Mixed Goods: Luxury

Smartphones, notebooks and mobile phones
Despite the crisis, smartphones are increasingly in demand. This is the result of the study by Infonetics Research. Sales of mobile communications companies remained constant in 2008, roughly the same as the previous year’s level, and the outlook for 2009 will not be great.Infonetics Research expects a decline in the sold mobile phones by about 8 percent, to 1.1 billion units. Despite all this, the demand for smartphones will continue to rise so that companies such as Apple, HTC, RIM or Nokia can continue to profit, but vendors such as Motorola will plunge into the crisis. The trend of the higher demand for smartphones is also to continue until 2013.
In the ranking is currently Symbian followed by RIM (Blackberry) still leading, only then follows Apple with the iPhone. Next year will certainly be some changes, Apple is successful with the iPhone, Google is pushing with the Android OS on the market and Symbian wants to introduce a new version of its operating system at the end of the year. But Research in Motion and Microsoft will certainly not sit still and give up the fight.

High-priced products run almost always well-Apple can also sing the high song of demand.Dell would like to follow this path and introduced the Adamo. Slim, sexy and light – these are the attributes that best describe the new laptop. The dimensions are excellent: 331x242x16.39 mm, the weight is 1.8 kg. And the other technical data read well:

Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor SU9400 (1.4GHz/800MHz FSB/3M L2 cache)

Memory: 4GB Dual-channel 800MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 2GB)

Display: Premium Onyx Black surface with 13.4 “720p WLED (1366×768) HD display and 1.3 megapixel webcam

Keyboard: Dell ™ Backlit Keyboard with touchpad

Graphics card: Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500MHD

Hard Drive: 128GB Solid State Hard Drive

Operating System: Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit)

Connections: Intel WiFi Link 5300 (802.11a/g/n), Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth 2.1 Module, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

Battery: 6-Cell (40WHr) Li-Ion Primary Battery (up to 5 hours running time, according to Dell)

DisplayPort and external DVI adapter

The prices are really steep-in white or black from 1900 euros. Pictures can be found here .Compared to Apple Macbook Air, the Adamo is about 400 grams heavier and about 200 euros more expensive, but the Adamo has a fast solid state disk and is a bit thinner. It will be interesting to see which product is selling better-especially in times like these. I myself am also done by the Adamo, we just look like the decision between a Macbook Air and the Adamo in the autumn looks.:-)

And because we are in the luxury segment, we are staying right there. Tag Heuer is a Swiss watchmaker who wants to extend his business field to mobile phones, because the mobile phone is the new watch, and the Nokia subsidiary Vertu is particularly successful. With “there” I mean handypreise beyond the several thousand euro mark, with mobile phones which are bought at the jeweler and not in an online mail order or in a shop business. Be that as it may, with the tag Heuer Meridiist, there is a mobile phone made of stainless steel, sapphire glass for display and a leather back. The highlight is the clock at the head of the mobile phone-the mobile phone no longer has to be taken out of the shirt or trouser pocket in order to know the time. The remaining features are pretty standard. 2-megapixel camera, 1.9 inch QVGA display, Bluetooth, multimediaplayer, no UMTS, but quad-band GSM. The talk time should be about 7 hours, the standby time for an incredible 28 days. Cost of the jewelery: approx. 3500 euros. Pictures are Flickr at Flickr.