Smartphones are unusually useful devices. The smartphone marketplace is ridiculous. Every year, manufacturers come out with hyper-hyped and hyper-expensive new phones that underline little improvements in this or that, insignificant cosmetic changes, and golly-gee-whiz new tech that few people will ever use. And we gotta have it! Why? Because we have some-more income than sense?
This year Apple is trumpeting a initial $1,000+ smartphones. And we gotta have it! At slightest until subsequent year when they’ll have a some-more costly one that we gotta have.
Suppose we provide your cellphone like we provide all of your other tech rigging and keep it until it possibly breaks or is superseded by new tech that offers estimable advantages over what we have now. What else could we do with a $1,000 Apple wants we to spend on this year’s smartphone?
If we like video games, we could buy a many absolute gaming console ever made, a arriving Xbox One X ($500) and a PS4 Pro ($400) with $100 left over for games. Both consoles support 4K fortitude and a One X includes a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Already have a console? For $1,000 we could buy 16 AAA games during $60 a pop. Or we could get some-more for your $1,000 by shopping one or dual games and personification them while a prices dump for a other titles on your list.
There are many options accessible if we spend $1,000 on a laptop. The whole Lenovo Thinkpad and Dell Inspiron and XPS families start during prices next $1,000. Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and Surface Pro laptop-tablet hybrid configured with an Intel Core i5 processor, a 128 GB SSD and 4GB RAM are any labelled during $999.
If you’d like to have different voice-activated digital assistants to speak to in opposite rooms, we could collect adult Google’s Home ($130), Amazon’s Echo ($180) and Apple’s arriving HomePod ($349) and have $341 left for other things.
You could also reinstate a overpriced HomePod with Sony’s arriving LF-S50G orator ($200) and buy all 3 for a bit some-more than half a cost of an iPhone X. Sony’s orator is probably matching to a HomePod solely it comes with Google’s considerably higher Assistant instead of Siri.
Instead of shopping a new smartphone, we could tide video to a phone we have now. For $1,000 we could subscribe to Netflix ($8 per month), Hulu ($8) and Amazon Video ($9) for 3 years and 4 months.
If we cite a wire film channels, we could have 2 years and 4 months of HBO Now ($15), Showtime ($11) and Starz ($9).
Want to cut a cord? Your $1,000 will buy we a year of Direct TV Now during $35 for 60+ channels, with HBO and Cinemax ($5 each) and Showtime and Starz ($8 each) as Direct TV Now add-ons, along with eccentric subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Video.
A giveaway Vudu subscription is another alternative. For $1,000 we could tide one of their HDX (1080p) cinema any week for some-more than 3 years.
Getting inspired while we binge on all that streaming goodness? You can buy a lot of food for $1,000.
For your categorical course, how about 250 Big Macs ($4) that breaks down to a Big Mac any other day for about a year and a third. You could also go for 166 Big Mac Meals ($6). If we cite pizza, we can have a middle ExtravaganaZZa Feast from Dominic’s ($14) any week for 71 weeks.
For desert, we could have a pint of Ben Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream ($4.28 during Walmart) any week for roughly 4 and a half years. If cookies are your thing, $1,000 buys we 333 14.3 oz. bags of Oreos during Target. How quick we eat them is adult to you.
You could also stay watchful and binge for days with 77 lbs of Starbuck’s House Blend coffee.
Are we prepared for some football?
Want to watch NFL players couple arms and take a knee to demonstrate their beliefs in a wish of motivating change, practice their First Amendment rights to giveaway speech, and tell Trump they will not be intimidated? Based on normal 2017 sheet prices, we can buy deteriorate tickets for a 8 home games of any of a NFL teams solely a New England Patriots and a Chicago Bears for reduction than $1,000.
If a Jaguars are your team, you’ll have some-more than $500 left over. Tickets for a Titans, Browns, Raiders, Rams, Chiefs, Bucs, Bengals, Falcons, Panthers, Chargers, Lions and Colts will leave we with some-more than $300 in your pocket.
The monthly bills
You know how many we spend on rent/mortgage, utilities or debt payments so we can work out how many months of any $1,000 will buy.
If we expostulate a car, $1,000 buys 443 gallons of gas in Oklahoma (the cheapest state in a US when this was written) or roughly 321 gallons in California (the many costly state). At 20 miles per gallon, that’s 8,860 miles in Oklahoma and 6,420 miles in California.
But we unequivocally need a new phone
Suppose we haven’t bought into a you-gotta-have-a-new-phone-every-year nonsense. Being a smartperson doesn’t meant we don’t need a new smartphone. Your stream one might be unwell or a record might have depressed so distant behind that it doesn’t concede we to do what we wish to do. You could dump $1,000 or some-more on Apple’s iPhone X, or we could buy a top-of-the-line phone from any other manufacturer with income left over for other gear, streaming subscriptions, food, eventuality tickets or a monthly bills.
It’s your income and your choice.