Are you in the market for a new smartphone, tablet, laptop, notebook or PC? With new devices and technology being released everyday, it’s easy to feel inundated with information and overwhelmed by choice. To help you filter through the facts and find the right device, we’ve pulled together the top 10 questions to ask yourself before you buy.
1. What do I need it for most?
Will you be using it for personal or professional matters? With the rising popularity of work life blend, the lines between the two are getting blurred. Devices for work might need to be more powerful than devices for home, but if you can buy one that covers both, that could be a better investment.
2. Where will I use it most?
Increasingly, the technology we use is designed to be portable to fit in with our roaming work/life schedules. If you spend a lot of time on the road, at airports or train stations, you should consider a hybrid device which combines connectivity, power and portability. If you’re looking for something to set up an at-home office, a fixed desktop with a larger screen could suit your needs better.
3. Do I need it to be portable?
Are you constantly on the move? You’ll need a device that you can pick up and take with you without disrupting your output. Life is made much easier for those on the go with a lightweight, hybrid device that has everything you need to do work and play in one easy-to-carry machine.
4. Is multi-screen connectivity important to me?
For some people, graphic designers, animators or filmmakers, for example, multiple screens are essential to create great work. If this is you, choose devices that can offer you a seamless experience between screens, syncing from small to big in an instant. Mobile, multi-screen connected devices that you can take with you also help you avoid any downtime and let you see your work in at full size when you’re back in the office.
5. What battery life do I need?
There’s nothing more frustrating than having to scout around for plug sockets in a cafe, airport or train station. Extra-long battery life devices make it a breeze to work on the move without feeling worried you could lose all your hard work. Plus, wires are a pain to carry around and take up valuable travel bag space.
6. Do I care about look and design?
Are you into form or function? What do you want your device to say about you? The technology you carry could speak volumes, so don’t dismiss the importance of a sleek look and head-turning design. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, especially in business.
7. What apps do I need?
There’s nothing worse than buying new technology only to discover the apps you rely on for work and life aren’t compatible. Before you buy, make a list of every app you use and do your research to ensure your new device ticks all the boxes.
8. What tasks will I be performing on it?
Are you planning on writing reports in Word, creating presentations in Powerpoint and using your device for social media content? The specific tasks you plan to perform on your device will give you direction on the performance, power, connectivity and whether you need your work to sync across multiple machines.
9. What screen size do I need?
Smaller devices are gaining popularity due to portability, price and the plus that they’re more powerful than ever, so you aren’t losing out on performance. Still, handheld screen sizes could be a drawback for some. If you’re working on highly visual projects, you’ll need a large screen size that might not be portable. Saying that, technology that syncs across all your devices from your palm to your PC is now available and affordable, so don’t discount a handheld just yet.
10. Do I need more than one device?
Hybrid devices reduce the need for multiple machines and are ideal for the business traveller. However, one device might not cut it when you need a larger screen size or top of range performance from a powerful desk-based device. Whether you need one or more device will depend on all the above – your primary purpose for the technology, the tasks you’ll be performing and whether you need to take your devices with you when you leave the office or house.
There’s never been a better time to buy new technology, with so many devices available to choose from. But selecting the right one can be a hard decision, so do you research, use the questions above to guide you and read peer reviews to make sure your next piece of technology is just right for you.