Why Cheap Electronics Cost More

I thought I had it all figured out.

I researched. I read reviews. I read more reviews.

I wanted a small tablet. The iPad Mini had just been introduced, and I already had a first gen Kindle Fire for work. But I thought there might be a better way. So my research pointed me to the first gen Nexus 7. I found a good deal on one and I bought it.

I came to love that thing. It became a vital part of my work flow.

Then it started to slow down.

I started seeing reviews of CPU issues, stability issues, and total failures of the devices.

Then, it happened to me.

Multiple crashes. Drive wouldn’t mount. Finally, it wouldn’t even start up in Safe Mode.

Being an unabashed Apple fan, I could attribute this to Android and leave it at that. But by all accounts, the 7 should have been recalled, a fact that could not be grasped by ASUS customer service.

The point?

It’s one thing to get a great deal on a device. But when the device is of a lesser quality, it will fail. And when one comes to rely on said device, the failure is very disconcerting. It feels like the money you saved was eaten up by the time you spent working around a lesser tool.

And there’s the “I’m an idiot” factor. I knew better than to go that route, didn’t I? Who else is to blame for my $250 paperweight of a tablet? No one forced me to buy it.

I’ve learned my lesson. Never again.