Consumer Watch: Electronic gadgets and summer fun

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

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.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

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