Vertu http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/features en-GB Vertu’s latest luxury phone, the Aster, priced at £4,200 http://www.stuff.tv/android/vertu-s-latest-luxury-phone-aster-priced-4200/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bound in sea snake skin or even ostrich, this Android device screams extravagance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Aster" alt="Vertu Aster" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-aster.png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vertu&rsquo;s handmade smartphones feature natural, exotic, high-end materials, and have high-end price tags to match - this summer&rsquo;s Signature Touch model <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news">came in at &pound;6,750</a>. Compared to that, the new Aster seems downright affordable.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And like Vertu&#39;s other devices, that bulging price tag comes with less obvious perks, as well, such as six months of its Classic Concierge service for priority bookings and club access, VIP sports packages, and entry to exclusive private events.</p> <p>In other words, you&rsquo;re not simply buying a phone, but rather making a lifestyle choice. And if you can afford the phone, you&rsquo;re probably already accustomed to that lifestyle. So enjoy it - the Aster is available for purchase now at Vertu&#39;s boutique stores, although Engadget says an online shop should launch by early next year.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vertu.com/global/en/collections/aster/">Vertu</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/02/vertu-aster-luxury-smartphone/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news">Vertu&#39;s &pound;6750 Android phone gets you into all the best clubs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pMwxT6wUbkk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/vertu-s-latest-luxury-phone-aster-priced-4200/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/vertu-s-latest-luxury-phone-aster-priced-4200/news#comments Android Smartphones Vertu Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:22:52 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449193 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu breaks new ground with HP-1V headphones http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertu-breaks-new-ground-hp-1v-headphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vertu has taken a break from making absurdly expensive telephones to making slightly-less-absurdly expensive ear goggles – Stuff goes ears-on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu breaks new ground with HP-1V headphones" alt="Vertu breaks new ground with HP-1V headphones" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-headphones-hot-stuff.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Vertu? That&rsquo;s the company that makes the &pound;6,000 smartphones with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/constellation/vertu-constellation-how-build-4200-smartphone/feature">dedicated concierge buttons</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news">exclusive access to members&#39; clubs</a>, right?</strong><br />Correct. But now it&rsquo;s branching into audio with these HP-1V on-ear headphones.</p> <p><strong>Do they cost &pound;6,000, becau&ndash;</strong><br />Let me stop you there, pal. These are &pound;490 which &ndash;&nbsp;while hardly pocket-change &ndash;&nbsp;isn&rsquo;t out of this world pricey. Especially as they&rsquo;re made in conjunction with none other than Danish mavens of tasteful audiovisual brilliance Bang &amp; Olufsen.</p> <p><strong>B&amp;O, eh? So they sound good?</strong><br />Well, they do sound better than a lot of headphones &ndash; but at the same time you can doubtless get superior performance from cheaper cans. B&amp;O&rsquo;s involvement adds some audiophile cachet &ndash;&nbsp;though dedicated vinyl-botherers will doubtless grumble about &quot;paying for design&quot;. Vertu used their own design team (B&amp;O only collaborated on the audio), but these do look&nbsp;really, really nice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So, not like Vertu&rsquo;s phones then?</strong><br />Well, we&rsquo;d rather be seen wearing these than waltzing around town talking on a Vertu Constellation wrapped in&nbsp;blue lizard skin. There&rsquo;s aircraft-grade aluminium and lamb&#39;s leather in the band, while the cups are made from a comfortable memory foam covered in soft, hand-stitched lamb&rsquo;s leather. They&rsquo;re a lot more understated and stylish than some of Vertu&#39;s previous handsets, in other words. And they&rsquo;re made in England, so you&rsquo;d be supporting local business by buying them over some cheaper cans made in, say, Shenzhen.</p> <p><strong>They do look a bit bulky, though</strong><br />They&rsquo;re actually surprisingly light: just 230g. And they come in a lovely quilted magnetic carrying pouch, so you can put them in your bag without having to worry about a stray set of keys scratching them up.</p> <p><strong>Are they phone compatible?</strong><br />Of course, Vertu being first and foremost a phone manufacturer. Two cables are supplied &ndash; you can choose between audio only or audio with volume controls and in-line microphone.</p> <p><strong>And is there a button on the cable that calls a concierge for me?</strong><br />Now you&rsquo;re just being daft. If you fancy shelling out for a pair, you can buy them from a Vertu boutique (find your nearest one <a href="http://www.vertu.com/en/contact-a-boutique" target="_blank">here</a>).