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Posted Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Tech to Go report features over 150 CR recommended mobile devices; Guide to beach-proofing your tech gear
Yonkers, NY — Even as handheld devices have become more versatile, the average person will likely be carrying around more than one of them this summer. The August issue of Consumer Reports includes a special “tech to go” feature, which includes more than 150 CR Recommended tablets, smart phones, e-book readers, tablets, and other mobile devices, as well as a guide to keeping those gadgets from being damaged at the beach or near water.
The beach is a popular place for fun in the sun but a potentially dangerous place for unprotected electronics. To protect gadgets from sand and water, Consumer Reports recommends using zipper or slider food bags, though also available are special bags that makers claim offer maximum protection. To determine how well they worked, CR tested Hefty Slider Bags, which costs as little as a dime, against five specialty bags that ranged in cost from $16-$29. The special bags stayed dry inside when CR gave each a brief dunking in water and also kept out sand sprinkled along their seals. But so did the Hefty bags, meaning that roughly one dime is all it costs to protect gadgets from sand and water damage.
“Bagging your gear is a chore, but we recommend it for the beach or any place where handhelds might be ruined,” said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor, Consumer Reports. “Even a special bag will probably be less expensive than say a weatherproof case, which also permanently adds weight and bulk.”
The full report is available in the August 2012 issue of Consumer Reports, which goes on sale Thursday, July 5. The CR guide to beach-proofing tech gear is also available online at ConsumerReports.org and includes the following tips:
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.
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