2014年6月15日托福独立写作题目：Question: Some people prefer to buy technological devices as soon as they are available to the public, while other people prefer to wait. Which do you prefer and why? Please include specific details in your answer.
I love getting my hands on new technology devices such as smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles. However, I am just a poor student with not much extra spending money. People in my situation have but one choice when it comes to purchasing new tech toys: wait. However, there are a few benefits to having to wait to buy these highly desired gadgets. Specifically, safety and waiting until the bugs are worked out.
When new tech products are ready for the public to purchase, people wait in lines to try and get their hands on them. I am reminded of the time Apple was releasing a new iPhone in Beijing. People waited in line and even arrived the previous day to line up overnight. When morning arrived and the store doors opened people were so excited and eager to get an iPhone that they were practically fighting each other for the last one. In fact, there was so much pushing that one of the glass doors broke and a security guard was injured. For me, avoiding the frenzy that new tech products can elicit is worth the wait. I would much rather wait a few months for the hype to die down and order online, from the safety of my dorm room, rather than try and struggle to purchase one on the product launch day.
Another reason that I prefer waiting to buy technological devices is that new devices often have a lot of bugs. These bugs and defects could be related to software or hardware and sometimes they pose security threats to personal data. Another iPhone related example was when the iPhone 4 was released. After hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people bought the iPhone it was discovered the phone’s antenna was faulty which caused poor reception and dropped calls. Apple said that it would fix the problem free of charge for all customers who had already purchased the phone. The repair processes, however, required customers to first mail in their phone and then wait while the antenna was swapped out with a working one. Understandably, this made a lot
of customers upset because it meant that they would have to be without a phone for quite some time. If they had waited a week or two after the initial launch, they could have completely avoided this headache.
While some people love being the first one of their friends to own a new technological device, I have never been terribly motivated to be one of those people. My poverty and limited spending money has a silver lining: I will never have to compete with the fanatical masses that wait in line overnight, nor will I have a defective product that needs instant repair.
Technology is advancing so rapidly in the past decades that new and amazing electronics are replaced by even newer and more advanced devices within the blink of an eye. It seems that everybody is always waiting in lines to buy the latest iPhone or Play Station. I myself am a technophile and invariably being attracted to these marvelous high-tech objects, but when comes to the actually purchasing, I prefer to think twice.
To say it simply, not that I love all these new gadgets less, but that I love the practicality more. The ever-changing nature of science always reminds me that it is improbable to keep up with the trend of technology. Also in my studies, I typically don't need to rely on the latest technology to finish my assignments. Sometimes I use electronic databases to do research, but I usually can find what I'm looking for in the school library. I also have no use for the latest smartphone. I hardly use all the features on my normal phone, so I can imagine having all of those fancy applications would just be a waste of battery.
In addition, often when new products are released, they always have a few minor malfunctions. When those problems are discovered, usually the company fixes them and releases an upgraded or relatively flawless version. If there is a new product that I want to buy, I always wait for the second version of the device. That way I can avoid the hassle of spending a lot of money on something that doesn't work entirely well. I prefer to wait to buy a new product, because I don't want to buy a faulty device.
Even after the release of the upgraded version, I still prefer to wait a little longer before I buy it. Usually when there is a new product on the market, the excessive demands lead to a surge in the price which is so high that sellers can raise the prices high above the market value of the product. Since everybody wants the latest iPhone, nobody seems to care that it is so expensive when it is first released. Unlike everybody else, I like to wait a little bit longer. In most cases, the prices of the technological devices will significantly reduce after only 6 months. I would like to buy the latest technology at that time because I can save money that way.
By waiting to buy the latest technological devices, I can avoid buying something that will not be very useful to me, buying something that will break easily, or spending too much on it.