How to protect your mobile phones and tablets

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Whether at work, at home or on the road, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are always present and are stressed accordingly.

A scratch on a touchscreen is unsightly and can even make the device unusable. Falls and moisture are also to be feared but protecting your gadget from damage doesn’t have to cost a lot.

The cheapest solution is an old sock to cover your smartphone but most people will probably be willing to spend a little more.

There are plenty of options on the market and something to suit every taste and purpose, whether that be a rubber skin, a plastic shell or a fabric carrying bag.

All solutions aren’t equal however. Covers made out of fabric or felt only protect the device while in transit, according to an industry expert. Such solutions make sense when travelling and the phone is in a pocket or bag with keys, coins and other sharp objects.

However, fabric covers don’t offer much protection if the device falls. Better are cases of rubber or plastic that cover the entire gadget.

Cases also offer protection against water splashes.

Even so the display remains exposed so that the user can look at it and use the touchscreen. The screen is the Achilles heel of a smartphone. Even though many use so-called Gorilla glass, which is shatter and scratch resistant, it’s not indestructible.

Glass is, however, usually a lot more durable than plastic and a touchscreen with small scratches will still function.

Further protection is also available through screen protectors. At websites like and consumers can shape them as they desire. For beach-goers and adventure travellers a water-and dust-proof plastic shell that covers the device completely is recommended.

Sand that gets between the sleeve and the smartphone can cause nasty scratches so it’s advisable to check for this before leaving the beach.DPA



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