I don't know about you but I do not watch porn on my phone or play games (the only game I play is Chess on my phone) ... I have over 50 GB of photography, videography & photoshop tutorials from Kelby, Lynda, Creative Live etc on my phone ... the phone also takes care of my online banking, expense tracking & it works as a scanner for many of my documents, receipts etc, it has user manuals for my cameras, photography, photoshop & technology related magazines & e-books. For me and many like me its worth the money spent on it ... plus when I sell the phone, I get at least 50% of the purchase value.
Pretty cool. In other news, Apple (according to rumor sites) just sold its 500 millionth iPhone.
Ain't perspective fun.
Hi dgatwood. They are not "given away in contracts", the cost of the iPhone is very much built into the contract ... in fact you actually pay a lot more that way over a period of 2 years, than buying it outright. Remember that in addition to 500 million iPhones that cost as much "as an entry level DSLR+lens kit", they've also got billions of paid downloads ... whereas majority of the "entry level DSLR+lens kit" buyers will most likely do not buy another DSLR or lens for many years (if not never) ... but an iPhone buyer uses it every single day + it generates an eco system which benefits not just Apple but also the service providers, music industry, websites advertisers, accessory manufacturers etc etc to name just a few ... and I'm pretty sure majority of iPhone users upgrade to newer models at least once in 2 years, if not less.
Apple may have sold/produced 500,000,000 phones but most in the UK are not sold to end users in the true sense of the word, they are given away with contracts for connection to a service provider. I don't know how it is done elsewhere. Even outright purchase of an iPhone is only in the same sort of price range as an entry level DSLR+lens kit, just to put things in to perspective!
Just to put things in "perspective", 500 million iPhones = 500 million digital cameras (as all of them have/had a camera) which are used far more than any digital camera Canon ever made
Regardless of its "poor" image quality an iPhone camera is far more useful and handy than any digital camera Canon has ever made.
I bought my Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS for $1849 (when it was on sale at B&H and it is my most "expensive" lens to date), but from the time I bought that lens I have spent over $3300 on 5 iPhones (2 for me & 3 for the wife) and I'm pretty sure I'd out spend my most "expensive" lens by at at least twice as much by the time I buy another lens of that price range ... and I think majority of iPhone users/buyers spend more money than majority of digital camera users/buyers.
But how much of that time spent on the iPhone, is taking pictures, and how much is spent looking at porn or playing candy crush? And is streaming video and playing games, worth spending $3300? I submit that it is not.
My point is, most people do those things on their phones. I don't, because I don't even have a smartphone. And I watch tv on a tv. If I need to watch a tutorial or read something, I much prefer to do it on my desktop.
So no, for me it's definitely not worth paying thousands of dollars to be able to do those things on a 4 or 5 inch screen, rather it seems idiotic. To each their own I guess. For travel, finding restaurants, or searching for other ways to spend disposable income while touring resorts or other luxurious pursuits, no doubt smartphones come in handy! And if the day ever comes that I have children, I won't be paying $1000 a month (or however much it would cost by then) just so my kids could do similar frivolous things...I only say this because I don't know many people, even in my relatively immediate family and friends, who don't spend at least $300 per month on their family's wireless plans (this is for children under age 16, too). What an idiotic waste of money!