What Would The Stuff Your Smartphone Can Do Cost in 1985?

ROFL 24-02-2016

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The infographic below attempts to put it all into perspective by breaking down how much many of the functions a smartphone performs would cost in 1985.

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  1. Aiden
    January 30, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    This is inaccurate beyond belief. I bought the NES when it first came out and it wasn't anywhere near $440.

    • James Bruce
      January 31, 2017 at 10:50 am

      It's calculated using inflation adjustment, since the "value" of money goes up or down over time. It cost $200 at the time, but the relative cost is the same as $440 today. Here's a calculator to help you understand:

  2. Kpontusa
    January 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    To be fair, SMS is not comparable to a FAX. But there are many services and their corresponding apps that will give you "real FAX" for free or a small fee if you FAX more that just occasionally.

  3. Watcher
    September 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    This is so horrendous and inaccurate!

  4. Ed
    February 29, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    $640 for a radio? Seriously?

  5. Davin Peterson
    February 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    As show on top, Motorola invented the mobile phone

  6. Anonymous
    February 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I guess you wanted to pick the "high-end" equivalents. It would be considerably less if you went with a Panasonic CD player & boombox. :)

  7. Anonymous
    February 24, 2016 at 6:24 am

    A smart watch is hardly included with a smart phone. Otherwise an interesting graphic.

    • Jeremy
      February 24, 2016 at 10:03 am

      It says "digital watch", not smart watch.

      • Anonymous
        February 24, 2016 at 11:40 am

        Well the picture is of a smart watch.

        • Stephen
          June 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

          Oh honey, it's a calculator watch.

  8. Phil N
    February 24, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Encyclopedia isn't really included with the cost of the phone it's included with the cost of the service, on top of the phone cost. Same for TV.

    • Sam
      February 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia (Free)

      Crackle, Hulu (Free)

  9. Anonymous
    February 24, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Interesting info graphic. Thank you, for sharing.