BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 unboxed
While the design is a joint effort between Porsche and RIM, we're surprised Porsche's branding has been limited to name only, with no startled horse in sight. Sporting the company's logo may have pushed the handset into tackyville, so maybe this is a good thing.
Despite opting for a drastically different QWERTY keyboard design that's flat and funky, we're pleased to say it doesn't let the side down and is as comfortable to type on as any phone from the BlackBerry bunch. Its unique keyboard is complimented by a row of glass buttons and a four-way navigational pad.
On the inside you're faced with familiar OS 7 territory on its 2.8in screen. But Porsche has given the icons and typeface a once-over, to ensure they're very much in line with the premium nature of the phone. So while it may sport the same familiar drawer-like layout we're used to seeing on handsets like the Bold 9900, it's different enough to stand out from the crowd.
In case you're wondering the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 rocks a 1.2GHz processor under the hood, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 5MP snapper 'round the back. There's also NFC functionality and the usual trio of connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G.
And this is is what sits in the depths of the box – your charging adapters and cables. Still no sign of that toy, though. Hmph.
Whatever your thoughts, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 is still inherently BlackBerry, combing stylish looks and business for those with loaded wallets. We say loaded, as this outlandish BlackBerry has an equally outlandish price tag. So while you may like it, at £1,275 it's safe to say you've got to really like it.