Most of us have experienced it at some point: the buyers’ remorse that comes after rushing out, waiting in line, and shelling out our hard-earned cash for the newest gotta-have-it tech that turns out to be a disappointment.
It is an easy error to commit in a world where having the latest tech and being ahead of trends can keep you ahead in life. And with major corporations churning out head-turning gadgets a mile a minute, it can be difficult to know which tech is worth the splurge and which ones you should skip.
2013 has been rife with rumors of tech that looks like it stepped straight out of a Sci-Fi film, but which ones will really be available for purchase, and more importantly, which ones are worth your money?
Rethinc has a list of some of the biggest tech gadgets circling the rumor mill, and details for potential buyers.
If you have been holding off on buying the iPhone 5, it might be worth it to hold out a little longer. According to buyersguide.com, if Apple follows its own trends, consumers can expect a new and less buggy version this fall. The 5s will probably be a minor upgrade to the current version. So if you already have an iPhone 5, this one might not be worth running out and buying.
Rumor has it that this model might have a bigger screen and be thinner than the iPad 4. But bear in mind that a bigger screen with less room for a bigger battery could be an inconvenience. Photos leaked in early April of what could be the front bezel of the fifth generation iPad. Some have claimed that Apple is shooting for an October release, but Digitimes claims that potential buyers might see the iPad 5 as early as July or August.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced that techies itching to get their hands on the glasses of the future can look for them sometime within a year. It is a fair bet that Google Glass will be a pricy addition to anyone’s tech arsenal (early users paid $1,500). So unless you have a use for these already in mind, it might be better to wait on buying.
Amazon Kindle Phone
Rumors of an Amazon Kindle Phone are nothing new. Amazon recently purchased British startup Evi Technologies, further igniting rumors. A new smartphone for Amazon would most likely tap into their existing services, but with details so scarce, even if Amazon announces a Kindle Phone, it might be best to wait until the bugs are worked out.
BlackBerry announced that the Q10 will come to Canada on May 1st and the US sometime afterward. Boasting the BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard, the phone could bring back speed typing. Other than that, the phone does not seem to have any features a user could not get from the older Z10 model. The Q10 could be the phone that catapults BlackBerry back to success, or it could be the company’s last gasp. Unless you have a need for a full keyboard, the Q10 might not offer anything new for smartphone users.