Summary: Last summer, RIM introduced the world to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry 7 operating system. In spite of adding a faster processor, slimmer profile, and the nebulous Liquid Graphics, that combination failed to spark imaginations or stem the tide of dissatisfied BlackBerry customers upgrading away from the platform.
Pros: Great way to demonstrate that you're wealthy, Responsive UI, Quick camera operation
Cons: Outdated OS, Exorbitant price, Worse design than the Bold 9900
Excerpt: There’s no denying that the folks at RIM have gotten more things wrong than a bro on Wheel of Fortune College week. The newly announced Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry has no chance of making a dent in the company’s sagging bottom line, but it does illustrate that RIM still understands the direct correspondance between exclusivity and luxury appeal.
Summary: Overall: A very, very decent BlackBerry product for those who like the brand and a QWERTY keyboard. Is it worth the price? Well, only the fans can determine that, and according to early sales figures, if you have the money to spend on it, it’s worth it.
Excerpt: It's hard not to feel like "the man" walking around with the P'9981. Most people have never seen one in real life. Take it out in public and people notice it. Those who recognize it and know of the Porsche BlackBerry look at you in awe (or like you're crazy to spend $2k on a phone). Those who don't know of the P'9981 stop and ask what is as they're seeing it for the first time. Owning the P'9981 turns you into a celebrity of sorts.
Pros: You feel like the man walking around with a $2,000 phone, It's a conversation starter. This phone gets noticed, Awesome packaging - it's like opening a luxury watch box, Great accessories included - best charging stand ever, branded battery and cleaning cloth a nice touch, The exclusive 2AA PIN is awesome - feels like you're in a P'9981 club with Jay Z and Beyonce, Steel frame construction gives the phone a nice weighted feeling. It feels expensive., If you meet anoth...
Cons: It's really expensive, and despite the increased price isn't really better than the Bold 9900, Software updates lag that of the Bold 9900 - they'll come, but it's still on OS 7.0, No autofocus on the camera, Uneven keyboard back lighting feels a bit sloppy, Exposed edges on call and hang up keys pose a risk (accidental breakage), Tracking down accessories poses a challenge, Battery door a bit of a pain to remove and replace, Removing microSD card can be slightly trick...
Summary: There are absolutely no software differences between this handset and the regular Bold 9900. This is exactly the same model, which is why I don't want to repeat anything. If you wish to learn any details on the handset specifications and software, welcome back to the Bold 9900 review.
As a luxury version of the Bold 9900, this handset is quite good. The manufacturer has not spoilt anything from the original model, but nothing has been improved either.
Conclusion: It's hard to imagine the Porsche Design P'9981 convincing the everyman: its severe styling is too divisive, BlackBerry 7 OS questionable, and general specifications uncompetitive in places. Then again, the everyman isn't the limited edition BlackBerry's target audience. Like Vertu and "luxury" editions of other manufacturers' phones, the appeal of the P'9981 is more about who hasn't got it than who wants it. $2,350 is a ridiculous amount of money for a smartphone.
RIM’s Porsche Design Blackberry P9981 – a sleek, luxury smartphone for the 1%
31 October 2011
Conclusion: Overall, the Porsche Design Blackberry P9981 is not impressive at all – all you’re getting is a unique looking Bold 9900 (which already has a very sturdy housing) and bragging rights, but then again, if all your friends have a Galaxy S2 or an unusable Vertu phone, you need to somehow stand out, right?
Conclusion: It might sound like we've been rather harsh here, but there's no escaping the fact that the P'9981, Porsche Design or not, it still a BlackBerry at its core. Where it excels with communication features, it lacks with entertainment refinement. Whilst the app offering is there, it isn't anything like as exciting as you'll get on Apple or Android.
Pros: Stand out in a crowd, keyboard is still great, good communicator, high-resolution display, dock
Cons: Price, theme makes the app icons a little more difficult to determine, BB 7 OS isn't as dynamic as rivals, back cover comes off too easily