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In 2006, a book by sociologist James Katz “Magic in the Air. No wonder everyone wants to stand out in this giant market.
Sellers, buyers, designers, cellular companies - they are all involved in the tasty pie section. After all, people are tired of the usual, repeating each other as if a carbon copy, apparatus.
NeoWood Kobra Limited Edition. This mobile phone stands out for being made of wood. The manufacturer offers such a device for 350 euros. Such an unusual phone was the result of the work of Swiss designers from Thalbach Design Manufaktur. Their concept was simple - the NeoWood Cobra was to be the complete opposite of the rich and glamorous Vertu. The novelty was based on a small Swedish phone Neonode N2. It went on sale in 2007 and quickly disappeared from the shelves - the manufacturing company declared itself bankrupt. In the meantime, the phone was made with the elegance traditional for Sweden. If not for financial reasons, then he could well win back his part of the market. The phone was very small and only weighed 60 grams. But the baby had all the functions necessary for such a device. It was equipped with an mp3 player, a web browser, and could take pictures and even play videos. The phone had no buttons at all, but it had its own patented zForce system. It allowed very accurate tracking of finger movements. This is what made it possible to control the phone in a very unusual way. So, to call the virtual keyboard, you had to slide your finger from the middle of the screen to its top. To reset the call, you had to swipe from right to left across the screen. Neopode N2 has become a groundbreaking phone in many ways. Indeed, at that time, such touchscreens were not used at all. Only a month later, the revolutionary IPhone appeared on sale. As a result, Neopode N2, which cost indecent money even for Europe - $ 860, quickly disappeared into oblivion. But an interesting device was noted - the unsold batch was bought by resourceful Swiss. They created an original wooden frame made of maple and cyricote wood for the phone. It is also used in the manufacture of some musical instruments. There is no need for neopods to compete with anyone. They have turned today into a designer trinket, which, nevertheless, knows how to call, take pictures, play music. It is even believed that such a phone, thanks to the materials of the case, does not sink in water. Today it costs half as much as the original device, and for only 5 euros the manufacturer can apply any engraving on the case. This unusual phone has only one drawback. It is rather difficult to change the SIM-card in it, it is comparable to assembling and disassembling a mechanical watch.
ZTE s312. This original phone is interesting in that it runs on solar batteries. Its price is low - only 35 dollars. The manufacturer, ZTE, is the largest in China and one of the largest in the world. However, the mobile operator from Jamaica Digicell Group also had a hand in the phone. The phone has a clear target audience - the poorest strata of the population of the most backward countries, who even have no access to electricity. So the phone is made so that it does not need a charger and an outlet. It is charged using a conventional solar battery built into its cover. The phone hit the market in February 2009 and quickly became popular in many countries in the Caribbean. Later, the device was successfully sold in China, India and Africa. Confessions of the happy owners of the s312 model can be found on the Internet. They can clearly identify the portrait of a typical owner of such a phone. For example, a Kenyan farmer says that he works on a farm and used to have to go to the market every time to recharge his phone. But the distance is pretty decent. As a result, the employer bought the employee a phone for $ 35 so that he could be less idle and pay more attention to his direct duties. He no longer remembers when the last time he used an outlet. The s312 is capable of being charged by the sun even during the rainy season. And the savings are obvious, now there is no need to pay every time in the market for each phone charge. In addition to its basic functions, the phone is equipped with an FM receiver and can access the Internet using GPRS. In general, the ZTE s312 model corresponds to the current fashion for "green" products. Immediately after its release on the market, the phone became an obligatory member of various Greenpeace ratings. The joint initiative of the Chinese and Jamaicans did not go unnoticed - in the summer of 2010 the Puma Phone was born. It was produced jointly by Puma and Sagem Telecommunications. He also got a built-in solar panel. But the target audience of the product is completely different, because it costs 400 euros. Today, the fashion for devices operating in the sun is only developing. Similar phones have already been released by LG and Samsung. The latter's model, Blue Earth, is also made from recycled bottles. According to rumors, the new Apple phone may also receive solar panels.
