Gadgets grow old very quickly. With updates to various electronics being released more and more often, it can be tempting to upgrade to the latest version of a device as quickly as you can. However, this can leave you with an empty wallet and electronics that only marginally surpass the previous version in terms of performance. Here are some tips to help determine when it is time to upgrade your gadgets.
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Before upgrading a device, think about the satisfaction you will get from an upgrade. Be realistic when you’re considering the satisfaction of the upgrade. Aside from the thrill of getting something new and shiny, think about the actual benefits the upgraded device offers. Are you thinking about upgrading from a flip phone to a smartphone? The satisfaction will probably be significant, as there are many additional features available on a smartphone. If you’re thinking about upgrading from an older version of a tablet to a newer one, however, and the only difference is the processor speed that you may not even notice, you may want to rethink upgrading the device at this time.
Determine the Cost
Before upgrading to a new device, try to determine the gadget’s cost. You can do this by dividing the gadget’s price by the total number of hours you will probably use it. This will give you a general idea of how much money each hour of use will cost you. You can decrease the cost by deciding to keep the device longer. Likewise, upgrading a device earlier will increase the cost. Think about what cost you are willing to pay per hour for using that device. You should also consider how often you use a device when thinking about how long you should keep it. For example, a camera that you use once or twice a year when you go on vacation is probably something you will want to keep for a longer period of time than a smartphone that you use for approximately five hours a day.
Wait as Long as Possible
Since technology is constantly changing, the longer you wait to upgrade a gadget, the more benefits you will likely get when you do. Try to wait as long as possible when making an upgrade, especially for more expensive items. Generally, meaningful changes in gadgets happen every three to four years, so if the item you want to upgrade is a big ticket item, you may want to wait at least that long before purchasing an upgraded version. When you do decide it’s time to upgrade, don’t just throw away your outdated gadgets. Most electronics can be donated or recycled and you can sell iPhone to SellShark for some extra cash.
Another thing to consider before upgrading a device is the productivity you’re getting out of the old device. If you have a laptop and you’re still using it to do all of your work very efficiently, you may not have a real need to upgrade at this time. Conversely, if you have a laptop which you constantly have to restart or take in for repair, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model. Another thing to consider is the increased productivity that features on an upgraded version may provide. If you are using a laptop that does not support many programs you could use to do more work in less time, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer version. You should consider how the newer device would affect the productivity of activity you use the device for overall before deciding to upgrade.
Think about these tips the next time you’re considering upgrading a device. Doing so will help you make sure you’re getting the maximum benefit of upgrading your gadgets while still staying within your budget.
By Emma Sturgis