Consumer Watch: Electronic gadgets and summer fun


by Andy Treinen

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 4:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Thanks to their size and our addiction, a lot of smartphones and tablets will log time near the sun and sand this summer. A day at the beach or pool, however, can pose some serious hazards for our go-everywhere gadgets.

There are a number of waterproof cases on the market, but lacking that accessory, consumer Reports said a plastic bag can protect a device from sand and water in a pinch, while still allowing you to use touch-screen functionality.

Other tips they offer are:

  • Keep devices out of direct sunlight. They can easily overheat. Don't leave them in the car either. It's best to keep that device with you, and in the shade.
  • With so much personal data now stored in smartphones and tablets, don't leave them unattended.

In the event of a beach or pool mishap:

  •  A device that's taken a dip in the water can sometimes be salvaged by sticking it in a bowl of dry rice, ASAP. Pull out the battery first, if possible.
  • A gadget that's logged with sand can benefit from cleaning with a can of compressed air.
    If you're really nervous about your gadget weathering summer fun, just leave it at home.

Old-fashioned books and magazines still work just as well if you can stay away from talking and texting. Or, maybe just talk to the person you're sitting next to.

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