What should my next gadget/electronic purchase be?

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  1. cleanup macrumors 68030

    cleanup

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    So I've got a bit of cash to spend. And I'm one of those people who gets antsy if I don't buy some sort of computer component or electrics every once in a while. It's weird because just a few days ago I bought a new laptop but I now I yearn for more digitalness in my world!

    So what's a unique, or useful, or interesting gadget that you happen to own and love? Please don't suggest anything outrageous like a Macbook Air or a 70" TV. I'm a student, and I'd like to keep the purchase under $500 Canadian.

    Things I've considered:

    A used iPhone (first gen)
    A new mouse (the Logitech G7, or a similar gaming-grade mouse with high DPI)
    A DSLR (although being a student I really have little time for photography)
    A nice watch (compared to the pieces of crap I have adorned my wrist with before... most under $50)
    An Apple Wireless Keyboard (if I can get it working with XP... I already have the previous generation wireless keyboard, but I love the slimness of a new one)
    A new iPod nano 16GB (I currently still use a second generation 8GB iPod nano)

    ... or anything you guys can suggest to me? I'd like it to be something new, that I haven't owned before. I have a desktop, I have a laptop, a decent phone (SE W810i), a digital camera, decent headphones (Panasonic RP-HTX7s) and whatnot.

    Basically, what's a gadget purchase you've always been happy with? Maybe I can make a similar purchase.

    Thanks!
     
  2. amemoryoncelost macrumors 6502

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    I'd grab the first gen iPhone. Love mine to death!
     
  3. MST macrumors 6502

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    ^ Ditto, just make sure it's in very good - excellent condition.
     
  4. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    well, you can scratch DSLR off the list then


    anyway yeah i agree go for the used iphone
     
  5. benflick macrumors 68020

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    You can't really go to MacRumors and not expect people to suggest an apple product to you.
    :D
    Anyway, iPhone all the way!:)
     
  6. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

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    Anything from the Blackberry line, not a fan of the iPhone... Oh and $25 donation to MacRumors, I plain on donating next mouth.
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Same here.
     
  8. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Hah, you said mouth:D
    Dude check your spelling more often.
     
  9. jesses macrumors regular

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    he also said plain instead of plan..just saying.:rolleyes:

    +1 for iphone.
     
  10. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

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    I am sure you still know what I met, so I will leave mouth up... So others can get a laugh :rolleyes:
     
  11. heehee macrumors 68020

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    Why do you want the 1st generation iphone instead of the 3G?
     
  12. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Fixed:)
     
  13. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

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    Mmm, okay :rolleyes:
     
  14. cleanup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I am not looking to pay for a data plan, and unlocked iPhone 3Gs range from $600-800 around here. Even an unlocked first-gen iPhone would cost me $300-$400. Clearly overpriced for a phone I'm not going to use to its fullest extent.

    I would like to discourage more iPhone suggestions. I have a decent phone that was recently purchased. I know this is an Apple forum, but can't you guys think of anything else? To be honest I'm getting a bit tired of Apple! Not much innovation going on anymore... just overpriced hardware and nice aesthetics!

    So for everyone who suggested an iPhone, what would your second suggestion be? Try to steer away from Apple hardware, please.
     
  15. Saikou macrumors 6502

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    If I had some money to throw around, I'd probably put it towards a PS3. But if you find there's nothing you've 'just gotta have,' I'd put it towards a future purchase when something comes out that really catches your eye.
     
  16. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    I'd be inclined to go towards the new mouse option. I find it's always nice to have a new one.

    I've recently thrown away my £3 ebay one for a Logitech trackball. Has taken some getting used to but I'm happy with it.
     
  17. spencers macrumors 68020

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    A nice watch.

    edit: Why? will last you longer than tech would.
     
  18. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

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    I two, want a nice watch...
     
  19. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Must be a young crowd.

    No one has said "pacemaker" yet.

    :p
     
  20. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    I see a pattern. Forget tech. Blow it on girls, women, females.

    You there in the back, stop snickering.
     
  21. heehee macrumors 68020

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    You don't have to get he data plan. You can use your existing voice plan. Just call Rogers or Fido to block data so you won't get charged. ;)
     
  22. DigiCatRedux macrumors member

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    I bought one of those nifty "electronic picture frame" displays a couple weeks ago - where it displays pictures off a flash card? one of those things.

    For $130 bucks, it was cheap enough - and the model I found was a decent 8 x 6 inch size. Brightens up the desk a bit, and serves its singular purpose well.
     
  23. cleanup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    But don't they prevent you from purchasing an iPhone at the $199 pricepoint if you don't first sign a contract saying you will pay out the ass ($60+) for an iPhone plan? If you want a different play, you've got to pay the unsubsidized price, no? My existing plan is already $60 after tax and service charges, and I'm only 1 year through a 3 year Fido plan... If I sign up for the 3-year contract to get a $199 iPhone, is that another 3-years or 3 years from now? As in I only have to stay one extra year?
     
  24. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I would always go for accessories like a sleeve, new laptop bag, mouse, etc.



    If you're looking for a watch, buy a Tissot.
     
  25. LiveForever macrumors 6502

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    Save your spare cash- Are you sure there is no credit card or car loan you should pay off.

    Sorry to get personal but I'm being serious, time to hang on to those pennies for what may come.

    Not being sarcastic, honestly but things could go pear, bananna, star fruit shaped if things don't pan out.
     

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