As a high-class fashion brand that’s never knowingly subtle, it’s no surprise to see Versace’s first mobile phone oozing glamour. Depending on your budget, you can plump for a dearer ceramic or lacquered front to the hand-crafted, leather-backed chassis. The inset can be either 18-carat yellow gold or 316L-grade stainless steel, and there’s a three-inch, sapphire crystal, scratch-resistant capacitive touchscreen. LG provides the tech, and the spec resembles last year’s LG Arena, with a 5 MP camera, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, plus Dolby Mobile sound. Naturally, Versace handled the look, and as you can see, the results are very attractive indeed.
Price: From Rs. 344,000, versace.com
Mobiado Classic 712EM
A little less damaging on the bank balance is Mobiado’s new Classic Executive model. There’s no touchscreen, but the phone is wrought from similarly high-toned materials. Its body is carved from aerospace-grade aluminium with white sapphire crystal plates and keys and exotic wood trim. Even the screws and bolts are top quality stainless steel. Nokia has furnished the insides and the feature list isn’t too shabby for a phone living on its looks. There’s support for A-GPS and free Ovi Maps for navigation, a 5 MP camera, max video resolution of 640x480 pixels at 15fps and HSDPA. The lack of Wi-Fi is disappointing.
Price: Rs. 130,000, mobiado.com
(This story appears in the 05 November, 2010 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)