Do you know that only 10% of Americans spend $1000 dollars on a smartphone? Notwithstanding, smartphones started pricing at $1000 just 3 years ago and have since remained ordinary.
It all came to be when Apple announced the iPhone X. That was in September 2017, and many thought it was impossible for smartphones to reach a four-figure price tag.
The irony of the whole situation is the likes of Oppo, Huawei and OnePlus are now pricing their smartphones at a $1000 dollar amount.
It’s been 3 years since the iPhone X was launched and today Apple doesn’t deem it to be good enough to sell on their official store. After a year of its release, Apple discontinued the iPhone X production and introduced three new iPhones. The iPhone XS starting at a price of $999, and the cheaper $749 iPhone XR. It is hard to believe, but the iPhone X has become surplus to requirement for Apple currently.
In the 21st century, Humans depend on a smartphone for 60% of our daily activities. Without it, life will become stagnant. While this may be true, is it worth spending a thousand dollars on a smartphone? Obviously no!
According to the Pew Research Center, an estimated an estimated 64% of adults in the United States own a smartphone, while 90% of American adults own just a normal cell phone.
Currently, 96% — now own a cellphone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 81%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011.
In this post am going to put 11 justifications why you don’t need to spend a $1000 dollar on a smartphone.
11.You can easily lose your investments:
When you buy a smartphone, either on a contract or outright purchase, it is an investment. In the end, you expect the phone to make your daily job or routine looks streamlined. Booking a hotel for your business partners and joining the meeting via video calling on the go is made susceptible due to your $1000 dollar smartphone.
What happens if you lose your phone? Then it means your $1000 dollar investment has gone down the drain. Notwithstanding, all the above-mentioned task can easily be achieved equally with a $350-400 dollar phone. Yes, $350-400 dollars.
10. A $1000 dollar smartphones isn’t prone to value loss:
The fact that you purchased a smartphone at a higher price does not mean it wouldn’t fade out at some point. The longest I’ve seen a smartphone last [popularity] is 1 year. Manufacturers are making a new flagship every year, so it is a matter of how long till a new baby kicks in.
One funny thing about all mobile phone manufacturing company is the snub they give to old flagship when a new one is launched. For me, it’s unreasonable to spend a four-figure on a gadget bound to fade out in 9 months.
9. High price doesn’t guarantee durability:
There’s no survey that says a smartphone’s durability is based on the price. In fact, we’ve witnessed several middle-range smartphones beating a lot of flagships in a durability test. Therefore if your reason for purchasing a thousand-dollar phone is its ability to endure the test of time then am sorry there’s isn’t a guarantee.
8. Let your purchase be influenced by what you want to do with the phone not what the phone can do:
Often marketers tell consumers what the phone can do but not the opposite. Before you blow away $1000 dollars on a smartphone, first of all, think about why you really need in that kind of phone.
If you purchased a phone for a specific feature you end up not using in six months, then its a total waste of money in my viewpoint. You purchase should be propelled by your daily smartphone needs. Ignore what’s on the spec sheet and go for a less costly phone that will meet your daily demands.
7. The specs are not going to be enough:
You bought a $1000 dollar, iPhone X, three years ago for its outstanding camera quality. Well, that was then, currently, there are better iPhones with 3x better camera. What this means is if a manufacturer convinces you to buy a $1000 phone for a spec like quality camera, sleek design or smooth performance which can easily be modified, repacked and put in the next year’s smartphone from the same or different company, think about it twice. Companies can always produce a higher spec phone irrespective of the hype they bestow on the current phone.
6. Flagships getting too expensive and cheaper phones are getting better
We’ve reached a point where manufacturers price their flagship phones according to the brand name but not the quality. iPhones are still relevant because of the brand.
Back in the days where flagships used to be flagships. Now the term flagship is a cover name. Smartphone manufactures currently focus more on how to make profit with little or no interest in consumer satisfaction.
5. A $1000 dollar smartphone will never change your status in society:
As dummy as this point may sound, there are a lot of people who still think owning an expensive smartphone changes their status in the society. You’ll be living in a fool’s paradise if you think the smartphone will change the impressions people have about you.
No one cares about the kind of phone you use and it is for the same reason you need not spend $1000 on a smartphone.
4. Our purchases cost us more than we realize:
It’s not just about buying a new expensive phone but the cost that comes with it. Three years ago I bought a phone worth $499 only for me to accidentally crack the screen a few months after. When I took it to repairs, I was told it’ll cost me $200 dollars just to fix the screen.
Now my point here is a $499 smartphone cost me extra $200 bucks. This repair fee can purchase an equally middle range smartphone. This clearly shows that it’s not about the phone you purchase, but also the cost that tags along, in case of accidental damage to the device.
3. Middle range phones are getting better than flagship:
Back in the early stages of technology, flagships lived up to its price tags. That’s not the same in the 21st Century—most innovative smartphone ideas come from the budget smartphone producers. Take, for example, Apple was the first manufacturer to introduce a notch, but the likes of Oppo and Vivo made a full screen a reality.
That is to say, Apple couldn’t achieve the target of a full screen in a smartphone. Oppo was the first smartphone producer to introduce an Under-Screen Camera—they did so in a middle range device. This also makes them an innovator in the smartphone market.
2. There’s no perfect smartphone
There’s no such thing as the perfect smartphone for everyone. No matter how costly the phone is, there will always be shortfalls. It could be the design, specs or a particular feature you wished the manufacturer did or didn’t include in the smartphone. The irony is if you’re paying $1000 dollars for a smartphone, there shouldn’t be any excuse or manufacturing defect.
Everything should be precise, but that’s not going to happen. Therefore, it is not advisable to spend huge money on a device which is imperfect and incomplete.
1. Premium designs are no longer exclusive to high-end smartphones
Budget phones in the past used to feel and looked cheap. When HTC first introduced a metallic design in a flagship smartphone, it didn’t take long for companies like LG, Nokia, Samsung Sony and Asus to introduce glass back in their smartphones.
Phones produced by the aforementioned companies looked more premium and a good value for money. In fact, they were distinctively premium and evidently looked better than non-premium phones.
Currently, in terms of design, specs and general performance of smartphones, both premium and low-end smartphones look the same.
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For example, iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 11 uses the exact chipset. This means the performances of these two devices will most like be the same. Even if there is any performance difference between the two, it will be difficult to notice in daily usage.
It’ll take an expert test to find out. All what am trying to say is premium phones use to have exclusive features that made them stand out. Things have changed and so it is highly unwise to waste a $1000 dollars on a smartphone.