April 3, 2007

Time to upgrade

It is time. I believe I'll begin with the camera, then move onto the iPod, the cell phone and then computer. It has come to my attention that all of my technology, save my digital recorder, are ready to move on to other owners.

My Fuji, though a battery sucker, has served me well. My photos are big and beautiful. I thank thee.

My CD player jumps like an overactive Mexican bean. You are the weakest link...Good bye.

The cell phone...ah, the cell phone, is costly for its minute-by-minute charges. Au revoir Virgin Mobile.

And finally, the computer. My Dell, once high fashion and amazing, is too large for travel. I hesitate to think that I'll be taking fast flights home every holiday from school, so I need something that I can work on while traveling. I can't believe I'm writing this, but I think I'm going to buy a Mac. I may even splurge for the MacBook Pro because NYU has a great student rate. I'm really worried about software, though. And I have four years of stuff on this computer that I'll have to save on Box or something.

Does anyone have any suggestions for buying cameras, computers, cell phones or iPod purchases? Tips, photos, whatever. I need some direction.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 3, 2007 8:50 AM | TrackBack

All of this is excellent news. Amanda is deserving of some new tech. Totally necessary from what I know as well.

Camera: don't buy Kodak. I'm currently experiencing technical difficulties beyond my patience (with both the camera and the tech support--I'm waiting for my OfficeMax warranty to kick in so they'll give me better service). Get one with a Lithium battery and an SD memory card.

Computer: go for the Macbook. Not sure you need the Pro (the cost is much higher, though they just started using the newest Intel processor like today... you'll need to think about if you really need all the perks of the Pro). I think you could be fine with the Macbook--both my brother Jacob and sister Katrina have 'em in black and love 'em. :) Get a big hard drive though. No doubt you'll need that.

Cell phone: Verizon. The "in" calling is by far the best thing ever if people you call frequently also have Verizon. I love it and I love my little LG phone--if you pay the little insurance fee they'll replace your phone no questions asked if it has a problem. I already used this handy feature of the contract. And they have good service.

iPod: if you don't need the screen, you can save big $. I don't know if you saw mine on our NYC rendezvous, but I have one of the newest shuffles--and I couldn't be happier! I found that with my iPod mini I really used the shuffle feature most and didn't really need the heft of the screen and extra memory. The little guy holds about 200 songs and it's quite wearable with its built-on clip. You can see it if you want :)

That's my take. You're welcome to chat with me any time (but you knew that!). :-D

Posted by: Karissa at April 4, 2007 11:47 PM

Thanks, Karissa. I've been adding up software that I am going to need, and I'm thinking about a MacBook now, too. :-D

Also, I noticed that Apple has some refurbished iPods and such. Have you heard anything about their quality?

Posted by: Amanda at April 5, 2007 11:37 AM

Yeah, they do refurbishing. It's usually a good deal (though there have been some mentions of problems, but that's with anything that's used). If you're going to get an iPod with a screen, I personally would drop the cash for a new one since they tend to be more reliable on the whole (newer technology, software, etc.). I almost went for a refurbished one when I was looking to replace my mini. You should take a look at the discussion boards they have for all the Apple products: http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa

Very interesting and helpful stuff there. You can learn a lot, and it's where I go first when I have any questions about anything Apple.

Posted by: Karissa at April 5, 2007 1:28 PM

I've got a Wal-Mart vending machine phone, so I can't help you there. I'm happy with my 3-year-old Dell subnotebook, but in part that's because I have a powerful desktop computer at work and a decent year-old computer at home.

The most recent technology purchase that I really shopped around for was my digital camera, which is, I think, a Canon PowerShot. I've been deliriously happy with it.

Even when I was a teenager, I never was in the habit of listening to music. Sometimes I listen to books on CD, or podcasts, and my PalmOS PDA is good enough for that.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 5, 2007 11:07 PM
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