I love my Blackberry, but it is getting a little long in the tooth so I have been starting to look at other phones.
What I like about Blackberry is the great email service, especially while traveling, but I don’t like the lack of technology in the phones and they tend to look like crap.
When I first saw the Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone from BlackBerry, my first though was this was one hot phone, a real iPhone competitor.
Concerning it’s cars like the 911, thier styling has been refined over successive generations – you don’t buy a Porsche for how it looks, you buy one for how it works.
The same could be said of a BlackBerry – a favorite communications tool of businesspeople worldwide and a number of consumers like me as well – the BlackBerry is – like a Porsche – more about function than form.
Porche design has been distinguishing itself as one of the worlds best design firms, and has made severial of it’s own products that are not cars. Having already produced phones on its own, Porsche Design has long been rumored to be working on a project for Research In Motion, the Canadian company responsible for unleashing the addictive Blackberry device upon the world.
The co-branded “Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone from BlackBerry” packs a 1.2 GHz processor, HD video camera, eight gigs of internal (expandable) memory, a QWERTY keyboard and BlackBerry 7 OS into a slick forged stainless steel case with leather back and a touch display screen. A personal concierge service is included with the P’9981, which still doesn’t make its estimated $2,000 price tag any more reasonable.
Of course, it is the kind of thing you’d expect from a style-obsesed businessman to use while he is talking to his lawyer; when he cuts you off in his new Porsche Panamera.
“Since 1972 Porsche Design has presented milestone products with iconic style, and the P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry will be our next landmark,” said Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO Porsche Design Group. “The pure and distinctive design, coupled with authentic materials and an emphasis on the manufacturing process, perfectly match our philosophy and complement the Porsche Design product assortment.”
Well, $2000 is a lot of money for a phone, but if you are in the 1%, it should not be a problem, right?