The modern world is awash with new technology. From Kindles to iPads, Google glasses and mobile phones, a new âmust haveâ gadget seems to be released every other week. This is especially difficult if you have children who seem to want every new thing being promoted, only to then grow bored of it a couple of weeks later.
But how can you stay up to date with the latest technology without breaking the bank? Here are some handy tips to keep abreast of the latest gadgets and to save your bank balance falling down the technology drain.
Keep your Finger on the Pulse
Technology seems to move at such an alarming pace that it can be hard to stay on top of what is coming out when, and most importantly what is worth investing in. Stay up to date with what new technology releases are coming up by subscribing to any of the many blogs dedicated to new gadget releases.
Most national newspapers also review new technology releases and there are also a number of dedicated technology podcasts worth investigating that you could subscribe to. By staying one step ahead of the game, you can ensure that you don't waste money on one product just before another is due to be released.
Read a Range of Technology Reviews Before Purchasing
Before investing in the latest device, be sure to read a wide range of reviews by leading pundits to be sure that the device is the right one for you. Often, the most influential technology writers can be given free products in order to write positive reviews, so it is best to read as widely as possible about your intended purchase, in order to be aware of its strengths and shortcomings.
One great thing that the internet and, in particular, social media has given us, is the ability to discover what other people think about products before we commit our hard-earned cash. You can often also find much better products for cheaper by keeping in touch with what others are saying.
Buy Technology That is Compatible With Your Existing Technology
When investing in new devices, it is worth considering if they are compatible with your other devices. For example, the iPhone 5 caused uproar because Apple updated the input cable fitting. Prior to the iPhone 5 all previous iPhones had used the same cable so people had a few spares from old phones that they could use for charging and synching phones to computers.
As Apple only provide one charger cable with each phone this meant you would need to buy a costly new cable if you damaged or lost your new cable. Although this may not seem like a huge issue, such costs can soon escalate and leave you footing a rather large bill. On top of this, it is of course always important to look after your belongings, so as to ensure that you don't have to replace certain accessories too many times.
Buy Technology Online
It is prudent to buy technology online where prices are more competitive and there are a range of suppliers. Donât always buy direct from the maker, as new technology releases are usually surrounded by big expensive marketing campaigns to ensure devices are sold at the maximum price. Sometimes, biding your time and being patient can allow you to pick up goods at a lower cost, after the media storm and excitement has died down.
Consider buying second hand and search eBay for auctions of the item you want. However, for popular devices you will have to be quick off the mark in order to get yours. There are also times when buying from overseas can work out more cost effective, even when you factor in shipping costs.
Beware of Mobile Phone Contracts
With mobile phones, be wary of signing up to prolonged contracts that do not provide free upgrades regularly. Providers often try to tie you in for as long as possible, but before you commit to anything be sure to negotiate the best possible deal for yourself while you are uncommitted and in a position to barter.
Author bio: The author is a digital artist and technology blogger. In his widely read blog he regularly reviews the latest mobile phones and touchscreen devices. He is a self-confessed gaming and tech addict, and tweets about all new gadget releases. He recommends http://www.buyforlessonline.co.uk for a wide range of products.
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