“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”—Steve Jobs
This is precisely what companies and brands have been doing in the past decade, churning out products at lightning speed and making people upgrade even after a few months of buying a phone with almost the same specs. We now live in an age where there are far too many choices, with most devices sharing striking similarities with each other. Nothing wrong with that, because more choices are better for consumers.
We end up wanting what we do not necessarily need. Which is fine if you are filthy rich, but for those who work hard for the money, thinking it over a million times is a must-do before the big purchase. Before you buy your next gadget, think of when and where you are gonna use it, and if are willing to bear the weight (for some devices) when traveling. More importantly, which of your devices would you bring while in a long-haul flight? So the PSP can be used to play games but it is also an excellent device to watch movies. Oh wait, I can do that on an iPad too! And I can Draw Something… But wait, my Android phone is smaller but I also want to listen to my entire CD collection, which is on my iPod. Okay, I’ll bring the music player instead but it doesn’t take nice photos… You get my drift.
All these thoughts came rushing in my head because of my encounter with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 this afternoon. It is no secret that I have been smitten by the Samsung Galaxy Note since the day I got to play around with it and the S-Pen, but the slim form of the 10-incher tablet takes the cake. It’s so thin for the screen size. Redundancy even occurs within the same brand. I’m not complaining, in fact I am waiting for the day when companies would consider crafting your dream gadget according to your desired screen size and specs and case, just like a desktop computer, but that’s pretty far off from now.