Monday, August 10, 2015

Rant: Luxury smart phones

I am appalled with so call "luxury" phones like the Vertu Ti Android Ferrari.  They can fetch of up to $11,999.99, which seems quite a lot for a simple phone.

But what's so great with the phone?  Specs?  Nope.   As seen from the chart below, the specs fall in with other mid range phones, such as the Google Nexus 4, which came out a few months ago.  And the Google Nexus 4 have a cheaper price tag of around £135.00, depending on whether you want it brand new or used.

Vertu claims to be made in England by a single craftsman who makes each unit by hand (like sculpt it by hand? I'm sure you can't make the battery by hand... or the processor) at the company headquarters in Hampshire. In addition, What sets the Vertu apart from other competitors, other than the titanium and sapphire crystal, is its "live personal assistant on-call" at the press of a button. Vertu's Concierge Services enables the user to call a live person in the same region as the user to do functions, such as booking exclusive hotels and dinner reservations that can easily be done via apps.

Another example is the Bellperre Touch, which like the Vertu, has abmismal specs. According to the website, its specs are:

  • Dimensions: 138.0 x 69.4 x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 166 g, Micro-SIM
  • 4.9 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • 48 GB MEMORY + 2 GB RAM
  • 3.5mm jack, NFC, Multitouch
  • GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
  • EDGE Class 12
  • Speed: HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA; LTE
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • DISPLAY, 720 x 1280 pixels, 16M colors
  • 2G Network: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network: 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
  • Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP, EDR
  • Android OS, CPU Dual-core 1.5 GHz
  • MicroUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
  • Autofocus CAMERA 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, LED flash
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • 1080p@30fps Video
  • Secondary cam: 1.9 MP, 720p@30fps
  • Accelerometer sensor, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
  • Organizer, Photo/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Stand-by: (2G) / Up to 330 h (3G)
  • Talk time: (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)
  • Music play: Up to 48 h

In conclusion, are luxury phones worth it? Definately not. Unless you're looking for a phone for a permanent showcase, they quickly get outdated. And an advice for luxury phone makers, please make your phones specs worth the price. You could maybe stuff your phone with like 4 GB no 8 GB of ram, 128 GB or 1 TB of internal storage with microsd card expansion, and the top of the line custom octo-core (8 cores) processor with a clock speed of 3 GHz or greater.

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