iphone 4s v base spec 2011 Mac Mini almost same cost

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by xxmarkc, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. xxmarkc macrumors member

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    £499 for an unlocked iphone 4s, £520 for the Mac mini entry model - at least in the UK.

    Which one represents better bang for buck?

    I have not made a decision about the iphone 4s. Currently have an android phone, and made a decision a while ago I would eventually switch but I am happy to wait for the right moment - and not sure which model I would want anyway.

    An iphone is all said and done a phone. Its primary use is to make calls, secondary use is other forms of communication e.g. texts, email. Third use a connection to the web whilst away from your desk. Everything else is pretty much fluff.

    A Mac Mini is pretty decent computer. Granted without a keyboard or screen.

    Is it rational for the two very different bits of kit to be the same price?
    For me it is a no brainer the Mac Mini has far more intrinsic value.

    Does the cost in anyway bear any relation to how much is actually costs to build an iphone or a Mac Mini?

    Or is pricing just dictated by what the market will bear?

    I think the latter.
     
  2. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502

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    no offence mate but an absolutely stupid comparison!
    you can buy a car for £500!
    so whats better a car or an iPhone?

    the mac mini is only about £20 dearer than an iPad aswell

    the iPhone is a phone,
    the mac mini is a computer,
    the iPad is a tablet computer,
    a ford fiesta is a car,
    a mars bar is a chocolate...... etc

    i know that for the money a mac mini is probably better value, but i need a phone!
     
  3. xxmarkc thread starter macrumors member

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    slightly unfair. Any car you buy for £500 is going to be well past its sell by date!

    Having said that my first car cost £50 in in 1978 ish a Blue Triumph Herald.

    I am comparing brand new with brand new.

    Your are right the ipad is also essentially the same cost.

    I can't believe in a coincidence that say all these 3 when you add cost of research+development+manufacturing+marketing all come up at nearly the same.

    I think Apple must work back from what they think they can sell a product for in the market and then work out how to minimise the actual cost of each item to maximise profit.
     
  4. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    Apple's CEO is Tim Cook. Get used to it.
     

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