you received a tablet, computer or a new phone this
holiday, you’re not alone. This year, tech gifts were
expected to top a third of all holiday wish lists,
according to the National Retail Federation.
that excitement felt by millions when they tore open the
wrapping paper on their newest gadget will quickly turn
to devastation when it’s dropped onto the floor, when
it falls out of a pocket and into the toilet or when it’s
left in a pocket and goes through the washing machine.
there are ways to prevent your beloved products from
ever having to go the way that many gadgets have gone
before — with a few preventive measures.
not to drop it. Alex Davidson, CEO of Securranty, a
Houston-based developer and marketer of extended
warranty programs, said that all tablets eventually fail
after multiple drops. But some are more durable — he
said the iPad third- and fourth-generation tablets are
more durable than the previous generations of iPads when
it comes to drop tests. The devices with the Android
operating system like Google’s Nexus 7 usually failed
the initial drop test, he added. He says a device will
lose its functionality or even become inoperable because
of damage to its body.
For smartphones and tablets, the No. 1 accessory to
consider for durability is going to be a good case.
Cases vary in how much protection they offer as a
trade-off for usability and comfort, says Best Buy Geek
Squad agent Derek Meister.
plans. An alternative to investing in a tablet cover is
an investment in a protection plan, Davidson says. Many
cover any device malfunction, including software
failure, hardware failure, screen cracks and other
problems caused by accidental drops or immersion in
liquids. Consumers should compare the costs and benefits
of a protection plan versus a tablet cover.
it from drowning. The most important thing to do when a
device comes in contact with liquid is to immediately
power it off and then wipe it dry, Davidson advises.
Allow the device to air dry for at least 24 hours before
powering it back on. The longer the device has to dry,
the greater its chance of survival.
case covers were deemed the best by the experts:
InvisibleSHIELD This is the same thin plastic material
used to protect military helicopter blades from
sandstorms, and it is designed to help protect your
device’s screen from scratches and marks. Made for
most smartphones and tablets. Price varies by device at
Protects smartphones against drops and shock. All of
their cases go through rigorous internal and third-party
testing that includes dropping the case on every side.
Their newest case is a waterproof phone case, which
allows your smartphone to be submerged into water up to
6.6 feet for 30 minutes. Made for most smartphones and
tablets. Price varies by device at otterbox.com.
It’s sleek yet drop-proof and dust-proof — and their
newest cases are waterproof. If you want the ultimate
protection in a unobtrusive case, this is it. Made for
iPhones, Galaxy smartphones, iPods and iPads. Price
varies by device at lifeproof.com.
nabi Jr. It’s even better than a safeguard. Get your
kid his own tablet that can also double as a baby
monitor or as a karaoke machine. It comes loaded with
games, built-in Wi-Fi and 4GB of internal storage —
perfect for a pint-sized pre-reader. While you read your
favorite books on your tablet, he can play a puzzle
game. $99.99 at amazon.com.