This week, I’ve been fighting the urge to upgrade my phone, which I’ve been using for the last five years, and it’s made me think about some of the other technological marvels that I own, some of which I have upgraded.
My car: the Suzuki Wagon R
I’ve had my Suzuki Wagon R for about 10 years. Before that, I had another Suzuki Wagon R, both of them bought used, and both of them silver. When I think about my car and what I use it for, I see it as simply a tool to get me from A to B. I certainly don’t need a “better” car to do exactly the same thing.
My Gaming PC
Unlike my car, I’ve made some poor choices when it comes to my PC. I was seduced into upgrading my graphics card and getting SSD drives – all because of the promise of better graphics and faster loading times. Sure enough, they do give a marginal improvement, but honestly? The difference wasn’t worth the price.
I’ve also upgraded my TV, going from 28″ to 49″. In that case, I made the decision to buy the cheapest I could find, and only use it as a monitor. For the price I paid, it’s been brilliant. I can read text on the screen from the comfort of my bed, and the visuals are as good as I need.
Why should you upgrade?
So looking at the above examples, I conclude that you should only upgrade when a) you have a pressing need that your current device can’t fulfil, and b) the improvement over your current device is significant.
Should I upgrade my iPhone 7?
My phone is five years old. For the most part it works okay with its new battery, except that it runs very hot around the power button when using the internet. It’s especially a problem for video calls – which also drain the battery quickly.
I’m quite happy with the phone’s camera, the speed of the device, and everything else, so I really question whether it’s worth splashing upwards of 60,000 yen on a slightly improved version of something I already own. So long as I don’t spend too long on the internet or making video calls, I reckon my iPhone 7 will last me at least another year.
Not keeping up with the Joneses
This all leads me to question whether we can live comfortably on older tech. I think it makes financial sense to hang out a few generations behind or below the latest and greatest tech models. What about you?
I always used to chase the best, but now I’m quite content to live in mediocrity!If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!