Just because I'm replacing a device does not mean that the device is at it's end-of-life.
Generally I replace my personal computer/laptop on a 18-24 month cycle. The old device doesn't get tossed; it gets spiffed up as much as possible and is given to my Mother. It may be outdated for me but is perfect for selling on eBay, YouTube, and Facebook. Replacing some RAM or a battery is far cheaper and better for the environment than tossing it and buying her a new computer. The cycle continues after my Mother; she gets the "new" old computer and the "old" old computer gets passed to my Aunt and then finally to one of the younger kids as a "toy". By that time the computer is truly beyond salvaging. I try to suck every last second of life out of electronics.
I cringe when I hear people talk about "disposable" electronics (or really "disposable" anything that's not). It feels like such a backward step in innovation to adhere to outside end-of-life proclamations. In most cases it seems like people go by a devices "end-of-coolness" rather than it's end-of-usefulness.
I feel the same standard should be applied to tablets and other devices as well. I'd rather my outdated tablet live on with a user that doesn't need top of the line functionality for a few years before it ends up in the electronics graveyard.
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