Say what you will about their recent problems, but Nokia made phones that were solid. I dropped them on numerous occasions without problems.
I've been pretty happy with the Samsung phone that replaced my Nokia (wanted Android, not due to a fall!) - it seems well made, and I figured I'd get a new Samsung when the time came. This looks pretty compelling, although getting one in Italy might be a PITA.
And yet people drop them, all the time. So the philosophy of "build it as if it will never be dropped" may be worth re-examining.
Good Phone the Nexus S.
I might attempt a DIY groin charger.
The first few Galaxy phones by Samsung were terrible and turned a lot of people away from Android, but they've more than made up for it with the Nexus and recent releases.
Direct blows = pretty good.
Torque from twisting = damn it.
IIRC, you couldn't get curved Gorilla Glass back then so Google decided to go with regular glass rather than give up the subtle curve.
I'm looking for a new Android phone that's as good as the Hero.