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When In Doubt, Wrap It Up

There’s nothing worse than the moment your shiny new gadget gets its first scuff, is there? Unfortunately, the laws of electronics seem to be absolute: if you love it, it will scratch.
I suggest you get yourself to an online electronics store stat and do what we girls do best: accessorize. There are literally thousands of options – from colorful plastic sleeves, leather cases, to blingin’ rhinestone jewels you can glue all over any of your favorite gadgets. If you have a popular phone style, its manufacturer will offer a variety of styles and colors on their website. I slip my iPod in colorful knit iPod socks ($29) for safe storage, and keep my Blackberry in a simple leather case when it's in my purse. For more scratch defense methods,

MP3 players, particularly the black iPod nano, are notorious for scratching easily and even the most resistant phones will accumulate a mark or two in their lifetime, so don’t get too upset when you get a scrape on your new goodies. If you don’t want to just cover up your ipod or PDA’s “bruises,” brushing on a layer of Brasso or Applesauce Polish can rectify minor damage.
Once you’ve selected your cleaner, grab a clean, cotton cloth (never use paper, as it shreds), fold it in half and apply a small dime-sized drop of the cleaner to the cloth. Use light, even pressure as you rub the cleaner on your gadget and avoid getting extra polish on the click wheel. It will likely take about four one-minute applications before noticing any difference on the surface.
Geek tip: Steer clear of aerosol sprays, harsh solvents, alcohol or abrasives, which can sneak into tiny holes and ruin the screen or plastic.

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