Meet the "Vertu for Bentley" luxury Android smartphone
posted by Florin T. / Oct 13, 2014, 7:59 PM
The “Vertu for Bentley” is dressed in calf leather, and comes with exclusive Bentley content - including an exclusive Bentley app, wallpapers, and a unique 3D animation start-up, all complementing the Bentley logo on the front of the device.
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What a beautiful piece of crap.
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 8:11 PM 12
It never ceases to amaze me that the moment something is out of somebody's price range, it becomes every negative adjective known to man. It wasn't crafted for the middle class, it isn't marketed to the middle class, and complaining about the price of something you can't afford anyway mystifies me. To those that can afford it, 16,000 would be like you or I spending 20 bucks. Expensive is relative to who you're asking. If you can't afford it, it isn't for you.
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 8:26 PM 2
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Yeah I get what you're saying, but I think it's a bit more ridiculous for a smartphone. If you spend an enormous amount of money on a car for instance, chances are that this particular car is of higher quality and higher performance than a "normally" priced car, whereas for a smartphone, we both know that this Bentley smartphone isn't the best or most advanced smartphone or the one that gives you the most confortable user experience. There's merely a Bentley logo on the front. Therefore paying 15 grand for it IS quite ridiculous, even for people who can afford it. Or maybe the Bentley app is the best app ever, I guess we'll never know ;)
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 9:09 PM 3
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The high price is for the included services, which include 24-7 concierge. You simply push a button and say, "Book me a flight to Cairo Wednesday morning and get me a hotel for three nights ," and its done, on your preferred airline at the hotel chain you like. A car service is arranged, etc...
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 9:33 PM 5
I wholeheartedly agree with that, but our scale of value for money is also different from that of the wealthy. And yeah, this particular product is not as quite well equipped specs wise as the current flagships from the OEM's, but look at this way. The wealthy buy products for exclusivity, bragging rights, impact, brand, perceived quality and one-upsmanship moreso than practicality and ability compared to other products on the market. They'd be doing so for the same reason anyone buys a high-end fashion brand even though there's plenty of excellent clothes you can get for cheaper. Though quality and price aren't always connected (or disconnected for that matter), branding can take an ordinary object and make it worth its weight in gold. The badge really makes that much of a difference to some people.
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 10:18 PM 0
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You guys are missing something... Exclusivity isn't all. Yes, a pair of Zegna shoes are 10 times more expensive than a pair from Aldo. Are they the same quality? No. Are the Zegna shoes going to outlast the Aldo shoes by a factor 10? Probably not. Which looks better? In all likelihood the Zegna shoes. Are the benefits worth the extra price for the average person? Probably not. For the wealthy? Most definitely. Can you say the same about this Vertu phone? Well, build quality and materials might be better, but specs are worse. Design is a matter of taste and thus subjective, but I'm personally unimpressed, and would bet this design would tank, materials notwithstanding.
posted on Oct 14, 2014, 1:33 AM 1
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Eplain to me why this regular phone should cost that much? mr. it wasnt made for you?
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 9:38 PM 0
It shouldn't. But it does. Why does any luxury item equal the price people pay for it? Is anything really worth the monetary amount we assign to it, and how so? Who decides what the subjective measures of quality, taste, brand, history, and all the other intangibles are worth? In short, because the people who made it decided it should. I never said it was value for money, or that they should charge what they do.I merely explained that complaining about the price of something you can't afford anyway is utterly stupid. It's like me bitching about the price of Ferrari's, knowing full well I can't even afford their cheapest model and they were never made for people in my income bracket to begin with.
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 10:25 PM 0
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Bad analogy. A Ferrari can actually blow away most cars we can afford and looks and feels the part. This is like selling a bigger iPhone 4s for $749 dollars like it's the best phone in the world. ..er wait. Apple already does that. Okay a better Analogy would be like me taking an HTC One M8, slapping a Bentley logo on it and selling it for $15000. Yes, I am entitled to do this by the letter of the law but it doesn't mean I shouldn't get flak for it. I am conning someone. Them thinking it's okay doesn't make it okay. I would probably get sued. So should Vertu and Apple.
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 11:02 PM 0
Not at all, and I can explain why. Plenty of people would say that objectively the Corvette C7 is faster than most of Ferrari's, Porsche's or Aston Martin's line up. And what it isn't outright faster than, it's only slower than by tenths of a second, so the price gap isn't worth the money. Ergo, if they are only judging the cars based off of their performance, it makes no sense to spring for the 458 just because it's a few tenths of a second quicker; even though it costs $200,000 more. And the Stingray Z06 is faster still, being quicker to sixty than the 458 by a half a second, and probably with a higher speed as well. To them, it doesn't matter if it's made out of superior materials or has heritage, a highly regarded brand, or any of the intangibles about the Ferrari that make you feel a certain way. They just see the speed. Side Note: Most high-end cars are a glorified something or other. That's true of Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Cadillac and a few others. To your point using the HTC One analogy. That's my point. Going by specs alone, you'd choose an LG, HTC, Samsung, Apple, or Sony top-spec device. Because objectively, they are superior (except maybe the scratch resistance of the display since this uses Sapphire glass). These people buy a Vertu because of the exclusivity, prestige, bragging rights, and all the intangibles that go along with that. And being branded by Bentley makes the badge alone worth its weight in gold. It's no longer an argument about value at that point, beacuse the very idea of value becomes amorphous and personally defined rather than performance based. Get what I mean? To put it another way, most Aston Martin's are slow as f**k and would be demolished by nearly every single exotic manufacture that exists, in a race. But you buy the Aston because even though there are cars that are more reliable, have superior mechanical set ups and others that are more luxurious. They decision to buy the Aston is an emotinal one at that point. Exactly how Vertu operates. To be fair, Apple isn't even in the same league as these other OEM's that sell high price devices. Though they are expensive compared to the typical android flagship.
posted on Oct 14, 2014, 12:12 AM 0
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Do you have a Bentley? Then this phone is for you. I don't think they made this phone for someone rolling around in a Toyota or a Honda. I honestly think anyone that owns a Bentley wouldn't mind the price tag. And I thought these phones were expensive because of the material used to make them. You can't make a titanium phone and sell it at tthe same price range as an Alminium phone.
posted on Oct 13, 2014, 11:02 PM 1
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At least it's 801 when 805 is at the top (one gen off). Look over the past luxury phones and you'll find ones that were using 2-3 gen old tech and 2-3 gen old Android releases. I applaud everything on the device but the battery, not sure of the RAM.
posted on Oct 14, 2014, 11:37 AM 0
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