A lot of people complain about today’s smartphones being absurdly expensive, pointing the finger at devices like the $800 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, or the $950 iPhone 6 Plus. Normally, these complaints will be accompanied by popular statements like “It’s still the same call and text they receive that I also receive”, “it’s not like I will get a call from heaven” or “it looks just the same as any phone”.
Well, not to burst your bubbles, throwing those arguments around is like having a problem with people willing to break the bank for a new camera lens or priceless art pieces like artefacts or antiquities. To the average person, there may be no superficial difference in the product quality, but the camera nerd or the art collector will appreciate the nuances of ground-breaking technology and a vintage masterpiece or being the owner of a rare artefact.
When the price of a phone explodes to thousands, hundreds of thousands of dollars or millions of dollars on account of being embellished with gleaming precious stones, it becomes more than a fashion statement, it becomes an “I have so much money that it’s obliterated my sense of good taste” statement or “I have so much money so I can indulge in whatever excesses I see fit, after all it’s my money and not your money”.
So let’s shine some light on the world’s most ludicrously expensive smartphone, feel free to bemoan the injustice of the world and the stupefying effects of extreme wealth, all the while being pricked with envy that there exist people who can afford such insanely pointless gadgets.
The most expensive phone in the world is an iPhone 5 Black Diamond (Apple)
iPhone 5 Black Diamond – $15.3 Million
Wow, we heard that people in China were going crazy for iPhones(but was it just China, I believe even you, secretly wished you could afford it), but we never took that literally until now. In 2013, a Chinese businessman decided that he wanted an iPhone 5 embellished with a black diamond, and commissioned luxury British designer Stuart Hughes to make it for him. This phone is still the most expensive phone in the world.
The black diamond was just the jewel in the crown, as the phone was made of solid gold and crammed with 600 white diamonds. This beautiful handset took 9 weeks of detailed intricate work to re-create the original chassis of the iphone 5 in solid gold all of which was started and finished by hand, including a flawless black single deep cut diamond weighing in at 26 carats, most unique to replace the home button.
Also the chassis was inlaid with a circa of 600 white flawless diamonds with full gold dressing for the rear section with the logo in solid gold with 53 flawless diamonds. This masterpiece boasts a massive circa of 135 grams of 24ct gold and of course sapphire glass set in the screen. The result was outstanding even down to the precise polishing to reveal its most beautiful harmonious appearance.
Obviously, the phone looks amazing, but ridiculously expensive, but as we already established, money isn’t really the problem (African rappers will say you know say money no be problem).
When (because it’s obviously not a case of ‘if’) you buy Stuart Hughes’ multi-million pound iPhones, it comes in a box plastered with rare stones like Opal, Pietersite, Charoite, and, best of all, a polished piece of T-Rex bone. Now there’s a good reason to start saving up those millions.