Whenever new technology comes out, legal technology or otherwise, there are some people who want to be the very first to have it. Being the first to embrace a new legal technology can give you an edge when it comes to the competition, since you can start making use of the new features in order to become more productive or to find new ways to do things better.
However, being an early adopter can also leave you with a technology that doesn’t stand the test of time. The product you are using might end up getting bad reviews and a bad overall reception. It might end up not working the way that you hope it to work or becoming dated quickly when it isn’t adopted on the market.
Being the First to Adopt New Legal Technology
One recent example of a potential problem faced by early adopters comes with Apple’s new iPhone 5. Apple sold around 5 million new iPhones in the first week that the product was available to be purchased. According to Extreme Tech, however, this is two million less than they were expected to sell. The reason the phone was undersold is because there weren’t units available- likely because of a quality control problem with the anodized aluminum chassis of the phone turning out to be too easy to scuff. While Apple hasn’t admitted the problem, this leaves many new iPhone users with a phone that may be very prone to scratches.
Small flaws like this in Apple products are usually accepted by its dedicated user base, but this is just one example of how you might be the first to buy new technology and not get quite what you bargained for. As such, while it makes sense to keep up with new developments in all technology, and especially legal technology, you may want to get in the habit of waiting until the product has been reviewed and tested so you will know what you are in for when you embrace a new product.