While this post was inspired by the four-digit prices of some of the latest XS models, I’m touching on all phones with four-digit prices, be it the XS Max or the Galaxy Note 9. On the one hand, I understand that these phones are not expensive for no reason whatsoever. Tech miniaturization is not cheap for one, and for two, you’re also paying for customer service - both in the forms of repairs and in the forms of software updates and security patches. Security patches definitely cannot be discounted because digital threats are no longer an afterthought. On the other hand, however, there really is only so much you can do with a six(ish)-inch screen. This reason here is why I’m not solely focusing on the iPhone here. Sure, you can have a high-quality screen that’s very readable in daylight and has excellent viewing angles and touch responses. But no matter how you slice it, a six-inch screen is a six-inch screen. It doesn’t matter if the phone in question has the equivalent of a desktop-class CPU while achieving 24 hours of screen-on time solely on battery power, you won’t be writing a dissertation or coding your apps from start to finish on a six-inch screen. So having said all that, is the worth in a premium phone at this point found in support? That’s the only justification I can think of at this point.