Stun Master 800,000 volts. This device is not only a telephone, but also a stun gun. Its estimated cost is low, from $ 20 to $ 40. Such an invention became a sensation in America, especially after the events of September 11th. Outwardly, the device is the most ordinary cheap phone, but inside it is a compact stun gun. It is powered by two lithium batteries. Using the protective function is quite simple. It is necessary to remove the stun gun from the fuse disguised as a volume control, and then press the silver button that looks like a joystick. After that, a strong charge jumps between two imperceptible arcs in the area of the alleged antenna. Its power may vary depending on the model. It ranges from 100 thousand volts for very tiny models to 2.7 million for the armor-piercing SM-Multi. True, such a "telephone" cannot call. On this occasion, even a special investigation by the FBI was carried out. Airport authorities suddenly discovered that mobile phones could be dangerous. In fact, thanks to this particular model, mobile phones have now begun to show through at American airports. Other countries are now adopting such rules. It was this measure that made it possible to catch one Serb at one time. He was able to disguise his miniature pistol as a mobile phone. The fake antenna served as the muzzle of the weapon, 4 bullets were placed in it. For the shots, it was necessary to press the keys 5, 6, 7, 8, respectively. As for the Stun Master, it is worth mentioning that you have to use them exclusively at your own peril and risk. After all, such a device, like other stun guns, is prohibited in 9 states of the United States, as well as in Canada and other countries.
Ilkone i800. This phone is exclusively for Muslims. It is not cheap - about $ 500. The world of Islam has always welcomed technological innovations. There are even ringtones with surah reading, and they appeared almost simultaneously with the usual melodies. The growth in the popularity of SMS was at one time noted in Islamic countries, primarily in Southeast Asia. There appeared SMS services, which inform believers that it is time for prayer. After all, a true Muslim must read prayers five times daily, and it is sometimes very difficult to hear the calls of the muezzin in noisy cities. In such cases, SMS notifications help. More than a billion Muslims live in the world. This huge market could not be ignored by handset manufacturers. The first attempt to reach it was made by LG. In 2003, she launched a telephone with a digital compass that showed where Mecca was. This model became quite popular, but a truly "Islamic" phone appeared on the market later. The concept was created by Samcom. The project was small at first, but it turned out to be successful. A year later, a company from the United Arab Emirates released a much more advanced model - the ilkone i800. And in it there was a place for a compass pointing to Mecca. The phone is pre-loaded with the text of the entire Koran in English and Arabic. There is also a lunar calendar, which helps Muslims in determining their calendar holidays. Those signals that let you know about daily prayers can be flexibly customized. It is possible to install the voice of a muezzin from Mecca, Cairo or Medina on the phone. The ilkone i800 phone has a database of accurate prayer times for 5000 cities. The device itself automatically switches to sleep mode during prayer. Outwardly, this is a regular clamshell phone, which differs from its counterparts only in its striking Arabic design. Although the model was a big hit, the response from the Muslim public was mixed. Some mosque-goers believed that such a phone made sense when on the go. And is there any point in praying 5 times daily, reading the Quran from the phone screen and knowing where Mecca is if a person's heart is unclean? Heated discussions about the phone have unfolded on Islamic sites. It is noteworthy that in the United Arab Emirates themselves, where religious conservatives are the strongest, the phone was sold. But officially none of the Muslim theologians opposed such an apparatus. The manufacturing company, in addition, before the start of sales obtained all the necessary permits and documents. The phone has been certified by Al-Azhar Islamic University in Cairo and the Malay Department of Islamic Development. At the very start of its sales, the ilkone i800 model was not cheap - $ 496. Soon, this niche became in demand among other manufacturers, which began to produce simpler and cheaper phones. In Malaysia, a green Hadari phone could be recouped. It was priced at $ 222 and included a compass and a Quran. There, the Hidaya phone soon entered the market, costing only $ 32. Today in the world there are many "Islamic" phones, but their concept has gradually lost its meaning. After all, almost all reminders, texts and features that are important for a Muslim can be installed on almost any modern phone in the form of small useful programs.
CECT M600. The fact that the phone has a watch is the most common thing. But are there many watches that can serve as a phone? It was this model that received the name CECT M600. Its cost is about $ 100. We can say that all the spies in the world dreamed of a phone that looked like a pocket watch. A few years ago, technology finally made such a dream come true. It became possible to place a mobile phone in a small box the size of a watch. Since the time when touchscreens firmly entered mobile technology in 2007, several phones in the form of watches have been released at once. These are LG-GD910, iCell and iMobile. Hong Kong manufacturers in the form of M600 have already released the third generation of such a product. The previous ones were named M300 and M500. The latest model is also the most technically advanced. It supports three GSM bands, can play video and audio, record SMS. In a word, the main features are not inferior to conventional phones. But the M600 also has a built-in 3G modem. As a result, you can try viewing web pages on a tiny screen. To talk on such a phone, you will have to purchase a bluetooth headset. But such devices are noticeably inferior in design to the creation of Adam Huffman. He was able to connect a mobile phone and an mp3 player into a traditional pocket watch case with a chain. Only those who want to launch such a concept into mass production have not yet been found.
