Something reminded me of this today so I thought to pass along a highly prized secret that until now was known only to myself, and a Hawaiian mechanic who provide me with this cherished insight to technology. When making a purchase, and given two products that seem to be about equal in performance, how does one make that final purchasing decision? Price is not always an indicator of quality, and not many of us are qualified to make a technical judgment based on the claims of the manufacturer, so what should we use as the final measure of quality? Buy the one that weighs the most. As my friend pointed out, "it must have more stuff in it". Really it makes sense when you think about it and I have found this to be surprisingly true. Two immediate examples come to mind: My telephones. I now own two Motorola brand telephones - a wireless and a cell phone. They both weigh more than any similar phones I have owned, and they are both the best of each type that I have had as well...and I go through a lot of phones as a result of my home based, [often] travel intensive business.