I’ve been following tech since I was a teenager. It began with the “What’s New” section of Popular Science. The computer part of my history officially began in 1984 when I was selling IBC-PCs and MS-DOS.
You don’t want to be using the best technology. You want to use good technology that is used by the most number of people. Case in point: the “best” technology for phones is Windows Phone. But I think it would be a mistake for the average person to buy a Windows Phone at this time. Instead I recommend Android or iPhone.
The big marketing engines want you to become a tech religious zealot. Apple wants you to think that they are cool and hip and you shouldn’t use anything else. Google wants you to think that they are “open” and that “closed” systems like Apple are evil. Microsoft want you to think that they rule the Enterprise and using anything at work that’s not Microsoft means you are not secure. Some of it is true and some of it is just sowing FUD (Fear, uncertainty, and doubt).
So what do I do? I try to make informed, objective decisions regardless of the platform. My current tech includes an Android phone, an iPad, and a Windows 7 laptop. Recommendations:
- Talk to trusted friends.
- Read peer reviews. I love the reviews on Amazon and sites like it. And now, at least on Amazon, you can ask questions of the reviewers.
- Read reviews from the experts.
- Go look for yourself. My daughter had narrowed her choices of cell phones to the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4. She had done steps 1-3 and then we went to the store. She picked the S4. When we got home she said “does anyone ever look at these side by side?”
- Pick tech you like that is used by the most people (especially is you are making a decision for your firm). I know of a firm that was going to be the first firm in the nation to use a particular 3rd party add-in to make MS SharePoint work as their DMS (document management system). The project failed. I know FileSite is not perfect but many firms use it. Side note: I think we will see many firm make the switch to Net Documents over the next few years.
I would love to see someone really hit a home run with a tablet that could be used for work and play. What about you? What would the ideal tablet look like for you (not who would make it ☺)?