A Teenager’s View Of Smartphones

Recently, rumors have emerged mentioning possible specs and release dates for the new iPhone, likely to be named “The iPhone 6s.” This news comes a few months after the Samsung Galaxy 6 and 6 Edge were officially put out for sale. Amid this sea of “new’ mobile phones deemed smart were models from Microsoft, Nokia, Amazon, and Oppo. Today, I am not writing to give my opinion of my latest phone or provide you with likely false assumptions on what the new iPhone will look like, but to present a teenager’s honest view of smartphones, since large companies always seem to be interested in discovering what teens think of their products.
To begin, I would like to explain why I put the word “new” in quotations in my third sentence. I do this because it annoys me very much when a company like Apple comes along with a shiny phone with a screen that is slightly larger than its predecessor’s and says that it is “A new, innovative piece of technological art that will change the world with its 8-megapixel camera.” We understand that it was constructed this year, but that doesn’t mean you can tell everyone that it is completely new when the most significant change took place when you increased the price. If you want to receive our respect and consequently receive our money, you should consider investing some money in actual research&development. It’s not like you don’t have the funds to do so, anyway…
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The next point I would like to address is the fact that us teenagers are gradually beginning to decrease the time we spend using our smartphones. In fact, there are only around five uses for these overpriced touchscreens that you can talk to. These include:

  • Checking our Instagram or Twitter feeds (No, none of us use Facebook).
  • Using Google to find the definition of words we don’t understand and to locate the nearest Chipotle.
  • Showing our friends Youtube videos we think are funny.
  • Documenting all of our actions on Snapchat.
  • Downloading apps that seem fun until you actually open them.

Sorry to break it to you Google, but we don’t use Google+ or Gmail anymore.
On behalf of all teenagers, I am going to send a message to phone makers:
The smartphone craze is nearing an end. We are not interested in buying any more phones or tablets alike, no matter how large their screens are or how quickly their processors operate. All we want is a practical device that allows us to take pictures, play games, and text. The only time when buying a new phone seems reasonable anymore is when the screen on our old one breaks or when it stops working properly. Based on the attitudes and thoughts of my peers, which closely resemble mine, I am going to make the assumption that iPhone, Galaxy, and all other smartphone sales are going to begin to decline soon. One day, the masses are going to realize that a phone with a touchscreen and a decent camera shouldn’t cost over five hundred dollars.
Conclusion
I strongly advise tech companies and phone makers alike to start exploring and manufacturing new technology–And no, Apple, by new I don’t mean ios9 or iPhone 7– that is practical, interesting, and simple. It’s really that easy. The time is ripe for a completely new product that differs from what we currently have in a good way.
 

A Not-So-Secret Car Bubble–The story of 0-60, or 0-$6,000,000

I recently got back from a trip to France, and while I was there I decided to stop by Monaco, the place known by many as “The Millionaire’s Playground.” Before my visit, I spent a reasonable amount of time checking out pictures and videos of the cars and yachts that are commonly seen around the principality, but no amount of Youtube binge-watching could prepare me for how ridiculous the city-state’s citizens are when it comes to flaunting their wealth. To give you an idea of just how amazingly pompous this place actually is, here are a few of the cars that I saw there in a single day’s time:

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As I basked in the awesomeness of the outrageous opulence of those around me, a realization came upon me. You see that red Ferrari in the first picture ? It’s an amazing car–it looks great, it has a top speed of 217 MPH, and it’s named after the founder of Ferrari himself. One would wonder what an automobile of these proportions would cost. Could it be $100,000? Or maybe $200,000? Or how about $500,000? Well, you’re close…sort of. At a recent car auction that took place in Pebble Beach, California, the same Ferrari model was sold for $6,050,000. Just take a moment to let that preposterous price sink in. Yes, someone spent over six million USD for a secondhand automobile. Although the Ferrari Enzo possessed the highest valuation, every single car pictured here has a starting price of well over $1,000,000 (with exception to the reasonably priced Porsche 918 which can be yours for only $845,000 without any add-ons).

If you are interested in learning more about vehicles you most likely can’t afford, then you can check out sites like this one or this one.

Moving on to a more important and possibly more relevant matter, which concerns the current automobile price-bubble that continues to inflate with every passing day. Before I begin, I would like to say that I am going to avoid discussing the costs of purchasing so-called Supercars, because we all know that the rich are always going to spend their money on overpriced vehicles. However, I am going to say that these absurdly exorbitant cars have been affected the most by the price spike that has been not-so-gradually inflating over the past ten years. I mean, seriously…$2.2 million! For a car! Throughout the course of history, there have been many overpriced cars, but even after adjusting for inflation using the totally accurate and not fraudulent U.S inflation calculator, no price tag could even come close to matching this figure. 

To further justify my statements, here are some facts taken from an article on jalopnik.com showing just how much car makers have raised costs of purchasing their vehicles:

Porsche 911
Price in 1965: $6,370
Price with inflation in today’s dollars: $46,795
Price new in 2012: $82,100


Jaguar XJ
Price in 1969: $6,465
Price with inflation in today’s dollars: $40,764
Price new in 2012: $73,200


Nissan/Datsun Z

Price in 1970 (240Z): $3,526
Price with inflation in today’s dollars: $21,029
Price new in 2012 (370Z): $33,120


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There is undoubtedly a bubble here, and the real question we should be asking ourselves is: How much longer can it last? When will car manufacturers and buyers realize that prices are out of control? It likely won’t happen for a while, and considering the fact that luxury car sales are currently outperforming standard car sales, it’s just going to get more and more expensive. The only thing driving this price craze is the fact that car makers know that some people are willing to pay over $500,000 for a shiny sedan with enough horsepower to move a building.

All we can do for now is wait for the day when consumers realize that just because a car looks like a million bucks doesn’t mean it should cost that much.