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#1 Hum

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:15

Android Tablets

If you want to consider an Android tablet, now is not the time to buy. Though we've seen some speedy quad-core tablets like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, we're still waiting for Android tablet makers to come out with screens that have higher than 1280 x 800 resolution. Both ASUS and Acer have announced 1920 x 1200 tablets, but neither one has hit the market yet. If you plunk down $500 on a tablet now, you'll feel silly when the new HD models arrive within the next couple of months.

Blackberrys

Research in Motion, the company that makes Blackberry phones, seems to be stuck in a time warp, offering phones that have the best specs of 2009, including single-core 800-MHz CPUs, tiny 2.4-inch screens and an outmoded BlackBerry 7 OS. Fortunately, RIM seems to understand the problem and plans to release an entirely new line of phones running its new BlackBerry 10 OS later this year.

eReaders

There are several great eReader options on the market right now, from the tablet-like Amazon Kindle Fire to the E Ink-powered Nook Simple Touch. However, as strong as the eReader offerings are today, they're about to get much better. Barnes & Noble just released its Simple Touch with GlowLight and rumor has it that Amazon is set to release its own backlit E Ink-based Kindle this summer.

The Apple iPhone

If you have your heart set on purchasing a new iPhone, don't do it yet. Every rumor points to the arrival of a much-improved product arriving by fall. We don't know what exact specs the iPhone 5 will have. We don't even know if it'll be called the iPhone 5 (my money's on "the Brand Spanking New iPhone"), but we can be pretty certain it will have 4G LTE, a faster processor, a better camera, and a larger and sharper screen.

Smart TVs

Apple can play coy all it wants, but many industry insiders believe that the Cupertino company plans to launch its own TV later this year. There's no question that the Apple TV will have deep iTunes integration, a gorgeous screen (Apple is known for that) and some kind of Siri-based voice control. And Apple won't be alone. LG recently showed off its G2 Smart TV, which uses the Google TV 2.0 interface, supports voice commands and comes with a gesture-controlled "Magic" remote. Lenovo just began shipping its Android 4.0- powered K55 Smart TV in China and it may come here at some point as well. If you wait, the additional competition from these new products will force down prices on existing Smart TVs as well.

Macbook Pros

If you have your heart set on an Apple MacBook Pro, tell your heart to go on without one for just a little longer. Everyone expects Apple to announce a new lineup of MacBook Pros in June and these new notebooks will reportedly weigh less, feature high-resolution "Retina" displays and provide USB 3.0 ports in addition to running Ivy Bridge CPUs. These notebooks will also be running Apple's new OS X Mountain Lion software, which brings more iPad-like functionality to Macs along with stronger security.

Sprint Phones

Sprint likes to call itself "the Now Network," but it really should be named "the Promise Network," because right now all it is selling is the promise of 4G LTE at some point in the future. The carrier recently announced that it is dumping its mediocre 4G WiMAX network in favor of LTE on new handsets. That's the right move long-term, but it leaves current Sprint customers in a bind. Whether you are already a Sprint customer or are just thinking of becoming one, you should wait to see how quickly the company's version of LTE is coming to your area and whether it actually lives up to the hype.

Ultrabooks

The first generation of Ultrabooks -- a new category of uberthin, fast-booting notebooks -- arrived last fall with prominent entries from all the PC vendors. However, though notebooks like the ASUS Zenbook UX31 and Toshiba Portege Z835 have a lot going for them, a new generation of much-improved Ultrabooks will arrive this summer. These notebooks will sport Intel's faster, more efficient 3rd generation Core Series processors (aka Ivy Bridge), and many will offer higher-resolution displays.

Windows Phones

The Nokia Lumia 900 has a gorgeous design and the HTC Titan II has an awesome 16-MP camera. However, when it comes to specs, apps and basic multitasking, Windows Phones still lag behind their Android and iPhone counterparts. And with Windows Phone 8 due out this fall, Microsoft could finally start to close the feature gap with Apple and Google.

Windows Tablets

Let's face the facts. If you want to buy a Windows 7 tablet, you're either a multitouch masochist or a sadistic CTO, looking to pinch-zoom in on employee suffering. Though Windows 7 runs all the applications you could ever want, its touch-unfriendly interface makes it really difficult to use with adult-sized fingers. Ever try tapping the X widget to close a window? You'll need to stick your index finger in a pencil sharpener first, so you can make sure it's thin enough.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:23

So basically don't buy anything?

People are so concerned about keeping up with the Joneses. Just buy what you need/want and stop thinking about what's coming out and being worried about having the latest version of everything. Consumerism isn't a competition.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:34

So basically don't buy anything?

People are so concerned about keeping up with the Joneses. Just buy what you need/want and stop thinking about what's coming out and being worried about having the latest version of everything. Consumerism isn't a competition.


While I agree with what you're saying I think the message they are trying to convey here is that in the very near future better products will be available which are vastly superior to it's predecessor so waiting just a little bit longer is worth they wait.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:38

So basically don't buy anything?

People are so concerned about keeping up with the Joneses. Just buy what you need/want and stop thinking about what's coming out and being worried about having the latest version of everything. Consumerism isn't a competition.


Well, from the looks of it, we shouldn't buy anything but iPads and non-Sprint Android phones

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:41

forgot to mention graphics cards. did the gtx 690 come out?

Hard drive prices should be going back down, think WD announced something a few months ago about their plants coming back on.

SSDs are getting cheaper and cheaper. OCZ is offering their 120gb agility 3 drives for the same price that they offered their 60gb agility 3 6 months ago. I think they are getting ready for something but I have no research to back this up.

PC monitors? aren't we getting multi touch monitors that look good?

keyboards? isn't back lighting becoming standard? lets wait for that. oh and also I hear they are releasing a new never before key....

did i mention pencil sharpeners? apparently pencils are going out of style and being replaced with something "mechanical".

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:43

^ :huh: No pencils ? What if the power fails ...

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:52

buy anything you want now if you can afford the luxury. the satisfaction and enjoyment from using the product now, rather than wait 12 months for something else, is worth more- to me that is.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 22:53

^ :huh: No pencils ? What if the power fails ...

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 23:09

Android Tablet: Am more than happy with mine
Kindle: Am more than happy with mine

Let's not ever buy anything I guess?

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 23:14

I was gonna buy a mac mini, but I am gonna wait and see what the Ivy Bridge iteration looks like and see from there.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 23:43

While I agree with what you're saying I think the message they are trying to convey here is that in the very near future better products will be available which are vastly superior to it's predecessor so waiting just a little bit longer is worth they wait.


Which is always going to be the case no matter how long you wait. Why buy the iPhone 5 when the iPhone 6 will just replace it? :)

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 00:03

Buy what you want now... then when something better comes along... buy that. Isn't that how it works?

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 01:04

^ Yes -- if you're rich. :laugh:

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 05:32

I would definitely recommend waiting just a few more weeks for very likely refreshes of both the iPhone and MacBook lines. Normally, I'd say just buy the product you want now, but almost every major rumor mill is pointing to some significant hardware upgrades come this WWDC, so a few more weeks is surely worth the wait.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 06:24

What a silly list, based on the premise something better is around the corner? that is the nature of technology! there is always something better around the corner. If the device suits your needs now, then it's not foolish to buy it now. That is how I feel about it anyway...