18-Carat Gold Phone Gets Two Thumbs Down

Gold cell phone

This $60,000 mobile phone ranks as one of the world’s most expensive and lacks some of today’s most expected features, namely internet and email. According to the phone’s designer, Copenhagen firm Aesir:

In an age when the industry seems to think that phones aren’t for speaking anymore, I wanted to focus on the idea of voice, clarity and simplicity. The central tenet behind the Æ+Y is to literally craft the visual details, craft the functional tactility, and craft the user interface. The Æ+Y champions the idea of craftsmanship in an age that’s obsessed with more and making last year’s products obsolete. Instead we propose better and long-lasting as our starting criteria.

The 18-carat gold phone gets a measly 5 hours of battery time. Awful. The firm is selling a stainless steel version of the phone that retails for $10,5000.

[via: Huffington Post]