As technology develops faster and faster, the waves of tech generations get more frequent. For example, you know when you buy an iPhone 5 that there will be an iPhone 6 within the next two to three years. So how to stay ahead? Farhad Manjoo has the answers:

By following a simple strategy, you can get the most out of the digital world while reducing the chance you’ll be burned by a single wrong move. The point is to minimize the danger of getting locked in to any one company’s ecosystem. The strategy also ensures that you can easily move from device to device without much hassle.

The key, Manjoo explains, is in never committing to just one, but sampling the gamut of choices. It sounds difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. He advises some key moves:

1. Buy hardware from Apple:

Apple’s phones, tablets and PCs are the best-designed and best-made computers on the market. They are also the easiest to learn to use and the most durable. And if you’re kind to them, they’ll carry a far higher resale value than rival devices.

2. Get your services from Google:

First, the company is incredibly good at managing it; it lets you have access to stuff on pretty much any device, anywhere in the world, all the time. Its services almost never go down, its data is extremely accurate (see Maps), and, barring intrusion by the N.S.A., Google offers solid security (like two-factor authentication). . . I also love the handy tricks Google adds as it learns more and more about me (yes, I’m aware I sound like a P.O.W. praising my jailers — but count my blinks, it’s true). 

Read the rest of the list at the New York Times.

  • Jennifer Goslee

    Farhad Manjoo recommends buying apple? How shocking.

  • Tatiana Trubnikova

    Agree. With the “Buy an iPhone and install Android on it” logic. Makes no sense.

  • nokidding999

    Be a life long learner and try things from the other team. If you fall in love with one vendor or way of doing things…be prepared to be disappointed.

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