What do middle-class men and women have in common with the rich and famous? More than they think. This is especially true when it comes to personal technology. Name your members of the elite – the Duchess of Sussex and other British Royals for instance – and you can be certain they own iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices commonly used by commoners.
In an age when personal technology is ubiquitous and the premier brands like Apple and Samsung sell in the millions every year, the definition of luxury is forced to shift. Once upon a time, having access to the latest and greatest gadgets was a sign of luxury all on its own. Now that virtually everyone walks around with the same high-end tech, the ways in which some of the rich and famous choose to showcase their status have become slightly more nuanced. The focus of luxury when it comes to personal technology has changed so that accessories are now the center point rather than the devices themselves.
For instance, bands for high-end smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch come in an almost endless variety of designs. They can even be custom made to order. While the rich and famous might still be buying Apple Watch Series 4 screen protectors like everyone else, they have the option to invest in exceptionally high-end bands. Whether diamond encrusted, made with platinum, or handcrafted from full-grain leather, a luxury smartwatch band is undoubtedly the most eye-catching characteristic when being worn around a wrist.
This same concept can be applied to other mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. While the aforementioned British Royal Family are unlikely to be spotted with exceptionally ornate phone cases due to their desire to appear down-to-earth, many rich and famous people have no such reservations. This is especially true in show business, professional sports, and other industries where much of the wealth is relatively young and new. Millionaires in their 20s and 30s have a tendency to want to showcase their status, and decking their devices in diamonds and other precious stones and metals is a surefire way to do it.
As with most high-end upgrades available for modern conveniences, there exists a temptation among the greater portion of society to experience these perks despite lacking the income to justify their decision. The phenomenon of “keeping up with the Joneses” is nothing new, nor is its potential to put people in the poor house or keep them there. It’s therefore no surprise that some buyers of high-end accessories for high-tech personal devices can be far less well off than they proclaim. With this in mind, it’s important for readers to appreciate the fleeting rewards of personal luxury. The purchase should never represent a significant portion of your personal wealth.
The mobile devices used by working men and women on a daily basis are virtually identical to those used by the rich and famous. This has caused accessories to become ground zero for tech fashion. With that said, take a lesson from the British Royals and think about what an extravagant phone case or luxury smartwatch band really says about who you are. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with treating yourself to something a little decadent now and then, there’s equally nothing wrong with deciding a cheaper alternative works just as well.