracks that we all had.
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post Feb 10 2019, 05:05 AM
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QUOTE(Dixit @ Feb 10 2019, 02:20 PM) *
Contrary to the others, I am worried. This might be a psionesque design flaw. (...)

Yes, you're right, it might. Or it might not.
It may sound a bit (too) biblical, but all your worrying won't change what finally will happen. Or won't happen. So why not just relax and wait and see?

Kind regards
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post Feb 11 2019, 01:09 AM
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The Psion cases varied, though.

In the Series 3 and variants: yes, harline cracks would start around the hinge linking screen to keyboard; that would lead to progressive failure of the hinge, eventually rendering the device almost unusable.

In the Series 5 and variants: harline cracks would sometimes start around the hinge linking screen to keyboard -- but in my extensive experience, those don't tend to lead to adverse effects. The real problem is hairline cracks in the ribbon cable linking screen to base; and that's not the same sort of problem (and is invisible).

With the Gemini, it's hard to be sure, but my guess is that these cracks may not turn out to be as serious as some of the Psion problems. (OTOH, we don't know what other problems Geminis might develop after several years of use...)

(I'm less worried for now, as my Cosmo is already on order smile.gif )
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post Feb 11 2019, 01:13 AM
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Just to add in, I have these cracks as well (the two center ones for me) in the same positions indicated on the posted images with the arrows. So given the amount of responses it does seem to affect a larger amount of people, but similar to other responses I'm not convinced these cracks will actually be a problem. We'll see in a year or two I suppose
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