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Price of picking in-transition models

, posted: 13-Feb-2007 10:12

Windows Vista is here to stay... Newer and more affordable, better-spec'ed UMPCs are on the way. Windows Mobile 6 and WinMo6 Devices are announced recently in Barcelona at 3GSM... All the mentioned are new and shiny... but yet there are many people that recently upgraded or purchased some "in-transition" products which use the recently-replaced/superceded inner-core. For the one like myself, I just got a new cellphone replacing my imate Smartphone2 from 2 years ago, in mid-November. I also took a plunge in picking up TabletKiosk i7210 in mid November to replace my laptop. But today, I feel slightly more regretful for having to make the decision back in November to leap into the two purchases I had. Don't get me wrong, both my UMPC and Jasjam performs great and I made great use out of both of them. But what's letting me down is the lack of potential future offering. As of a week or two ago, I learned that my UMPC (or TabletKiosk) does not take part in Windows Vista Express Upgrade programme, which rendered my frustration on "why was I told that Windows Vista upgrade may be available" when I made the purchase for my i7210... should have hold out longer for Fujitsu's P1610 instead... Newer UMPCs are smaller, and perhaps more battery-friendly then 1st generation UMPC... Oh well, that decision has been made... move along. Secondly, with WinMo 6 becoming available in coming months and few nice products been announced. Like Toshiba's G910 which support 800x480 resolution and with similar features as JasJam... and even more appealling is its support for multiple resolution, like 320x320 too which one can predict it will appear on Palm's Treo 780 perhaps (purely speculation)? What does this all mean to my still-very-new-in-fact-just-not-too-old-JasJam? Will imate be offering an offer to upgrade to WinMo 6 for us JasJam users? Anyhow, like with most things... Any purchases we made will ultimately be de-valued the moment you start using them, and there will always be newer products just around the corner. So should we hold up our purchase and hoping for newer models to become available, or for that special sales? Or should we bite the bullets and get what we can afford today and bite it even harder when new models are just released the next week... Hmmm...





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Comment by freitasm, on 13-Feb-2007 10:31

If you are buying something to solve a need, go for it now, because delaying a purchase will only delay solving the probile. But if you are buying something for personal satisfaction and an update is around the corner, better wait. Of course "wait" is a problem, because better, faster, bigger will always be in the horizon...


 


Author's note by chiefie, on 13-Feb-2007 10:45

Looking back at my decision I made... it was both a mixture of solving needs and grasping the opportunity to try new gadgets. It was a great decision when I made it, and it still serves me great as I use them more and becoming quite an integral part of my life. However if I was able to go back and rethink about my decision, I would have hold up a bit longer. Anyhow, no harm done... decision made but the usage has been well worth. Certainly hope to see Imate would consider an OS upgrade for JasJam. Would be good to have WinMo 6, but it's not a killer-must-have need. :-)


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