|Written by HeavenlyAndroid|
|Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:22|
We are facing difficult times. The UK economy is on its way through a double-dip recession, with a possible triple-dip recession if something doesn't give soon. Purse strings have never been tighter for the general population, with jobs almost extinct, and bottles of coins being emptied and counted all across the country. In short, it isn't much fun. This is where Android excels, with so many handsets being within reach of even the most hard-up amongst us. Android has a vast range of entry-level handsets that can be bought for less than £100.
However, for those of you that were born with a silver spoon between your delicate rosebud lips, or those of you that are lucky enough to have retained your high flying careers or have won the lottery, a little known manufacturer may have the Android phone you've been looking for.
Vertu are no strangers to the mobile phone industry, but have never worked with Android before. They are the 'Rolls Royce' of the phone business, with each handset being lovingly made-by-hand in Church Crookham, Hampshire, UK; which makes a refreshing change to other manufacturers who are turning their back on UK workers, choosing to instead to take their work abroad.
Previously they've worked with Nokia, offering an 18 carat gold, white gold or platinum handset for the cool as ice price of £15,000 back in 2002. The latest Android offering goes by the name of Vertu Ti, and the price tag will be between £6,994 and an eye popping £14,200. Android was chosen as the platform of choice this time around as it currently holds around 60% of the mobile market share.
"Vertu Ti is our most significant product for a decade.The Android OS (operating system) delivers a proven and intuitive environment for users while the design and craftsmanship of the handset is still uniquely Vertu." Perry Oosting, chief executive and president of Vertu said.
Specs include a weight of 180 grams, 4G connectivity, a titanium frame and a sapphire glass screen. A screen so tough that there's nothing on earth that can scratch it other than diamonds. So those of you that can afford this luxurious handset had better keep your multitude of diamond rings well away from the screen!
Vertu does not however claim to be at the cutting edge of technology, rather technology that's tried and tested and relevant. Mobile phone tech moves at such lightning fast speeds, with upgrading frequently being the only mean to keep up-to-date, and Vertu is definitely not a throwaway product.
Craftmanship of the highest quality is key, and number crunching is of little significance. Over the past 10 years Vertu have sold just 326,000 handsets worldwide, which adds to the exclusivity and also the price tag. Each handset is inscribed with the signature of the person that assembled the phone, you can find the laser inscription on the inside lid of the SIM card holder.
One very unique and snobbish feature is a dedicated concierge button on each phone. You can connect with a global team who will offer advice, help, locate events and even book restaurants for you. Useful if you're that busy earning money that you haven't time to do such mundane things.
For those of you that have money burning a hole in your pocket, you can find the mobile phone of your dreams in 500 retail outlets worldwide, including 70 Vertu boutiques.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:31 )|