My point? I'll buy HL3 within a week of it coming out. HL2 was just too good to pass up HL3. It may just take me a lot longer to get through the game, which just means to me that it's better value to me personallly for my money.
You're outside the normal use case. I wouldn't be surprised to see CD players disappearing from cars in the next 5 years, replaced with 4g streaming solutions or simply with smartphone docks.
Also, your 2 GB smartphone is well past obsolete. Most modern ones start at 16 GB, more than enough for a decent sized music library in addition to your phone apps.
The two years just expired. They shipped her a new (maybe refurb?) processor, of a newer model than her old one. It even came with it's own 3 year warranty. So for a couple grand, she basically got 2 years of warranty for her old processor, a newer model processor with 3 years of warranty. Retail cost of newer processor was well over double the cost of the warranty!
Hard to beat that.
For a 720, the numbers are similar, if they are correct as reported by the summary. $499 + 120 = $619 or 299 + 240 = $539.
Only question is - if you choose a subsidized model - what is the cost of XBox Live Gold after the two years are up? Is it 5, or 10?
I've always thought an AI would need to be developed for this...