Gold-plated Porche Design P'9981 BlackBerry is shiny, overpriced and out of date

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BlackBerry-P9981-Gold-top.jpgDoes anyone need a gold plated phone? No, of course not, at least not beyond some sort of maniacal status symbol. But there will always be some oil baron swimming in cash who will want even his turds covered in the shiny stuff.

For that sort of ludicrously wealthy fool then, the real question is, should you buy the new Porche Design P’9981 BlackBerry. Unless you wan’t an incredibly expensive yet outdated blower in your pocket, the answer is again no.

Complete with a stainless steel case and covered in a layer of titanium before having a 24-carat gold coating applied, the P’9981 is disappointingly left with the ageing BB OX 7.1 platform, 2.8-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and 5MP camera.

A BlackBerry Z10 is a fraction of the price, and far more functional.

BlackBerry have been quiet on exactly how much the phone costs. But with a standard non-gold version of the phone priced at roughly £1,250, and this pricey variant limited to a 25-piece run, expect it to exponentially more expensive. Avoid.

Gerald Lynch