Designer phones seldom live up to expectations, as they tend to be expensive simply for the sake of it. Buy a Porsche 911 or a Rolls Royce and you not only get a car that's beautifully made, you get better performance and better features than your average motor. Not so with posh phones, though. They tend to offer only as much, and often less, than the best 'normal' phones with only a bit of bling to make up for the extra cost.
The phone with the futuristic QWERTY keyboard was formerly known as the BlackBerry Knight. The device offers solid construction, for one thing with a forged stainless steel frame, leather back, and a sculpted QWERTY keyboard.
The model is equipped with a exclusive Porsche Design UI and a Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app. Each unit of the P'9981 gets a premium PIN that allows the user of the device to find another P'9981 user in a crowd. Other specs include a single-core 1.2GHz processor, HD video capture and 8GB of native storage that can be pumped up to 40GB using a microSD card. The phone is NFC enabled and has BlackBerry 7 OS on board. That means the phone has the second-generation WebKit browser and includes the fast and smooth liquid graphics..
It's a bit heavier than the Bold 9900 on which its based, with a weight of 155g compared to 130g, and it's a little larger too with dimensions of 115 x 66 x 10.5 mm vs 115 x 67 x 11.3 mm but it's actually an easy device to handle thanks to that leather finish giving a firm comfortable grip and the buttons and controls being well placed. In particular the screen lock button on the top edge and the full expanse of the screen are both easy to reach, as are all the navigation buttons and keyboard. The volume keys on the right edge also fall easily under finger or thumb, along with the play/pause button that sits between them. The only issue is that they're a bit small, so aren't that easy to press with the phone still in your pocket.
There is one potentially major slip up, though. Each of the navigation buttons is a little square of glass that looks pretty snazzy. But, as well as having a slight wobble that large buttons of that type often have, they're also prone to being damaged. You see, both these buttons and the keyboard buttons run right to the edge of the phone where they're susceptible to being knocked. This had clearly already happened to our review sample before it arrived to us as the power button (the right most one) sits slightly awkwardly and can easily be prised up further than it should.
The screen, also, has a bit less visual pizzazz than we'd hope for. It's kind-of understandable that the display is no bigger than that of the Bold 9900 but given the extra cost and extra girth of this phone, a bigger, bolder display would've been nice. As it is you get a 2.8in LCD panel with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. This is a high pixel count for a screen this size but it's still not exactly iPhone-rivalling.
It's of reasonable overall quality with punchy colours, good viewing angles and good contrast but it just doesn't excite in anyway. At least the touch element of it is responsive and easy to use.
|Processor||1.2 GHz Cortex-A8|
|RAM Memory||768 Мb|
|Operating System||BB OS|