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THE WONDERFUL AND COMPUTERS
WORLD OF DIGITAL
I announced last week: “The time has come to update my phone!” Battery life was the main reason but then alas Apple released the latest IOS for their mobile devices and indeed my iPhone 5SE just gave up.
I had tried adding a new battery, but it wasn’t playing nicely and that £25.00 would have been better put towards an upgrade. However, I don’t like to part with cash for technology without good reason.
The new iPhone 11 is out but frankly at about £1,000 I think you need your head looking at if you buy one. I needed to develop a buying criteria: It had to be an iPhone. It needed to be bigger than the old 5SE as I’m getting old and Philip Heal told me my eyes are getting old too! I wanted a decent phone camera AND a ‘Home’ button… there is no such thing on the likes of the XR. So, come on in the iPhone 8, the oldest model you can currently buy new from Apple.
With so much choice, I could have dithered for ages, but my wife isn’t known for her patience, so I reached my conclusion quickly and the very next day a shiny iPhone 8 was delivered for less than half the price of the iPhone 11.
Apple will give you a small amount of money in part- exchange for anything from a 5 upwards, they send you the packaging and all you do is factory reset your old handset and send it off.
What got me to a decision swiftly was defining the buying criteria. So many people today seem to want the latest new shiny thing, but in a world where we could all do with having less, it’s important to be clear on what it is you need and focus a little less on what you want!
The term I like and have adopted is ‘reducetarian’. Whilst traditionally this describes individuals committed to eating less red meat, poultry and seafood, I’m committed to taking this attitude across a much broader spectrum of my life and in doing so, actually shy away from the ‘must have’ culture that is so prevalent in the 21st century.
I also use this philosophy when working with IT and if it can be mended or upgraded, then I will often suggest this rather than buying shiny new computers. Often a quicker SSD will be a better and cheaper investment for your current PC than a completely new machine.
If you need help with such decisions and IT support generally you know who to call…
016973 61066 Solving People’s Digital Problems www.cockermouth-it-services.co.uk
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