"New car, caviar, four star daydream...Think I'll buy me a football team" -- Pink Floyd (Money, 1973)
Money matters. Money matters a lot. Be it in any sector you like, without surplus cash, there's no getting the goods that you like. And such is the power that the amount of money spent of a certain commodity goes on to define the buyer's class.
The smartphone business isn't any different either. It has its highs and lows in terms of the price tags placed for phones. While there are big name brands in the market that require you to spend quite the handful, there are others that gets the job done at the least price possible.
But keeping our focus on the money-heavy side of things, while we have our regular Samsung and Apple offerings that anyway require you to shell out a lot, there are still others which are although unheard of, requires a lot to get one.
You often watch several Hollywood movies where actors sometimes carry gold plated or diamond fitted phones. But have you ever wondered if those devices actually exist in reality? If you have doubts, let us tell you that they actually do. And they will require you to pay a lot if you want to own one.
So which are the mobile phones that require you to shell out a lot of money? Are they even worth that much? Let's take a closer look at the top 5.
Back in 2009, when the world was going through a financial crisis, one designer stood out among all with the power of, well, spending. And what he created that time went on to be one of the most expensive mobile handsets of all time called King's Button iPhone 3G. Created by Austrian jeweler Peter Aloisson, the device has over 130 diamonds installed on it making it worth over $2 million.
The Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot was released back in Switzerland in 2005. The phone apparently has 180 grams gold inside it, while the back panel of it is made of African wood that's more than 200 years old. The device, as expected, costs around a million dollars.
The Diamond Rose iPhone 4 32GB has been designed by Stuart Hughes. Worth around $8 million, the phone's edge is formed of rose and around five hundred diamonds that deliver over 100ct. The back of this phone is also customized with gold, with the Apple logo itself decked with fifty three additional diamonds.
Designed by luxury accessories maker Peter Aloisson (remember King's Button), the Diamond Crypto smartphone features a cover adorned with 50 diamonds, 10 of which are the blue ones. The device will require you to shell out around $1.3 million.
The Black-Diamond VIPN Smartphone has been manufactured by Jaren Goh. Goh had manufactured the stylish concept for Sony with polycarbonate mirror and an organic LED technology. The phone has two diamonds: one on the navigation buttons and the other in the back of the phone. The device is worth around $300,000.