Our technology today is used for work, education, research, communication, getting directions, purchasing, receiving and giving money…, the list goes on and on. We also use it to save the most important moments in our life through notes, pictures or video. Which device is best for you? Apple, Microsoft, Android? There are so many options with a huge range in price and capabilities. If that’s not bad enough, technology is constantly changing!
It’s ok! Let’s figure out what you need without breaking your bank! Sometimes it’s better to pay more and buy a better device but sometimes your budget makes the choice for you. Either way we don’t want to make a decision we later regret. Think twice, buy once! Therefore to get you started you should answer three very important questions to make your travels a success!
1.What am I FAMILIAR with?
2.What are my NEEDS?
3.What are my WANTS?
- What is my destination like regarding electronics?
FIRST, what do you use NOW regarding electronics? Stick with what you’re familiar with! You don’t need to reinvent the wheel! Don’t change unless there is an important reason to do so. Each company makes their own devices and they don’t always communicate well with other companies’ devices, so it’s useful to keep as much of it as you can the same.
Apple uses ios (phones), and OSX (laptop/macbook).
Microsoft uses Windows (phones & laptops)
Android uses a form of linux (phones & laptops)
If you don’t understand that, don’t worry.
This is the self analysis section. I will start you out with a few questions but only you will be able to ask the right questions because of your unique situation.
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But for those who feel they just need to be pointed in the right direction, here we go!
- Make a list of your needs and make a list of your wants. Remember needs are things required to survive. To get you started with your own list here are some examples of questions you should ask yourself. You may need to ask more questions depending on your situation.
What are my Needs?
What electronics does my work require? Ask your employer for specific specs
What software/apps do I need for work and general use?
How will I communicate with work, family, friends each day?
What will I need when traveling to get information, communicate, translate, and purchase?
Is having an internet connection needed? If so, what is the slowest I can survive on? What is internet speed?
Do I need a good camera where I am going and what are the min specs needed?
Do I need a laptop? Do I need a tablet? Do I need a phone? Do I need to upgrade my current devices?
How much memory will I need for my files/pictures/apps? If I lose my device will my world collapse? Do I have irreplaceable things on them?
How much money do I have to spend on Electronics? (This is an important question that you want to really examine accurately. You want to be reasonable but also give yourself the most flexibility possible. Don’t be cheap but honestly evaluate what is the max amount of money you can spend so you have boundaries to work within)
What are my Wants?
Will my device be used for entertainment as well?
Do I want to take high resolution pictures or videos?
How big do I want my screen to be?
Do I want to be low key or flashy?
Do I want an all-in-one device?
How long will my device need to last?
What type of product do I want (apple, android, windows)?
There are also questions you will need to ask about the place you are moving to! (Like What?) Your needs are not optional. If your needs cannot be met where you are going, you may want to look into other destinations or you might take a second look at what you really need and see if you can eliminate what you can’t have. Here are some questions to consider about where you’re going.
How good is the internet?
How do I purchase the internet?
What is the crime like in that area?
What type of electronics are used by the majority of the people where I am going?
What voltage is used there?
How expensive is using your phone and how do you buy minutes?
Now that you have the idea of what to ask, make your own list of questions and answers.
We will discuss in the following article:
What devices should you choose?
When and where should I buy my electronics?
How to transport my devices with minimum risk of loss or paying fees?
What if I lose or break my device?