Gizmodo has a list of “10 gadgets you’d be a fool to buy right now” (that it reprinted from Laptop Mag but thankfully de-slideshow-ified)—devices that are soon to be replaced by something better. Weirdly enough, you can read e-books on all but one of them—including, naturally, e-readers. (Amazon is expected to launch new e-readers within just a few months.)
The others include iPhones, Sprint phones, Windows phones, and Blackberries, as well as Windows and Android tablets. Ultrabooks and Macbook Pros are also due for refreshes, and smart TVs—the one device that doesn’t read e-books—aren’t a smart purchase with upcoming offerings known from LG and rumored from Apple.
The funny thing is I remember an old saying that’s been around about as long as PCs have: “If you don’t want to buy something obsolete as soon as you buy it, wait to purchase.” The joke there is, of course, that “tomorrow never comes”—if you wait to buy something, it’ll still be obsolete as soon as you buy it, just with slightly better specs than now.
And it’s kind of like that with gadgets, too. With a new iPhone coming out every year, any time after six months is “wait for the next one” time for the smarter shoppers. Likewise, any e-reader more than a few months old is “yesterday’s news” for those who want the latest and greatest. Funny to think how devices we think of as all but disposable have significantly more processing power than those that sent man to the moon.