Here is comes… the iPhone 5.
The tech world is buzzing with anticipation of the release of the new phone from Apple set to hit shelves this Friday. It is bigger than previous models and has many more bells and whistles.
I am guilty as most when it comes to wanting the newest tech toys out there. The marketing of the new products can lure us consumers in to buying an item when we are struggling to even pay our mortgages or rent.
Having the best smart phones, LCD TVs and tablets has become a trend. I think they used to call it, “keeping up with the Joneses.” We feel we need to upgrade to stay happy with the product. Do you like to watch a movie just as much on an old 27” television with a $40 DVD player as you do on a big screen TV with Blu-Ray?
I am big on technology and I have to admit my mouth waters when I walk by an iPad, but if you saw my home… I still have an old 4:3 Sanyo television and a desktop computer running Windows XP. I just can’t justify paying for new models or versions, when my old ones still gets the job done just fine.
Sure, I would love to sit in my living room with a 60” HD flat-panel television on my wall as I surf the web with my iPad 3, talking to my mom on my brand new iPhone. Like most middle-class Americans, I have other expenses that are much more important.
So before you run to the store Friday and buy the new iPhone or in October for the iPad mini, ask yourself… do I really need it?
Clinton Randall is the Webmaster of advocate360.org and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/clintonrandall or follow him on Twitter @clintonjrandall. His column, Tech Talk, discusses all aspects of the technology world. Viewpoints expressed in this column are solely those of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.