When it comes to smartphone material quality, the lines are cut pretty clear - plastic is considered cheap and unfavorable, while aluminum is premium and expensive. There isn't anything beside that... with the exception of pure 24-carat gold, platinum, and silver, that is. These materials only make it into a very limited quantity of phones, because it goes without saying that they are incredibly expensive.
That's why we don't see some hot-shot startup like OnePlus stand up and make golden phones affordable for every Tom, Dick, and Harry anytime soon. That's never how it was supposed to be.
Here, we've rounded up some of the best, and most lavishly expensive all-gold smartphones and accessories produced. Take a peek at them, then go read a "get rich in a day" book. Not that it will help you get one of these tomorrow, but who knows what can happen in the long run.
10 smartphones and accessories made with pure gold
10 smartphones and accessories made with pure gold
Gold product maker Purogold went rather subtle when re-imagining the Samsung Galaxy S5 for the petrol sheikhs in Dubai. Instead of going all-out shiny gold, Purogold embellished the S5's frame and buttons with satin-finished 24 Carat Gold. The rest of the phone looks pretty much as we know it, but the combination of gold and plastic is surprisingly elegant.
We wish we could tell you the price, but it appears this information is privy and exclusive - like the phone itself.
This customized Samsung Galaxy S4 sure makes for a beautiful phone when dressed in gold, rose gold or platinum. It also comes with Clear-Coat full body protection. Whether you opt for Gold, Platinum, or Rose Gold, you will no doubt end up with a gorgeous Galaxy S4, but beauty has its price. Which, once again, isn't specified, but it doesn't matter anyway, since all three variants are sold out. Hmm, perhaps they are more affordable than we thought? Uhm, unlikely.
London's Gold & Co. is about to introduce a gorgeous 24-karat gold iPad Mini. The company is known for prettying up smartphones and tablets with solid gold exteriors encrusted with precious stones. As you can see for yourself, the British craftsmen made an example of the iPad Mini. Apple's mini-tab is already a looker, but the gold plating makes it look like a bullion that sports fast hardware and an ultra-sharp display.
The golden iPad Mini can be yours for a price somewhere north of $5000.
Premium as it is, the HTC One M8 becomes a class higher phone in its golden reincarnation. There is little to be said here - you know full well what HTC's flagship phone is all about, and the gold, rose gold, and platinum versions are certainly no less thrilling. However, the $3,203 price tag is as literally stunning as the phone itself. Of course, you can always opt for the cheaper golden HTC One Mini ($2527), but you might be frowned upon by your friends from the golf club.
The iPhone 6's bombastic reveal is a good two months and a half away, but you can already pre-order the biggest iPhone yet in gold from luxury retailer Brikk. It looks fancy, to say the least, although the seller insists the photos are strictly illustrative. Then again, they probably aren't that far from the truth anyway.
Available with a non-refundable $500 deposit to buy yourself a place in the line, the "plain" gold iPhone 6 will cost you about $4495. Then comes the diamond-encrusted variant at a "slightly" pricier $8395. Finally, if you don't want the gold, but want to keep the diamonds, you can have the original phone encrusted for $5995.
6. 24k Gold Xperia Z
The Xperia Z is a bit last year's news by now, but it's still a gorgeous phone that looks excellent in a 24k gold shell. Although it's another Dubai exclusive, made for the land where police officers drive Lamborghinis, the golden Xperia Z is swag all around. All gold plated Sony Xperia Z models are individually numbered, custom made, contained in luxurious handcrafted wooden boxes, and come with a guaranteed certificate of authenticity.
7. 24ct Gold Plated Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981
Argue at will whether BlackBerry is relevant or not - this is one gorgeous phone! The 24-carat Gold Plated BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981 is limited to 100 units costing around $7500 each. Although the combination of lowly innards, small display, and luxury price kinda-sorta put it into "old Vertu" category, we admit we'd love to have one. Or the BlackBerry Passport, if it ever comes around in 24-karat gold. Hey, don't judge us - we love expensive toys as much as the next tech writer!
Need a set of cans to go with your gold-plated luxury phone? You don't need to go much farther than the Monster 24k. Although their price of $300 to $400 doesn't suggest the gold here is the real deal 24k gold, the finish could fool everyone but the most renowned craftsmen. Anyway, these are good headphones that probably sound great, but certainly not as great as Monster wants you to believe. If you have them, you probably wear them for the look anyway - which is fine by us!
Of course, we can't have a proper list of obscenely expensive stuff without including some Beats headphones. *cough* Excuse the sarcasm. *cough* This $2519 pair of cans touts white leather, 24k gold plating, and is done all by hand. That is, Crystal Rocked's technicians took apart the headphones, plated them, assembled them, and polished them to trophy-like perfection. Sounds like a great story to spin while you're showing off your golden phone, doesn't it?
We have to give it to Goldgenie, it made a mighty fine-looking tablet stand. Luxury 24k gold and Swarovski diamonds aside, the stand has a magnetic ball joint for fluid 3D rotation and viewing adjustments. The finish is produced by using a combination of precision aluminium extrusion and CNC matching. The stand does scream quality, but the price will make you scream as well - $1659!