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Are you still an early adopter?

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When it comes to phones, being an early adopter isn’t so risky anymore. After all, we’re several generations into all of the most popular, and even the less popular, device lineages. The Galaxy S7 launched earlier this year, as did the LG G5 and HTC 10. Still to come we’ve got a new iPhone, probably the iPhone 7, and even before that Motorola will probably unveil some new flagships, maybe called the Moto Z this time around.

These are all devices that have a long line of predecessors, something to build off of, and plenty of features that are present in today’s devices that will be improved in one way or another in the next iteration.

There are still devices out there that offer the opportunity to be an early adopter, of course. Recently that’s a big push for virtual reality (VR), with devices from HTC and Facebook/Oculus. Samsung’s got its own headset, and now Google will let VR early adopters jump onto the bandwagon thanks to Daydream.

Google even showed that you can be an early adopter of one of its biggest features to date, its conversationally tuned digital personal assistant called, aptly, Assistant. It’s a big new deal for Google, present in a variety of its products, but it will obviously have some growing pains out of the gate, with plenty of room to grow in the future.

Buying a phone at launch day, the Big Day, is really the only way to consider yourself an early adopter in the smartphone market.

Even with the fact that there’s plenty of information to go on with past handsets to build new ones, not everything is going to be perfect, and some things might be flat-out broken. Buying a phone on launch day means running the risk that you might run into issues with the hardware and/or software, and depending on how long you’ve been entrenched in buying new pieces of technology you’ve probably heard, at least once, “Well, you should’ve waited for the reviews!”

Or something similar to that.

There’s something legitimately pretty great about getting something on launch day. Even if that means waiting in lines to get it. You can show it off, sure, but there’s also the possibility that if you don’t get it on launch day you might have to wait days, weeks even, before you can finally make it yours. The folks that want a phone at launch have their reasons. And the people who don’t have their reasons for avoiding those devices right out of the gate.

And that’s what’s grabbed my curiosity. The people who actively avoid being early adopters, and who have done so consistently over the years. I can admit that I’ve slowed down in a big way on early adopting a lot of different devices, but I still want the phone(s) I want on launch day. That’ll probably never change.

So how about you? Are you the person that doesn’t care about getting a phone at launch, or even close to it? Have you always avoided being an early adopter, and if so, why? Or will you always be an early adopter? Let me know!

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