I‘m not one for buying the latest technology. I like nice things, and I like them to work, but I don’t need the latest and greatest toy to make me happy.
There are a lot of reasons to wait before buying the latest technology: the technology improves, prices come down, and standards emerge, reducing the risk of buying obsolete technology.
I’ll give you an example: In 2002 I bought a Sony MiniDisk player (remember those?) for around $200. Minidisks gave you the ability to record hours of music onto a small disk and were a big improvement over portable CD players. Unfortunately, the technology never went mainstream and iPod came out shortly after the MiniDisk was launched and changed the face of portable music forever.
Ever since then, I’ve been somewhat slow to adopt technology. I don’t like paying premium launch prices when I know I can wait a few months for a lower price, and often better features. And it’s always nice to avoid buying technology that will be obsolete in a few months. I guess I’m not your average consumer of electronic products.
On that note, it’s time for me to get a new cell phone. My cell phone is important to me, since it is my main means of communication. But I also don’t need to upgrade every few months. In the 11+ years I’ve had a cell phone, I’ve only had 4 different phones. I am on year 3 with my current phone, and while it has served me well, it’s time to move on. The battery is finally starting to go (honestly I’m surprised it lasted this long!), and well, it’s a smart phone, but it’s not so smart anymore. Not compared to the current generation of cell phones anyway.
I thought long and hard about going with the iPhone, but I think I’m going to take a pass on it. They are nice phones, but the cost of the plans is more expensive than many other comparable phones, and I can get something with a little more power under the hood for about the same price up front, but a lower ongoing monthly fee (and unlimited text and data). I still need to do a little research, but I like a lot of the Android phones, which is probably what I will end up getting. The good news is that I don’t need to worry about canceling my cell phone contract since it has been up for over a year now.
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