When I was at the RIM campus in Waterloo I also got a chance to get up close and personal with the BlackBerry Porsche P’9981. I got some video and some pictures of it and my thoughts as well from briefly playing with it. As you can see in the above picture presentation is amazingly key with this hot device and it shows through the box alone. The thing is huge and for good reason – this phone comes with every accessory you’ve probably wished your BlackBerry came with right in the box.
The version of BlackBerry 7 OS running on the BlackBerry Porsche P’9981 which I got my grubby hands on was 126.96.36.1999 (2286) and the Vendor ID was 1 – which unfortunately tells us nothing because 1 is RIM’s Vendor ID and not assigned to any carrier.
The keyboard is not your average BlackBerry Bold, Curve, or Torch keyboard and is a design unto itself. I will be honest, though, the brief time I played with the keyboard on this device I thought while it looked amazing to the eyes I preferred my Bold 9900’s keyboard for day to day use. Then again, maybe if they let me use a P’9981 for a little bit longer I’d change my tune – only one way to find out I suppose. (And maybe someday I will!) I am not sure exactly what it was that caused this feeling but one thing I found weird was the “two-level” aspect each key had. Again, I have a feeling this was something I would quickly get used to if I had the chance but all I can give is my opinion based on what I saw/experienced in those brief moments.
As you can see, the version of BlackBerry 7 OS which is running on the Porsche P’9981 is specially skinned to reflect its special place in the BlackBerry lineup. All the icons, while familiar, are slightly changed versions of themselves and reflect the elegance of the design of this device. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some skins come out to reflect it when BlackBerry 7 themes are finally available.
Enjoy the video below of the BlackBerry Porsche P’9981 in action while we are being told about the industrial design and insights that went into each of the new devices in the background. Because we were in the middle of listening to the awesome people at RIM who made this all possible is why I don’t talk in the video itself. Enjoy!