The tech sector changes very, very rapidly. Today’s hot gadget could easily be next year’s paperweight. Everyone has different tastes in tech, and some of my good and bad experiences might be similar to yours:
Good Move: Blackberry to iPhone. I resisted the move for several years, clutching tightly to my Blackberry for business and personal use. The ability to touch the keyboard keys was great! But on the iPhone, the ease of getting data, downloading apps, and playing games justified retraining my thumbs.
Bad Move: Playstation2 to Wii. The Wii was a massive disappointment. The cartoonish Mii characters resulted in a visual disaster, and any games beyond bowling or tennis with the Wii Remote were frustrating. On the other hand, the PS2 offered an incredible game selection, classic contoured controllers, a minimal footprint. In my book, no contest.
Good Move: the iPad 2. Again, I was behind the curve on adopting the iPad technology. What could the iPad do that could possibly be better than my iPhone? Thankfully I purchased my iPad for personal use and not for work, because the games, videos, and social media apps that I use are definitely productivity killers.
Bad Move: Any Tablet Under $100. My iPad was so much fun, my children wanted to play with it all the time. Cutting into my own play time, I thought some inexpensive tablets would fill that void in their lives. In hindsight, it would have been cheaper and less stressful to just buy them an iPad in the first place.
Best Move Ever: Apple TV. Finally, I did not wait for the world around me before adopting an Apple product. This streaming television unit opened my world to television apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and the WWE Network. AirPlay allows me to send videos from my iPad to my television screen. The next frontier of television begins here.
Worst Move Ever: Windows 8. Windows 8 is the “New Coke” of tech upgrades. The interface is completely foreign to both Windows 7 and iOs users. The tiled layout is not intuitive, and even the “desktop view” removes the Start Button, which was a big part of Win 7 success. If my computer had lived longer I would have never made the change.
What makes your best/worst tech list? Post your comments below!