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When Is It Time to Upgrade?

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Sat, Dec 05, 2015 at 9:20AM

In today’s modern age, we practically live on our devices—and we’re always waiting for the “next big thing” to be announced. But when it comes to your tech—your computer, tablet or smartphone—how do you know when it’s time for an upgrade, or when you’re okay waiting it out?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the age of your device, how well it’s functioning, and how much an upgrade might benefit you. In today’s blog, we are looking at a few ways to decide when it’s time to upgrade.

Functionality of your current device

If you’re considering purchasing a new laptop, phone or tablet, it’s likely that you aren’t completely happy with your current device. Ask yourself—why is that? Is your device slowing down to the point that it’s no longer usable, or is it lacking important tools or capabilities you need for work? If there’s not a serious, unfixable (see the next note!) problem with your current device’s functionality, you may want to consider holding off on purchasing a new one. You no doubt spent a good amount on your current piece of tech, so you might as well let it serve you for as long as possible.

Room for improvement

It’s understandable that you want a faster, more efficient and capable device for your work or personal use—however, that doesn’t always mean purchasing a completely new device! Check to see if there are any updates you can install that will help your device run more efficiently. You can also often turn to external storage options if you need more space.

Reasons for an upgrade

Considering an upgrade? Sometimes, we just can’t resist the allure of a new device—and that’s okay! The important thing is to know why you want the upgrade. Does it offer helpful tools or applications your current device does not? Have your needs changed—do you need a heavier duty device to handle new tasks and responsibilities? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” you may have a great reason to upgrade.

Cost factor

One of the biggest considerations to keep in mind before making an upgrade is, of course, the cost factor. Many things come into play when you think about cost. How much did you pay for your current device? Are you able to afford a new one? And, of course, do the features or improvements on your potential upgrade warrant the (potentially) high cost, or are you more comfortable waiting?

We know that computers, smartphones and tablets are often some of the most expensive items you own—so deciding whether (or when) to purchase a new one definitely warrants some serious thought and consideration. Always keep your budget—as well as your needs and wants out of a tech device—in mind before you make a purchase!

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