As technology moves faster and faster, bigger and better mobile devices appear. It wasn’t long ago that tablets were introduced; now they are commonplace. And most people in the business world have smartphones. As these newer, more powerful tablets and smartphones are released to the market, you may feel some pressure to buy these new devices.

Diff’rent folks, diff’rent tech

But, not everybody needs the latest and greatest. Some people might, but others can get by with using the same tech for years. Before buying your next piece of technology it can be useful to analyze your lifestyle to find out what tech is essential.

Tablets

Think about tablets, they are handy, fun, and can make life less complicated for some people. But they are not a requirement for all consumers. If you do the majority of your computing at home or in the office, and you have a smartphone to pull up your email messages when you’re on the go, you might not need a tablet. Many of the basic things you can do with a smartphone you can do with a tablet. Yet, if you are a person who does most of their computing on the go, in the coffee shop or while travelling, you very well may need a tablet.

The Smartphone revolution

Smartphones have become miniature computers, allowing users to log onto the Internet, send text messages, watch videos, play music, and send and receive emails. But how technologically advanced of a phone do you require? Again, it boils down to how much computing you do on the road. Do you prefer to answer email messages from the comfort of your own home and desk? Do you love to watch movies on the big screen in your living room? Then a basic cell phone may be fine. However, if you do much of your communicating – through text, voice and email – while traveling across the city, an investment in an advanced smartphone is practical.

The point is that the next time the new iPad or Android device comes out, think about your lifestyle. Will you actually take advantage of the new advancements that come installed in this new great gizmo? If not, it might not be worth your money.

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