Why you should not be an early adopter
Every so often you have a gadget or technological device that sets the wire news on fire. Recently weâ€™ve been hearing much ado about Windows 7, iPhone 3GS, OSX Snow Leopard, SSD drives, OLED TV, HD cell phones and need I mention the Palm Pre and Blackberryâ€™s first all touchscreen phone.
The common trend among these gadgets is they are all new and still in experimental stage. I know it can be tempting to jump in line at your local Best Buy when an iPhone 3GS is released, or refreshing that page every few seconds until you can preorder Windows 7 from Amazon. But there are some risks involved and that is why its not always the safest thing to do to adopt a new technology or device early.
The first problem is price. There is no need to discuss the $500 and $600 premiums people were paying on iPhones when they first came out, only to have their devices outdated a few months later by the 3G. But what was most bitter to the early adopters was the fact that the device went subsidized.
I could also mention SSD which (although a nice technology) has been held back by its exorbitant price. Iâ€™m still trying to figure out how a 256GB SSD costs as much as a notebook computer? The protection offered by an SSD is good, I wonâ€™t deny that, but still it doesnâ€™t justify the price unless youâ€™re housing the Presidentâ€™s birth certificate.
Even software isnâ€™t immune. I canâ€™t count the amount of people who preordered Windows Vista, and after a week with the software wish they had stuck with XP. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I have never had any problems with Vista but many of the people who upgraded failed to read the system requirements and got pissed when their computers began to crash. Yes weâ€™re hearing a similar tune with Windows 7 and OSX Snow Leopard. So far the former is carrying more of the buzz and everyone is talking about how it fixes all the problems that were found in Vista.
Iâ€™m not saying Windows 7 isnâ€™t promising (I am using it to write this post), but Vista has finally stabilized so for those who had serious problems with Vista at first, might want to think twice before taking a chance with Windows 7 on their main system.
Need we talk about the gadgets? I have heard countless stories of peoples iPhone 3GS combusting in their pockets, Palm Pre screens flying off when they open it or their Blackberry Storms â€œSurePressâ€ screens becoming unsure.
Yes I admit Iâ€™m guilty of buying a Pre a week after it was released, but only because I needed it for my job (I write for a Palm Pre blog), and yes I have reserved myself a copy of Windows 7, but only because I have been testing out the beta for the past 4 months now and I have dual boot so Iâ€™m safe.
Iâ€™m not saying you should never adopt early, but if there is anything that the â€œring of deathâ€ on the Xbox 360, crappy Wiimotes and not to mention PS3 overheating problems have taught us, you might want to think twice before actually getting inline at your local gadget store.
So as Iâ€™ve said before, unless you are prepared for problems, wait a few months, otherwise you might find yourself sitting in the waiting room with a crouch on fire, enough said!Advertisement