The Vertu Ti may be tacky and absurdly expensive, but at least it’s running Android.
Forroughly$10,000, wealthy and self-aggrandizing egotists will get all that the Vertu brand is known for — a titanium, diamond-encrusted exterior, a sapphiredisplay, exotic leathers — along with the comfort of knowing they’re running the latest version of Android.
The Vertu Ti is a bit of a comeback for Vertu, whichwas dumped by Nokia last year for a reported $250 million. But while this phone might have something to prove, I’m not entirely sure what it is.
Just consider the device’sspecifications, which aren’t any better than what you would find in your average Samsung phone. The Vertu Ti comes with a supposedly impervious 3.7-inch display, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and 64 GB of storage.
This is one case where you don’t quite get what you pay for.
And then there’s the Android factor. Vertu says it chose Android overcompetitorslike Windows Phone becauseAndroidcomes with an established ecosystem. And every smartphone owner wants to be a part of an ecosystem.
That might seem like an obvious statement, but keep in mind that, up until last year, Vertu’s phones were still running Symbian, which Nokia more or lessabandonedin 2011. Staying up-to-date isn’t something that Vertu goes out of its way to do. And it’s proud of that.
Just think about that the next time you complain about the state of Androidupdates. Vertu owners have it so much worse.
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