The Gadget Cycle

It seems like every couple years, the gadget cycle starts up again. My cell phone, the Sony-Ericsson t68i has been replaced by a succesor (and I’ve decided just to cancel service all together), the digital camera– a Sony DSC-S75 with it’s 3.3 megapixel resolution is now begging to be replaced by a Canon Digital Rebel or something more powerful, my Panasonic PV DV-401 video camera which was once one of the smaller cameras in existance is also seeming pretty antiquated and even my fairly new h1915 iPaq PDA is starting to show it’s age. On top of it all, my laptop, a Dell 1.13ghz Inspiron 8100 is now feeling pretty slow compared to computers that almost triple it’s speed. Yes, I find myself at the end of one gadget cycle and wanting to begin another.

I think it would be cool if there was a plan you could get on that would always assure you to have the latest and greatest gadgets. You pay a certain amount each month and when a new model comes out (either that or at a set interval) you are automatically upgraded to the newer device when you send in your old one. It wouldn’t be a lease–you’d own them so if you broke it or lost it, oh well, that’s the end of that. I’m sure there’d be a market for this type of plan… anyone know of a company that does it already?