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Tips on using phones, tablets and e-readers

A phone grip

I bought this little attachment for the back of my phone. It makes holding it so much more comfortable, especially when my little finger joint is inflamed. And it pushes down flat when you’re not using it. I got it off Amazon, but I think eBay do them too. Just search for pop out phone grip.
Claire, via Facebook

I'm using my new e-reader to send this, and would recommend anyone who suffers from chronic arthritis in their knees and or feet, who likes or needs to spend a lot of time on their computers, to get a tablet. I've increasingly found myself unable to sit at my desk long enough to get everything done. With this I can now sit in my riser-recliner chair, with my feet up, a heated pad over my knees whilst sorting emails, social media and web research, allowing more time for the use of the computer which I cannot easily do on the tablet.

Typing is slower, though a fine stylus helps, as does predictive text. I've also downloaded an Office Suite app, so I can now do most things other than update my website.
Barbara, via email

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