Dennis Bournique of WapReview was present and thought it was a crazy idea (I would have taken that position too).
The Astound survived (do check the video – it didn’t look broken) and was used as a main phone for the rest of the CTIA event.
Personally, I wouldn’t try this with my N8 or E7, though I have no doubt that either of them will survive the experience if I did. They are both built as solidly as the Astound, if not more.
Who wants to have a go with their phone? I’ll arrange for the bus!