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Two kinds of leather and aircraft-grade aluminium? Yes please" alt="Two kinds of leather and aircraft-grade aluminium? Yes please" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-headphones-2.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hands-on with the HP-1V </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Vertu&#39;s new cans look expensive, in an understated way; a hefty arc of aluminium, with anodized black earpieces and buttery-soft lamb&#39;s leather cushions to cosset your lugholes. They even smell pricey, too; like a leather armchair or the interior of a sports car. Pop them on your head and they have a satisfyingly weighty feel; the memory foam cushions are comfy and block outside noise effectively, though the band is quite tricky to adjust when they&#39;re on your head.</p> <p>But how do they sound? Perfectly good, actually. Noise isolation is effective, the bass is punchy&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but not overwhelming&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;and there&#39;s plenty of crisp detail in the mid-range. There is a catch, though; they don&#39;t sound &pound;200 better than premium on-ears from other manufacturers like B&amp;O. Sure, you&#39;re probably not looking at these for audio quality alone; and the build quality of the cans is certainly impressive. Though the flimsy-feeling plastic 3-button remote lets the side down, rather; if you&#39;re not planning to use it for calls, probably best to pop off the magnetic ear cushion and swap it out for a standard cable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertu-breaks-new-ground-hp-1v-headphones/news#comments Headphones Hot Stuff Vertu Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:34:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1448087 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu and Bentley join forces on luxury smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertu-and-bentley-join-forces-luxury-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One of the world&#039;s most prestigious car brands and a company that makes insanely overpriced phones. A match made in heaven? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Vertu and Bentley join forces on luxury smartphone" alt="Vertu and Bentley join forces on luxury smartphone" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bentley.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After previously making Ferrari-branded handsets, luxury smartphone maker Vertu has switched lanes to forge an all-British alliance with Bentley.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A revolutionary phone – or just a very pricey one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">All we know about the phones as of now is that they&rsquo;ll be ultra lux, what with both brands being known for their attention to craftsmanship and fine materials. However, with Vertu&rsquo;s track record, we&rsquo;re not sure if they&#39;ll turn out to be revolutionary telecommunications devices or simply status symbols. If we&#39;re being honest, it&#39;s probably going to be the latter. However, if the upcoming designs are based on Vertu&#39;s latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news">Signature Touch</a>, it might not be a complete failure as a smartphone.</p> <p class="p1">We&rsquo;ll let you know when more details of this mysterious phone is revealed. Watch this space.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Image: <a href="http://mikeshouts.com/bentley-signed-new-luxury-smartphone-collaboration-vertu/" target="_blank">MikeShouts</a></em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertu-and-bentley-join-forces-luxury-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smartphones Vertu Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:38:33 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441392 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu's £6750 Android phone gets you into all the best clubs http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff gets hands-on with the eye-wateringly expensive Signature Touch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-signature-touch-06.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphone prices are on a downward trend &ndash; but it looks like no-one told Vertu.</p> <p>The luxury phone company&#39;s latest flagship, the Vertu Signature Touch, is an eye-watering &pound;6750 &ndash; but then, it&#39;s aimed at a very specific clientele. The sort who own oilfields and football teams.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Historically, Vertu phones haven&#39;t offered top-tier specs to go with their top-dollar prices &ndash; last year&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/constellation/vertu-constellation-how-build-4200-smartphone/feature" target="_blank">Constellation</a> featured a 720p screen and decidedly mid-range innards.&nbsp;So we&#39;re pleased to report that the Signature Touch is at least competing on a level playing field with this year&#39;s flagships; you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.7in 1080p screen delivering 473ppi resolution, 64GB of memory, NFC, Qi wireless charging, a 13MP camera and a 2.1MP front snapper. For travelling types, you get 10 different bands of LTE, while the speakers are tuned by Bang &amp; Olufsen, with Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. This is, in specs terms at least, a good phone.