Yeah, another step backward in terms of quality. Sony had a leg up over the competition with its Gorilla Glass, and they were stupid and dropped it this year. I own the Samsung F8000, and it's extremely fragile, as with all LCD panels. It scares me to think of how easy it is to crack the panel accidentally. I grew up with CRTs, and you could literally throw your keys or remote at the screen and likely not damage it. Now I'm afraid if I lean over the set and my keys happen to smack the panel, it might be enough to actually crack the panel. I just cannot fathom how sets this expensive do not have a durable protective layer over the panel. I was hoping since Sony has been using Gorilla Glass, other companies would have come up with their own type of super-strong glass panel by now - instead, it's the opposite, and not only has nobody else done it - Sony dropped it. Mind-boggling really.