You don’t have to spend $1,000 on a phone anymore


Due Apple, Samsung, Motorola and Google, you’ve convinced me.

The $1,000 smartphone age for the mass market is finished. 

This week, Apple debuted its revived SE model, which has pretty much every feature you would want in a phone, with exclusion of a super fancy camera, slicker display and higher resolution. 

But we are discussing a price difference of $600. The SE is $399, while the iPhone 11 Professional begins at $999. (And if you would like to throw in extras, such as more storage, Apple Care along with also a circumstance, the bill comes to $1,917.)

Samsung just introduced a new line of budget smartphones beginning in a record low $110, while Google has slashed the prices of its flagship Pixel smartphones, with the most expensive version, the Pixel 4 XL, currently at $599 (or even just a tiny bit more than half of the cost of this iPhone 11 Pro), down from $899, through May 9th. 

And Motorola introduced two new mobiles that surely don’t scream budget, despite price tags of $249 for the Moto G Stylus and $299 for its Moto G Power. 

There simply is not any need to reach for the $1,000 to deliver a glistening phone house. 

Let us start by seriously comparing the SE into the 11 Pro. 

Remember the (currently discontinued) iPhone 8 from 2017? The new SE is essentially the iPhone 8, except with new guts inside. It’s the exact same 4.7 inch screen, but a more powerful A13 processing chip, such as on the surface of the lineup 11 Pro. It can shoot movie and utilize Apple’s favorite Portrait Mode to photographs that are pretty up. 

Sure, the resolution is reduced — 1334×750 vs. 1792×828, but would you really care? I always thought the 8 seemed great, and might argue that the bulk of Apple customers would not notice the difference. 

The 11 Pro gives you three cameras ultra wide angle, routine wide angle and portrait. Would you, although I enjoy having them , and would cover them? If you’re on a budget and need to get to a subject, use the most economical zoom system there’s — your toes. Only take a few steps nearer.  

I also like the larger screen. But for many people from work as a result of coronavirus, who are trying to find new ways to save money and pay the lease, the more compact display would probably be just nice. The phone makes phone calls, receives and sends texts and emails, connects to Netflix and Zoom, hails an Uber and the rest of the things we expect from a modern smartphone. 

Motorola’s G Stylus pours on the attributes, even at under $299, offering three cameras and 128 GB of storage, or twice as far as Apple’s SE. You don’t have the ability to perform wireless?  

Samsung gets the priciest smartphone available today, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, beginning at $1,399, using a whopping 6.9 inch display, 128 GB of storage and three cameras which boast of greater zoom capability compared to any other smartphone. Compare that to the newest Samsung A51, that still has a hefty 6.5 inch screen, half of the quantity of storage (64 GB) and four cameras. ) And it sells for only $399. Which one sounds better for you? 

What happened? How did these manufacturers that were so happy to jack up the costs of mobiles suddenly in 2020 start inching them way down to affordable pricing? 

“The cash on phones has been spent on the very low end, maybe not the high,” says Gene Munster, an analyst and investor with Lpup Ventures. “That is what consumers want.”

He says some 80% of phone sales come from the lower end, although the top of the line models capture attention, media acclaim and early adopters. 

He adds that companies such as Apple and Google realize that it is not just the sale of the phone which makes them money anymore, but applications add-ons like additional storage, music subscriptions and the like. 

In other technology news this week

Facebook said it would start informing members who’ve obtained COVID-19 misinformation. The company will shortly be letting users know if they enjoyed, reacted to or commented on posts with harmful misinformation about the virus which was eliminated from moderators and will direct individuals who engaged with those posts to information about virus myths debunked from the World Health Organization.

Talking of Facebook, get ready for a brand new emoji to signify hugs. Its own app Messenger and the social network will roll out responses to express caring and compassion. The new Facebook response is an emoji. 

Mevo, the pint-sized alternate to webcams, stated a brand new edition will be in stores next week. The new model, the Mevo Start, sells for $399, and will live stream to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  

Instagram declared new features for small companies to push support for them, such as gift cards, online food orders and fundraising decals.

This week’s Talking Tech podcasts

Who’s zooming who? Check out the top program graphs. 

Microsoft and UPS team up to help combat COVID. 

Can’t get a webcam? ) How about the Mevo? 

Listener variant: how to stream my old MP3s?

Explainer: approximately those new contract tracker apps

Follow USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham on Twitter, @jeffersongraham

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