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Blackberry P’9981 by Porsche Design

Blackberry P’9981 by Porsche Design

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While the Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android-based devices have increasingly captured the smartphone market, the Blackberry had seen its share steadily eroded. But the folks at Research in Motion still have a strong hold in the corporate smartphone market. If you’re still one of those addicted to your Blackberry – and have some extra money you are just dying to spend – here’s the phone for you.

The new Blackberry P’9981 comes from the masters at Porsche Design. The P’9981 is similar to the Blackberry 9900. But Porsche Design has infused the phone with artful additions. The entire body is forged from stainless steel. The battery cover is wrapped in real leather. The keyboard is made of stark metal. Plus the Porsche Design logo is stamped boldly across the top.

The P’9981 is slightly bigger than it’s 9900 cousin – both in size and weight. But it doesn’t feel heavy. In fact, it feels robust and solid – like it can take a three foot fall without any concern.

The P’9981 is about as nice as you’ll get for a Blackberry. The biggest obstacle for most will be the price – a hefty $2,350. For the CrackBerry addict with some extra cash, it’s a nice buy. But others will likely shy away due to the price and the diminishing influence of RIM’s iconic smartphone.

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The Blackberry P’9981 is available in Europe and the Middle East. It will be available in the U.S. this spring.

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