Re: Waste of money
Congratulations on your healthy fiscal habits-- lots of good advice in your post, underneath the iBashing. But this bears mentioning: Though some people use iPhones and other smartphones to waste time (and money) on frivolous apps, others use the devices to be more productive, and others still make money from the new mobile economy that iPhones helped popularize. While upgrading to every new iDevice can lead to financial ruin if you're not pretty well paid, iOS devices nevertheless present plenty of financial benefits-- not just for Apple, but for the larger tech industry, and users. Also, while "steak tastes on burger budgets" cause problems, I'd caution against overstating this concern to the exclusion (or mitigation) of others; to imply that we should only focus on personal responsibility rather than macro-scale economic forces is to give lawmakers a pass for their incompetent and often questionable policies, for example.