I admit it. I’m a whore…a technology whore. When it comes to gadgets, I see something I think I want and I research it. I might wait a few days or a week but then the desire for the device becomes too great and I MUST have it. I need instant gratification. Not in the manner that I go into the store, see it, and buy it. I don’t just throw money away without knowing the product is good and what I want. I’m a smart consumer and an intelligent woman, after all.
In a bit less than the last 90 days I have purchased a Nook color, a Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, and a Motorola Photon 4G cell phone. I’ve never been this “bad” before now. Prior to this spree, my worst tech “episode” was being first in line last year to buy a Samsung Epic 4G cell phone. Yes…I get a new cell phone every year thanks to Sprint’s upgrade policy. Oh and I bought a new laptop right before Christmas, but in my defense my old laptop was almost 4 years old and had a broken wireless card. So that doesn’t really count, right?
It all started with the Nook Color. A co-worker told me he could “jailbreak” it and turn it into a tablet for me. So I thought about it a bit and decided to go for it. Well it turns out that I lucked into one of the very few models that can’t be hacked. So it remains just a Nook Color. Not that there is anything wrong with that and as a matter of fact I like the Nook very much. I just wanted something “more”.
Then I decided I wanted a netbook because my laptop is just too heavy to tote around. I was doing quite a bit of traveling at the time and it seemed to make sense. So I researched netbooks and decided on what I thought I wanted…then I found out that netbooks are being phased out and replaced by tablets. It is almost impossible to find a decent selection of them in any store. Which is where the instant gratification comes in to play. I don’t want to order one online and wait for it. I want it NOW. So with some hesitation over pricing, I ended up with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which I do like quite a bit so far. I considered the iPad2 but I prefer Android over the Apple OS. Also, Android apps are less expensive than what is available through the Apple store and there is an app for just about everything. I’m not anti-Apple, I just felt it was the best choice for me. The tablet can also be used an an e-reader by downloading the Nook and/or Kindle apps for free.
So you would think I’m done buying tech for a while, wouldn’t you? Yeah, so did I. But I was wrong. What started as an innocent trip to the Sprint store to see if there were any interesting new phones that I might actually be interested in owning ended up with me walking out the door with the Motorola Photon 4G. It was released on July 31, so not too long ago. I had never even heard of it and actually went in to look at a different phone, the Nexus S 4G, with no intention of buying ANY phone. I even left the store and went over to look at Best Buy before returning to Sprint to make the purchase. It was just such an awesome phone I couldn’t resist. To sum it up, the phone is a bit like ‘Blackberry meets Android’. All the best features of both, running the latest version of Android for cell phones.