When shopping for a new tech device, a big dilemma can be knowing when to actually make the purchase. Buy too soon and one risks being coaxed into spending money on an overly expensive item that doesn’t live up to its initial hype. Wait too late and one risks being stuck with a quickly outdated device that pales in comparison to newer models. So in a sense, the goal is to pull a Goldilocks and find a gadget that feels “just right”.
But hitting that home run is easier said than done, especially when hunting for electronics. It takes a lot of research, forward thinking, and patience to wait out a sweet spot device. And even after the device has been identified, there may still be an additional wait as the price falls in line. Yet, while it may seem like indecision to the untrained eye, it is in fact a methodical march towards a product that will sustain its shine for years.
For example, I recently started looking into tablets and whether they are a worthy investment for my household. Honestly, I have been indifferent towards tablets since mid-2012. I knew that they provided value for users who wanted to watch movies, make Skype calls, and send email, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything highly-productive with a tablet. So why would I spend $500+ on something that couldn’t even replace my laptop?
Well, it looks like Samsung has been working hard to answer my question. Over the past couple of years they have been iterating the Galaxy Note, and it has matured into a productivity-enhancing tablet. iPads may have better screens. Surface Pros may have a more-robust OS. But the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (who named this??) has an impressive blend of hardware specs, software features, and accessories (the S-Pen).
Yes, Galaxy Note 10.1 is 9 months old, and Samsung has launched a new Galaxy Tab S 10.5. But the Galaxy Tab S lacks the S-Pen integration. And other than the Tab S’s improved screen, all other hardware is consistent. More importantly, the same price nets you 32GB of storage in the Note 10.1 2014 versus 16GB with the Tab S. So, $499 for 2X the storage, a stylus, and hardware parity, while only losing out on the sharper screen.
That definitely sounds like a sweet spot deal to me.