A Few Things to Keep in Mind…

Looking for that perfect mobile device, but just can’t decide on which one to get? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the options displayed in various Black Friday ads?

Well, here’s a few things to keep in mind while doing your holiday shopping.

1. Cost — When looking to purchase a tablet, keep in mind who it’s going to and how much it would cost to repair. As many brands are marketing the best tablet yet, consider the repair costs if it were to break. So many of these tablets are not cost effective to fix. So yes, you may be getting a ‘steal of a deal’ on Black Friday, but if that ‘steal of a deal’ gets a shattered screen, you could probably buy a brand new tablet (or two) for the price it would be to fix. In our experience an iPad is a better investment because they can be easily repaired and the resale value is better when you decide to upgrade.

2. Phones — If you’re debating between an iPod and an iPhone, consider the phone. Especially if you’re buying for a child. Apple designed iPods to be ‘throw-aways,’ but depending on the repair and the storage space (GB) of the device, it may not be cost effective to repair. Yes, it can be done, but by the time it’s all said and done it could be cheaper to buy a brand new one. Whereas, with a phone, you’d be getting all the benefits of an iPod plus it’s easily repaired. You’d also be able to download the ‘Find my Friends’ app, which allows you to keep tabs on your children at all times. This is especially helpful if your child says one thing but goes somewhere else.

3. Cases — Just because you put a protective case over your device does not mean it’s indestructible. Yes, they protect the device somewhat but if you drop it just so, it’s going to break. It doesn’t matter what case is on it. We’ve seen breaks in all major brands on cases, however we see a lot of breaks when a child takes it out of the case “just for a second.”

4. Insurance — Would you like to purchase the 2-year warranty for $59.99? How many times have you been in the check out line when the cashier asks that question? There are a couple of things to think about before hitting the sales.

  • Insurance through your wireless carrier — Consider how much your monthly coverage is going to cost you. Do you have to pay a deductible when you make a claim? What does the insurance cover? Many companies charge around $9.00/month, which adds up to $108/year. And don’t forget to read the fine print. Most companies also charge an additional $100-200 deductible. So if you break your precious iPhone screen after one year, you just spent $200-300 for that screen replacement when your local repair shop would have charged $100.

Stocking Stuffers

  • Insurance through your mass retail store — These plans are often something to consider when purchasing a computer or tablet. Typical plans for a tablet would run around $50 for a 2-year service plan. On most devices, with the exception of mobile phones, there is not a deductible. A mobile phone might run you $130 plus $49/claim. If you anticipate breaking your phone more than once this might be the plan for you.
  • No insurance — If you have a good track record with your devices you might opt to keep that money in your pocket. If you do run into an issue with your device contact 815 Media and we can hook you up!

When you do decide on that perfect tablet, consider a few stocking stuffers such as our four-foot Belkin Lightning to USB Cables compatible with any lightning adapter iOS device for $18 plus tax, which is considerably cheaper than any of our competitors. Or an 815 Media classic tee for $9. These super soft, super awesome shirts come in orange and navy and can be purchased here.