Posted by G.B. on May 21, 2013
After more than two decades in the tech industry, I’ve seen countless myths come and go, but some myths are far more pervasive than others. Here are seven of the most pervasive myths that tech companies want you to believe.
Don’t believe them!
- Expensive cables are better than cheap cables.
What’s the difference between a $100 HDMI cable and one that you can pick up from Monoprice for under $2?
Seriously, that’s it. Sure, the company selling you an expensive cable might try to impress you with their 24k gold contacts or bamboozle you with signal timings and other specifications, but at the end of the day if the cable works, it works.
It’s as simple as that.
If you’ve got an extra $100 burning a hole in your pocket that you must spend, then spend that on something that’s actually going to make a difference in your life.
- Smartphone and tablet storage is expensive
Take a look at the pricing for the iPhone 5. The 16GB model costs (without a contract) $649, while the 32GB model is $100 more, and the 64GB version a whopping $200 more.
Want to know how much 16GB or storage costsApple? About $10.
Apple might be selling the 32GB and 64GB models as a premium product, but apart from a few dollars worth of storage, they’re no different to the cheaper model.
And this practice is not confined to Apple either. For example, Google does the same thing with its Nexus smartphone and tablet. These companies are attaching huge price tags to a few bucks worth of additional memory, which is good for their bottom lines, but bad for your pocket.
Think carefully before shelling out for the high capacity version of a smartphone or tablet. Is it actually worth $100 – or more – to you just to be able to carry our all your photos with you?
- X is better than Y, Mac is better than Windows, iOS is better than Android, Xbox is better than PlayStation (or vice versa)
Take it from someone who has used countless different devices, it’s ultimately all down to personal preference.
Some people want to transform consumer electronics brands into a religion. Don’t fall for it. Apple or Windows, Google or Samsung, Canon orNikon, X or Y, at the end of the day they’re all much the same.
- There’s software/a tweak/line of code that will make your PC go faster
Oh boy, this is one that I’ve been coming across for several decades now.
I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve read about some magic bit of software – registry cleaner, RAM optimizer, or something with an equally impressive sounding name – or a tweak or line of code that will transform a sluggish old mule of a PC into a stallion.
There’s only a handful of ways to make your PC noticeably faster:
– Buy a new PC
– Upgrade some hardware – such as the RAM or CPU or hard disk
– Wipe the system and reload the operating system and programs
– Upgrading graphics card drivers (only applicable to gaming)
Everything else falls into the voodoo category, and is not worth wasting your time – or money – on.
- You need to buy an antivirus package
No, you don’t. Here are a handful for Windows:
– AVG Free
– avast Free
– Microsoft Security Essentials
And here are a few for OS X:
– Sophos Antivirus for Mac
– avast! Free for Mac
- If you work with Office documents – Word, Excel, etc – you need Microsoft Office
No, you don’t.
– Google Docs
- CD music is better quality than downloaded tracks
If you can tell the difference – and there are tests you can do to find out – and you’ve got high quality audio hardware, then paying more for CDs may be worth it, but for most people a track downloaded from iTunes or another online music store is more than adequate.