That's right my storm has lasted me 2 yrs. It's amazing for me. It's the longest I've had any small electronic device. If I don't lose them, I break them. The last 6 years I've worked as a weld inspector in a fabrication shop. As soon as you walk in this place you're dirty. One of the methods we use to inspect welds is Magnetic Particle Testing(MT). You basically magnetize the part and if there's a crack it will make it's own magnetic field. You then apply iron powder(died gray or red) on the part and the crack will attract the particles; you blow away the excess powder with a "puffer" and evaluate. So basically I walk around throwing magnetic dust around all day; to go along with the grinding dust in the air that makes it a very harsh enviroment for a cell phone.
When I first got my storm(a few months after it came out) I used to wrap it up in a paper towel at work. That later evolved into just putting masking tape over the speakers. I had a few cases but most made typing a little more difficult so they didn't last(I broke my feather case after 3 drops on concrete-great case). After a year the phone would just get thrown in the pocket. Over the past winter I dropped it in about a foot of snow. After that my menu and back button acted up for a while but it's good now. It's still ticking but I have a water stain from the snow and over time lost each layer of the speaker and now the dust has invaded. I'm going to keep her until the Incredible comes out and see how long it can last.
Thanks to and all the Hybrid makers (especially BBC & Lyric) for making the last two years with the 9530 a little less painful.