There's Probably $900,000 Worth Of Apps On Your Smartphone

Go buy yourself a nice, big gumball.

Smartphones are expensive.

The average price of an Android device is about $250, while an iPhone is over $600. That's way, way more than these devices cost to build.

But if it's any consolation, think about this: Some of the apps that come preloaded on your handset -- camera, GPS, clock -- can perform services that would have cost you a small fortune in the 1970s and 1980s. Observe this chart, from Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, a 2012 New York Times bestseller by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler:

Isn't technology wonderful?