Are tablets and phones overpriced?

With the PS4 and Xbox One coming out soon, I'm aware that they're actually cheaper than many phone and tablets. Are phones and tablets overpriced?

Most Useful Answer shuwaz  Nov. 16, 2013 at 19:09

The expensive ones are, and the cheap ones aren't! :p

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 15, 2013 at 15:16

yes. and. no....

mrew42  Nov. 15, 2013 at 15:23

There is a certain amount of the pricing being based on the fact that you'll be buying games for them, which equates to income for them as you can't get games for a PS4 or Xone unless it says Sony or Microsoft on it. there's no two way about it. THAT is their majhor income stream
With phones, the companies that make them don't (well rarely) make any money on software (unless your name is Apple of course) so the cost/profit needs to be recouped by the actual handset. So while some smartphones are definitely overprices (Think iphone 64Gb) others aren't (Moto G)

TJ Skywasher  Nov. 15, 2013 at 16:06

As above, the consoles are generally cheaper to get you to buy and then the cost is recouped from the price of the games that you buy. With phones it really depends what you class as overpriced, a lot of phones make no profit such as the Nexus lineup and many cheap phones, whereas some of the flagship smartphones are all £500+ and made to make a profit for the companies concerned. The idea that phones are sold at cost or a loss is so that profits can hopefully be made through software/apps, but it's a business with a very slim profit margin. Apple for instance only makes around 1 or 2% profit on anything it sells through it's iTunes and App Stores, so I would imagine it's the same for others.

shuwaz  Nov. 16, 2013 at 19:09

The expensive ones are, and the cheap ones aren't! :p


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