I had an 8700 for over four years and the 8900 now. Dropped them both numerous times. Sometimes straight to concrete. They will nick, but never stopped working. A cellphone sales rep told me one time, that when they go to BB training one of the first things the trainer does is throw the phone against the wall. Not sure if that is true, but based on my experience, I would not be afraid to do it with any of my BB's.
Phones Owned: Nokia 6200; Nokia 6126 2ea; 8700g; 8900; Carrier-Cincinnati Bell: Future Bold Owner