My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Analyst Piper Jaffery says Teenagers more into Gadgets and Dining out than Brand-name Clothing – Have it Your way with a Sapphire Screen Apple iPhone

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Analyst Piper Jaffery says Teenagers more into Gadgets and Dining out than Brand-name Clothing – Have it Your way with a Sapphire Screen Apple iPhone

Looks like my perception of what’s hot and what’s not needs adjustment.

Turns out Gadgets are in and clothes are out and the more expensive the gadget the better according to Analyst Piper Jaffray in an unusual study of Technology Trends among Teenagers (ages 13 to 17) as stated in “iPhones, not clothes, represent social status for teens, says researcher”, published May 24, 2014 4:32 PM PDT by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News.

According to their research conducted last April 2014 and cited by International Business Times in the article Teen Clothing Retail Trumped By Gadgets, Food As Status Symbol”, published May 22 2014 10:05 PM By Nadine DeNinno, iBtimes Teenagers aren't spending on Brand name clothes anymore.

It's now about smartphones, Tablets and Phablets, particularly Apple iPhones. According to Research done by Piper Jaffray as stated in “Fickle teens love Apple more than ever, survey shows”, published April 11, 2014 3:14 PM PDT by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News:

1.      61% of US teens had iPhones, a 13% increase from 2013
2.      67% said intend to purchase the Apple iPhone 6 when it comes out
3.      21% spend their allowance on Food and dining out

Teenagers more sophisticated – Have it Your way with a Sapphire Screen Apple iPhone

If these basic stats gleaned from Piper Jaffray's study prove to be true, it suggests that US Teenagers are increasingly becoming more sophisticated than ever. Dining out instead of a Burger King is a serious step-up in their social Standing as apparently wearing the latest clothing just isn't cutting it anymore. Especially when many Teenagers customize their wardrobe, wearing psychedelic knapsacks, sporting torn jeans and hand-painted t-shirts and other accessories!

Thus sophistication is all about being more like their adult parents, especially as it they’d pushed Tessanne Chin to superstardom by winning The Voice back in December 2013 as stated in my blog article entitled  “Tessanne Chin is the Winner of the Voice - Princess Kitana #BreadandButter work begins as March 2014 deadline for Universal Studios album from Mona Tessanne”.

So the more money you can splash on Dining out and on high-end gadgets such as the Apple iPhone, the better you chances at getting into the "smart" crowd as noted in my blog article entitled “How to transfer Phone Contacts and Data from your Blackberry to your Apple iPhone or Google Android smartphone or Tablet”.

What a difference a year makes for these fickle Teenagers and their tastes in things that define their High School Drama filled lives!

In 2013 Buzz Marketing said Apple was so yesteryear, with Samsung, HTC and other smartphone brands taking up the slack from Apple as pointed out in “Apple is done, say teens”, published January 13, 2013 10:00 AM PST by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET News.

But that has all changed, possibly due to the fact that the Apple iPhone 6 may soon be sporting an unscratchable and uber-valuable and pricey Sapphire Screen as predicted in my blog article entitledApple and GT Advanced Crystal Technologies building Sapphire Plant in Arizona – Arizona people working to coat Apple iPhone in Unbreakable Sapphire with possible Jamaican Bauxite Industry Revival coming”.

Jamaicans following American Teenagers – CET-free Smarphones, Tablets and Phablets by September 2014

Knowing Jamaican Teenagers, they’re sure to follow this trend as well.

Already, I’m seeing where Budget smartphones are going to be all the rage by Tuesday July 1st 2014 when the CET (Common External Tariff) is removed as reported in my blog article entitledCouncil of Trade and Economic Development allows GOJ to remove CET on smartphones - How CET removal from Phablets is the Perfect Storm for CET-Free Tablets by Emancipation Day”.

Ditto too Phablets, which have already been declared CET-free since Thursday May 1st 2014. Since Tablets are technically the same thing, many of which possess VoIP Calling Capabilities via downloadable Apps, I’ve predicted Tablets will be CET-free by August 2014.

Phablets may not be fashion-conscious, but then again, what do adults know of Teenage fashion Trends? One merely needs to use a hands-free attachment to the phablet and voila, you have a smartphone masquerading as a Tablet and no-one can tell you otherwise as it’ll be used in Tablet mode!

By then in Jamaica, Tablet will become an affordable alternative to Books as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology Energy and Mining e-Learning Project II in  Academic Year 2014/2015 which starts September 2014 and ends June 2015 begins as stated in my blog article entitled Ministry of Science and Technology signs four Contractors in March 2014 to procure Tablets - Test Pilot Project in September 2014 means Teachers can monetize e-books

So by September 2014, smartphones, Phablets and Tablets will be affordable and commonplace, allowing us Jamaicans to catch up with our American counterparts, even if it is only with low-cost budget gadgets. These Gadgets are sure to make you the envy of your friends as like American Teenagers, Jamaican Teenagers catch the Gadget Wave as the Next Big Thing!

Until Teenagers (ages 13 to 17) change their minds again, of course!!

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