Thursday, September 27, 2012

Treating your Android right

Today on this blog's first post, I'm going to list a few things for you to do to treat your android device right physically. I will skip the obvious one like use a case or don't dip your device in liquid (duh) and go to the specific thing that can keep your device clean and keep it in the state of brand new even with months of use.

1. Buy LCD cleaning kit

If you use a cloth or a tissue, you run to two risks. One, the rough surface of some clothes or tissue might scratch your screen and second that it's not enough to clean stains from the screen. Sure you got screen protectors or even corning grass but that won't make your device's screen protected from scratches. Screen protector is designed to take the scratch intended for your device and thus it's prone to scratch and you should replace if it's already accumulated. Corning glass is tough but it's not perfect. It's still prone  to scratched. Even if you don't believe me, would you risk it? It's much better to buy special cloth and the cleaning solution that would harmlessly clean any stain from your screen.

2. Clean your screen regularly even if it seem there's no stains

Look can be deceiving and stains in screen is very skillful at that. Most of the stain will not be really visible indoor and thus you're likely to not spot it. But then when you take it outdoor and turn it on, you will see the stains clearly and it will be annoying like a mosquito flying in your ear. So clean it every two days even if you feel it don't need cleaning.

3. Bring the cleaning cloth everywhere

Why? Simple, you will not be able to keep your hand clean at all time. You will handle food and others that will cause your hand to be dirty and oily. When you touch your screen, it will leave a smudge. It my seem harmless but trust me it will harden in few minutes and you will not be able to remove easily. Cleaning cloth will help and the cleaning solution will do wonder so be sure to take those two everywhere.

4. Don't let use your device extensively in hot environment

It's midday and you are waiting outdoor for your friend. Your got bored and take off your tablet and start playing games. This is a dangerous scenario as it will cause your device to overheat without you knowing. The case prevented us from feeling the actual heat of the tablet and it actually restrict flow of air that conduct the heat out. The hot environment is not helpful either. There's few way to reduce heat like turning all connection before playing games or even taking the cover off that it will still overheat. If you feel your device getting warm, stop playing! Overheat won't break your tablet instantly but long usage in that state will cause it to degrade faster. My phone is on that state usually for an hours and now the battery life has decreased drastically  and it keep on losing signal. I know you buy your android device to be use on that occasion but don't treat it like a slave, treat it like your companion. When on occasion you want to use it extensively like playing graphically intensive game, take the cover off. If you're not sure whether your device is already warm or hot, put the screen up to your cheek, you will immediately feel it. If it's warm, exit the game and stop using it. If it's very hot, turn off the tablet immediately and let it cool off.

5. Specific for Nexus 7: if your cover don't cover the sides of your tablet, don't let it land with the sides

I'm serious, if the case don't cover the silver sides, don't ever thing of using that silver sides to touch the ground first. It is very prone to breaking. What?You don't trust me? Take a look at this :

And it didn't suffer a drop, just a five centimeter gentle toss to the floor. That's a scary consequent. So please if your nexus 7 is not protected, don't toss it around.

And that's it for now.  And remember, treat your android well and it will serve you well beyond expectation. Next time, (probably tomorrow), I will post how to treat your android right in the software side.

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