With all of the new tablets and smartphones announced as of late — not to mention Christmas right around the corner — I’ve been thinking about my current stable of gadgets and whether I should upgrade or not.
The thing is, I’m not really the cutting-edge type. We keep the household on a tight budget, so I don’t have tons of excess cash to throw around. I was raised in a frugal family that hammered it into our minds that it’s okay to not have the latest and greatest. And I’ve also become a bit of hand-me-down gadgeteer.
My first iPhone was my brother-in-law’s old iPhone 3 which he shipped to me when he got a new one. I kept that for a good long time, eventually paying a few bucks to upgrade to an iPhone 4 when the 4G game out. Now with the new 5s, I’m still reluctant to upgrade because my 4 works just fine and I don’t want to have to buy a new external battery pack.
My father-in-law, who is a bleeding-edge gadget guy, keeps passing down his old goods to us. He bought me an iPad mini last year that I’ve grown to love (and no, I’m not so rankled by the absence of a retina display that I’m going to ditch it now), as well as gave us his old iPad 1. The latter I’ve turned into a car video device for our kids on trips, which is working great.
So I probably will hold off at least another year to upgrade my smartphone and tablet. What is worrying me, however, is my home computer. I’ve started to encounter a lot of troubling issues, such as random rebooting, program freezing, and loads of issues with my mouse. I’ve been doing all sorts of diagnostics and cleanings on it, but so far it’s still doing these things. I don’t know if the hard drive or motherboard is signaling me that they’re about to go, so I’m making a lot of backups on a regular basis and contemplating whether it’s time to buy a new PC. I don’t even remember when I got this one. Two years ago? Three? It’s been a while at least.
At least my work laptop is doing just fine, so I have a backup computer that can game if everything goes belly up.