> but at what point does paying extra for that beat out something that outperforms what you're buying by every other conceivable metric?
It's a tough but personal call, I guess. Given the earlier metaphor, I'd much rather have the Maybach which is priced similarly to the sports cars, but since there's no Maybach option for the Neo900 that's where we're at. I think I paid about $700 for the first N900, later getting them for $300 for my father and sister (who are both still using them); so ~$1000 for the Neo900 is tempting to have a pocket Debian box with all the gadgets, and presumably, a community like Maemo had that was keen to hop in and hack it.
I'm a little bummed since the last time I was a looking to spend $1000 on a phone it was (now I can't remember, either a Siemens or a Motorola) phone that could do UMTS and quad-band GSM, meaning I would have been able to use the same phone in the US, Europe and Japan.
If I thought a better option would come along if I waited another year, or even two, this would be a more obvious solution. Given that I don't replace phones every two years, maybe the amortized cost is worth it. I'm obviously still tempted, although with 5G deployments *scheduled* for 2020 maybe it's not worth it. Or it'll simply be a good time to look to upgrade. I'm very conflicted.