I don't mind being called a geek. The consumer electronics industry classifies me as an "early adopter" or "influencer/adviser." Fellow addicts (and critics) say we are on the "bleeding edge."
I know that if I wait for the second generation of a new product, I can get a better gadget for less money. Most of the time, passion overrides logic and I get the first one. I spent $1,200 on my first Blu-ray DVD player on the first day they were available (they now sell for as little as $77). I spent over $5k on my first HDTV (Sony 32-inch plasma). I managed to delay getting an iPad for one week. I'm sorry I waited.