I just saw that the new Google Phone is out on the market. It made me laugh a little, but at the same time made me really angry that there is ONE more gadget on the market that people will really think they HAVE TO HAVE! Why do we waste our money on these things? What could possibly be so different on this phone than on the iphone or whatever the heck its called? No wonder we have been plunged so deep into recession. We really are fools when it comes to consumerism.
Not buying would weaken an economy so that is invalid Yeah people often buy what they don't need. I have an iPhone, so I won't buy the Google phone because I don't need it. Should my current phone break, then I would consider the possibility. What exactly does the Google phone offer as an extra?
I require a dual sim, barcode reading, internet ready, wifi generating, camera having, video recording, diaper changing masterpiece to truly make me feel like a success
But, My 14 year old niece does not.
I was only half kidding, all the options I pointed out do have uses in my partcular lifestyle and the google phone is the first phone i have seen in the American market which has barcode reading capabilities.
Can you say "Price check"!
Apparently, In japan you scan a vending machine with your phone to make a purchase!
Certainly many people are buying technology that far exceeds their needs
Yes, but I don't think people are buying smart. They are probably buying the phones on credit, then entering into a 2 year contract that they won't be able to afford. I know that buying keeps the economy going, but it has to be real money. We can't keep borrowing and spending where we don't need to. I feel as if we haven't learned a thing from September 2009. We just keep right on spending, and the marketers keep us all fully fed with the idea that we just can't live without this brand new product that is most likely quite similar to the last product that was launched.
Does anyone else feel this ridiculousness the way I do? We are going to be our own demise. Not only are we getting fatter because we keep making products that keep us lazy, I mean, we don't even have to type an email anymore with the google phone, you just say what you want to write and it writes itself. We are also throwing ourselves out of jobs. As machines get smarter, the less industry needs human workers.
I am certainly not opposed to technology. Of course it has done and will continue to accomplish great things in our world, but in some areas, such as our personal lives, we need to wake up a little. We don't need these things. When will we figure it out?
I'm still using what was once the latest-and-greatest of cellular phones, the Motorola Razr V7.
Now there's a V9 or something of it out and even that's archaic by today's terms.
Woe is an old man and technology sometimes.
At least 1 mobile phone and land line will do. You can set up answering rule so that when your land line is not available calls will be routed to you cell phone. In this way you'll never miss a single call.
I'm waiting for the phone that has personal transporter capabilities and will take me from New York City to San Francisco in less than 30 seconds.
I'd have to say that I enjoy the variety. Competition keeps the prices low and technology moving. Supply and Demand at it's best. There will always be those people that need to be at the bleeding edge(Me) and those who are content with old and trusted technology that just works(my Dad).
As for the economy aspect, spending money is good and people are finally getting a little better at spending only money they have: "Total U.S. consumer credit outstanding declined for a sixth straight month in July"* This is a nice trend, but at the same time if it is reduce too much it means people are saving more than spending which could be bad as well.
I think it is great that there are so many different phones on the market. The cell phone industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and with such a huge market, its good that it is sustainable to have so many phones, while helping our economy with the creation of so many jobs.
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