Re: £419 (64GB, 2GB RAM), £499 (128GB, 4GB RAM) RRP
"While a £600 phone (or worse, a smartwatch) is worth the price?"
Like many, you are unable to distinguish between worth and price.
Price is what the seller attaches to their goods. How much money they hope to get.
This has little or nothing to do with the cost to make the thing. And everything to do with the herds of fools who buy a thing based on brand status alone.
Value is what we, the buyers, attach to the goods. What we are willing to part with, to get the attributes promised.
If value is lower than price, a smart person rejects the goods.
If value is higher than price, the buyer accepts the goods.
An iPhone is not worth £600 to many many people, so they do not buy one.
An iWatch is not worth the £300+ it is being sold for, to many many many more. So they do not buy.
And a Surface 3 is not worth nearly £500 to a great many people, so they will laugh at the idea of spending that much on a crippled laptop,and an inadequate tablet. .
Worth is personal. It is the value we place on the stuff we acquire.
Paying £5 for a solder sucker is worth it if you have a few easy solder joints to remove now and then. And if it does the job.. great. Money well spent.
Paying £70 was worth it to me, to be able to remove more difficult parts safely and without damage. So I got a de-soldering gun. Now multi lead components just fall out. Stripped a whole board of LEDs from an old project in under 5 minutes on Saturday, without damaging the LEDs. Brilliant tool. WORTH every penny to me. Overkill to many, inadequate to many others.
Paying £300+ to do the same job, but faster is worth it to someone who is more time constrained, or not paying for their own tools. And that is fine too. But it is not worth that to me. Time is not important, and I am unlikely to be working on multi layer boards with big copper pours. So my cheap gun is fine.
All these tools do essentially the same thing. But to differing degrees, and with differing competence. Which is chosen depends on it's value to the buyer. Not a take it or leave it price.
Once you understand this concept, you will hopefully stop asking such damn fool questions.