7 Helpful Tips for Choosing a New Gadget ...

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New gadgets are a lot of fun, but wow, are they expensive!

This is especially true if you buy more than one — a smart phone, an iPod, a tablet, a laptop, and that’s just the small technology!

If you’re in the market for a new gadget, or if you’re just coveting a new technology, here are some things to consider.

Here are 7 helpful tips for choosing a new gadget.

1. How Will You Use It?

If you’re attempting to decide between a desktop, notebook, netbook, or tablet, you might feel overwhelmed.

The key things to consider when choosing between any of these computing devices is how and where you’ll be using them.

If you’ll be doing a lot of computing, you’ll want a desktop or laptop, because they have more memory.2

If you’re mostly wanting to use the Internet and a few apps to do basic things, then a netbook or tablet might be a better choice…

2. Where Will You Use It?

… but you also want to think about portability when choosing a new gadget, especially a computer.

If portability is key, then a desktop or big, bulky, heavy laptop is out.

Try to strike a balance between the computing power you need (desktop and laptop) and the portability you might want (netbook and tablet).

3. Do You Need It?

Here’s something else to consider: do you actually need a new gadget, or can your old one be repaired or updated or upgraded somehow?

We tend to prefer to simply toss our old gadgets in a drawer, when often, they’re just in need of a little refresher.

Sure, the new technology is cool (like the iPod Touch), but I still love my tiny iPod Shuffle for the gym.

4. Can You Consolidate?

Do you really need a tablet and netbook and iPhone?

Probably not.

Sometimes rather than buying three or more new gadgets, all you need in one multi-functional one.

I get all warm and fuzzy inside when I think of all the things my iPhone can do… now I don’t need an iPad or iPod Touch or netbook.

I use my phone for most small computing (and phone calls!) and my big laptop for major computing.

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