Brian X. Chen at the New York Times:
When we buy a gadget these days, we rarely assume that it will endure.
We expect to play a video game console only for as long as companies make games for it. We expect to use a smartphone or a laptop for just as long as the battery has juice or until it can no longer run important software.
At some point, we feel that we must upgrade. We must have the latest and greatest camera. We must have apps that run faster. We must have brighter screens.
Here’s the thing: This is all the doing of marketing professionals, seared into our subconscious. The reality is that consumer electronics, such as your phone, computer or tablet, can last for many years. It just takes some research to obtain tech that will endure. This exercise will be increasingly important in a pandemic-induced recession, which has forced many of us to tighten our spending.
“It’s a matter of buying what you need, not what the company is telling you that you need…. ”
Look for tech that’s easy to repair, particularly replacing the battery. And consider spending more to get the best.