Technology has evolved at such a rapid rate thanks to the explosion of the mobile phone phenomenon. Gone are the days of having to text furiously or staring intently at a screen the size of a small make up mirror. Instead, this has been replaced by new as well as innovative smartphones that are now considered to be the ultimate fashion statement.
A prized possession at the bottom of many people’s handbags or pockets, you can choose from a number of different state of the art touchscreen phones. From detailed megapixel cameras to capture your activities to social media updates, the way we engage and interact has changed dramatically. Yet, this growing mobile trend has seen more and more individuals purchasing these essential items. This is further supported by the growing popularity of smartphones.
In fact around one billion devices were shipped in the last twelve months alone with Korean giants, Samsung among the market leaders. This is almost a 40% rise when compared to the previous year’s results. The globes largest vendor has begun to take small chunks out the Apple market with Chinese firm Huawei hot on their heels. In addition, out of nearly 2 million mobile phones, smartphones accounted for more than 50% of the actual figure.
Recently it is the large screen products or so called “phablets” which have been hitting the headlines. Fashionable and ultra-sleek they now tell you a lot about the person behind the purchase.
Although consumers are looking for attractive looking devices, they are certainly not willing to compromise on features and a host of unique settings. However, there are some smartphones out there that just dazzle and evoke pure luxury for its sheer glitz. If you want to show off with a fabulous phablet or something more indulgent, here are the ultimate devices that are sure to be the envy of all your friends.
10 LG Flex: $1,500
A newcomer to the hybrid phone/tablet range, the LG Flex is one of the first curved offerings. Using the latest innovations and a smooth cinematic screen, this is set to be a hot contender for 2014. It shows off its amazing 6-inch wraparound OLED display, while the user experiences the finest viewing experience. Other features include a 13MP camera, 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM coupled and 32GB internal storage.
9 Tonino Lamborghini Antares: $4,250
Understated luxury is what Tonino Lamborghini's brand does best. Effortless luxury comes to the forefront here which is a must-have for mobile phone aficionados. The Antares speaks for itself with numerous jewels as well as prominent lines and powerful accents. Priced at a little more than $4,000, it has Android 4.2, a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor and 32GB of internal memory. The phone houses an audio amplifier by Yamaha for those who appreciate crystal clear sound.
8 Gold HTC One: $4,500
Spandau Ballet sang about it but for the Midas touch this sleek Gold HTC One model is the perfect luxury phone. This glossy device can be purchased for around $4,500 but does not disappoint in the lavish stakes. Made from 18 carat gold, there are only five of these gilded models manufactured, which makes them literally gold dust.
7 Amosu Couture Gold Swarovski iPhone 5: $5,000
The Amosu Couture Gold Swarovski iPhone 5 is yet another fine example of luxury design. You can admire it from a far or get hands on with its 24 carat mirror gold materials. Furthermore, you will also notice that the menu button and side settings boast an amazing 500 plus Swarovski crystals. If you really want to spoil yourself, why not purchase a calf leather case available in a wealth of colours as well.
6 Tag Heuer Meridiist 2: $5,300
Elegance is the order of the day with the sophisticated Tag Heuer Meridiist 2. The signature watch producer has stolen the headlines with its frame made out of stainless steel and panelling that incorporates gold and plenty of diamonds. In spite of the small screen, the sapphire display more than makes up for it. With access to Tag Heuer's bespoke 24 hours concierge service, time is of the essence.
5 Continental iPhone 5 Rose Gold Collection: $21,000
The tech professionals at Continental have come up with the iPhone 5 Rose Gold Collection. They have gone one step further in order to produce one of Apple’s most iconic phones decked out in Rose Gold. Its hint of pink will definitely be pleasurable for the ladies but what makes it even more special is the intricate edges. Made from diamond the bevelled edges are a joy to behold as can be said of its $21,000 price tag.
4 Gold Genie Solid Gold Superstar iPhone 5S: $80,000
This solid gold iPhone is a tribute not only to design but aesthetics. Produced by Gold Genie, you will be astounded by the level of detail. Meanwhile, it offers a gold textured pattern printed on the exterior of the phone and a case which is dripping in 18 carat gold. Priced at $80,000 this is a special phone that should be worshipped in its full glory.
3 Vertu Cobra: $310,000
Created by the good people at Nokia, the Vertu Cobra is an incredibly striking phone. This particular model has been produced in association with the exclusive House of Bucheron, known for their prized jewels. This stunning device enjoys unique encrusting with the finest rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Priced at more than $300,000 it will certainly ruffle a few feathers.
2 Diamond Crypto: $1.3 Million
Priced at an incredible $1.3 million, the Diamond Crypto Smartphone has been created by a Russian company. In addition to this, you can take advantage of the latest cutting edge technological security that can offer reassurance wherever you are in the world. Other benefits feature more than 40 diamonds which can be found on this model.
1 Black Diamond iPhone 5: $15.9 Million
Saving the best for last, you may be on virtual cloud nine with the Black Diamond iPhone 5. Priced at nearly $16 million this uber-chic number is a real show off item. The creator behind this is Stuart Hughes and offers a chassis which is made out of pure gold. This is topped off with more than 550 flawless white diamonds surrounding the edges and of course the 26 carat black diamond. This represents the home button and is synonymous with this product.