Why Buy Expensive Electronics Which Do More Than What You Want?

Discussion in 'Computers, Electronics & Gadgets' started by Denis Hard, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Denis Hard

    Denis HardWell-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2013
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    Most expensive electronics promise to do a lot more than the cheaper alternatives do. But if a cheaper alternative does everything you need it to, what's the point of spending more money on something that is more expensive?

    Take phones as an example. If all you ever do is call people and maybe occasionally send text messages, do you need an expensive smartphone? Why not buy a simple, cheap phone that you would probably use for a longer time?
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  2. ProNine


    Mar 29, 2015
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    I think it's more about efficiency. Yes, a simple flip phone can provide all the necessary functions of calling and texting, however, we're not in a perfect world with a lot of time on our hands. As such, smart phones which can also serve as an internet browser, mail box, and gaming platform is a better investment. It can also be a matter of "status", where people with more simplistic phones are regarded as poorer and less capable.
  3. sidney

    sidneyWell-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2012
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    I think it just depends on the needs of the person. A senior citizen who is not into Facebook and who simply needs to call and text can be quite content with a simple phone. But for the teenager or young adult that needs to take a lot of photos to upload it to Facebook, then it's no surprise that people will gravitate towards the more expensive phones.
  4. Corzhens

    CorzhensWell-Known Member

    May 27, 2015
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    It may be absurd but my husband is still using the old style cell phone which is for texting and calling only. Although it has a camera but one that is of a very low resolution. Anyway, since he always has his Canon digital camera so he doesn't need a phone with a camera. He refuses to buy a smart phone because he is more comfortable in using the old phone for communication. My smart phone is already more than 3 years and that's the length of time he had saved from buying a smart phone.
  5. MrsJones

    MrsJonesActive Member

    Oct 30, 2014
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    @Denis Hard@Denis Hard, good OP.

    My old one cell wasn't a smartphone and after it was dunked into a cup of grape juice and wouldn't power up even with a new battery I researched smartphones mainly for one with a camera. I did receive an unlocked smartphone as a gift though and I have to admit there were a lot of standard apps that I knew I wouldn't use, ever. I have no idea how much it cost and it isn't a name brand but I can use it to compare to what is available when it becomes useless.
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  6. Casiox

    CasioxActive Member

    Jul 24, 2016
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    Well, I personally think it is more of a personal satisfaction thing, I know a lot of people, mostly old people and young aged kids who got the best smartphones in the market and as we all know they do not give them the right use, because they just do not know what those phones are for and they just have them because they're trendy and cool, unfortunately, that is the society where we're living in nowadays, it's a pretty common thing.
  7. remnant

    remnantActive Member

    Feb 23, 2016
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    There are some people who buy expensive smartphones for their aged
    parents which remain under underutilised due to the fact that they
    usually use them to make and receive calls or to a lesser extent, to
    text. Such money can be used to invest in their parent's lives in a
    more sensible way.
  8. derf

    derfNew Member

    Jan 16, 2017
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    Because you never know when you have to use certain features that you thought were useless to begin with. i have used features on my smartphone that I thought were useless at first but have gotten me out of tight situations. Also if you buy a more expensive phone while it doesn't mean all the time it is better it can certainly last longer than a cheap smartphone. You are also paying for better quality if you are paying for a more expensive smartphone. More people that need to use a lot of applications will more gravitate towards a more expensive phone.
  9. Alexandoy

    AlexandoyWell-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2016
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    I agree with this thread that buying a very powerful gadget with functions that you do not use is a waste of money. My phone for texting and calling is still the good old Nokia that is not a smart phone. For my internet use, I was given a used smart phone. But I'm so glad to have received a tablet last week. The big screen is very convenient to me. Now I have to discard the smart phone. The tablet will replace it for my internet use.
  10. moneymania

    moneymaniaActive Member

    Oct 20, 2016
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    That's why I don't buy a very expensive smarphone or a laptop. I can get by with a phone that has 512 or 1 GB of RAM, so no need to spend more on the waterproof ones. I also don't need to carry a laptop with me, so I would be content with just having a desktop PC.