Are questions about durability of android devices and the materials used (like gorilla glass) offtopic?

I know that asking for battery durability (how long battery needs to be replaced instead of how long a charge lasts) is not.

There are also several questions on SD card rewrites.

Also questions on screen resistance.

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    I'd say all of them are kind of "gray area". While most SD card and battery questions are behavior-oriented (how to use your Android device), especially material-properties are at least very dark. What makes gorilla glass special is definitely no Android question, for example – and you should handle your device with care no matter what. I'm afraid, a clear "yes" or "no" to this question is not possible, all depends on context. – Izzy Oct 1 '14 at 22:22
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    I'm going to disagree with Izzy. I think the answer is yes, they are off topic. I don't see a special reason to allow questions about other parts but not batteries. And I think the same reasoning applies -- most answers will be opinion and relatively Android-independent. Our expertise is usage, not the tolerances etc. of electronics. – Matthew Read Oct 2 '14 at 15:28
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    Can someone give me an answer I can vote on? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/77900/… – Mindwin Oct 2 '14 at 17:12
  • @Mindwin there you go :) – Izzy Dec 16 '14 at 22:40

By the letter, they are off-topic as being "Android independent hardware questions" – as Matthew correctly pointed out with his comment on the question itself. However, "by the letter" that would also apply to several of our and questions (e.g. When should I start charging my Lithium battery?).

While I originally held the context might make a difference, that's hard to find for material durability – while with the battery example, it falls into "daily use of your Android device" (maybe into a gray zone, though).

So I tend to follow Matthew's reasoning, declaring such questions (as described by the question above) off-topic.

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