Multimedia devices seem to be everywhere in the modern world. These devices include smart phones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets that serve up a wide combination of different types of media, from audio to text, pictures and video. Although the benefits of having such a device for work, education or entertainment purposes is clear, there are also some drawbacks.


Multimedia devices are built using expensive technology, and investing in a device can be a major purchase for many people. Also, because these devices are usually highly sensitive, they can easily break or have a software crash, requiring you to spend more money to have them repaired or replaced.

Constant Evolution

Multimedia devices are constantly being redeveloped and changed as technology advances. Because of this, a brand-new device can be rendered obsolete in a matter of a few years. Not only does this mean you need to buy yet another new device, but data on your old device may be difficult to transfer to the new one.

Dependence on Accessories and Secondary Purchases

To have one device work to its full potential, you may need to accessorize. You may find that you need to buy a wide variety of things, such as protective cases, headphones, spare cables and adapters, to have your device work the way you want it to. Outside of physical accessories, you may also need to upgrade your Internet or data plan, buy extended warranties or get lessons on how to use your device.

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Limited Battery Charge

A major disadvantage to mobile multimedia devices is their need to be constantly charged. It takes a lot of power to show a variety of media, and once a device's battery is dead, it is useless, making multimedia devices a viable option only when you have regular access to electricity.