Following on from the "scared of technology" thread. When you look at the technology companies from a common consumer point of view, are they actually producing much of worth at all, or is it all an emperors new clothes scam?
Email was a fantastic enhancement to everyday life. The general internet, not so much.
Mobile phones were a fantastic enhancement to everyday communication. The apple iPhone 600000000000, not so much. The iterations are practically negligible, but still costing 6/7/800 quid for the "latest"? Nah.
Google/facebook/Instagram/twitter, all companies that, when you strip it to bare economic basics, are gloried advertising companies. Somehow they are "worth" billions and trillions, despite producing sweet FA in reality.
Computers/laptops/operating systems, their utility for the average person peaked like 10 years ago, everything since then has been 1 step forward, 1 step back ad infinitum. A joke to maintain their prices. Now you can load a webpage in 0.001 seconds instead of 0.002 seconds. Wow, let me give you another 600 euro for that life-altering thing! An average, capable laptop should be around the hundred euro mark by now, IMO.
Consumer technologies, generally, have to be the most over-hyped products going, to a ridiculous degree. Are there any exceptions were these things are actually justifying their prices over time? Should people start screaming about the emperor being in the pure nip?
Edit: I see the guts of the thread has devolved into my phone versus your phone. Maybe that says it all!
Edit 2: Now with added poll-a-thon technology. To be worthy of such innovation and improvement to life will cost 800 euro. Next year? We're adding sidewards polls for the life-improving price of 800 euro. That's right, bar graphs that go from left to right, not just up and down! Who are you to resist it?