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The £13 smartphone: An end to fancy handsets?


Meet the mobile phone for the austerity age - the £13 Nokia that comes with a longer battery life than the iPhone.

When we heard "£13 handset" we imagined nasty black plastic, giant buttons and a green screen holding about three pixels and yet...the 105 doesn't look bad. It's got a 1.45inch colour display, a torch and FM radio and, perhaps best of all, a battery life of one month per charge.

It's set to launch in the UK next month, alongside the "pricey" 301 upgrade, which for £56 boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera, 2.4 inch colour screen, 3G connectivity, HD voice support and - for selfie fans - a voice assistant that advises on which way to point the camera to get your best angle.

Will this leave fancy phones languishing inside their alarmed glass display cabinets?

see what £500+ buys in the mobile department

£1M - GoldVish Le Million

Despite it's inconvenient shape and impractical 120-carat diamond covering, the Swiss-made Goldvish is officially the most expensive mobile on the planet. There were 100 made and at least one was sold - to a Russian businessman who bought one for his wife in 201o. It's not known whether he's been offered an upgrade.

£1M - Diamond Crypto Smartphone

Despite the GoldVish's Guinness World Records authentication, the (blue) Diamond Crypto vies for the elusive 'world's most expensive' title. It's the creation of famous diamond encruster Peter Aloisson and while its GoldVish rival has basics like colour screen and bluetooth, this little beauty has powerful encryption technology to “provide secure protection of information against kidnapping, technological blackmail, financial racketeers and corrupted state officials”. Surely what everyone who can afford a £1 million needs - along with a bodyguard...

£205K - Boucheron Vertu

Carrying a Vertu phone is the high-flying equivalent to a Masonic handshake. The handsets are so exclusive they come with their own concierge button - offering three "lifestyle assistance" options and the British manufacturer behind the handsets even produces its own magazine that only Vertu customers are allowed to receive.

As if it wasn't flash enough, Vertu teamed up with Parisian jeweler House of Bucheron to create this eye-catching cobra-adorned version, complete with two-carat pear-cut diamond, a one-carat round diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies totaling 21 carats.

£27K - Diamond iPhone

If you're a loyal Apple fan with tens of thousands to spare, the Diamond iPhone is what you're after. It doesn't actually perform any better than the standard iPhone, but it will definitely weigh down your handbag with its 420 diamonds, totalling 5.65 carats.

£500 - Prada

Resting in the bargain bucket of fancy phones is the Prada - a steal at just £500.

The first mobile to work entirely by touch screen, this fashion-fuelled masterpiece claims to have been the inspiration for the iPhone.

Proud owner of an ancient/bling handset? Tweet us pictures @StylistMagazine

Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features



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