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By Lisa Eadicicco, Business Insider
Smartphones are expensive. In most cases, you need to shell out about $200 to get a good phone with a two-year contract. Those prices skyrocket to the $600-to-$700 range when you buy a phone off-contract.
That amount of money sounds like petty cash compared to what luxury brand Vertu charges for its smartphones.
The company launched its Vertu Signature Touch smartphone (pictured) earlier this month, and it costs between $10,000 and $22,000, depending on how you customize it.
So what makes Vertu's smartphones so expensive? The company claims it's all about the materials it uses.
All of Vertu's smartphones are handmade in England, according to the company's website. Vertu handwrites its signature on each phone to show it was created by a single craftsman start to finish.
The phone's casing is made of natural-grain alligator leather and grade five titanium alloy, which Vertu claims is two-and-a-half times stronger than stainless steel but is still light.
The display, made of sapphire crystal, can reportedly withstand the weight of a "200g ball bearing dropped from a height of one metre," according to the company.
Vertu has teamed up with Bang and Olufsen for the speakers in this device, claiming its camera is certified by Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad.
Other than its appearance, the Vertu Signature Touch doesn't seem to be much different than your average smartphone.
The phone comes with a 4.7-inch 1080p display and a 13-megapixel camera and runs on a 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the same chip you'll find in today's flagships like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.
It's unclear exactly what accounts for the differences in price. Specifically, Engadget reports the prices range between $10,300 and $21,900, while The Wall Street Journal reports the black alligator version costs $14,100.
Vertu does mention that buyers can choose different designs and colors. You can get your name or a phrase engraved on the phone.
Vertu's Signature Touch smartphone is unfathomably priced for the everyday user, but it's not the most expensive phone in the world.
Luxury gadget designer Stuart Hughes recreated the iPhone 5's chassis with solid gold and embedded a rare black diamond in the body. Hughes' iPhone 5 sells for an unimaginable $15 million.
This is definitely one of the best time-lapse videos I've ever seen. Joel Schat does an amazing job at capturing the beauty of nature that is so often overlooked by today's fast paced living. None of the shots he took are quick and easy, they all take time and that time forces one to sit back and relax while enjoying something that's all around us, yet seldom appreciated. It's seeing videos and photography like this that continue to inspire me to get out and see as much of the world as possible. Amazing job Joel and Roadtrippers.com!
Here's random sunset shot from the other day when I was hanging out in Santa Monica.
Awhile back LowePro and Joby sent me some really awesome bags and accessories. The bags I use all the time, but up until this point I never had an opportunity to put the GorillaPod Focus to use. Last weekend I was working on a photography/video project with an ammo company called Battle Born Munitions outside of Reno, NV. The first day I shot some footage inside their warehouse and the following day we went off the grid to capture footage of their ammo in action. While we were out there I used a 3 camera setup which consisted of two Nikon D7000s and one GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition. I had the GoPro on a tripod near a steel target about 250 yards away from where we were shooting and I had both of the Nikons focusing on the shooters. The GorillaPod came in handy because I was able to set it up really low to the ground to capture some cool video footage from a lower vantage point and on top of that my steady cam rig broke and the GorillaPod actually worked as a good substitute. I think they should create some accessories to transform the GorillaPod into a highly portable on the go steady cam rig. Anyway, here's a shot of the GorillaPod on the ground in front of the firing line, it was shot with my iPhone so it's not the greatest of shots, but you can see how the GorillaPod was placed and used.
I finally have a bit of free time to go through images from my most recent photo shoot with Arsenic Magazine which took place on January 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. I'll post more shots later.
The image titled "Bliss" is one of the most viewed images in the world since it was chosen to be the default wallpaper when Microsoft launched Windows XP. This is the cool story behind the photo and Charles O'Rear, the photographer who captured the image.
I was just browsing through some old photos, this is a shot of czech model Jana Potyšová, better known by her porn name Eufrat. She was the second model I ever shot and have since shot with her numerous times. She's a great model, an extremely cool girl and an awesome friend.
Another archived shot from Point Loma looking off the coast of San Diego with one of the Coronado Islands in the background. This is the same sailboat that was in one of my previous posts.
These are some old photos I just dug up from a few years ago, they were all shot using my Nikon D5000 and taken from Point Loma in San Diego and might give you a different perspective of the city than one you typically see in photos.
Here's another old shot from the archives. This was also taken with my old Nikon D5000. I saw these sailboats and took this shot from the end of Point Loma (San Diego, CA) overlooking the Pacific Ocean just before sunset.
I was just digging through an old external drive and found a few old photos I had taken with my Nikon D5000 a few years ago. These shots were taken from Point Loma facing toward downtown San Diego and Coronado. Seeing the mountains in the background would make you think it was a different part of the country.
Back in September of 2007 I spent about a week in Buenos Aires, Argentina meeting with my friends at 3Dar to discuss future projects. While I was there I wanted to take a trip across the Rio de la Plata to visit the town of Colonia de Sacramento in Uruguay. After a long night hanging out with my new female friends (I ended up traveling with them for a month 3 months after this trip) at an Irish Pub called Kilkenny, I boarded the Buque Bus and headed across the river. Here are a few shots from the trip: