3 ways to… ex­tend your gadget’s life

Hop­ing for a new phone or tablet this Yule­tide – and you want it to last? Then check out this ad­vice

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1 Pro­tect it

A cracked phone or tablet screen can be dev­as­tat­ing, so take pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tion.

‘Smash­ing your de­vice is in­cred­i­bly com­mon, so us­ing a tem­pered glass screen pro­tec­tor is great in re­duc­ing the risk of any last­ing dam­age,’ ad­vises Ju­lian Shovlin, founder and MD of tech re­pair spe­cial­ists is­mash. ‘A sturdy case, too, such as a tech21, will give you the best odds of sav­ing your de­vice if you do drop it.’

2 Rest it

Many of us are glued to our phones or tablets, which can

mean they’re con­stantly switched on. Al­low­ing it to power down for a few min­utes at least once a week is help­ful in the ef­fec­tive run­ning of your de­vice.

3 Fix it – prop­erly!

Get­ting your smart phone or tablet wet is a com­mon cause of dam­age and it’s es­sen­tial you sort it prop­erly. ‘Take your de­vice to an ex­pert to clear and fix the dam­age as soon as pos­si­ble,’ adds Ju­lian. ‘The rice fix is just a myth – rice can ab­sorb a tiny amount of mois­ture but will not be able to fix the de­vice and the cor­ro­sion can cause last­ing dam­age.’

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