Consumer Watch: Tips for upgrading your tablet or smartphone


by Andy Treinen

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 4:45 PM

(WHAS11) -- Got an eye for Google's new tablet? Or shopping for some back-to-school tech? When it's time to upgrade, the number of choices and features can be overwhelming. If you want to get out of your gadget comfort zone Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen takes a look at what’s new.

Maybe pool time and beach sand have been rough on your smartphone. Or maybe you're thinking about handing down your tablet to the kids, when they start school, and buying a new device for yourself. Whatever the reasons you are considering a summer upgrade, Consumer Reports identified some gadget trends that might help.

Smartphone and tablet screens are getting sharper and wider with more pixels in each display and as a result, text, images and especially video look better.

The tablet stole much of the e-reader's thunder and sales have plummeted. But back-to-campus shoppers, especially those who plan to rely on e-textbooks, may find them a better deal than a tablet.

“They’re still a very compelling device, particularly for ardent book readers. They have a lot going for them. They've become very inexpensive. They're still the best screen on which to read books,” said
Consumer Reports Editor Paul Reynolds.

And with each new generation of smartphone and tablet from manufacturers like Apple and Samsung, Consumer Reports finds battery life getting longer.

“Even if it's a year or two since you replaced your tablet or smartphone, battery life alone, particularly on the smartphone, might be a reason to upgrade,” Reynolds explains.

Of course, some consumers will consider waiting until the fall to upgrade devices. Remember the debut of the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini all came in the autumn months, so it tends to be Apple season.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to CONSUMERWATCH@WHAS11.COM.