OMG! OMG! APPLE HAS A NEW PHONE! iPHONE 5! WOOO!
Chill out people. It is just a phone.
People Waste Money on Hype
I got a new phone a few months back. It was pretty cool. I didn’t flip out and spend upwards $400 plus a new contract to get it. My phone cost $200 and I bought it at a time when I needed it. I didn’t care about having the coolest, newest thing.
If you look at what I call “iPeople,” you find a lot of people willing to spend a lot more money on something because they have the impression it is cooler or works better than alternatives. While it might be familiar and hipster, it really doesn’t work much differently than other phones that cost a lot less.
Apple personal computers are made at a factory operated by Hon Hai (traded publicly as Foxconn, a Chinese company contracted to make electronics by a handful of companies around the world. Notable customers include Apple, Hewlett Packard, and Dell.
Yes, you read that right. The same company that makes your Apple computer makes HP and Dell computers, often with the exact same parts, in the exact same factory.
So what is everyone spending an extra $1000 per computer on? Why would you spend more on an iPhone when Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics hire the same factory to build Android phones?
It is about hype. It is about feeling cool. It hardly about the computer or phone itself.
Does That Mean You Shouldn’t Buy One?
Just because the phones and computers are very similar in hardware and configuration, does that mean you shouldn’t buy one? No. Of course not. You can spend your money however you want.
When you do it, though, consider value. Is it worth the extra cost to own an Apple PC over Windows? If you do a ton of video or graphic editing, it might be. If you don’t probably not.
If you get it just because it is cool, that might be okay. But if it is because you are insecure and you are using an electronic device to define your self-worth, you might be better spending the extra $1000 on therapy than a laptop.
To me, not worth it. I would rather just find the best phone for my needs when I need a new phone. This time around, it was the Droid 4 by Motorola. It has done everything I need and could possibly want. I have been thrilled with it. (It had the same cost to me as the lowest end iPhone 5)
Are You an iPerson?
How do you justify the extra cost for a Mac computer or a new iPhone on release day? What makes it work it? Where do you get value?
If you are not an iPerson, what are your reasons for avoiding Apple? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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