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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10 Lust-Inspiring Phones

Vertu Constellation Monogram

Price: Around $7,000 online
Nokia subsidiary Vertu is probably the world's most recognizable luxury phone brand. The U.K.-based company released these special-edition handsets in April to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Like all Vertu phones, they are handcrafted in Europe. The phone's body is stainless steel, and the monogrammed leather back is handprinted in a four-hour process.

Mobiado Stealth

Price: 1,450 pounds ($2,875)
Inspired by military stealth aircraft, this phone is crafted out of one piece of aluminum to be both sturdy and light. Its screen is scratch-proof sapphire. Designer Mobiado, based in Vancouver, Canada, produced a limited edition of 1,200.

Gresso Steel

Price: 3,500 euros ($5,500)
Aircraft steel and sapphire glass figure in this phone, from Russian company Gresso. Like all Gresso phones, it sports a case made of African blackwood, which Gresso says is particularly resistant to decay.

Toshiba Cosmic Shiner

Price: $4,000
The Cosmic Shiner resembles more mainstream Toshiba phones, but with two key differences: diamond studs on its cover and a limited edition of 1,000.

Nokia 8800 Arte from Peter Aloisson

Price: 85,000 euros ($134,000)
The award for most dazzling bling may belong to this creation from Austrian designer Peter Aloisson. The company covered the Nokia phone with more than 21 carats of pink and white diamonds. It also offers decorated versions of Motorola and Sony Ericsson phones and Apple's iPhone.

Apple iPhone by Amosu

Price: 20,000 pounds ($39,600)
London designer Amosu says he was the first to encrust the iPhone in diamonds. His diamond iPhone will set you back almost $40,000. He also works with BlackBerry Pearls and N95s from Nokia

Chistian Dior phone

Price: 3,500 euros ($5,500)
Christian Dior's first cellphone resembles a sleek cosmetic compact and comes with a clip-on miniature phone that can be worn on a chain or attached to a handbag. The basic version costs $5,000. A deluxe model, with alligator skin case and 640 diamonds, is $27,000.

Tag Heuer Meridiist

Price: 3,400 to 3,900 euros ($5,400 to $6,200), depending on options
Watchmaker Tag Heuer is also getting into mobile with this phone, which will launch in September. Made out of 430 components and corrosion-resistant steel, it also features a crocodile skin back.

Porsche P9521

Price: 1,200 euros ($1,900)
Like fashion designers, carmakers invest in luxury phones as brand extensions. This Porsche phone has a fingerprint sensor for security. Its black-glass frame and brushed aluminum hinges are meant to evoke its namesake cars.

Asus Lamborghini ZX1

Price: Around $1,500
Asus teamed with Lamborghini to produce this phone, which has a large touch screen and built-in global positioning system.


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