Form over function

Form over function
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First Published: Fri, Dec 09 2011. 09 18 PM IST

Micromax Bling 2
Micromax Bling 2
Updated: Fri, Dec 09 2011. 09 18 PM IST
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Fashion phones seem bent on proving that form is far more important than function, and the specs and price tags never seem to match. Looking at the technology inside the phones, it’s hard to recommend most to anyone, but those who care more about the look of the phone than its CPU might find the latest batch of releases worth looking at:
Micromax Bling 2
Micromax Bling 2
What it’s got going for it: Swarovski Zirconia finish for the body, and a Swarovski-encrusted home button.
Under the hood: Android 2.2, 600 Mhz processor, 2.8-inch screen
Low-cost twin: Spice Mi-270, Rs 5,649
Price: Rs 8,999
Nokia Oro
Nokia Oro
What it’s got going for it: 18-carat gold, real leather back.
Under the hood: 8 MP camera, AMOLED screen, 680 MHz CPU, Symbian ^3, NFC support
Low-cost twin: Nokia C7, Rs 15,000
Price: Rs 50,900
Vertu Constellation
Vertu Constellation
What it’s got going for it: A screen coated entirely in sapphire crystal, the Constellation completes the look with a “ceramic pillow” for an earpiece, diamond trim and a black alligator-skin cover. The Vertu Concierge service is a feature that connects you to a team of lifestyle managers.
Under the hood: 3.5-inch AMOLED screen, 8 MP camera, Symbian ^3, up to 32 GB storage
Low-cost twin: Nokia C7, Rs 15,000
Price: Rs 2.95 lakh
Tag Heuer Link
Tag Heuer Link
What it’s got going for it: 1,007 Top Wesselton (2.53-carat) diamonds. White mother-of-pearl plate on the back. White lizard skin and mirror-polished 316L stainless steel
Under the hood: 8 GB memory, 3.5-inch screen, 5 MP camera
Low-cost twin: Samsung Galaxy Pop S5570, Rs 8,000
Price: Rs 13 lakh
Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry
Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry
What it’s got going for it: Forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather-back cover, sculpted Qwerty keyboard, and “crystal clear touch display”.
Under the hood: 1.2 GHz processor, HD video-recording capabilities, 8 GB of on-board memory, a microSD expansion slot, an inbuilt NFC module and BlackBerry OS 7
Low-cost twin: BlackBerry Bold 9900, Rs 31,500.
Price: $2,000, or around Rs 1.02 lakh
gopal.s@livemint.com
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First Published: Fri, Dec 09 2011. 09 18 PM IST