In the perpetual cycle of advancement, one of the more interesting aspects of modern technology and culture is the fact that you can find new gadgets to buy and use, by using your old gadgets – or, specifically your older smartphone in many cases.
So, in the search to always have the best of what’s available, think along the five following pathways to make sure that your decisions are keeping you abreast of the best of the best, via the advertising tunnel, basic social pressure, review trails, early adopters, and knowing what’s behind the curtain.
Consider the Advertising Tunnel
A big part of what you eventually discover will be because of digital advertisements. And though you may not have dipped into the waters of Google AdWords previously, there is a tremendous amount of knowledge about marketing that you can gain by working your way through a brief history. The bidding process and the organization that goes behind it is absolutely fascinating, and many people will form their entire careers around the understanding of its mechanics.
Remember the Social Pressure To Update
Also, in daily life, there’s the perpetual social pressure to upgrade and update. Your friends are doing it, advertisers are telling you that everyone is doing it, and there are things you can’t do, unless you do it to. This is the downward pressure that makes you want to look up the latest iPhone and buy it as soon as it sits on the shelf. And once again, it’s the forward progress of gadgets and devices that will keep the wheel moving forward at a faster and faster rate.
Follow the Review Trail
To decide about new gadgets as well, consider pulling back in the reins until a few reviews are in as well. Advertising is one thing. But people putting their actual experiences with a piece of gear is another. So, if you hang on a few weeks or a few months, you can read the latest gadget reviews and see what you’re most comfortable purchasing.
Talk To Early Adopters
Early adopters are going to lead the way to new gadgets, so if you aren’t already in that category, the next best thing you can do is talk to those people once they’ve picked up the latest toy. This could save you some frustration as well.
Learn What’s Behind the Curtain
Finally, sometimes the inside guts of gadgets don’t change that much from one to the next. So, if you aren’t sure if you just want something shinier, or you actually want something with some better processing power, you need to understand what all of the numbers mean regarding all of the specs involved.