Tech Shopping: Feature Gadget OR Performance Gadget?


Gadgets: Features or Performance?

“8MP Camera with LED flash, 1Ghz Dual Core Processor, 512 MB RAM, AMOLED display, Android 2.3 (Grrh.. should have been able to  boot two OSs), Capacitive Multi Touch Screen, QWERTY Keyboard. I want a “Power Packed” phone.” Excuse me if I missed to mention some other necessary specifications. Somebody was asking me for a phone that has all these features. Phone or computers, whenever we are up for gadget shopping we want to ‘buy’ as many features as we can. Let’s see what makes a good gadget, the features or the performance?

Simplicity in Design:

A friend once asked me, ” Do you get bored of the Google’s Home Page design?”. No you don’t or perhaps you don’t even care about it! You don’t get bored of simplicity, you only get bored of stylish designs. Let not the fancy styles and extra make up of your new gadget deceive you. Choose a design that is simple and would look fresh even after a year!

Simplicity in Use:

Why do people love the iPod and the iPhone? You’d say because of the “Apple Hype”. But what/who creates the “Apple Hype”? Steve Jobs? Why is he able to do that? It’s because Apple products are easy to use. You can use them straight out of the box, without reading the product manual. Go back to an Apple Keynote, and you’ll see they always talk about what your new Apple toy can do, and little details on it’s features. Features tell, Benefits Sell!

Technology should simplify things, not complicate them.

The Speedometer:
Fasten your seat belts. Speed!  More Speed! More Speed! Arghh.. Crash!  High processing speeds would definitely not crash your system but why go for a Core i7 when you can work even on a Core i3 processor.  Agreed, new applications need good horse power to run  but adding more cores to the processor doesn’t really affect the performance of your application after a certain limit.

Our Obsession with the Mega Pixels:
Phones, laptops, tablets, PCs – camera’s have crept everywhere and we need the camera’s with the most mega pixels in it. Why not buy a good digital camera then? A good camera comes with a good lens, one that has enough size to capture good number of photons and give you a high resolution picture.   So a 5MP camera with a good lens may be as good as a 8MP one with an ordinary lens.

Critics and their stars:
The stars of the gadgets are in danger after Mr. Critic has given his ruling.

1- I tried it for two minutes on the go and it’s pathetic.

2- I haven’t used the gadget.  I am reviewing after reading some other reviews on the internet!

3- I like it. (Because everyone in the international market does).

4- Amazing. My “personal” favourite.

5 – The Company is our main sponsor. How can you neglect this product?

I am not against critics. But I don’t like the way they rate the products. They never analyze the performance of the gadgets. The rating comes out the next day of the product launch. How can you review something that you have just used for a few minutes perhaps.!

It could be a better idea to look at video reviews, reviews from users or the ones which come feature in reputed media.

What I didn’t mean?
I definitely didn’t mean  that go for an old model of your gadget that did wonderfully well years back. I didn’t mean bag all the good old technology and get it for a cheaper rates!

What I really meant?
The moral of the story is that trade features for performance. Sacrifice on a feature if it’s no use to you! Choose something that performs betters.  Say if it’s a portable device – it has a better battery. It is lighter and easy to carry. If it’s a phone and you already have a good digital camera, neglect the camera specs.

Your investment on features must yield some good performance!