Is Multifunctionality Worth The Extra Cost?


Judging by the fact that my computer is telling me that multifunctionality is spelled wrong as I’m typing this, I’m going to take a guess that it’s not a real word. True as that may be, it should be pretty obvious what meaning I’m trying to get across – is something that can do more than one thing and serve more than one purpose worth paying more for it?

Case in point: I recently bought a new cell phone that also functions as an mp3 player. It is not an iphone (although that would have been nice) but it has many of the same features. My husband and I were due for an upgrade phone if we wanted to extend our current wireless contract. I really hate contracts


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5 Responses to Is Multifunctionality Worth The Extra Cost?

  1. I don’t disagree, and it sounds like your choice actually saved you some money, but whenever I think about how great it would be to have something like an iPhone, I remind myself that just a few years ago it was no big deal to carry around my cd player and some extra cds, so I can deal with carrying around both a small phone and a small mp3 player. We’re all getting spoiled by this fantastic new technology!

  2. anonymous says:

    I rarely find multi-function devices to be worthwhile, largely because the industrial design is usually lousy.

    A while back I bought a fancy Nokia phone that can play MP3s, surf the web, etc… The only thing I’ve ever used it for is phone calls. Why? The mp3 player is clumsy and doesn’t work well. The web browser is awful on the phone’s small screen. The OS that allows all that functionality is buggy (if I use the alarm clock, the phone freezes).

    I’m tempted by the iPhone, because when using friends’ iPhones it has been pretty robust and the screen makes web browsing actually possible. But I’ve since replaced my Nokia with a cheapo Motorola RAZR which does nothing but make phone calls. It’s cheaper, smaller, and never crashes.

  3. poundwise says:

    Multifunctionality, for all its positive aspects general has one common negative and one fatal flaw.

    The common negative, multifunction devices generally do a lot of things fairly good, and nothing great.

    The fatal flaw, if the device fails, you didn’t just lose one function, you lost a few.

  4. Shannon says:

    Lately, my frustration with multifunctional things is that I usually don’t need or want one or more of the “extra” functions. If I don’t use something, it’s definitely not worth paying more for!

  5. jana says:

    i talked witha technician in my family as a rule, multifunctional things tend to break more often, basically because there are more things to break. if you do use all the functions, good, but sometiimes it is better to think before you buy the thing

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