A gadget could be defined in real world terms as a manifestation of any technology, used to satisfy specific needs of human beings, consumers. In simple terms, just another product bought and sold to sate consumer cravings. Well that is in theory only. In practice, people now see gadgets as possessions of a different kind.
From passports in society to fashion symbols, gadgets are seen as everything they were not meant to be. Take the iPod, a fine device, worthy of all the adulation it receives. Still, I can not see how it came to be an icon of technology of our times. I mean it looks cool, it does a good job of playing music and all, but is also one of the most restrictive devices. I mean, transferring files downloading songs and whole experience is so geared to promote Macintosh. Also, the screen is way too small for a portable media player. My point here is not to denigrate the iPod. I only seek to highlight a worrying trend among people, to buy a product for its hype or flaunt value as opposed to its merit. I mean, yes, the iPod is good but there are many other brands and maybe there is another product out there better suited to your specific needs. It is the same story with Linux and Windows users, both consider the other to be useless, without always considering the facts. The next time you buy a gadget – hopefully sometime soon – consider the actual value you derive from it, hype has no intrinsic value.
The author is a blogger who for the past 5 years, has traversed the universe of technology with a special quest for gadgets and games.