I just have to throw this out there. It AMAZES me how different 5 years in the technology field means in the real world.
Back in 2009, my husband and I purchased our first flatscreen Toshiba 40″ LCD television. It was top of the line and we paid around $1200 USD after taxes. At the time, that was one of the mid-high level televisions. Well, this past year we upgraded to a Sharp 60″ Aquos television WITH a 2-year warranty (we have a busy bee 2 year old so it was necessary!) and we only paid $850 USD after taxes. WHAT?!?! That in itself just blows me away!!!!! From a 40″ to a 60″ and we paid $350 USD LESS!!
Today, my husband and I both purchased the same budget-friendly laptop from Toshiba. It’s a “cheaper” laptop, but it has a good processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. We have so many other electronics so these laptops are really just our “toys.” Well, back in 2008 I bought a “cheap” laptop for school and it cost us $1000 USD after taxes. Guess how much we paid for TWO laptops? Our grand total was $535.98…for TWO laptops. That is just insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not to mention the speed of processors, the increase in RAM, and hard drive space. I just can’t believe you can get a laptop with 1TB and more on it. Windows 8 is pretty nifty with apps instead of having to go on a browser to reach certain pages. I currently have Facebook, WordPress (obviously), Yahoo! Mail, Twitter, and Pandora running on the laptop. I can easily switch between applications. I NEVER would have thought you could do all of this so flawlessly on a laptop (in case you forgot, my first and only laptop I’ve owned was bought back in 2008 and it was S.L.O.W.).
I remember the very first phone I got for Christmas when I was 16 (back in 2002). It was one of those ugly Nokia phones that had Snakes as the only game. Now, I have a tablet, smartphone, laptop, desktop, video game consoles, 3DS (for my daughter), and all kinds of kitchen gadgets.
On a final note, technology, simply, RULES. lol 😉