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About two years ago, I saw a Hauwei Union Y538 Android smartphone on sale at Best Buy for $20 (regular price $30), so I bought it. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and can handle a 32GB micro SD card. Its camera is not great, but not bad either. I use it mostly for reading ebooks and listening to podcasts and music. Occasionally, I watch a movie, go on the internet, or take some pictures. So far, I've not had a problem with running out of storage space, because I have an app that can move most apps off of the main storage and onto the SD card. I've never had a problem with my Hauwei cell phone, other than that sometimes it has issues with static electricity, where it will do strange things when I pull it out of or put it into my pocket. But that is rare. It has done everything I've asked it to do with no unusual lag. In other words, it's adequate at doing what I ask of it.

A friend recently bought a Samsung Galaxy 9 for $790. She actually bought three of them. She had to take the first two back, because they were having major problems. She uses it mostly for making phone calls, sending text messages, surfing the internet, and playing Youtube videos. Her cell phone has a nicer, larger display than mine and more RAM and storage. It also has a better camera. But as far as usability is concerned, it's about the same. In other words, it does what she asks of it with no unusual lag.

I can't understand why the ways in which her cell phone excels mine are worth the extra $770. Am I missing something? Why did she pay forty times what I paid--for a phone that I'm perfectly happy with? Why are other people doing the same? Why are some people paying over $1000 for a cell phone? I can't even guess why people do this. Really, I can't.

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