I don't know how it is in USA, but here any phone costing less than 300 USD becomes useless after 1 year of system software updates, Android phones are so bad that even the most basic apps like Facebook and WhatsApp turns to be leg and bug after just a few months. Browsing in internet becomes a hell as webpages demands more and more cache and your mobile storage only degrades
Then you ask why not buy a iPhone that can last some 4 or 5 years? Well, because those cost 1500 to 2000 USD. And yes, I'm not kidding
You just made a fantastic argument for why nobody should care about phones at all. They cost a ton of money and are obsolete and worthless in such a fast amount of time.
I don't even know who you're talking about, but like...
That's not how it works, at all.
I spent probably more than R$6000 on my PC. Don't know what that is in dollars, probably close to $1000 at this point given how ridiculous the exchange rate is getting. That doesn't mean I have money to spend on other things. Me having spent that much on a PC doesn't make me rich, it just shows that I thought having a good PC was worth that level of investment. It took me a whole year to buy all the parts and finish it.
Sure I could afford a console with that money I spent on the PC, but I could not afford a console after buying the PC. Would've then had to save up for another several months for that (though not really, because covid killed my income, but that's beside the point). And from that point on, even if I had the money, do I really want it?
Personally, I kinda want a PS4 or PS5 for their exclusives. Makes me think about saving up to get one, but when I look at the price, that's it really. For that money I can, and should, instead be getting other things that are far more important for my life, for example a new guitar. Another console just isn't enticing enough in this situation. For a lot of people, the $500 phone is more enticing, because they use their phone that much. And I mean, if the phone costs that much, I'm willing to bet it probably could run more advanced games than a Switch can.
It's just such a stupid argument for exclusivity. I can afford a PS4 if I save up enough. But I don't want to. Am I wrong to want the ability to play a PS4 game on a system I already own? That's ridiculous, honestly. I understand why exclusives exist and that they likely will remain exclusives, it is what it is. But I would much rather they not be exclusives, for obvious reasons.
And to take things a step further still... I'm currently replaying Astral Chain on my Switch. It's such a good game, I love it. But you know what I'd love a lot more? If I could play it at 1080p 60fps on my PC. It's totally jarring going from a mid-level PC to the Switch, being thrown right back into the world of 30fps and crappy resolutions. The game still looks and plays beautiful, better than most on the Switch, but I can't help but want to play it at much better quality than this. Exclusivity here is the only reason I can't.
Well, I can't afford to play both MTG and buy up a ton of videogames. So should I go complain that MTG prices need to drop, or that videogame prices need to drop? We all have far more things we want in life than we can afford. Even if we have all the money in the world, we still can't consume every single piece of media out there. Our time has a limit just like our money. Everybody has to choose one thing over another eventually. If you choose to spend a massive chunk of your income on one thing, you can't complain about another thing costing a much smaller chunk of your income. It's like wearing gold jewelry from head to toe, and then trying to haggle with the price of a shirt at the mall.
Impossible in our current life. Unlike USA most Brazilians only started using internet thanks to mobile phones. Meaning some people doesn't know how to use SNS or even write emails without a smartphone. Mom herself often get lost browsing on PCs.
Then you ask me, "ok but you can ignore smartphones and go to PC". I could... 3 or 4 years ago and believe me I did. However nowadays mobile apps are the main digital channel for us. Let's ignore using SNS and using streaming services I can easily replace (even though listening to music would be hard without one), here are things a mobile will provide me other devices won't:
- My digital documents are all on the phone (and it is much more practical and safe than carrying them with me)
- Information regarding my health assurance is all on the cell phone, the website sucks hard and I would be restricted if not at home. Same goes to control of credit card, energy and water bills
- Families, friends and coworkers mostly use mobile apps to chat. I remember when I've started college and for one year I was the only one without a smartphone, it was painful
- Official state digital registrations are increasingly being made exclusively through apps, since everyone here has a cell phone but not everyone has a PC
- I use my mobile to confirm my identity and have access to my digital workspace
- I use my mobile to manage my daily/weekly schedule, eating plan and my purchases on the go
Console games are a hobby, I can survive without one, but without a cellphone my life would be significantly less comfortable and practical. The sole reason I don't own a PS4 is because I was mugged two times in the last 4 years (this and the fact when I finally could save money I choose a Switch, but that's another story), hence I owned 3 different cellphones in the said 4 years instead of a PS4 and I don't regret it
Well maybe regret the fact I was mugged, but not my choice