SOUTH BEND If your grad is googling over gadgets, local tech experts say while it's a big investment, it can be worth it.
"These devices do a lot of things," said Jason Jenkins, the Retail Sales Manager for AT&T.
"So, if you think about it they can replace multiple devices. You probably don't have to carry a laptop. You don't need an iPod or a separate music player. It's also your phone."
Smart phones and tablets range from $100 to several hundred depending on plans and payment options. Jenkins says a bigger purchase can pay off because they last.
"Typically these devices, people keep for a longer period of time," said Jenkins. "So, it's not your use for 6 month thing, throw to the side. You're going to keep this for probably more than a year."
If your grad already has a device, Jenkins says investing in a monthly music plan or tech accessories can be useful for graduates taking the next step.
"All the major companies are using these devices to communicate, make sure you're staying up to speed with email, you can do all of your presentations from these devices, so it's very convenient," said Jenkins.
"As well as keeping your friends and family up to speed while you're on the move. That's a big thing these days, being able to take good pictures, being able to put those on social media, text message them picture message and just keeping everybody involved in your life."