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...
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: 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 and Porsche Design team up to produce a limited edition BlackBerry 7 device
13 February 2012
Summary: In case it wasn’t clear from the foregoing, this phone has excited a deep level of antipathy in me. BlackBerry 7 was an uncompetitive OS the moment it launched and hasn’t aged well since then. The one thing that RIM really got right with the Bold 9900 was actually its design, which was attractive, contemporary, ergonomic, and durable. So now we’re being graced with a device that tries to fix the good parts and rehashes the bad with impunity.
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
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?
Summary: The Porsche brand is recognized worldwide for producing vehicles immersed in opulence and style and its marriage with the Canadian manufacturer, Blackberry delivers a device dipped in perfection and punched with performance. We are talking about BlackBerry Porsche P’9981. The gorgeous device leaves you gaping with its intriguing design and well the jaw dropping price.
Summary: • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic • Wikitude World Browser app included • Enjoy faster and smoother web navigation • NFC supported • 3.5 mm audio jack • Liquid graphic based 2.8 inches TFT screen • Integrated hands-free speakerphone • 35 key backlit keyboard • Supports MPEG4, H.264, H.263 and MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, Flac, Vorbis players • Accelerometer, Proximity and Magnetometer sensors included • Very exorbitant price • BlackBerry OS 7.0 is nice...
Pros: Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic , Wikitude World Browser app included , Enjoy faster and smoother web navigation , NFC supported , 3.5 mm audio jack , Liquid graphic based 2.8 inches TFT screen , Integrated hands-free speakerphone , 35 key backlit keyboard , Supports MPEG4, H.264, H.263 and MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, Flac, Vorbis players , Accelerometer, Proximity and Magnetometer sensors included
Cons: Very exorbitant price , BlackBerry OS 7.0 is nice but limited , Trails the competition on few technical fronts , App selection not good enough , No front Camera even at this high price
Summary: For all the claims that RIM is dead, they still have a stronghold on the corporate sector. So how do you create a product for the discerning CEO and set it apart from the millions of other BlackBerry devices out there ? The aim here was not to attain the best performance or best in class camera but to a device which would sets them apart. Something which would be unique enough to show that they have arrived. The Porsche brand is a symbol of automative excellence.