Why being an early adopter makes sense, if maybe not cents

Sometimes being the first to try an emerging new technology pays dividends but not in the way you expect
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The cool thing about tech is how fast innovation happens. Just when you think things are stagnant, someone comes up with a new service or gadget you can't imagine doing without.

What is not cool is how fast the device you're holding becomes obsolete. In a blink of an eye, there'll be a better version. An upgrade. Something that makes you want to trade in your almost brand-new purchase for the latest model.

Some people hesitate and instead prefer the wait and see approach. Wait, there will be a better model. It will have better specs. It will be lighter. 

But sometimes waiting isn't an option, or it isn't always the best option.

If you need it, get it

If you need it, get it

Sometimes you need to get something now. Tomorrow. This week. No time for waiting, nor room for quibbling.

You need to go on a business trip next week. Your phone or rig has died on you and borrowing someone else's isn't an option and you don't happen to have a spare lying around.

That's life for you. If you have researched what exactly you need, at least you know enough to get the best tech you can get for your requirements.

Sure, having the latest and greatest is nice, but not essential. And to help you out with your buying decisions why not check out our Top 10 lists like our best-ranked laptops?

Early adopter privilege

Early adopter privilege

It is too easy to get attached to one 'way' of doing things so trying out new tech can be good for you. Imagine, just a few years ago people were saying they did not need their phones to do much but now there are few things we don't expect our phones to do.

The speed of tech evolution can best be seen in smartphones - for the most part, keypads have given way to touchscreens. Small and light are no longer in, with larger phones now being embraced as a good thing. From monster 7-inchers like the Asus Fonepad to the slightly smaller Galaxy Note 3, people are willing to take the trade-off of something less pocketable for more functionality.

The thing about tech is not expecting it to adapt to us; we have to be the ones to adapt and embrace new tools and new ways of doing things.

Caveat, here, though. Buying things just because it's 'cool' is not always the best way to go because you really don't want your closets full of shiny gadgets that seemed like a good idea at the time.

Ask yourself first: do you really see yourself using this every day and not just for 'special occassions'? Can you really afford it? And most importantly, do you really need it? (Though no one is judging you for that iPod, man, really)

But sometimes hey, being the first on the block with a new-fangled technology is a nice ego boost. For instance, no matter how much some people slag off Google Glass, we're betting they wouldn't turn it away if they got it for free.

So don't sweat being an early adopter. Enjoy your new kit while it's still cool because if you think about it, eventually everything becomes obsolete.

Except blue jeans. They'll always be cool.