How to Pick the Right Device

We’re not about to tell you whether a Mac is better than a PC. Essentially, they’re the same thing and no one electronic device is ever really better than an other. Some are unquestionably of higher quality, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better.

In the never-ending debate over what’s better, an iPhone or an Android device, there’s one thing almost all people fail to think of  – what any particular end user’s needs for this device are. And that’s where any debate should begin and end. So, before you ask friends for recommendations on what to purchase and enter the abyss that is a discussion about the best electronic device ever made by man, we suggest you consider these simple steps first.

Who is the electronic device for?

Are you purchasing your tween’s first smartphone or a tablet for your mom? Is the TV set you’re looking for intended for home use, office use or the sports bar you own and manage? Looking for a memory card? Which device will you be using it with and are you sure it’s fully compatible?

This is the first question you should be asking and this is exactly what we have in mind when we go looking for the best Amazon electronics deals daily. Not everything we select for StockWhat is cutting edge, top-shelf quality. We just think it all might come in handy for someone out there. While we try to look for top quality at the lowest prices, we also include a lot of standard quality or quick fix items simply because many of you out there need exactly that. You should be doing the same – thinking of your needs first and only then comparing prices and device specifications. You’re tween isn’t going to need that brand new iPhone. In fact, an Android device might be easier for your kid to use and download free apps to his or her heart’s desire.

What will you be using the device for?

You might think this is the same as the first question, but there’s plenty more to it. This next question delves a little deeper into your needs in the near future. Will you be using this device for work? Which software and email clients does your company use? Which devices are compatible with that software and email clients?

You see what we’re getting at here. Aside from your personal needs and wants in a device, you should consider all of the applications of the device in your day-to-day. This brings you that last step closer to being a fully satisfied user of whichever gadget you end up choosing.

Let’s take TV sets as an example again. If you’re picking out a set for home use, you’ll want to consider everyone in the family and what they’ll be using it for. What kind of resolution do you need? You’ll probably want it to be wifi-ready – after all, it is the standard of the day. On the other hand, if the set is a gift for mom and dad – do they really need it connected to wifi? And if you’re looking for multiple screens for that sports bar you manage, you’re just going to want those sets to be as large as possible, while the highest available resolution might not necessarily be a priority.

What’s your budget?

There’s a reason this question comes in third. Once you’ve thought long and hard about the answers to the first two, you’ve already started searching through and you now have an idea of the price range you’re talking about. If that price range is higher than what you were planning, you’ll have to either scale down your expectations or increase that budget by a few inches.

Impulse buying is fine if we’re talking about small items, real necessities or electronics that we all need larger amounts of these days. But if you’re purchasing a gadget or peripheral item that you plan on using for months or years to come, you want to give that budget some thought ad think about what really pays off in the long term.


Last, but certainly not least, what kind of warranty are you looking for? Some brand name laptops have started making a comeback recently thanks to just their well-conceived warranty packages. One in particular may not be the best there is out there, but the manufacturer offers on-site support for enterprise users. If you’re buying those laptops for your employees, this is going to mean hefty savings and less of a headache in the long run. Another laptop manufacturer offers servicing and support almost anywhere in the world and within five days – their target audience are obviously business travelers and if you travel abroad for work frequently, you’ll happily take them up on that offer, even though their products are more standard and less top of the line.

Are you looking for a longer warranty or do you really not care because you only plan on using this thing for a few weeks of a few months? Then disregard the warranty and go for the best low-cost choice you find. Either way, your needs, purpose, and budget all culminate right here with the warranty duration and scope. And now you’re all set to make a purchase.