</p> <p>The devil&#39;s in the details, of course; and there are a lot of details. The frame&#39;s milled from a single piece of titanium, while the whole screen is protected by sapphire crystal &ndash; the near-scratch-proof stuff that Apple pops over its Touch ID sensor. Round the back, it&#39;s wrapped in lizard skin or leather &ndash; where previous Vertus used automotive-grade leather, the Signature Touch gets &quot;the kind of leather you&#39;d find in luxury goods like handbags,&quot; according to Vertu head of product design Ignacio Germade.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/etihad-a380s-offer-residence-three-room-suite-super-rich/news" target="_blank">Etihad A380s to offer &ldquo;The Residence&rdquo;, a three-room suite for the super rich</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This is the minimalist all-black model. Other options include purple lizard skin" alt="This is the minimalist all-black model. Other options include purple lizard skin" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-01.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-04.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-05.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s hefty in the hand, at 192g; the Signature Touch is meant to feel like a hand-built object. &quot;The shapes are always reflecting either the material that&#39;s used or how the product was built. For us it&#39;s important to tell the story of how this was built by hand, by a single person, from beginning to end,&quot; says Germade. Visible screws and stitching on the leather ram the point home.&nbsp;</p> <p>The speakers are particularly impressive; the audio coming out of the phone could cheerfully go toe-to-toe with standalone Bluetooth speakers. The Dolby processing lets you pick from various different modes, including Game and (appropriately) Rich sound, tweaking the audio to suit.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="See? Purple lizard skin. Told you so." alt="See? Purple lizard skin. Told you so." src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-02.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-hands-on-01.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-hands-on-03.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UI is nicely pared-back; you get a mechanical-style watch face on the home screen (the light plays across it as you tilt the phone, which is rather swish), which displays your calendar appointments around its circumference. The core functions get minimalist icons for calling, music and so forth, while a row of black-and-white icons affords you access to the Vertu Life, Certainty and Concierge apps.</p> <p>You can also get at Vertu&#39;s services by tapping a (real) ruby button on the side of the phone. Here&#39;s what you&#39;re really paying for; 24-hour access to your very own dedicated concierge &ndash; &quot;of course, if they&#39;re awake&quot; &ndash; plus entry to members&#39; clubs and VIP events (should you have a burning desire to meet Katy Perry, you can).</p> <p>More tellingly, there&#39;s also a full suite of security software including Silent Circle encrypted communications, Wi-Fi access via iPass and Kaspersky anti-theft and antivirus software. The one per cent have secrets to keep, clearly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That ruby button opens doors." alt="That ruby button opens doors." src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-03.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-hands-on-04.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-hands-on-02.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Signature Touch" alt="Vertu Signature Touch" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-hands-on-05.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Effectively, then, what you&#39;re buying isn&#39;t an overpriced phone; it&#39;s a suite of services with a phone thrown in. Judging it on the hardware alone hardly seems fair, since no phone is worth over six grand &ndash; and not being globetrotting billionaire oligarchs, it&#39;s hard to say whether the services make up the difference for Vertu&#39;s very specific clientele.</p> <p>One thing&#39;s for sure &ndash; the Signature Touch isn&#39;t going to make Vertu&#39;s sliver of market share expand. But then, they seem to like it that way.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lamborghini-5-95-zagato-more-beautiful-money-can-buy/news" target="_blank">Stop looking at the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, you can&#39;t afford it</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu&#039;s also launching over-ear headphones to go with its phones" alt="Vertu&#039;s also launching over-ear headphones to go with its phones" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-signature-touch-07.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vertu&#039;s £6750 Android phone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/vertus-6750-android-phone-gets-you-all-best-clubs/news#comments Smartphones Vertu Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:22:06 +0000 Stephen Graves 1438471 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu Constellation: how to build a £4200 smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/constellation/vertu-constellation-how-build-4200-smartphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A £4200 smartphone with mid-level specs, to be exact. But build quality&#039;s the important thing for the ultra-rich, says Vertu&#039;s head of design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2543" height="1907" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation-01.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Vertu Constellation costs £4200. For a smartphone.