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[January 04, 2013]

Hammerhead's Tips to Boost Electronic Longevity

WAITSFIELD, VT, Jan 04, 2013 ( via COMTEX) -- Electronic devices are the hottest holiday gift items every year, without fail. A combination of constant technological improvements and a disposable consumer culture are often to blame, but many sales during the holidays and throughout the year are the result of a need to replace damaged and broken electronics that simply didn't last as long as they should have.

The average American replaces his or her cell phone every 14-18 months, and the United States throws away about 400 million electronic gadgets per year!* The protection specialists at Hammerhead want your devices to last longer, and want to keep them out of the landfills when you decide to trade up. Only 20% of American eWaste (electronic waste) is recycled despite cell phones, tablets, televisions and computers all containing toxic chemicals that can pollute air and water if simply thrown away.

In addition to these tips for electronic longevity, be sure to recycle your eWaste: Spring for the screen protector. Scratches from keys in your pocket or fingernails on the screen can make a new phone look rough. Spend the extra five dollars and keep your surfaces smooth.

Case closed. Some are thin, some are bulky, and we're definitely biased in this department. Nothing will extend the life of your electronics like a good case. Keep it clean. Regular cleaning goes a long way in keeping your devices looking and performing like the day you bought them. Use a microfiber cloth on the screen, and a q-tip for the speakers, and headphone and charger jacks.

Don't leave gadgets in cold cars or outdoors. Take that MP3 player out of the glove box and make sure your electronics are indoors on cold nights. Cold temperatures reduce battery life and can slow down your devices.

Dry, don't cry. We recommend not taking your phone into the bathroom at all, but if a device falls in a pool or other body of water, or goes through a spin cycle, give it a chance to dry out before giving up hope. Electronics only work when dry, so don't freak when your phone doesn't turn on right away.

Repair, don't replace. Finally, even if your device is dinged or scratched, consider opting for a repair instead of a replacement. Your local salesman won't be happy, but your bank account will.

These simple tips and Hammerhead's array of products including cases, screen protectors, and cleaning tools will help your gadgets last all year and beyond! *source: Jaymi Heimbuch, HowStuffWorks ### About Hammerhead Hammerhead specializes in producing cases and protection peripherals for Apple electronics. Hammerhead is a subsidiary of Small Dog Electronics, New England's largest Apple specialist and reseller.

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