Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fake Gadget Tuesdays: When Luxury Phones Go Bad

By Benedict Wee

Gadget: Vertu Ferrari Mini F8
Place of Origin: China
"Inspired" by: The Vertu Ascent TI Ferrari

Question : What happens when you take the worlds most expensive (and least featured-filled) phone and combine it with a luxury sports car company?

Answer : A ridiculous phone that you don't need.

But someone out there obviously couldn't think of another vulgar way to show off their wealth so the people at Vertu created a limited edition mobile for said someone/s to spend their unending fountain of cash upon.

So we've got the Vertu Ascent TI Ferrari, a phone designed by the Nokia subsidiary with Ferrari's symbolic red and black leather encasing and the Prancing Horse logo located on the back of the phone. The phone comes with a 3MP camera, 4GB memory and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 support.

But can it take 2 SIM cards and play videos?

Well the Vertu Ferrari Mini F8 can. It also has a microSD card slot that supports up to 16GB, a FM radio receiver and an E-book reader. Granted it only has a 0.3MP camera and supports GSM 900/1800 bandwidths, but it's a good deal at US$137/NZ$204.72.

The Mini F8 obviously lacks the polish and steel-like appearance of its original counterpart, that and the design is completely different but it's not like anyone would notice. Chances are the general public never even knew a phone like that existed so they'll probably take your word for it that its a "Ferrari Phone". Your mates/family would probably call your bluff though cause they know you enough to know that you can't afford something like this.

My arbitrary score for almost-the-real-thing-ness : 3/10 for wrong design, 10/10 cause most people won't really know what it looks like or if it is real so you could just lie your way though.

I wouldn't be seen holding one of these though. If you can't carry it with the style it demands it'll definitely look fake, and if you can it'll cause more problems (like explaining why you would buy something so decadent) than it's worth.

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