Step right up and enter the weird, wacky world of... luxury phones. The TAG Heuer Link Smartphone (€4,700; roughly $6,800) is the latest in a long line of insane handsets, using watch-worthy construction and materials like stainless steel, gold, diamonds, black PVD, titanium, rubber, calfskin and carbon leather, alligator, and lizard to augment its fairly pedestrian feature set that includes an 800x480, 3.5-inch screen, a five megapixel camera, GSM 3G, Bluetooth, aGPS, Wi-Fi, WAPI, and the "avant-garde" Android 2.2 operating system. Right.
If you're a masochist, or someone who simply likes buying dead technology, the Nokia N9 ($TBA) should be on your cell phone short list for 2011. Running the latest version of MeeGo — an OS that's already been left for dead — and sporting a suspiciously stacked spec sheet that includes a 16:9, 3.9-inch AMOLED screen, an eight-megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus sensor and wide-angle lens, NFC technology, Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus support, and either 16GB or 64GB of internal storage, it's the anti-establishment handset of the year. Oh, and the entire interface can be navigated with just the swipe of a finger! How novel.
It's about damn time. After ten months of delays, Apple is finally releasing the long-awaited White iPhone 4 ($200-$300). Despite the long wait, you're looking at pretty much the same spec list as black iPhone 4 owners have been enjoying for nearly a year, including a five-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, a front-facing cam for FaceTime, the A4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, a 960x640 Retina Display, and, of course, that infamous glass body with external stainless steel antenna. Just don't come crying to us when your family shows up around the holidays sporting shiny new iPhone 5s.
Yes, it's official: carbon fiber, once considered the coolest of materials, has now made its way to the mostly uncool world of Bluetooth headsets. Luckily, the Bluetrek Carbon Fiber Bluetooth Headset ($70) uses it to become ultra light and ridiculously thin, while still packing Bluetooth 3.0, voice alerts, multipoint technology, Noise Lock noise cancellation, easy pairing, and even battery status readout on the iPhone. Next up? Carbon fiber toilet seats.