You've Got the Tech Gifts: Now What?

"GMA" offers tips on what to do with your new gadgets.
3:06 | 12/25/14

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And now to the gadgets you have probably already opened up were your gifts. What do you do? We turn to Becky Worley for a look at how to get the most out of them once they're out of the box. Reporter: Santa was good to you. Phones, fitbits and streaming video devices were top tech gifts. You get to play with them. But to get the most out of your gadgets, here are a few things you could do right now. Let's start with fitness bands. They need to be customized to you. Our team here at "Gma" tested them out and showed that they can have a pretty big variance on distance and steps. These devices act as pedometers, using an algorithm to count steps, and they were reporting three different daily step count totals. So to maximize accuracy, measure your stride and input that into the device today. Now streaming media devices, chrome cast, fire stick, roku or apple TV. You will lose the remote. There it is. That thing's tiny. And many don't even have remotes. But they have apps that let you control the device from your smartphone. Install it now. Added bonus, it may allow you to look at photos and videos from your phone on the big screen. All wirelessly. Also, if possible, hard wire that bad boy. Yeah, it can work off your wi-fi, but just trust me on this. You don't want your neighbor's baby monitor or others to stop you from bing what washing "Nashville," right? And finally, a new phone. But bad news, more than a quarter of you will crack the screen in the next couple of years. Oh, man. And it'll cost you $150 or more to get the screen replaced. Yieks. You have three options, apple care or a similar insurance plan, that's 99 bucks. Or you can get a case -- the iPhone 6 is easier to hold with a case. This thing's skinny. Or at the very least get a screen protector. You'd be surprised, but in my experience these things guard against cracks and screen breakage as well as a case. And remember, if you have a new replacement, sell that old gadget. You generally get the best price on Ebay. An iPhone 4 is going for about a hundred bucks. Using gadget recycling like gazelle or next worth, that's easier, but the price is $60 less. So happy holidays, and a geeky new year. For "Good morning America," Becky Worley, ABC news, Oakland, California. And to get more tech tips and tricks on on Yahoo. We're looking at our phones N

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