The technology that makes our everyday life better comes at a price — and sometimes it can be steep.
At a time when it’s perfectly justified to spend hundreds of dollars just for a phone, when is pricey too pricey?
I’ve rounded up some ridiculously expensive technology to see just how they fare vis-a-vis the price of an iPhone 7 — because really, that’s the only way we put those sky-rocketing prices in perspective. My top picks go to…
At a whopping $8,140, you could get a dozen iPhones instead! That’s one for each member of your family plus extras for your best friend and their family! Vertu has been known to manufacture “luxury smartphones” (as if having a plain smartphone isn’t luxury enough) and it seems they’ve outdone themselves with this leather covered handset. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display, dual-SIM slots, and a (genuine) ruby button (because why the heck not). A 24-hour concierge service also comes with the phone because, well, the price tag justifies a person’s actual salary.
Acer Predator 21 X
For just one more iPhone, you can afford this all-powerful gaming laptop! $9,000 isn’t a game, but for a 21-inch curved display (the first of its kind), two GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology, and its own cooling system, this 8.8kg beauty may just be worth its weight in gold.
This cool $1,996 camera is designed to be thrown around. Equipped with a total of 36 cameras capable of 108-megapixel photos and 16GB storage capacity, the cute contraption promises a different photo perspective with quality that should rival most 360-degree cameras in the market. For what it’s worth — and that’s three iPhones to be precise — it seems like a novel idea; I just don’t know if it’s worth the hefty price tag.
Meneghini La Cambusa Refrigerator
Sure, buying a fridge worth 63 iPhones seems like it’s justified because it’s a fridge after all, yes? Not really. Fridge prices range from less than $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the model, but the La Cambusa just takes it out of the ballpark completely. With a starting price of $26,000, the fully customizable fridge can amount to a whopping $41,500 depending on what you add on. True that a beautiful icebox fully equipped with a flat screen and a top-of-the-line coffee maker with brass handles that match your walls sounds like a good idea, but at that rate, you probably won’t have money left over to afford that house you want to put it in.
Sony Bravia 4K 100-inch TV
The true star of this list is this amazing 100-inch machine. Priced at a whopping $60,000, this TV alone can probably buy you everything on this list and more. It’s not just the size that justifies the tag, as this top-shelf TV is allegedly designed for optimal viewing because it’s a “4K HDR Android TV, featuring a 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme and LED Backlight Master Drive” — whatever that all means.
Just how many iPhones can you buy with this fortune that can probably end hunger in a small country? 92 iPhones — that’s one for every single relative I have since my great great great grandfather.
Note: An iPhone 7 is priced at $650 and even that is something I find expensive.