Category: Luxe Phones
The Brief: Friendly Performance
As a consumer-oriented Android smartphone, Evo needed a friendly personality to differentiate from its Windows-based business-oriented counterparts. However, being slated to be the world’s first 4G superphone, it also needed to hint of performance and features. The design uses a crossover between a strong, chiselled shape and a soft, pillow-like back surface to achieve this hybrid personality. Reveals and detail callouts give added depth and notions of a powerful inner core.
Split Lines: A Problem used as an Opportunity
Battery door split-lines are normally put on the sides of a phone to try to hide them because they look cheap and undesirable. I thought the split-line could be a nice design element if proudly used on the back surface instead. This gave the phone an added flavor of technical crispness and made the sides look clean and solid, reducing the associaton with cheap, molded plastic products.
Visual Slimming: SmartPhone on a Diet
Additional requests for a bigger battery, integrated kickstand, 4G antenna system and bigger speakers made the phone look thicker than desirable. We added a high-contrast split on the side as a visual trick to maintain a thin, sleek aesthetic. This also created an impression of a thick slab of display glass that wraps to the sides and a back housing that had a sheet-like gesture, which was a fresh aesthetic.
Big Camera Component: Feature Emphasis & Problem-Solving Through Form
One of the biggest challenges was to include an 8MP camera – it was a huge component. While it was a requirement to highlight this key feature, it shouldn’t feel unnaturally big or loud. To create this balance, I needed to find an aesthetic solution that would somewhat mask the component size, and one that would look honest and purposefully ‘camera-like’.
This led to a spherical design that partially protrudes the outer surface of the phone. It created an interesting and iconic character akin to an eyeball sitting in a socket. I liked that it had the notion of the phone as a housing for powerful, intelligent, internal components.
Examples of the variant implementation of the EVO camera signature, clockwise from top-left: HTC Wildfire Red, Wildfire White, the Google Nexus One and the Droid Incredible. (Note: All phone designs by HTC design team)
Becoming an HTC Signature Camera Detail
The EVO camera solution proved to be a visually effective solution for wrapping big camera components. At the same time, it was a good balance between being iconic and honest. It has subsequently been adopted (and evolved) by HTC, and reapplied on several production phones – becoming a signature camera detail of the HTC 2010 design language.
Developmental sketches of the kickstand feature
Final Production Version
Evo was launched by Sprint on June 4th, 2010. The full black version as the default and the white-black version shown here as the special edition. It broke first day sales records for Sprint and also became Best Buy Mobile’s best selling device. On June 19th, 2011, Evo broke the ‘5-million units sold’ milestone and became Sprint’s best selling device in history, as well as HTC’s most sold phone ever.
The Nokia Oro (Oro means gold in italian) is a smartphone running on the dying Symbian Anna operating system. It has a 3.5 inch AMOLED touch display, a home key mad of sapphire crystal. The Oro comes with a special edition of the Nokia J Bluetooth headset also having a 18 carat gold plating. Two colours will be available. They are called Nokia Oro Light and Nokia Oro Dark. The backside of the phone has a leather wrapping to keep the cost down. From the press images, it seems like buyers of this phone also will be able to have a monochrome theme in real gold.
Nokia Oro has a GPS receiver and it will be shipped with Ovi Maps for car and pedestrian navigation. But those buying such expensive handset will probably not be flashing the device in public just to find quickest way to La Rambla street.
Nokia allready owns Vertu. A manufacture of luxury mobile phones. The Nokia Oro brand will compete directly with the Vertu brand.
According to the BGR, the iPhone 5 may launch in August, not September that has been reported before, and as we mentioned previously it is expected to be a major update over the existing iPhone 4 with a new design.
If the rumor turns out to be true, Apple could hold an iPhone 5 event in the beginning or middle of August, and it will apparently go on sale in the last week of August.
We don’t have any specifications as yet, but as we reported earlier, Apple are expected to use the new A5 processor that is found in the iPad 2 in the iPhone 5, and it is also supposed to feature a new design with a teardrop style casing, this ties in with what This Is My Next reported back in April.
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Courtesy of: Oscar de la Renta
Now get the the next must-have luxury item for your new Apple iPad – the iPad clutch by Oscar de la Renta.
The world famous designer recently became an iPad owner himself and promptly created a limited edition clutch to complement the hottest new hi-tech device.
The new Oscar de la Renta iPad Clutch is available for purchase online now!
iPad Clutch Features:
– Mosaico Embroidered Leather
– Currently available in 4 colors: Carnation, White, Marigold & Stone
– Lined in ultra suede
– Snap closure
Ulysse Nardin Chairman – Gold
Trying to stay ahead of the luxury curve is often difficult. Trendy products come and go very quickly.
Well talk is chic, and the luxury Ulysse Nardin Chairman smartphone is this fall’s hot new accessory.
For the fashion savvy, the key to an eye-catching outfit lies in the accessories. These essentials bring together an entire look and enhance any style.
The Ulysse Nardin Chairman is spot on trend, and complements the hottest Fall 2010 styles with groundbreaking technology that is sure to become the must-have accessory of the season.
The fashionable Ulysse Nardin Chairman smartphones feature the most advanced smartphone technology in the luxury phone market today including 32 GB of internal memory, a 3.2″ capacitive touch screen, thumbprint recognition and an 8 megapixel camera.
Chairman, Stealth Black
Sexy. Mysterious. Intriguing. Become a fashion icon with the Stealth Black Chairman. Much like the Fall 2010 Versace line which features a dark and moody black theme, the Chairman commands attention. Outfitted in black stainless steel, this phone has an innovative look that instantly adds allure to any ensemble.
Chairman, Gold Ceramic
Glitz and glamour find new life in the Fall 2010 Gucci line as well as the Gold Ceramic Chairman. The 18 karat gold adds a vibrant touch in contrast to the black details. Whether you’re on the red carpet or in the boardroom, the Chairman implies sophistication and savvy.
Chairman, Steel Blue
A classic beauty, the Steel Blue Chairman offers timeless elegance. As in the Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 collection, this look transports you back to the 1930s streets of Paris where sophistication reigns supreme. The steel and blue casing is a look for the ages.
Ulysse Nardin Chairman – Diamond
Chairman Diamond Edition
They say diamonds are a woman’s best friend, but the Chairman Diamond Edition proves this sentiment to be true for men as well. Akin to the frosty look of the Fall 2010 Chanel line, the Chairman Diamond Edition is all about sparkle and shine. Featuring more than 2,000 handset brilliant cut diamonds and an 18k white gold casing, you’ll instantly fall in love with this flashy phone.www.ulysse-nardin.com
Most people enjoy having a quality cell phone, but they also recognize that cellular phones are a consumable good and will have to be replaced within in a few years. For this reason, people often do not purchase the most expensive cell phone when they purchase their mobile. Some, though, must have a costly mobile phone. The world’s most expensive cell phones were made to satisfy just that type of person.
Ulysse Nardin’s The Chairman – up to $49,500
The Chairman by Ulysse Nardin is the world’s most expensive Android smartphone, and includes both a touch screen and a physical number pad. The Ulysse Nardin name is most often associated with luxury watches and that fact shows in the Chairman’s sophisticated design. The volume controls look like watch buttons and the crown between them can actually be wound to generate power for the device. In fact, the phone features a kinetic rotor power system visible through the backplate.