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Upgrade time has finally come. You head to the local carrier store to pick up the phone you've been reading rumors and news about for months. All of the tech sites' reviews are up and the phone is decidedly the "best of the best" by unanimous decision. You bite the bullet, sign the contract and swipe your card. You get home that night and begin to skim headlines, only to find that the next iteration of the phone you just bought has already been leaked and is rumored for release not too far down the road.

It is easy to be tempted to return the new phone and wait it out for the successor, but that will only cause several more months of anxiety and anticipation – something that you have already endured for long enough. On top of that, if you wait it out, the same thing might (and likely will) happen again. It's perpetual and inescapable.

We have all been there and it's extremely frustrating. Months ago, this was only a problem in the PC and cell phone markets. More recently, however, this has become a problem in the tablet space, too.

I ordered my ASUS Eee Pad Transformer at the end of April; it finally came in the mail in mid-May. We are now coming to a close in June and there is already talk of the next iteration of the Transformer by Fall (October at the earliest). The Tegra 3 quad-core processor of the rumored tablet will put my current dual-core tablet to shame. Just like Alex predicted, I am about as happy as a clam right now.

This also happened to me with the original Galaxy Tab, except the rumors of the second-gen Galaxy Tab were already spreading by the time I had logged into my Google account and updated my RSS feeds on my Tab, early on launch day. In fact, I hadn't even left the store with the Tab yet before I read a headline containing "Galaxy Tab successor." There has also been talk of a successor to the Motorola XOOM, which has only been out since the end of February.

As fast as devices are being updated and evolving, it should come as no real surprise. While it isn't exactly what we want, in essence, we are getting what we have asked for: bigger, better and "badder" technology. The problem is, manufacturers are taking baby steps and releasing devices with each tiny stride.

Being a luxury item, tablets are a much larger investment that customers generally have a harder time pulling the trigger on. Signing a two-year contract and paying roughly $200 for a phone that you will use numerous times every single day is one thing. A tablet, which only acts as a supplementary device in most cases, will set you back $400 to $900. Even with a two-year agreement, tablets still run in the ballpark of $500 to $600. This is an entirely different story.

I'm at peace with the cell phone market and numerous phones releasing each month. If you haven't accepted the fact that most phones are irrelevant before they ever hit the market, you're likely going to be disappointed with your next phone rather quickly. But making this adjustment for tablets isn't going to come easy. I have a keen liking for the blown-up smartphones and like to stay ahead of the tablet curve, since I no longer can with phones. With their production slowly catching up to that of phones, this, too, will be impossible.

What say you, pups? Am I just tablet-crazed? Do I simply have a problem with compulsive buying and the constant need to stay ahead? Or is this super fast innovation and production of mobile devices getting out of hand?


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Celestino Rodriguez
Celestino Rodriguez Want a cheap tablet just get a Nook Color and root it!
Dylan Hillard
Dylan Hillard blackberry playbook <3 I WANT IT :P
Harry Grinsell
Harry Grinsell I just want an affordable tablet
Nyle Ahmed
Nyle Ahmed Nah speed this up a bit
Rolando Candanosa
Rolando Candanosa They are making the same tablets over and over just changing the looks and name.
Gabriel Ruppert
Gabriel Ruppert Yes.
Kody Lanes
Kody Lanes Just leave the tablet game to the pros Samsung & to a lesser extent apple, the rest are TRASH!!!
Gabriela Gamino
Gabriela Gamino Yes!!! I don't even have one!!!
Luis Arturo Batista Aquino
Luis Arturo Batista Aquino yes they should slow.... and also the smartphone manufacturer
Julian Casio Santana King
Julian Casio Santana King No. Just lower prices
Will Gamache
Will Gamache I think that capitalism will drive innovation, so there's no slieing any of it down. Its futile to wait to buy, it will always be like this. Buy ipad!
Kathy Cook
Kathy Cook I have a comment that hasn't been mentioned here as to why they need to slowdown.....how about overflowing landfills! Same goes for tv's, computers, games, etc. These products need to be made more sturdier and to last longer and these companies need to stop coming out with newer versions ever year! Every 2-3 yrs is good enough!
Robert Marzuco
Robert Marzuco Great article as always. It isn't just tablets though, it is smartphones also. Its getting ridiculous how fast some of these companies are releasing phones these days. Its like every 2 months now.
Zach Ortstadt
Zach Ortstadt Nope. Just keep going. I'm just gonna wait a year for the tablets to become amazing and THEN buy one.
David Seaton
David Seaton Let the tablet makers keep going, the best will remain and the worst will be forced out. There are enough out there for every need and budget right now.
Gerardo Daniel Barahona
Gerardo Daniel Barahona Yes because everytime u buy one then another one comes out and then u don't have enough to buy the next one
Anthony Church-Inez
Anthony Church-Inez But tablets are for a certain niche that netbooks or phones or laptops or desk tops can't fit into, and the big touch screen is a very nice benefit. So its what the consumer wants in a device. If they want a netbook, they get one, if they want a phone or a tablet, they get that, if they want a computer, they get that. Honeycomb is also a very nice os and I personnaly wouldn't trade my gslate for an ipad or bb playbook ever.
Sonya Williams
Sonya Williams Oversaturating the market isn't good. People will eventually get sick of trying to keep up with the newest thing. I know I gave up about a year ago, just not worth the money, just gonna be outdated in a month.
Sunny Patel
Sunny Patel I think that the tablet productions are ok, its the phone manufactures that are producing to much....htc, lg, and samsung are rolling out phone s like there's no tomorrow and it takes the specialty away from them...
Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez @Chris Pena: I wouldn't say make them cheaper, because we all know that's highly unlikely at this point. Instead, you should be able to trade in your device for money or money off the next device. Like what Logitech does with their products or what Blackberry does with their Trade In Program.
Christopher Pena
Christopher Pena Make them cheaper, kind of hard to justify a purchase of one when you can get a pretty decent netbook for the same price.
Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez I think consumers need to just stop and think about what they really want in a device and stick to it. I know I fall into that category too and I'm starting to acknowledge it. Which is why I plan on finding one phone that satisfies my needs and I'm going to stick with it. I still haven't found a tablet that catches my eye though.
Pierre Bossforthecause Ware
Pierre Bossforthecause Ware Yesss definitely I want a galaxy tab but im sure it be outdated by august or a 3G version will come out just as thin
Hans Jaramillo
Hans Jaramillo There aren't that many Honeycomb tablets out there. Mostly Froyo tablets. There's only one BB tablet and two iOS tablets.
Erman Guido
Erman Guido Yes too many on the market, it's annoying.
Thomas Andreasson
Thomas Andreasson The phone makers should!
Krystafer Ferrell
Krystafer Ferrell i cheap good tab is all i want
Kaylee Sill
Kaylee Sill Ull buy 1 then a were weeks later there's a new 1
Bob Camba
Bob Camba For real
Hansel Starley
Hansel Starley Yes and yes.




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