When to Buy Something New
The rate of new products entering the market is lightning fast. People anticipate the release of a new phone and are willing to wait in long lines for the shiny new toy. Some people give away their used model to a parent or relative. This is especially nice for people who want to try out a new phone, computer or e-reader, but while it’s free and tempting, be cautious. If you are unfamiliar with the technology but are willing to give it a try, you should be able to have the best experience. A part of that is being able to choose something that is right for you. For example, if your loving son or daughter has decided to get a new computer and has donated their old one to you, consider saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” I think of computers as a five-year investment, give or take. After that time, computers start to slow down. Again, more things are entering the market, including updates on the software. This works the same way for phones as well. While the original iPhone might still be an incredibly innovative product for its time; it is now slow and unable to keep up with the software updates. By all means, use someone else’s gadget to explore and discover your needs and wants, but eventually, I’d suggest purchasing a new or relatively new product for the best experience.
Do the Research
What do you want out of your new gadget? Sometimes all you want is a new phone. It makes calls and takes calls. No fuss. But consider this: You might not know what you need until you see what is out there. I have a camera and a video camera. I bought them to record my daughter’s childhood, but to carry around all of that equipment was a bit of a hassle. Not to mention remembering to charge it and getting an additional memory card for space. Ah, the headaches! Finally, I got a Smartphone with decent camera taking capabilities. Now I carry around the phone for those moments I don’t want to miss. What about a phone with a GPS? It can be so useful when you’re out and need to get somewhere but don’t know how. Do you have grandkids? Maybe you’d like a phone that allows you to send photos back and forth. Wouldn’t it be nice if they were able to send you photos of them getting ready for prom? Ultimately, you will get what is right for you and your budget, so make an informed decision.
Technology can be intimidating. There’s the device, setting it up, learning to use it, and applying it to your everyday life. Some people wonder, “Why bother?” but it can also be rewarding, stimulating, exciting, and provides a gateway to connect you to a new world. If you’ve decided to get more tech-savvy, you’ve come to the right place as we’ll be covering topics for beginners and beyond!
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