Originally Posted by dualie
I'm old enough (not that it's any of your business) to know better than to waste my hard earned money on an expensive gizmo that doesn't offer any monetary return, especially when it's simply for pleasure.
I guess that's the difference - I don't think that spending money to save myself time, ESPECIALLY in my "free" time, is a bad idea. The iPhone saves me time by allowing me to look up information anywhere I am in seconds. I can check movie times (Flixster), reserve a table for dinner (OpenTable), find where I am when my normal GPS is on the fritz (it hates the cold) and identify that song on the radio I've always wanted but never knew what it was called (Shazam). I can do IM on the road (Palringo), or send email, or check the 7 day weather forecast for a far off city if I'm thinking of getting a flight. I can check the NFL scores in a second (Sportacular), browse Craigslist (Craigsphone), buy and sell stocks (iStockManager) and make free calls from overseas with Skype (Fring). Finding my car without worrying (G-Park) in a huge parking lot is priceless. I can see the DC traffic cameras any time. These are just the apps I use on my phone.
All these things save me various amounts of time - from the 10 minutes I won't waste finding a parking space to the 30 I won't waste because I have a reservation when I arrive at the restaurant rather than putting my name on the list. In my world, and in most other peoples' (who have disposable income), time is money, and in the modern world we are all very short on quality time to spend doing the things we actually want to do. I'd pay another $50 a month for the iPhone, and for MobileMe I'd keep my subscription if it cost $400 a year instead of $100.
If your "spare" time is worth so little to you that you can't justify spending $3 a day to make it more abundant and/or pleasureable, I frankly feel sorry for you.