10 Worst Tech Rip-Offs and How to Avoid Them
Internal Storage on Your Phone / Tablet
Outside of the jewelry industry where it’s routine to charge customers 300 percent more than they paid for a bunch of useless rocks, internal tablet and phone storage carries the biggest mockup. The base level iPad costs $499 with 16GB of NAND memory while the 32GB model costs $100 more, despite costing Apple just $16.80 more for the additional 16GB, according to IHS iSuppli. The 64GB model goes for $699, despite costing just $50.40 more than the base model.
IHS iSuppli hasn’t estimated a bill-of-materials cost for the Samsung Galaxy S III, but it’s safe to assume that the $50 difference between the 16GB and 32GB versions of that phone is about triple what costs Samsung for the higher-capacity NAND. You can bet that Microsoft is also making bank on the $100 extra it charges to go from the 32GB to 64GB versions of the Surface with Windows RT.
Solution: If you can buy a phone or tablet with a microSD card slot, do it. You can buy a 32GB microSD card for under $25. If you have your heart set on a device like the iPhone that doesn’t have a microSD slot, you have two choices: use online storage to keep more of your files in the cloud or buy a wireless storage device like the Kingston Wii Drive, which lets you access your files over the local network.