Jay asks for input on how to properly spend some gift cash. I shared my opinion, and told him that the iPod touch (which is on his list of possible buys) is my most indispensable electronic gadget. I used to be a faithful Palm PDA user, but the iPod touch is so far superior as a pocket computer that it’s no contest.
As a tech hound, I like to acquire shiny things, but there’s a natural limit to that tendency that is fiscal in nature. I don’t generally buy bleeding-edge gear, since you have to pay a hefty premium to have the newest, fastest, and bestest device in a category–there’s a huge cost jump from “fast and competent” to “fastest on the block”, and you can save a lot of cash if you buy tech that was at the technological spearhead last year.
Here’s your audience participation question of the week: what’s your one electronic gadget that is indispensable to you–the one piece of tech most dear to you?