Recommended For: Exceptionally Wealthy Individuals
Not Recommended For: Everyday Cell Phone Buyers
For most of us, price is a critical object when considering a new cell phone purchase. But what if price was absolutely no object at all?
While we’ve seen cell phones priced as low as $19.99 (even some cell phone accessories cost more), in this designer cell phone review we discover the relatively unknown and ultra-luxurious phone priced as much as a house.
These phones are so expensive that their price is nothing short of elusive. After doing some digging, though, this should give you a decent idea.
The “cheapest” Vertu available costs $5,100 and the most expensive has sold for $350,000. The house-priced gadget included 3 carats of diamonds and rubies.
The white or yellow gold Vertu Constellation runs for $19,000 while the platinum solitaire Vertu Signature costs $49,000. This is not Monopoly money.
Would you be buying ultra-advanced, James Bond-like technology for this kind of price? Not at all.
In fact, Vertu only recently added increasingly standard Bluetooth technology for wireless headset connectivity and other short-range devices. Instead, you’re essentially buying a fine watch. Think of a Vertu like a Rolex.
It’s all about the precious metals (i.e. platinum and gold) and fine gems (i.e. diamonds and rubies). That said, most of us reading this review at this point clearly realize reading on can only serve as entertaining window shopping. But looking never killed anyone, right?
So here’s the big reveal: You may be surprised to learn that Vertu is actually the luxury cell phone brand of Nokia.
Vertu hasn’t spent a penny advertising its name in the U.S., according to a Nokia representative at Nokia’s flagship retail store in downtown Chicago. The store also confirmed the above-mentioned pricing information.
“Born from obsession,” Vertu “took the finest materials from the world of matchmaking, automotive, aeronautics and jewelry” and “then made them even better to come up to Vertu’s exacting standards”. Specifically, according to Vertu:
Vertu says the Signature is so complex and nearly “impossible” to build that eight designers spent a total of four man years “perfecting the feel of the keypad alone”.
But beyond the fancy cosmetic factor, the Signature weighs in at a heavy weight ranging from 173 grams (6.10 ounces) all the way up to 210 grams (7.4 ounces) depending on the model. A common cell phone today, for example, weighs in at 4 ounces.
Signature models range from the following metal variations:
The Signature has a length of 122 millimeters (4.8 inches), a width of 42 millimeters (1.65 inches), a depth of 15.5 millimeters (0.61 inches) and a volume of 78 centimeters.
A common cell phone today might measure in at 3.9 inches by 1.9 inches by 0.6 of an inch. As for the Signature’s feature set, the only particularly interesting technology component is its potential for extremely long talk time. Here’s the full set of features:
The Bottom Line
While the Vertu clearly is the antithesis of the everyday cell phone and doesn’t for a second attempt to be light or inexpensive, its “heavy” and “hard” features actually serve as enablers for allowing the handsets to take a beating.
But like many would be if they ever actually owned a Lamborghini, for example, you still might be afraid to touch it for fear of giving the prized possession any sort of blemish.
While the Vertu focuses entirely on design and form and much less on function, it goes without saying the Vertu is designed to be specifically sought out by celebrities and other exceptionally wealthy people with extremely discretionary spending habits.
Image Gallery: See five photos of the Vertu Signature.
Update: Vertu has unveiled an update to its flagship Signature model. The new 3G model is called the Vertu Signature S Design.
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