The 10 Most Expensive Cell Phones in the World

With all the hoopla surrounding the Iphone (and its fluctuating pricetag) one might might be lulled into thinking that the Iphone is the be-all and end-all in the world cell phones. The truth be told though, the Iphone is more like the Corvette of the cellphone industry, relatively expensive to the average consumer, but in the bigger picture, it’s a cheap horsepower contender and drop in the bucket when compared to these high rolling entrants into the world of cellphones. And yes, the top cellphone contender is more expensive than the Mercedes Maybach, the Ferrari Enzo and the Bugatti Veyron!

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10. Prada phone by LG

Price: $780

Prada phone by LG
The Prada phone by LG just narrowly edged my personal favorite, the Gold Striker Gold 24-carat Iphone to make the list. At just 1.2 cm thick, the Prada phone, like the Iphone, has no buttons and is operated solely by way of the touch screen.

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9. Porsche Cellphone by Sagem

Price: $1,600

Porsche Cellphone by Sagem

Designed by Porsche, but engineered and manufactured by France-based Sagem, the Porsche handset is currently available in Britain, Dubai and other oversees markets. The phone is expected to make its U.S. debut in 2008 possible through Porsche Dealerships.

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8. Mobiado Professional EM

Price: $2,200

Mobiado Professional EM
Made from ebony wood, hard-anodized aluminum and titanium, Nokia driven Mobiado Professional EM handsets are individually unique due to the variations in wood patterning per instrument. It features a 1.3 MP camera, music playback and an FM radio.

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7. Gresso Black Aura Collection

Price: Up to $13,000

Gresso Black Aura Collection

Gresso boastfully claims that its Black Aura cellphones are 200 years old – due to the age of the African Blackwood on each phone’s case. Black Aura series ranges from $6,500 to $13,000 with the most expensive featuring an 18-carat gold front panel.

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6. Diamond Iphone

Price: $41,000

Diamond Iphone
The diamond iPhone boasts an impressive 420 diamonds at a total weight of 5.65 carats set in 18K white or yellow gold. It can also be ordered in white, black or pink sapphires. The phone, by UK blingmeister general Amosu, at a blustering $41,000 is sure to not make any “Will it blend” videos anytime soon.

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5.Vertu Signature

Price: Up to $81,000

Vertu Signature
Vertu, a subsidiary of Nokia, claims that it took expert craftsmen some three years of training to learn to make their phones. This classic, the Vertu Signature, contains 943 diamonds on its bezel and 48 more on its keypad, each set in place by hand in Switzerland.

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4. VIPN Black Diamond Smartphone

Price: $300,000

VIPN Black Diamond Smartphone
The creation of Swiss manufacturer VIPN, the titanium construction known as the “Black Diamond” is a one of a kind actually a 1 of 5 to be exact, and for generously shelling out 300,000 big ones, you get a Quadband phone with WiFi and Bluetooth, a 2 inch 256K TFT screen, 4MP camera, VOIP and 2 huge diamonds.

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3. Bucheron for Vertu Cobra

Price: $310,000

Bucheron for Vertu Cobra
Parisian jeweler House of Bucheron linked up with Nokia subsidiary Vertu on this limited-edition series of eight cobra phones, which include a two-carat pear-cut diamond, a one-carat round diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies totaling 21 carats. Vertu phones also link up to a special concierge service with information about travel, entertainment, restaurants and events. Other Vertu phones sell between $4,350 and $81,000.

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2. The Diamond Crypto Smartphone

Price: $1.3 Million

The Diamond Crypto Smartphone
Designed by diamond encruster extraordinaire Peter Aloisson The Diamond Crypto Smartphone is sometimes quoted as the World’s most expensive cell phone (depending on exchange rates). Russian firm JSC Ancort has developed a Windows CE-based smartphone ready for Aloisson’s bejeweling that employs “powerful encryption technology” to “provide secure protection of information against kidnapping, technological blackmail, financial racketeers and corrupted state officials” — sounds like marketing speak for a password-protected wallet app. Of course, with its $1.3 million price tag and 50 diamonds (10 of which are blue) you might start to have more trouble with mugging than with technological blackmail.

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1. The GoldVish Le Million

Price: $1.45 Million

The GoldVish Le Million
Guinness World Records certifies this GoldVish phone as the most expensive in the world–1 million euros, or about $1.45 million. The odd-shaped device is made out of 18-carat white gold and features 1,800 diamonds totaling 120 carats. A Russian businessman bought Le Million for his wife last September at a luxury goods fair in Cannes, France. Don’t have a spare million for this made-by-request gadget? Geneva-based GoldVish has plenty of expensive phones in its lineup, including models with gold plating and diamond-studded cases.

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Drunk Dog

Location: Darliston, Westmoreland, Jamaica

Photoshop used to: Resize, Black and white conversion and levels

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Ant on the line

Ant on the line. I know I could do a lot more with some of these images in photoshop but I really want to leave them as close to the original as possible just to show what I can be gotten from cheap Kodak point & click

photoshop use: resize, slight adjustment of levels

ant on the line

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Pushing my point and shoot camera to the limit!

I would never consider myself a photographer by any means, but I used to be an art director, so I hung around photographers a lot and listened to them talk and answered their most technical of questions with confidence, as if I knew what the heck they were talking about. So of course I was really excited when I finally bought my first digital camera – a point and shoot (kodak easyshare no less)…it was after careful consideration and I convinced myself that I didn’t want to shell out for a digital SLR with a baby on the way. So having bought this sub-$200 camera and put it through its paces with 1000’s of baby pictures, I have decided as a project to see how close to fantastic I can get from it, with its very limited controls and settings and flash.

I will post, what in my opinion are my best pictures here, mostly some will be slightly potoshopped (BW, levels, etc.) but I will say so whenever they have been adjusted.

The below picture was taken on my most recent trip to Jamaica. It is a shot of the sunset from Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip” aka Gloucester Ave.

Photoshop usage: resizing.

Montego Bay Hip Strip

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My 5 favoritest Bob Marley videos ever…

I loved these videos growing up as a kid. I recently rediscovered these on YouTube. Some of these still play on the veeeery odd ocassion on music channels that still play music videos :) Was just cool to find these so I thought I’d post them.

The cameos in theis video were a big deal back in the day:

A panoramic shot of Kingston, Jamaica

A high-res panoramic image of Kingston, Jamaica . Actually it’s Kingston and St. Andrew (loosely referred to just as Kingston) It comprises of a number of 6MP images seamed together in Adobe Photoshop (size reduced to 40% for this post). I took the pics while on vacation in December 2006. NB.

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kingston panoramic

Hey Mon…

Hey mon is my little space where I get to vent about the mostly hilarious and sometimes tragic experience that is American as taken from the point of view of a transplanted foreign (Jamaican) national.