I ended up getting a co-worker's cast off first generation iPod Touch. Like I need another gadget, I know. But the price was right (free), and it came with an added bonus that many gadgets don't--it didn't work. Stopped working a year ago, actually. The screen turns on and the battery holds a charge, but the touch-pad is completely unresponsive. We can't even push the "slide to unlock" bar. Because I like to tinker and I hate e-waste, it's a challenge I couldn't refuse.
At our local mall there is a kiosk that sells protective cases and screens for "smart" phones. They've got a big poster that says, "Screen broken? Fix it here!"
Surprisingly, getting the young fellow's attention was a challenge. Usually those kiosk guys are shouting at passer-by, doing the hard sell. This guy was too wrapped up in his own iPhone to notice the passing crowd.
When I did get his attention, and he did see the gadget, he said, "Oh, sorry. We can't get the parts for those old models any more."
"Old models?" I said. "These things were released under four years ago."
"Yeah, but we see it all the time. Touch screens stop working after a while."
"All touch screens?" I said. "On everything?"
He said, "Hey, it's like life. Things wear out and stop working."
"You're a philosopher," I said.
So...challenge accepted. Even Apple can't make a product so crappy it's unrepairable after just four years.