Special hands-on with a couple Vertu luxury handsets
Following a press event at CES 2013, we made a brief detour to visit with a Vertu dealer located in the same hotel and casino complex. We took a chance and asked if there was any possibility we might be able to see some of the exclusive handmade cellphones from Vertu. The boutique manager agreed to let us take a look, take some photos and record a quick hands-on video.
We did not have a lot of time since it was clear we were not going to be purchasing any of these items. We were presented with, two for-sale items, plus a demo unit which accounted for roughly $38,000 of merchandise. That made the contents of the cases we were standing at worth a total of at least $250,000. When you sell exclusive items for that kind of money, specifications do not matter much. These Vertu handsets are not on the cutting edge in some parts of technology, but they are certainly exclusive in their use of platinum instead of silver and other exotic materials that are all assembled by hand.
The two models we got to behold were the Vertu Signature Zirconium and the Vertu Constellation. The Signature Zirconium is built exclusively by any one of six women at Vertu who then engrave the plate in the battery well with their signature. It is Vertu's current top-of-the-line device. For such a slim device, it feels like it is indestructible as its weight and construction with zirconium phosphate (yes, the same zirconium-fake-diamond-zirconium, and yes, it is very hard).
The Constellation is a familiar touch screen device. It runs on the Symbian operating system, and though Vertu will begin offering devices running on Android, they are still making the Constellation and Constellation Quest (QWERTY device) series devices. Just like its Signature cousin, the Constellation exudes luxury and unique build quality. The leather feels strange on a hand-set. The sapphire screen shines when it is clear of fingerprints.
These are devices for people that want instant access to concierge services and want to make a statement to their high-dollar circles of friends. However, Vertu has successfully occupied a niche to serve exclusive products and services to a discrete demographic of customers. We saw an opportunity to see them up close and share the view with you.
We want to give a special thank you to Bellusso Jewelers, for allowing us to check out some of their inventory. Bellusso Jewelers is located at the Palazzo shops between The Venetian Hotel and Casino, and The Palazzo Hotel, Resort and Casino. Next time you are in Vegas, check out their exquisite shop of stunning watches, jewelry and of course, Vertu luxury cell phones.
Note from the writer about the video: "I realize that the first part of the video shows me pronouncing Vertu as "Ventu" and I do correct myself. It was an honest mistake at the end of a long day and wanted that out before the merciless comments accumulated. :-)" -Max R.
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1. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
wow who would be stupid enough to buy one.
2. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)
if i was a gazillionaire and those phones had specs to keep up with their mainstream high end counterparts maybe.....
but when i can get a 100x better phone for 1/100th the cost, come on, they're just showing off.
3. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)
buy a gold toilet, makes as much sense.
4. muhsen (Posts: 258; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
"though Vertu will begin offering devices running on Android," ???????! lol,phonearena ,is this ur dream ??? or u r only keeping up with updates of apple ,samsung and htc???
vertu is being run by an ex nokian who left nokia just to run vertu( its the one who said having android as the main platform for a company is like the warm peeing in ur pants) and nokia still maintains 10% share of the company plus there wasn't any OFFICIAL statement from vertu that it will produce any android phones in the near future.i guess vertu producing android phones is alot harder to believe than nokia producing android phones so vertu will either keep using symbian ( they released C blue quest and C blue in 2012 october. that's 8 months after the last symbian phone from nokia (808) being launched) or will switch to windows phone!!
btw ,although nokia sold off 90% of the company,its still being run as a nokia unit . a big evidence on that is vertu constellation quest blue( its totally new device running symbian belle based on the e6) was released after months from nokia selling 90% of the company ) plus vertu symbian and s40 devices still have access to nokia store and their update channels r run by nokia!!!
phonearena!! not cool u should keep up with companies like vertu even if they don't have any decent weight in the phone market. after all, u r a phone blog
14. Maxwell.R (Posts: 169; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
The dealer confirmed that Android devices were on order. They were hoping they could swap out some inventory. OVI is still being maintained, but you should check previous articles we have written up here, Symbian is now in maintenance mode. No updates to apps are being allowed unless it is a compelling business case. Also, Nokia's divestiture of Vertu was only completed in October just following the Constellation Blue and Constellation Quest announcements. As to covering Vertu, just search our site, we do all sorts of write ups about it, and we even just brought you a hands-on and photos...
5. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Want a Lumia 920 made with blue tinted platinum, studded with diamonds, topaz side buttons ... Ahh dream!
6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6429; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Dtas a ugly handset. Who would spen 38,000$ on a featured phone?
7. phljcnth (Posts: 264; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I really don't get it. Why are expensive phones (ranging from iPhones to Vertus) ugly?
9. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I've always liked this brutal design of vertu phones. But paying through the nose for a phone???? Whoaaa...no!
11. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
no amount of money or whatever you wanna call it would make me buy that wtf is wrong with ppl
13. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
no not at all them phone are plain nothing special about it unless ur rich
16. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
atleast still runs on symbian! :)
but honestly... this is ugly phones!!! i think women will prefer an iPhone with diamonds on it!