When you think about it, any new piece of tech creates so much for people other than the customer. It creates jobs, even more tech, connectivity and a whole slew of fashionable and not-so fashionable accessories that can give your device that little oomph of style.
But before you end up buying something for your gadget that costs more than the gadget itself (hey, it’s your money), here are some tips for you to know:
1. Make sure it’s compatible with your device. This may be a no-brainer, but it’s always good to make sure. Especially with iPad and iPhone generations. Sometimes, the dimensions may be the same but the placement of buttons isn’t. If you really want a certain design but the button slots don’t fit right, at least make sure that you can still actually press the buttons. Even if the case packaging claims that it fits different generations of devices, you have to make sure that the slight millimeter differences are okay with you. Check if it moves within the case or if it’s too tight,
2. Think about how you want to use the device. When you look at your tablet or phone, what do you usually do with it? Do you use it to read? Do you use it to watch videos? Take pictures? Play games? Manage your virtual office? Your accessories should be able to enhance the functions you use most of the time. Buy a thumb pad if you want to play games. Get a wireless keyboard if you like to write on your tablet. Get a battery pack if you want longer battery life.
3. Ask the sales rep if you can try the accessory on first. The best way to know if the accessory you’re planning to buy really is the one you want is if you actually try it on your device. If you want to buy a set of earphones, try them on first so you know if they feel right in your ear. The only way you can be sure that the cable is right for your device is if you actually connected it and the PC successfully. If they can’t let you try the item out, then you’re taking a risk and should probably reconsider the purchase. You can go to other merchants or shops to see if they can let you try the same item at their location. If you need the accessory for a specific app like RingCentral or Instagram, make sure that the app runs while the accessory is plugged in.
4. Keep track of how many accessories you already have.
Even if your device is portable such as a tablet or a phone, if you have too many accessories for it you may be carrying a lot more than you actually think. The point of small gadgets and devices is to be portable. But if you get a tripod, a keyboard, speakers, a battery pack and wireless drive just for your device, maybe it’s better to bring the laptop. At least it’s only one device.