When I first saw the prices of the new iPhones I sighed. $1099. And that is for the Xs Max modell with 64gb of storage. I’m not buying a new iPhone with 64gb of storage, no way. So for me it starts at $1249. And that is if I live in the United States. I don’t. I live in Sweden and the price we pay here (including VAT) for the model with 256gb of storage converted back to dollars is $1780 (16000kr). Yes, that is correct, you are not reading that wrong. 1780 dollars for a phone.
Holy crap, that is the same amount of money that I would have to pay for a new laptop. A brand new MacBook Pro.
So I started thinking. Why do I feel an iPhone is wort less money than a MacBook Pro? Is it because it’s smaller? The fact is that it’s more expensive to build something in a smaller form factor. So what is it then? Is it the specs?
If you compare the specs of an iPhone Xs Max and a MacBook Pro 13″ you find that they both are very powerful portable devices.
Chart by Alex B @somospostpc
The more I think about it, the more I suspect I’m just used to a phone costing less than a computer, I don’t think it’s more complicated than that. But I think we are now in an age were our phones are our most important computers and maybe it’s time we start to think about them that way. It’s the computer that most of us use most of the time. I for one use my phone much more than I use any of my other computers. I use my laptop for work related stuff, an hour a day. I use my iMac for making and recording music a few times a week, and some other small tasks that still can’t be done on iOS (like programing my keyboard). I also use the iMac for when I write texts like these. The rest of the time I use my phone. The computer in my pocket. It’s always there and it’s always on.
I still think it’s a lot of money to pay for a phone, but I came to the conclusion that it’s wort it to me. I’m going to use this phone everyday for the next two years.
I for one can’t justify not buying the absolute best phone there is (for me) as its going to be my main computer and camera for the next two years.
There is also the possibility that I’m writing all this to convince myself that it’s OK that I just spent 1780 dollars on a phone…