Here in the Philippines, when we say cellphones, what comes to mind are brands like Nokia, Sony Ericson, Motorola, Samsung and Apple. And as the local and asian suppliers start to mass manufacture cheaper phones (Cherry / other China Phones), all the phone prices seem to be dropping ever rapidly as Nokia started to release cheaper phones in the range of P6000+. But what we didn’t expect is the coming of higher end phones, the ones that cost 60 times the price of a normal cellphone. One particular brand is Vertu which really has gotten my attention for a few years now.
I always wondered, why would someone pay $5,100 (Around P222,436.50) for the lowest model of Vertu? Like, who in the right mind would spend something like that for a phone that does exactly what the cheaper phones can do? But I then I realized, phones, nowadays, isn’t really just a way to communicate but it’s more about fashion, image and somehow credibility. Just imagine of someone carrying a black and white phone versus an Iphone?
So what makes Vertu phones special? It is just the materials they use to build the phones. Apparently some models can withstand falling from 7 floors to the ground (didn’t break, scratch or damage…), their keypads were carefully designed (apparently it took them 4 man years to complete), Exclusive Vertu Ringtones,Â Sapphire keys and screen and their Concierge service which helps you to book certain things like flights or popular places. It’s something that you’d want if you do have that spare cash lying around (lots of them), value fashion and just need a basic phone. Also, one cool fact that not a lot know about is that Vertu is owned by Nokia, so they seem to want to dominate the market on low, mid and high end phones. Here’s a really good video that explains more on why Vertu phone is expensive:
I personally don’t own a Vertu phone, but I did plan to buy one before (as I was offered by a credible supplier a significant discount), but didn’t continue as I did try to think what I wanted in a phone (I ended up purchasing an Iphone 4). But if I did have the spare cash, I would certainly buy one. As an Entrepreneur, the first impression is very important from what you wear to whatever you use (especially your phone). What’s really cool is that they’re starting to develop newer phones like the Vertu Constallation Quest phone which already have the same as other phones like Wireless Lan and Bluetooth (yes, it’s advanced enough for them right now). Here are the specification of the phone:
- Touchscreen display with 16M colors
- Full QWERTY keyboard and five-way scroll button
- 3.5 mm audio jack, mp3 player, mp4 (movie) player
- 3G with HSDPA 10.2 Mbps and HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
- WiFi b/g
- Symbian OS (same with Nokia)
- 5.0 mp Camera
I like the fact that they’re finally doing something to modernize the uses of their phone with Vertu Constallation Quest, however, they still have a long way to go before they can go all advanced and more useful than the Iphone. But, I think it’s just really cool to own a phone like that. What really stops me from buying it (aside from the price, duh), is that the features are far too basic while I wanted something more advanced and something I can use for business (Being Techy that I am, the Iphone filled that gap). But for those who goes for fashion and wants basic use, you must go and get one (Must…).