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How to decide if it's time to upgrade your devices

Everyone uses smart devices these days. Tech giants are constantly releasing updated versions of their products to attract repeat customers, but how do you decide if you should upgrade your device?

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How Old is the Device?

If you have owned the device for several years and it is still functional, this is a very good sign that you don't need to upgrade unless you want to. If a device is able to stand the test of time and bear minimal damage despite frequent use, it is clearly well-made and should be appreciated until it truly cannot be used anymore. However, if the device is old and worn out, consider a replacement. Even some newer devices need replacing after only a year or two due to planned obsolescence, so don't rush to buy a new replacement too soon.

Can it be Repaired?

If your current device has broken, this might be the main reason you are considering an upgrade. Issues such as a badly cracked screen, a bend, or unworkable software can render your device obsolete. However, it might still be worth taking it to a repair workshop where a professional may be able to revive the device and give it a new lease on life. This is often less expensive than shelling out for a brand new device as a replacement, so it's best to explore this possibility before committing to the huge expenditure.

Are the New Versions Reliable and Good Value?

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Sometimes the marketing for a new type of updated device can be so tempting and convincing that you forget to truly delve into the specifications and read real reviews before going ahead and making a purchase. Sometimes there are no negative consequences to this; however, there will be occasions when this rash decision may lead you to discover that the new device is in fact inferior to the edition you previously used. Usually, the digital transformation that has taken place in the past few decades means that the next generation of a device is usually an improvement, but there may have been changes made which do not help you use the product in the way you want to. You can find out more about the dramatic changes that digital transformation can bring about here. Just make sure that you do your research before investing your hard-earned money into a device that might not be good value.

Can You Afford a New Device?

Perhaps your device isn't too old or broken and perhaps the upgrade you're looking at has great reviews and appears to be fantastic value for money. Before you go ahead and buy it, you need to consider whether or not you can afford it. Most new devices nowadays cost large sums of money compared to previous generations of device and so if you don't truly need an upgrade, consider waiting until you have more money to spend before making your decision.

It isn't always easy to make up your mind about whether or not you should get rid of an old device to make room for an upgrade. Hopefully these considerations have helped you decide what makes sense for you.

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