There are many reasons to be jolly ‘tis season. For one thing, the most awaited 13th month pay is finally going to be in your hands. If you’re planning to buy a gadget with your money, don’t rush to the nearest gadget store. Take the time to know what you want and decide which gadget is the right one for you.
Step 1: List all the gadgets you want to own.
Get a piece of paper and a pen. Choose a quite place where you can really concentrate. 😉 I’m sure you already have a lot of gadgets in mind, but writing them down makes sure you didn’t miss anything.
When doing this, don’t limit yourself with the budget, just give in to your desire, and write them all down. Limiting yourself spoils the fun.
For example, my list would look like this:
- Samsung Galaxy S II
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
- Sony Tablet S
- 40″ inch or bigger LED/Plasma TV
- Nikon D5100
Step 2: List all your “needs”.
Now, that you have listed all the gadgets your heart desires, it’s time to list all your “needs”. Do this under the list of gadgets. Do you need access the internet all the time? Do you want a gadget that will allow you access to thousands of free ebooks? Or do you want to watch a movie with bigger and better resolution?
The other way to do this is to write a reason why you “need” it next to the gadget. For example:
Samsung Galaxy SII- I “need” a phone that runs Android. I’ve heard that you can get your hands on gazillion free ebooks. I also want a phone that has a really cool camera with flash.
Nikon D5100- I want to learn the art of photography. It will be an interesting hobby, which eventually, can become a “career”.
This step will help you decide why you really want a particular gadget. There are times that you want something, but you really can’t justify it. This will allow you to narrow down your list.
Step 3: Test Drive.
Once you’ve picked the top two or three gadgets you want to own, take the time to do a test drive. Do you have a friend or a family member who already owns the gadget you want? Ask them to let you borrow their phone or tablet. You can also interview them about the gadget’s performance. This will give you a better perspective in deciding the right gadget.
If you don’t know someone who owns the gadgets you want to buy, try going to the mall. The other day I got to try the Nikon D5100 in Festival Mall. It allowed me to get a feel of its weight, its features, and the quality of the photos.
Step 4: Consider your lifestyle.
This is very important so that you can really get the most out of your gadget. Are you a gamer, an artist, or a “surfer”? 😉 Which gadget will make your life easier, brighter, or more interesting? As for me, I want to really take blogging and feature writing seriously. I already have an iPad, a MAC, and an iPod. All these gadgets are useful in allowing me to practice my writing skills. A blog post and a feature article will look more attractive with really good photos. So that’s why I’m going with a NIKON D5100 or another DSLR.
I hope that these steps will help you find the right gadget for you. So what about you “gadgety” girls and boys? Are you going to use your 13th month pay to buy a gadget or something else? Do you have another way of choosing the right gadget? Don’t forget to share your tips as well! 🙂
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