Think back to a time 10 years ago—or even five years ago. Are you having trouble envisioning what life was like before your smartphone parceled out every piece of information you could possibly ask for? Do you find yourself wondering how life even existed when you didn’t have your tablet at your fingertips at all times?
Technology has definitely changed the way we live our lives. There was a time when the only way you could catch your favorite movies and TV shows was to literally rearrange your life around the schedules set forth by the television networks and local cinemas. Now we live in a world in which you can watch whatever you want—whenever and wherever you desire—all with the magic of those wonderful mobile devices we call tablets.
The Concerns of Mobile Convenience
Whether you realize it or not, when you’re watching a video, a movie or a TV show on your tablet, you’re often catching a good amount of glare as well. Not only can the bright and glaring tablet screen be annoying to stare at for the duration of a movie or a few episodes of a TV show, but the strain can also cause health issues. Enhanced by sunlight, overhead fluorescent lights, or even the regular lighting in your home, the glare from tablets can cause great strain on the eyes, which can lead to severe headaches.
Doctors, delivery men, artists, retail employees: No matter what your profession—and regardless of whether your work takes place in a white-collar office setting or a more labor-intensive blue-collar environment—you probably know full well how deeply touchscreen technology has changed the way we work today—not to mention the speed at which we’re able to do it.
Over the past five years or so, the touchscreens that are built into tablets, smartphones, and even retail point of sale (POS) systems have rapidly become a permanent part of how humans interact with computers. And along with those advances in computing hardware have come a slew of fantastically useful mobile applications that allow users to draw or write directly onto the screens of their mobile devices.
According to a recent survey conducted by ConsumerReports, the most common repair made to damaged smartphones and tablets is screen repair. Screens are most susceptible to scratches, cracks, breaks and discoloration when they’re exposed to the sun for extended periods of time.
And yet while most smartphone and tablet owners do invest in protective cases that protect their devices from falls or accidents, the majority of those cases don’t come with appropriate screen protection.
In today’s economy, nearly any new innovation that hints at an ability to increase a manufacturing firm’s profitability is heartily embraced. Without a doubt, one of the most sweepingly innovative changes to arrive in the manufacturing sector over the past few years has been the use of mobile computing applications — or ‘apps,’ as they’re more commonly known — in the workplace.
The environment of a manufacturing facility is fast-paced and deadline driven. And so any work process development that increases employee productivity without sacrificing safety is more than welcome. In fact, it’s often celebrated, and for good reason:
A Motorola survey recently revealed that that manufacturers who incorporate mobile applications into their processes saved a daily average of 42 minutes per employee.
Who could have guessed that allowing a telephone onto the factory floor would one day be encouraged?
Between smartphones, tablets and your computer, it’s likely you spend a great deal of your day staring at a backlit screen. That almost certainly has something to do with why your eyes tend to ache at the end of the day.
Let’s face it: The human eye simply wasn’t designed to deal with that level of lighting strain. And if you happen to wear bifocal or multifocal lenses, your situation is likely even worse.
The problem you’ve been having while reading on screens goes a bit further than just having to deal with lighting issues. If you wear bifocal and multifocal lenses, or even if you happen to have farsighted vision, you probably need to tilt your head at a fairly specific angle in order to properly view your mobile device’s screen display. That can but a great deal of strain on your neck. If you spend enough time on your tablet, smartphone or e-reader, this can lead to some pretty serious posture problems.
You may have heard about a stop-gap solution that some device users have adapted: wearing computer glasses. And yet while these glasses will make it easier for you to see the screen, they’re not without their own problems. Consider the following:
There’s no arguing the fact that making a profit in the restaurant industry is hard work. And when the goal of profits is achieved, it’s often done on the slimmest of margins.
Between the cost of of food, supplies, equipment and salaries, anything that will improve the bottom line will become an instant hit with restaurant owners. That’s one reason the use of mobile apps has revolutionized the food services industry in so many different ways.
From customer loyalty programs to inventory tracking systems, it’s becoming more and more clear that mobile apps are the wave of the dining industry’s future. They increase efficiency and productivity among employees and contractors alike, all while improving the customer experience.
See if this doesn’t sound familiar: Your new smartphone or tablet was the best gift you unwrapped over the holidays this year, and you couldn’t wait load it up with all your favorite apps. Playing with your new toy brought you an almost childlike sense of glee. But after only 20 or 30 minutes, you noticed that your new device’s screen was already covered in greasy fingerprints — it wasn’t not looking anywhere near as shiny and new as it did just a half-hour earlier.
So … what can you possibly do? You can protect your screen, of course. And here’s the good news: Doing so is actually lot easier and a lot cheaper than you might imagine.
You just spent a lot of money purchasing your tablet or Smartphone and you’re worried about dropping, breaking or scratching it while using your new device. Or you work in an environment where your device can come in contact with chemicals, dirt, grime or water that can damage the case, the screen or the inside parts.
There are several options on the market to protect your device. There is the simple body wrap sold by ZAGG or Ghost Armor at your mall that permanently adheres to the case that protects against scratches, but not much more. Also, their screen protector is not coated so that your display looks like a mirror when you try to use your device outside. You can also purchase a wide variety of plastic frame cases at the mall, but their main function is to look pretty and not very functional to prevent damage when the device is dropped.
If you really need to protect your tablet or phone from damage because you use it in a tough work environment or expect to drop it then you should consider a rubberized protective case. There are a number of manufacturers on the market and you can purchase this in retail stores. The two most notable companies are AMDi and Lifeproof and they offer cases for both tablets and phones.
Even with the case protected from damage, you will still have readability issues with the display. Some of these cases will come with a clear adhesive film to use as a screen protector over the display, but they are not treated for glare or fingerprint control.
Many users take the extra step to purchase a NuShield screen protector film to replace the one that came with the case or place it over the installed clear screen protector to provide glare protection. The NuShield DayVue anti reflective screen protector allows users to read the display outdoors. The film has been installed by companies whose employees work outside or have their device mounted inside cars.
The NuShield Triple A anti glare screen protector has been used in education and health care environments where not only glare, but also germ elimination is necessary. The Triple A film also hides fingerprints and is ideal for areas where multiple persons touch the screen.
Protecting your tablet or Smartphone is always a good idea because the case and screen can be easily damaged. There are several options for protection, but the NuShield films for protecting the LCD display is the best solution no matter which case you choose.