Scrimp or splurge?: Mobile phones
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Saturday 11 October 2008
Diamonds are a girl's best fiend, as everybody knows. So to please the rich and famous, Vertu – the specialist in ultra-deluxe cellphones — has launched a new mobile in 18-carat white gold, covered with 429 diamonds (923 precious stones in total). And for the most demanding of ladies, the handsets of the latest Vertu models include a button that connects them directly to a 24-hour global concierge (free of charge for one year). More than a phone, it's jewellery, an accessory for exquisite parties.
But is it really worth spending £39,000 on a phone? For a fraction of that, you can still pick up a phone that is both chic and easy to use.
Thinner, lighter and very elegant, the Samsung Tocco has a five-megapixel camera and a built-in video recorder. It can read Microsoft Office and Power-Point documents, and has a touch-screen. For £315 or free with a monthly plan (with Orange, Vodafone or T-Mobile), you might as well save the £39,000 and buy yourself a sports car or a barn in the French countryside and still have a phone. The bling era's over, anyway.
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