Goldstriker Iphone 3GS Supreme. This phone is interesting because it has become the most expensive in the world. Its approximate cost is $ 3.2 million. He was able to beat off the palm from Le Million, which until 2008 was present in this nomination in the Guinness Book of Records. The former record holder was created by the Geneva goldsmiths from Goldvish. Their work resembled a small diamond horn and was worth a million dollars. It was the most common PR project, because Goldvish specializes in decorating its own phones with jewelry. As a result, Le Million became an excellent advertisement for the manufacturer. But soon the record was broken - the new leader was Peter Aloisson's Kings Buttons iPhone. It was worth a whopping 2.4 million. Peter has previously shown an iPhone encrusted with diamonds. But the new creation received a much larger budget, which determined its cost. For example, the only button on the phone is a 6.6-carat diamond. Today, any jeweler can support such a race - if only there is an ambitious client. Today the Goldstriker Iphone 3GS Supreme is considered the most expensive phone in the world. It was created by jeweler Stuart Hughes of Goldstriker International. She herself pays great attention to the creation and decoration of various household devices by hand. There are gold iPads, platinum and rose gold laptops. You can order to decorate the plasma TV with diamonds and trim them with alligator skin. This fashion among American rappers is called bling-bling. Goldstriker is a regular iPhone 3GS, made in this style. This phone has been transformed into a weighty gold bar adorned with 53 diamonds on the outside. And in this instance, the place of the central button was taken by a diamond, even larger than that of the previous record holder, 7.1 carats. The phone comes with a massive granite case. Unlike Le Million, the Goldstriker iPhone is not an advertising tool. The creation of such a phone is a private order of a businessman from Australia. It is worth noting for those who want to buy an unusual super-expensive phone that there is nothing unique in it, except for gold and diamonds. Behind them hides the most ordinary iPhone, in which there are no special functions.
Xian Yan Wang XYW 3838. It was not possible to find out who produces this phone-cigarette case. Such an unusual device costs from 100 to 175 dollars. Chinese brilliant unnamed engineers have created something between a fake Rolex, Rubik's cube and an unnamed mp3 player from a cheap market. The Wang XYW 3838 phone is made in red and gold colors, traditional for the popular brand of Chinese Chonghwa cigarettes. At the same time, the phone not only imitates a pack, but also acts as a cigarette case. The body of the device can accommodate seven standard cigarettes. To do this, simply open the plastic cover. In all other respects, the phone is inconspicuous. It has a color screen, and the camera is equipped with a flash at the end. As it should be for a pack of cigarettes, all the warning labels of the Chinese Ministry of Health are carefully printed on the phone. The Wang XYW 3838 phone quickly gained popularity in English-language blogs. The device became famous far beyond the borders of its country. But in China itself they know little about him. The phone was first sold in Taiwan. It is also obvious that Shanghai Tobacco, which owns the Chonghwa brand, was not involved in the creation of the unusual apparatus. And don't be fooled even by the presence of VIP versions of such a phone in a special case, with a branded lighter and a pack of Chonghwa cigarettes. Recently, in the wholesale markets of China, you can already find the successor to XYW 3838 called Marlbara. Now the phone is already imitating a pack of Marlboro cigarettes.This clearly demonstrates the market position of the XYW 3838 manufacturers.
Haier P7 Pen Phone. This original phone can also act as a fountain pen. Its cost is about 165 British pounds. The device looks like an unnatural hybrid of a thermometer and a joystick. The Haier P7 Pen Phone would be a godsend for any private detective from the 50s TV series. Imagine yourself - a pen that can call, take pictures and record your voice. The product itself weighs only 65 grams, but it contains a dictaphone with memory for an hour and a half of recording, a camera, albeit with a small resolution of 640 * 480. The phone has a bright display, several polyphonic ringtones are already installed in it. In addition, the device also supports three GSM bands at once - 9000, 1800 and 1900. The phone's battery lasts for 4 hours of talk time. Haier is the largest consumer electronics manufacturer in China. But the manufacturer decided to promote its unusual phone primarily in the British market. But the device did not gain popularity there. All that such a gadget has managed to achieve is positive reviews in the magazines "Hello!" and the Sunday Times. The manufacturer, in the hope of advertising, tried to distribute his phone to celebrities, in the hope that they would pose with it. But this did not work either - it turned out to be too inconvenient to press the small oblique buttons. Modern phones are already quite small, and the Haier P7 Pen Phone has no other significant advantages. Moreover, such a “pen” cannot write.