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PS3 vs. iPhone, since they are both $600

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Jun 21 2007 10:54 pm



The $600 price tag for the PS3 caused plenty of backlash towards Sony with critics saying Sony priced out many of its customers. Yet, Apple’s $600 price tag for its iPhone has not caused the same negative reaction. The focus has been on iPhone’s unique user interface and advanced technology. Does the PS3’s dual HDMI v1.3 ports and built-in Blu-ray drive not equal iPhone’s advanced touchscreen and user interface? Below is a hardware and feature comparison between the PS3 and iPhone.

 

iPhone

iPhone

PS3

PS3

Advanced Features iPod and a phone
Multi-touch screen
Automatic screen rotation
User interface
Blu-ray Drive
Dual HDMI v1.3 ports
Cell processor with 8 cores
DVD upscaling
Max Resolution 320 x 480 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
User Interface Multi-touch screen PS3 controller with Bluetooth and motion sensors
Networking EDGE wireless data network
Quad-band GSM phone network
Bluetooth 2.0
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Gigabit Ethernet (x3)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth
Storage 4GB or 8GB 20GB or 60GB or 80GB (Korean version)
Processor Unknown – rumored to be ARM based Cell – Core @ 3.2GHz with 8 cores @ 3.2GHz
RAM Unknown 256 MB
Plays Music Yes Yes
Plays Videos Yes Yes
Connect to Internet Yes Yes
Mobile Yes No
Connects to TV No Yes
Talk on phone Yes Yes (through VOIP software)
Price $599 for 8 GB version
$499 for 4 GB version
$599 for 60 GB version
$499 for 20 GB version

The chart reveals that you get more bang for the buck out of a PS3. The chart also shows how bad Sony’s marketing is. Almost every article written during the PS3 launch mentioned the $600 price tag, and its high price tag caused a huge negative vibe with the internet community. Yet, Apple’s $600 price tag for a phone has not created that same negative vibe. No wonder why Apple wins marketing awards year after year.

OK, so comparing the PS3 to the iPhone is like comparing apples and oranges (no pun attended). One is a mobile device and one is a family room device. However, they are both $600, and they are both advanced for their respective category. The question is would you spend your hard earned $600 on an iPhone or a PS3?

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