Buying new tech – what to look for.

I’ve brought quite a bit of new technology over the last couple of months as I move from one tech giant to another. The transition in terms of exporting contacts, files and the software stuff has been the easy bit. Deciding on what new tech to go for, has been a bit tougher

So many reviews, so many new technical specs, so many mixed views across the board. It’s often a minefield to decide what is best. So, I’m hoping this little guide will help you in your search for new tech and how to pick what’s right for you.

  1. YouTube.

Gone are the days where you simply had to rely on wordy website and paper reviews for tech stuff. Now, YouTube has hundreds, if not thousands, of reviewers whose job it is to persuade you to buy the latest technology.

In my quest to move from Apple to Android, I’ve found a plethora of YouTube reviewers who simply don’t do the reviews justice. Most are often biased, because they’ve been given a freebie by a company to effectively promote, #ad. But, there are a handful who I feel genuinely give honest reviews, they’re quick to point out the flaws in products as well as sing praises where necessary.

It’s those YouTubers you should be looking out for. Not everything is glossy or good on the outside and you’d rather know their thoughts to help make up your decision, rather than watching or listening to someone bang on about how great something is.

2. Go straight to the review section of a website

I never used to do this, but I’ve found myself doing it for more and more products I buy, not just tech. Read tine product reviews from other buyers on any website you visit, whether it be Amazon, Argos or eBay. These are invaluable. You’ll soon be able to sort the genuine reviews from the fake ones. You can tell the difference by the wording, the amount that’s written and on most websites, they’ll tell you if they have been a genuine buyer. 

To help with this, whenever I purchase something, I often try and leave a helpful review to help others. If I find something genuinely positive, I’ll write about it, but equally I’ll write an equal amount of negativity if there is a need to do so.

3.How will you use it in your daily life?

Say you’re looking to buy a particular tech item – it’s all well and good watching and reading reviews based on the above, but consider how you’ll use it in your daily life.

For a couple of tech items I’ve bought recently, there was a lot of negativity surrounding battery life of these particular products. My heart sank slightly when saw these reviews, but then I thought ‘well, they’ve used it to the max to just review the item, I don’t think I’ll have a problem’ and began thinking about how I would use these items in my daily life. 

As it happens, the battery life isn’t a problem for me at all. Remember, these people who review these products are often paid to do these in-depth reviews, so they have to use the technology at full throttle, every minute of the day. 

So it is genuinely worth considering how you’d use it and if any of the flaws noted would impact your use of the product in daily life.

4.Make your own mind up.

Sounds like a silly thing to say, because you’ll end up doing this anyway. But don’t let others influence your decision. You want something? You think it’ll work for you? Then you have the right to buy it. 

Take notes of all the reviews and all of the above, then make your own mind up. Reviewers are only there to help aid your decision, they’re not there to make it up for you.

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