We live in a world where technology is improving exponentially and is getting cheaper to use. The thing is, the majority of people don’t know how to properly maintain the technology that they own. It’s pretty common for people to buy a new gadget and then have it broken within a matter of months. Or, what’s worse, you have one of the more advanced pieces of technology in the world, and you don’t know how to fix it, or you can’t afford to fix it. It’s easy to let these problems ride on until they become a source of financial strife.

Smartphones are great, but your phone becomes useless when your battery is dead, and you are out of power. The same holds for computers, and it’s always good to look for devices that last for a long time.

Technology has come a long way since the manual typewriter days, and the same goes for the technology that makes it possible. In the early days of computing, your only options were to let your technology last for as long as possible or rewrite the programs yourself for your specific needs. Most tech veterans will tell you that you should have done the latter: the ones that lasted.

When it comes to buying technology, there are a lot of different factors that come into play. It’s important to know what you’re getting when you buy technology to make an educated decision. Doing your research, be it through listening to Tech Podcasts, looking up reviews or speaking to experts, is vital to ensure you make a good purchase. This is why we’re offering this advice.

Here are some tips on how to buy technology that lasts a long time:

  • Tech repairs and upgrades

We have a unique take on the tech industry. We believe that all tech products should have a lifetime guarantee. We have seen too many tech products get let down by their makers that claim “lifetime” warranties, only to find out that the warranty does not cover all the parts of the device. This leads to a broken item and a frustrated consumer. As technology tends to wear out, it is important to have an idea of what to buy and where to buy it. Most people do not know that there is a huge market out there that gives you a chance to try before you buy.

  • Physical durability

Technology is a fickle thing. That’s why we chose to focus on durability, a topic that encompasses both the longevity of the gadget itself as well as its appearance. Durability has always been an issue with smartphones, as they are made primarily of glass and metal, which both degrade with time and wear. In the past, this has been mitigated somewhat by the use of Gorilla Glass and other tough glass, but even that can fracture or crack if dropped or impacted too hard.

  • Watch out for the quality

Spend a lot of money on an expensive set of headphones? They might break after a couple of years of regular use. Why? It might be because the cable used to connect the headphones to your gear is cheap, and the wires inside are made from inferior materials with weak insulation. Or, the quality of your gear’s electronics might be substandard-and they fail after a while. You can’t fault anyone for wanting their technology to last. After all, we have tech that is years (or even decades) old that still functions perfectly, despite being subjected to the elements, being dropped and bumped, being treated roughly, and perhaps even surviving a nuclear holocaust.

When it comes to purchasing technology, you have to think about what you need, but you also have to think about how much you need to spend. Some technology can make your life easier, for example, a GPS navigation system or a smartphone. That’s great, and all, but a lot of those devices come with a hefty price tag. And when it’s time to upgrade, you may not be able to afford the latest and greatest.

Technology has a reputation for breaking down quickly, and it’s easy to see why. Manufacturers often use plastic cases that quickly mould to the shape of your device, and over time the plastic can become brittle and crack. It’s even possible for your gadgets to crack on their own, too, if they’re kept in a humid environment.