I purchased my first Palm T/x in September 2005. Overall it has held up well even though I have not used a screen protector, and usually carry it in my front jeans pocket in a thin-line leather case.
[My Palm T/x in the E&B Case]
The exterior shell has a few scuff marks, but no chips or obvious scars. Other than the power button, all buttons and external controls and jacks work like new. The pricing for a new unit is still running about $280, but they can be found used or refurbished for about $180.
[Front and Back Views]
The problems that have come up have included:
[Spots on screen (and if you look closely, some signs of the haze)
[Where the stylus points in relation to lines drawn in NotePad]
Now- I know that #1 and 3 can be the result of software- but they persist through hard resets, and even hard resets after disconnecting the battery for several days. Sometimes, they ease up for a while- but they slowly re-occur without any additional software being added. Lately, nothing I have done has made #1 any better, and #3 is getting harder and harder to get any relief from. I suspect that the power button issue is an equipment glitch, but I am willing to concede that #3 could be from carrying my Palm in my pocket. One of the possible side effects of testing software all the time, maybe.
So- bottom line: If there was a good non-Treo Palm option, I might go for it but I still use the T/x daily, glitches and all- I am generally happy with the performance. I just have to have a back-up plan that includes a good backup program and a Palm Zire 22. just in case…