Many of us rely on our phones, tablets and computers everyday. These delicate bits of tech have revolutionised the way we work and play, so much that sometimes it’s hard to go without them. And with brand new tech constantly refreshing the shelves, sometimes it’s also hard to keep up. So what do you do when one of your trusty can’t-live-without devices is broken or becomes too sluggish? Well then, you’re faced with a dilemma: repair your device or replace it.
Here are some points to consider when you reach that fork in the road:
- How broken is it? A little or a lot? While some may see a crack in a phone screen and immediately jump on the latest iPhone, it’s best to resist the urge. Minor problems like a broken screen on your phone, tablet or laptop are almost always worth repairing. Same goes for other small issues like dodgy charging ports and battery issues, which can often be fixed quickly and painlessly for a lot cheaper than replacing your device altogether. However, fixing your device might not be the way to go. Although very little is beyond repair at Technology Traders, it might not be worth your money or time if it your device’s issue is complex, or if it requires multiple repairs.
- Can you cop the downtime? If you decide to repair your device, it’s good to ask your Technology Traders technician how long your repair will take, especially if you don’t have backup devices. For example, if your laptop needs to be fixed, you could be without a computer for as long as the repair takes. And unless you take advantage of cloud storage, a phone repair might momentarily keep you out-of-reach. Replacing your tech, although it might be more costly, would eliminate the downtime caused by repairs.
- But when it comes to replacing tech, transitioning from your old device to a new one comes with its own downtime. The clumsy set-up phase when you’re still sorting out your settings and figuring out the bells and whistles can really hinder productivity. If the repair is quick or convenient, replacing your device might not be worth the hassle.