Remember, smartphones and tablets are electronic devices with tiny components. Like any other device with electronic parts, your wireless device needs to be protected from extreme heat and moisture.
Considering the amount of money we invest in our devices, and our dependence upon them, here are some tips from AT&T to protect your smartphones and tablets this summer:
· Don’t leave your wireless device in the car. Extreme heat can damage a wireless device. Keep your smartphone and/or tablet with you, either in a purse, briefcase or backpack. And while driving, don’t place it on the dashboard in direct sunlight.
· Keep your wireless device in a shaded, cool area. Heading to the beach or a theme park for some summer fun? Be sure to protect your wireless device from the heat by placing it in a protective case or storing it in your beach bag, backpack or even under a light colored towel or blanket. To protect it from sand, you may want to put your device in a baggie.
· Don’t subject your wireless device to extreme temperature changes. Bringing your smartphone or tablet from a 90+ degree sunny day to a well air-conditioned room is a great way to moisten the interior of your device. Let your phone or tablet transition gradually to the cooler temperatures.
· Keep multiple wireless devices stored separately. If you’re carrying both your smartphone and a tablet or laptop, keep them separated. Since electronics conduct heat individually, stacking them or keeping them pressed up against each other intensifies the heat. Separating your wireless devices will allow air flow to keep them comfortably cool.
· Keep your device dry. If you’re frequently around water (i.e., boating, fishing, swimming) you may want to consider a case especially designed to protect your phone from water damage. If you don’t have a protective case, consider storing your device in a sealed baggie. If your wireless device gets wet – even from handling it with wet hands – the moisture can lead to corrosion.
· Consider insurance. Smartphones and tablets aren’t cheap to replace. If you spend a lot of time outdoors and on the water during the summer, you may want to consider getting insurance for your wireless device. Most wireless providers have insurance options that cost just a few dollars per month and have a reasonable deductible. Make sure you get a plan that includes water damage.