</p> <p>And all that money gets you… a mid-level Android blower. A 4.3in 720p screen, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a 13MP camera. You don't even get LTE connectivity.</p> <p>You may well scoff. We did. But then, Stuff readers and penurious journalists aren't really the target market for the Constellation – we don't own an oilfield, for starters.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Money can&#039;t buy (specs) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to Vertu head of design Hutch Hutchinson, the Constellation's spec sheet is a deliberate choice on the luxury phone brand's part. "The 720p screen at 4.3in takes us to 400-odd ppi, which is more than an iPhone and more than the human eye's possible resolution," he notes. "The unfortunate truth is the bigger screen content you run, the more power you consume.</p> <p>"It's a little like the arms race around processors and cores. We've upped the GPU in this processor over the previous one, because we've got a higher screen resolution – but most of the time we throttle it back down. There's absolutely no user case other than scrubbing through video that needs that speed of processing on this phone."</p> <p>And the lack of 4G? "It's not there yet from an operator perspective," he says. Vertu's aimed at the globetrotting ultra-rich, so they're looking for consistency across different territories. "We spend a lot of time on antenna development," says Hutchinson. "Four bands 2G, five bands 3G, and all the antennas tuned on a global basis rather than being honed for each person's spectrum. Because one thing we do know about our customers is that they travel. A lot."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-01.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crystal clear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What Vertu's customers are paying for is premium materials, rather than internals. Round the front the Constellation sports a sapphire crystal screen, wrapped up in titanium and leather. "The amount of time and trouble it takes to create that is disproportionate," says Hutchinson. "It's an immense amount of time and trouble compared to working with a bit of aluminium and plastic and glass."</p> <p>That screen, for example, is technically monocrystalline aluminium oxide – it takes two weeks to grow a piece about 40cm long, which is then ground down using diamond saws and polishing tools. Why diamond? Because that's the only thing that'll scratch it.</p> <p>The frame's made of grade 5 titanium, treated using a nitriding process to be three times as hard as the regular stuff. Vertu's developed a special process for welding the parts together in an inert atmosphere (liquid titanium would explode in an oxygen-rich environment) – to ensure that the bond's as strong as solid titanium.</p> <p>Finally, the back of the phone's wrapped in leather from a 150-year-old German tannery. "This is the thickest leather we've ever done," Hutchinson says. "We then spent a long time developing their leathers to be as strong as automotive-grade leathers while not losing that tactile feel. There's a suite of about 20 different leather tests that go on before we put it on our handset." Including motor oil, solvents and ketchup, fact fans.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hg-lfTQEd8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-04.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Living in a material world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By focusing on the materials, Vertu reckons it's producing a luxury item that's closer to a watch or a car than a phone – and that the 1 per cent of the 1 per cent are prepared to pay a premium for its kit.</p> <p>"As a designer, there's two categories of objects in your life," says Hutchinson. "There are things which I refer to as "darlings" – and for those you will pay the earth, because you love them – and then there's "friends" – they're things you like, you'll buy a slightly nicer one, but when it comes to, say, the kitchen table, I'm never going to pay ten times as much for that."</p> <p>Phones, he reckons, are "darlings." "A phone is the closest thing to you in your life, probably – it contains just about every aspect of your personality from your secret e-mails to your pictures to your music collection. Everything's in there, and yet there's this tendency for it to become a very anonymous object. Whereas everything else that's treasured in our lives – our clothes, our shoes, our cars, we spend a lot of attention saying, 'This says something about me.'"</p> <p>Of course, that four grand isn't just going on the phone itself – you also get access to Vertu's services, which range from access to members' clubs to VIP boxes at events to a security service that'll track you and send in the troops if you deviate from your scheduled route. Everything the well-prepared oligarch needs, then.</p> <p>In the hand, the Constellation's certainly pleasant to hold, with that leather-wrapped minimalist design looking substantially less gaudy than previous blinged-up Vertu models. Though, despite the financial meltdown encouraging more discreet displays of wealth, it still has a ruby for the Vertu Services button.</p> <p>While we can't say we'd drop £4200 on a phone – especially one with a dual-core processor – it's clear that it's not really aimed at us bleeding-edge tech fans. That sapphire crystal screen is a window onto a world of super-wealth that we'll never get to scratch our way through – unless we can get our hands on some diamonds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-03.