Youtube is flooded with celebrity state tech reviewers. I watch a lot of them. I learn a lot. But there’s a catch.
A new phone comes to market. They rush to do the ‘first-to-do’ unboxing and reviews. I found out all those new giga specs on paper that is celebrated , seldom translate in to durable performance, let’s say after 6 months.
So what we really need to watch is phone reviews after 6 months of usage. To do that, reviewers actually have to use a phone for 6 months. A rarity. There are plenty of reviews from not-celebrity tech enthusiasts. If you are frugal about your spending on phones, and you want good value, those reviews are your life savers.
I am so much happy with Galaxy Note 5, which still serves me well for more than 2 years. How did I make the decision? I watched a ‘Note 5 after 6 months review’ in Youtube, two years ago.
There’s an ongoing drama between Apple Inc. and iphone users. Users had complained their phones are getting slowed down. Apple admitted it is a technical glitch, and few customers have sued the company.
Hardware or software issues had nothing to do with what slowed down my phone, it was something else. I’m a Samusung Note fan. Around the launch of Note 8, for about one month, I could feel my existing Note 5 getting slower. My insatiable appetite for the possession of a new shiny Note 8 was slowing down my Note 5. Of course my Note 5 is working pretty fine. I wrestled with my mind for a good one month, before giving up the idea of buying.
In the process I understood the stickiness of modern day marketing bubble. I watched few note 8 videos made my fans on unboxing and performance reviews on youtube. When I went to facebook, ads from local vendors on Note 8 were right on my face. It was literally everywhere. On internet, every click of mine is tracked to deliver me the most tailored suggestions. I am screwed by the algorithms and cookies, because internet tracks my appetite. They feed me with more of it.
At the end of it, I saved Rs. 150,000. That much amount of money is no way an excuse for a few additional premium features. Note 5 is more than fine for me at-least for another year, if it does not die. Here’s the thing, whatever you look for in the internet, that preference will pilfer in to every site you go, as ads. Be alert on your expenses. e-commerce is here to sell, showing amazing deals as if they are here to help you save.
Savings and expenses are two different things not to be confused.