Looking After Your Gadgets

Gadgets

In contemporary society, we have really coined the term ‘gadget’ – and now more than ever we are surrounded by them. You can’t walk down the shops without being surrounded by people on their iPhones, iPads, iPods, BlackBerrys, Laptops and so forth. Society now has become enveloped by these gadgets – and in no way is that a bad thing – but it is a surprise how poorly we look after these very expensive items! Below, you will find a few tips and tricks in giving your gadgets the protection they warrant.

Soft Cases

Investing in a case for your iPad or laptop is imperative for sometimes even the tiniest of knocks could cause the unit to malfunction in some way – and when you are travelling around, accidents are sometimes completely unavoidable. When you buy a case, you should look for a few factors. The case should be made from high-density foam, which is proven to be the leading material in gadget protection – light, malleable, soft and has a high protection index. The case should also be fit to your gadget, the tighter it is, the more protection it will give.

Be Careful

If you’ve ever been unlucky enough to slip and fall right onto your iPad whilst walking to your car from the office, you know sometimes it can’t be avoided. However, things like eating and drinking around your gadgets is something that definitely can be helped. Using laptops in coffee shops is a given, but just to be sure have your drink far away from your gadget. Or alternatively, if on an iPad or another touch screen device, buy a USB keyboard – spill coffee on that and you’re only looking at a twenty pound replacement compared to the 600 pound replacement for the iPad.

The Battery

Battery life is always an issue especially with old laptops and, to be honest, most iPhones and iPads (iPods get by). So, how to solve this baffling battery issue? Well. With laptops, keep your laptop plugged in as much as you can – putting less of a strain on the battery, so when it comes to real time when you need the battery life it will last a while. With iPads and iPhones, keep your unit up to date with the latest version – for Apple are always trying to find ways in the programming to reduce battery output. Also, if you turn 3G, location services and Wi-Fi off or turn the brightness down you will cut down on battery use.

Gadget Insurance

As I’ve stated mistakes sometimes can’t be avoided. So, having insurance is the final touch into fully protecting your gadgets. With iPhones costing up five hundred pounds and iPads up to seven hundred pounds and laptops and Macbooks costing up to a grand or so, it would be foolish not to invest in an insurance policy. The typical household has 5,128 pounds worth of gadgets [research provided by AXA home insurance]. Certain insurance companies have great gadget insurance policies protecting from theft, accidental and malicious damage.

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