The NY Times had an interesting article on what gadgets you should get rid of.
So, what gadgets should you get rid of?
Desktop Computer – Get rid of it.
Unless you are a hardcore gamer or video editor, everything you need in a desktop can be found in a laptop. Connect to a larger display and external keyboard and mouse if you want the desktop experience.
High-Speed Internet at Home – Keep it.
Even with MiFi that converts your 3G mobile into a WiFi cloud, streaming video isn’t going to function like it should, making Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and the likes, unpractical to use.
Cable TV – Depends.
Unless you’re a sports fan, a few subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video may deliver exactly what you need, and maybe even save you a few bucks!
Point-and-Shoot Camera – Lose it.
The Times article says smartphone cameras will do the trick, plus, they’re easier to transfer your photos to your computer, social networks, etc … I agree. Plus, you are more likely to have your smartphone close by than a point-and-shoot. I know some photog pros who would disagree, since their idea of a point-and-shot is far different than a general user.
Camcorder – Lose it.
Apply everything you just read about point-and-shoot cameras. Plus, if you own a DSLR, you may have full-HD video built in. Hello!
USB Thumb Drive – Lose it.
I already did. I lost mine in the washing machine. Dropbox, clouds, email, etc … there’s a load of solid, un-losable, unbreakable, electronic means of delivering files.
Digital Music Player – Lost it (probably).
This is the smartphone argument all over again. I personally like keeping 90% of my music together, and there is no smartphone capable of doing that for me, yet. So, I’m probably not going to lose mine anytime, soon.
Alarm Clock – Keep it.
I was shocked to read this. All these high-end gadgets are getting lost in smartphone tech, and this dude wants me to keep my alarm clock!?! Why? Simplicity (although the iPhone daylight time glitch didn’t help, either).
GPS Unit – Lost it.
These gadgets are leaving the marketplace faster than they got here! Your smartphone can outsmart your GPS any day!
Books – Keep them (except one).
Why would you keep books!?! It comes down to battery life, really. The one exception in the book department would be cookbooks. This was very insightful, I thought:
Complicated procedures can be explained by an embedded video. When something needs to be timed, there’s a digital timer built right into the recipe. You can e-mail yourself the ingredients list to take to the grocery store. The app does what cookbooks cannot, providing a better version of everything that came before it. Now all Martha has to do is make a decorative splashguard for a tablet and you will be all set.
Of course, bundling your entire tech into one device can be risky, but very convenient. I’ve always preferred devices that specialize in one application oppose to a Swiss army knife gadgets; however smartphones have become smart enough to perform just as well as any mp3 player or point-and-click camera.
Are you going to get rid of any of your gadgets?
[via New York Times]