The average top of the line smartphone retails for well over $500 in Australia, yet a large majority of Australians walk around without screen, case and even security protection for such a highly valued and easily breakable gadget. Drew looks at the three pieces of protection which you should purchase when you buy your next smartphone or make a priority for your current smartphone.
Ever since the first smartphone was released, the essential purchase for any smartphone user was a pack of ultra-clear film guards. These film guards are placed over the screen of your smartphone and protect your phone from scratches and finger print smudges which also helps with use in the daily sun. The most important reason for using a film guard is that it maintains a strong resale value for the phone. It is recommended that you change your film guard every 3 months as they do start to attract dirt. You can buy packs of 10 film guards on eBay for any smartphone for around $10, or for quite a bit more in any smartphone retailer store.
A whole new repair industry was created on the back of the release of smartphones due to the number of users dropping their smartphones resulting in cracked screens. While purchasing your screen protector, the other essential item you should be purchasing with your new smartphone is a case. Cases come in all shapes, colours, sizes themes and strengths. While the temptation to purchase a waterproof case does sound warranted, the useability of the phone diminishes severely, so I would recommend against it. Look for a case which is stylish and has a hard case. Alternatively, there are a few nice leather flip cases that do the job as well. You should expect to pay anywhere between $5 to $80 for a good case on eBay or at the higher end from a retailer.
Now that you have your new smartphone with a screen protector and case, all you need now is to set up the main security item on your phone: the pin code. More than 30 per cent of smartphone users do not use a pin code, so if they lose their phone or have it stolen, the person who finds the phone can access your personal data and reset the phone to the default settings with ease. Have a good read of your instruction manual and make sure you implement a security pin code (please don’t use 1234).
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