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I’ve been using my iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 for a while now and today it dawned on me that a lot of people might benefit from learning some tips that I’ve picked up along the way about caring for these types of devices.

Before I begin, I would like to make one thing perfectly clear. What I’m about to share with you are tips about how I care for my devices. You should always follow the manufactures instructions when it comes to cleaning or caring for you tablet computers.

Tip 1: Always Work With Clean Hands

No matter how careful you try to be, you’re going to get fingerprints on the screen of your touch screen gadgets because human fingers have oil on them. Leaving fingerprints is something that even world class cat burglars have to deal with. That being said, I’ve noticed that if I wash and thoroughly dry my hands before I touch the screen, I leave far fewer fingerprints. Another benefit of working with clean hands is that it’s less likely that you’ll have dirt on your fingers to scratch the surface of the screen.

Tip 2: Using A Capacitive Stylus Reduces Fingerprints

If you really want to keep your device’s screen clean, you might consider using a stylus. You can pick up a stylus that is specially designed to work with capacitive touch screens for between $10 and $20. Most tablets will have these types of screens.

In a pinch, you can even make your own stylus. As a matter of fact, I have an article on my site called How To Make A Capacitive Stylus that will walk you though the entire process. If you’re feeling crafty, you might just want to give it a try.

Tip 3: Remove Smudges With Approved Anti-Static Wipes

If the manufacturer of your device hasn’t told you that you should not use anti-static wipes, you’ll find that using them does a great job of cleaning oily smudges from your screen. I use electronic cleaning wipes that I buy at one of our local computer stores. If you have oil on the screen, using a microfiber cloth to clean it will just smear the oil around.

I’ve leaned that it’s easiest to clean tablet computer screens when the device is turned off. The black background of a screen that is turned off will really show you every single smudge. If you have the screen on while you’re cleaning it, you’ll find that it’s really difficult to see any smudges that you might have missed.

Tip 4: Buy A Protective Case That Has a Hard Cover

I highly recommend buying a hard cover protective case for your tablet. You should always keep in mind that the screens on these devices are made of glass and all it takes is for someone to place a heavy object on your tablet and the glass could crack and your screen will be ruined. The other bit of advice I have for you is to be very disciplined about always putting your tablet in its protective case every time you set it down.

Tip 5: Consider Using A Screen Protector

You may want to consider using a screen protector; especially if you take your tablet computer with you while you’re on the go. I tend to only use my tablet computers at home so I don’t keep screen protectors on them but if I was going to be using them while I was out and about, I would definitely use them. I find that getting these protective film coatings applied to my screens is quite difficult to do properly. No matter how hard I try, I always end up with bubbles and lint under the film that is just too annoying for me to cope with.

I do, however, keep a screen protector on my smartphone and doing this has saved me more than once. As a matter of fact, just recently I accidentally put my phone in the same pocket that I was carrying my keys in. After a day of walking around I took my phone out of my pocket and the screen protector was all scratched up. If I wouldn’t have had one on my phone, it would have been my screen that got all scratched up and this would have driven me crazy every time I looked at it. I seriously would have had to buy a new phone because this would have annoyed me so much.

Well there you have it! Follow these simple tips and your touch screen tablet computer will stay looking just like it did when you first took it out of its box.

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