A Balancing Act: Do we really need the latest and greatest?
Written by Basil Loupis
I am often asked for advice from people wanting to buy a new computer, tablet or phone. The first question I ask is:
“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO USE IT FOR?”
The most common answer is “Oh, I suppose to look things up on the Internet and few emails from family and friends.” This answer makes me think of Steve Jobs famous quote - “People do not know what they want ’till they have it!”
So, now that we enjoy all those features and apps that we never thought we needed, how much more do we really want? I have tried to think of how I use my tablets and phone and have come up with a short list:
- Social media
- Media consumption
The next question is how good must the device be to fulfill my needs? Do I really need to spend a few extra hundred dollars, to gain some milliseconds in speed, or extra pixels in the display, or the very latest OS?
The Sony Tablet S has ICS but it is equally as usable. I enjoy the larger screen and fantastic alpha-numeric keyboard. Use it mainly at home/office for writing, editing photos, banking, browsing and watching the occasional video. It is a bit slower and has a lower resolution than the Nexus 7, but it is a competent device and I don’t really notice the lower hardware specifications.
My phone is a one year old Nexus S, probably not as good as the new iPhone 5, or Galaxy S III, but… hey, it does everything I need it to do, so I will not be replacing it for at least another year. Even then I will probably go for another Nexus phone!
Editor’s Note: The real question is, why do people want such high specs when they will probably never even use them? While powerhouse users will tinker and tamper with their phones, the general public may be more interested in something that – dare I say – ‘just works.’ Is it worth spending the extra money on a device with higher specifications, a better brand name or a newer device?
I now have 3 questions for all you Android lovers:
- What are your 10 most important software needs? (browser, mail, images, etc.)
- Which hardware specifications would make your device much more useful? (speed, resolution, storage, connectivity,etc.)
- Which extra “must have/can’t do without” features would tempt you to part with a few hundred dollars, to buy the latest super tablet or phone?
I am all ears! Let me know and I will publish the top 10 most needed and most useful features.