Cortex

Level 22
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I find a smartphone incredibly useful, apart from having music wherever I am including my car (and works as a sat-nav) I have photographs of many holidays I love to look at photos of my children & grandchildren - However I never go for the latest model, you can usually get a brand new iPhone of one or two models down (8+ for me) & if you sell your old one it's not much money - However, young people like my youngest daughter of 20 & partner feel getting the latest phone is a must have, they both work hard & enjoy what they buy even if it's different choices to me - Kids today & their phone are a single entity, they have both bought the latest highest spec Samsung & love them - At the end of the day what we spend our cash on is our business.
 

TairikuOkami

Level 28
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It has its benefits of course, when used in moderation. I already spend the whole day at the computer, so a smartphone would finish me off. :LOL:
I bought a used smartphone for $40, so I could sync my Fitbit watch, but I am looking forward to smartwatch with SIM, that seems more practical.
 

Arequire

Level 25
Verified
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I don't think smartphones themselves are a waste of money; being able to browse the internet, communicate with countless people and utilize the services that apps provide almost anywhere is infinitely useful and I can't imagine going back to a time before I could do so.
With that said I can't justify purchasing anything above what's considered a budget smartphone. Besides screen size, build quality and camera quality, my £150 Moto G6 Play can do basically everything a £820 Samsung Galaxy S20+ can do, and having to wait an extra 2 seconds for apps to open is a negligible trade off for the money I save.
 
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Local Host

Level 22
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100 GBP is almost 685 Brazilian Reais, this is what I spent in a year with my mobile phone carrier and here in Brazil electronics devices and services are very expensive, so those 100 GBP is insane.
Agree that value is ridiculous, I'm in Europe myself and I pay 75 Brazilian Reais monthly.

Obviously I have a big discount from my company, but even normal plans aren't over 125 Brazilian Reais.
 

show-Zi

Level 25
Verified
We believe that services and ways of thinking that presuppose the possession of a smartphone are spreading throughout our lives, regardless of the individual's will.
It's becoming a necessity, but I don't think it's a problem if the development of a new smartphone product is stopped. We are benefiting from services, not devices. In that sense, I think it certainly has an aspect that can be called a waste of money.
My phone is a low-end Samsung J3 (about $150 US) which I use mainly as a phone. We pay $100+ US/mo for 3 phones monthly, including my step-daughter's.


Instead of a new phone, my next treat is having my Telefunken Jubilate 5153W radio refurbished. It's on the work bench now. I will get daily enjoyment out of my rebuilt beauty vs. getting a new phone.

I am a radio addict. Oh, the beauty of analog and vaccuum tubes! 🙃
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For music around the 60s, I feel that a monaural sound source with noise is more suitable than a clear sound source.:cool:👍
 
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