Posted 01 December 2012 - 21:17
Let me put this in perspective for you.
The year my grandfather was born, someone invented the toggle light switch. That's the type of switch you have in your wall today. In the past 90 years we reached a point where a touchscreen phone cost some $700. Five years later, it's less than 1/2 of that price, and roughly 10x faster.
Now 4 year olds can play a DS in the car- a moving car at that- against people in Japan.
Assuming my grandfather lives to be 100, in a single lifetime we went from not having reliable light switches, to being able to talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and even on other planets.
Stop and think about how awesome that technology is. Really, how incredible it is. The Battle of New Orleans (1815) was faught after the war ended due to a lack of communications, and now we have real-time communications anywhere in the world, and beyond.
And $600 is too much for that? $300? Where does it end? Think about how amazing this technology is, and then think about how much value you place on it.
Supply and demand bro. If someone's willing to pay $400 for technology like this, it's worth $400. If you don't want the newest instant communications, go on eBay and get an older model for pennies. My old flip phone sells for something like $20, and let me tell you, the government would have paid $20000 for a phone "that good" in 1814.
(and for bonus points, that $20 flip phone can tether via blue-tooth)
Are they too expensive? From a traditional electronics standpoint, probably. But from a more holistic view, no, not really.