My iPhone Replaces All That?

I’m not ashamed to say, “I love my iPhone!” It goes everywhere with me, and does just about everything. But I never realized just how much it can do until I read a story (via It opened my eyes to just how valuable my iPhone really is.

The author of the story found a nearly full-length ad by Radio Shack from a 1991 edition of The Buffalo News. Of the 15 electronic gadgets on the page … 13 of them are now crammed into my iPhone. Back in 1991, buying everything in that ad, according to the story, would have cost me …. wait for it … more than three thousand dollars! More like $5100 in today’s money, it goes on to say. Here’s the ad:


Here’s the list of items the iPhone has rendered obsolete:

  • All weather personal stereo, $11.88. I now use my iPhone with an Otter Box
  • AM/FM clock radio, $13.88. iPhone.
  • In-Ear Stereo Phones, $7.88. Came with iPhone.
  • Microthin calculator, $4.88. Swipe up on iPhone.
  • Tandy 1000 TL/3, $1599. I actually owned a Tandy 1000, and I used it for games and word processing. I now do most of both of those things on my phone.
  • VHS Camcorder, $799. iPhone.
  • Mobile Cellular Telephone, $199. Obvs.
  • Mobile CB, $49.95. Ad says “You’ll never drive ‘alone’ again!” iPhone.
  • 20-Memory Speed-Dial phone, $29.95.
  • Deluxe Portable CD Player, $159.95. 80 minutes of music, or 80 hours of music? iPhone.
  • 10-Channel Desktop Scanner, $99.55. I still have a scanner, but I have a scanner app, too. iPhone.
  • Easiest-to-Use Phone Answerer, $49.95. iPhone voicemail.
  • Handheld Cassette Tape Recorder, $29.95. I use the Voice Memo app almost daily.
  • BONUS REPLACEMENT: It’s not an item for sale, but at the bottom of the ad, you’re instructed to ‘check your phone book for the Radio Shack Store nearest you.’  Do you even know how to use a phone book?

Now you see why I love my iPhone? It’s a whole lot cheaper than buying all that stuff. Plus I doubt I could fit it all in my pocket.

Everything from 1991 Radio Shack ad I now do with my phone

One Comment on “My iPhone Replaces All That?

  1. I must say, as significantly as I enjeyod reading what you had to say, I couldnt help but lose interest after a while. Its as if you had a great grasp on the topic matter, but you forgot to include your readers. Perhaps you should think about this from much more than one angle. Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so significantly. Its better if you think about what others may have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the subject. Think about adjusting your own thought process and giving others who may read this the benefit of the doubt.

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