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-raspberry.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/constellation/vertu-constellation-how-build-4200-smartphone/feature#comments Constellation Smartphones Vertu Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:00:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1427461 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu Ti sports Android and £7,000 price tag http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No longer owned by Nokia, the luxury phone brand outs its latest insanely expensive handset </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-ti_3.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-ti_0_2.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5702.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vertu, the luxury mobile phone brand <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/nokia-could-sell-off-luxury-vertu-brand-for-%E2%82%AC200-million">once owned by Nokia</a>, has announced its first Android smartphone. Called simply the Vertu Ti, it costs US$10,000 (about £7,000) – and yet for all that dosh you only get Android 4.0, which is now well over a year old.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag/news#comments Ti Vertu Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:18:35 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 424191 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu Constellation Ti ditches Symbian for Android http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-android/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Luxury smartphone maker finally offers an up-to-date OS to oligarchs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation-ti.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5742.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ultra-luxury phone maker Vertu is only going to release a phone with a reasonably up-to-date version of Android on it. Sadly, it still costs more than your average second hand car.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/stuff/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-for-android </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-android/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-android/news#comments Ti Vertu Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:25:15 +0000 Ben Griffin 424125 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 of the best bling smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/5-best-bling-smartphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re an oligarch or a dictator, these &quot;luxury&quot; handsets are the perfect bits of tasteless tech for you – they&#039;ll go nicely with that golden pistol </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation_1_0.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation_0.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/billionaire-toys-iphone-4S_0_0.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tag-heuer-link-smartphone_0_0.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mobiado-grand-aston-martin_0.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yves-behar-smartphone_0.jpg" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2252.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Vertu Constellation </strong>£3800</p> <p>Vertu's latest handset will please the fashion brigade with its alligator-skin back and 3.5in AMOLED screen protected by Sapphire Crystal. It also comes with a highly customised Symbian OS and 8MP camera. And the extras are insane – access to member's clubs, a sommelier on hand for wine emergencies and personal concierge service. Suddently Siri looks a bit shabby.</p> <p><strong>Billionaire Toys iPhone 4S </strong>£3800</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/5-of-the-best/5-of-the-best-bling-smartphones </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/5-best-bling-smartphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/5-best-bling-smartphones/news#comments Lists Vertu Sun, 23 Oct 2011 10:24:48 +0000 Sophie Charara 418350 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu Ascent Motorsport LE http://www.stuff.tv/vertu-ascent-motorsport-le/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vertu Ascent Motorsport LE might look like a phone, but it prefers to be called a personal communication instrument </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="141" height="303" alt="" src="/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertuascent_small_0.jpg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Vertu Ascent Motorsport LE is the most painstakingly developed and indulgently specified mobile on the market. Oh, and it’s not a telephone – it’s a personal communication instrument, no less.</p> <p>It costs a vast chunk of cash but holding the weighty handset feels reassuringly luxurious. As a phone, it functions competently enough but really it’s all about the carbon fibre, aeronautic engineering and, if we’re honest, the bling. </p> <p>Not to mention the 24-hour concierge service – need a cab in downtown Tehran? Just press a button and let your lackey do the rest.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,250.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The height of profligacy yet strangely alluring – you can be certain you’re way too rich </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/vertu-ascent-motorsport-le </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/vertu-ascent-motorsport-le/review#comments Ascent Motorsport LE Smartphones Vertu Tue, 19 Sep 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 1947 at http://www.stuff.tv