In which I rant about people pushing their technology onto others.
It really irks me when people tell other people what to buy without asking any questions. This applies to any type of purchase but particularly with technology.
Just as soon as someone posts about a device dying or their contract ending, there’s flurry of “Buy an iPad/iPhone”, “Get a Samsung/HTC/Nexus”. How the hell do you know what someone should buy without asking questions?!?! Just because the technology works for you doesn’t mean it will work for someone else. There are many reasons why a person won’t buy the tech you have. Let me point out just three:
To switch between Apple, Android, and/or Windows has a financial impact. Not just on the purchase of the new device but on the repurchase of all the software/apps. There is also the price of repurchasing/resubscribing to media. Your digital magazine subscription on Google Play is not transferable to iBooks. And anything you buy in iTunes can’t be transferred to another mobile platform.
Yes, it takes time to learn how to use a new device. There is the learning curve that comes with any switch to a new format or layout. Even each Android manufacturer makes their phone software unique and therefore it takes time to re-learn. For a while, you will be less productive as it takes you twice as long to do something. If you are using the device for work or school, you may not be able to afford to lose that time.
Then there is the physical size of the device. Any petite person has a hell of a time working on the new larger phablets. In the same boat is a big and tall person trying to type on a netbook, or an older person trying to read on a small phone screen. Each person has physical limitations that mean they may not be able to use the device you have.
So, I will suggest rather than tell people what they should buy, you could tell them about your experience with your technology. But, unless you know the person really well AND know about or have experience with other technologies, do us all a favor and KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT!