Luxury phone manufacturers get one thing right: their handsets are very expensive. It’s everything that makes a smartphone inherently valuable to its users that companies like Vertu seem too miss the mark on. But folks that spend $10,000 on a handmade cellphone aren’t all that interested in valuing things for their normal functionality. They’re too busy using hundred dollar bills as dinner napkins.
The Vertu Ti is assembled in England and features a titanium case, “sapphire crystal” display, and then a bunch of other specs you could find on a $100 smartphone after subsidies and rebates. 3.7-inch WVGA display, dual-core processing, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For Vertu, it’s all about “craftsmanship.” No thanks, we’ll save our money.