Gadgets to Use - and Lose

by Melissa Brunner

If you're always the last one to jump on the gadget trend, like I am, then you might find a New York Times article posted on Yahoo! today interesting. It lists which high-tech gadgets you'll want to keep and which you really don't need.

Topping the list to lose - your desktop computer. Unless you do a lot of gaming or video editing, they say, a laptop has all the power you'll need with a lot more flexibility. The article does say to keep your high-speed internet at home, citing the data limitations on most other services.

A couple items on the list seem to contradict. They say you can ditch your point-and-shoot camera, saying the cameras on your cell phone take a decent quality picture with an easy ability to share through email and apps. However, the next paragraph says to ditch your camcorder because most digital SLR cameras are also equipped to shoot HD-quality video, and, if you don't care about quality, your smartphone will do.

There is one interesting item on the "keep" list - books! While e-readers are all the rage, even these techhies say there's no substitute for good old-fashioned ink-on-paper, available for free at the local library!

Read the list - GPS and music players also make their "toss" list - and let me know if you agree. What tech item can you not live without?

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