By on April 9, 2009

One of my long-standing disagreements with the editor: the Porsche Cayenne is a dangerous diffusion of the Porsche brand. I never believed that. I’d call Robert up and tell him— if I could dial this new Porsche Design P’9522 phone with its razor thin buttons. Or use it stateside for that matter. Perhaps I’ll e-mail my review. Nope. The gorgeous new touch screen gizmo lacks that feature. It does have a 911 GT3 ring tone, though.

As we’ve come to expect from all things Porsche, the phone is a techo-rich: auto-focus 5-megapixel camera, quad-band cellular connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS AND an FM receiver. (Didn’t see that coming in your rear view mirror did ‘ya?) The screen is sleek and indestructible, but faster than a Carrera GT, and not in a good way. It’s too easy to blow by your selections, which is not what you want from your . . . anything, really. It does look good. That counts for a lot.

Personally, I think it’s a great direction for Porsche. Kids already lust after phones the way they once coveted cars. Now if Stuttgart can just get it right. As in no fingerprint scanner on something I want to use with one hand. You know, applied ergonomics. If Porsche continue to improve their gear—including their to-die-with kitchen knives—they could finally get away from these gas burning ventures and concentrate on their core businesses: phones and the hedge funds.

Yes, I know: Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG is a majority-owned subsidiary of the car company. Oh, and the phone’s $800.

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9 Comments on “Product Review: Porsche Design P’9522 Phone...”

  • avatar

    According to the specifications on their own site, the phone supports GSM/GPRS and EDGE. No HSPDA/HSUPA/WCDMA. In other words, it’s about as fast as a five-year-old BlackBerry.

    I don’t like to say this because it’s gauche, but it’s just so appropriate:

    Epic. Fail.

    The fingerprint reader is a nice touch, but no 3G support in a phone that costs eight hundred dollars is insane. There are zero-dollar carrier-lock phones that would embarrass this thing, while an iPhone 3G, Nokia E90 or N96, Storm, BlackBerry Bold or Storm, or HTC Touch-series will utterly destroy it.

    Visualize buying a 911, taking it to the track, and getting your ass handed to you by a Toyota Corolla. That’s how bad this phone is. If I were Porsche, I’d rip my name off this less time than it takes a Carrera GT to hit sixty.

  • avatar

    looks like any other phone

    except for the gauche ‘porsche design’ label

  • avatar

    TonyJZX :
    April 9th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    looks like any other phone

    except for the gauche ‘porsche design’ label


    Reminds me of the Porsche hybrid side painting.

    I mean, we know it’s just for the visual effect, but please at least stick a brush nickle logo or something instead of cheap paint.

  • avatar

    Sorry, but I’ll take my LG over that piece. For the money it does a lot, and who the hell needs an FM receiver when you can get streaming radio via the web?

  • avatar

    “It does have a 911 GT3 ring tone, though.”

    Meh. My free-to-me Razr with the corporate partners discount Verizon account with all the usual features I never use has that.

    As well as two versions of a 997 RSR. And three versions of an RS Spyder. And a V10 F1 drive-by and acceleration out of pit lane, and an F1 car in the Monaco tunnel, and a Ferrari GTB, and a 911ST drive-by and starting, and a 2.0 911R drive-by, etc., etc…

    It’s just about the only added value I get out of cell phones.

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    For the money it does a lot, and who the hell needs an FM receiver when you can get streaming radio via the web?

    The FM radio uses much less power, which is helpful. The problem is that the receiver in most phones is terrible. I’ll never understand that; I can build a better FM receiver than you could find in a modern phone.

  • avatar

    Most of these “designer” phones end up being massively overpriced garbage. Remember Bang and Olufsen’s abominations? Didn’t think so.

  • avatar

    No 3G. That’s because someone who would spend $800 on a Porsche likely has their emails read to them and dictate the reply.

    Think is, you could spend $700 and get a 3G phone which actually does some things.

    And, heck, you could probably – for the $100 left over – find a tacky plastic Porsche badge on the street in Manhattan to stick on with a little Duco cement.

    How cool that would be!

  • avatar
    Dr. No

    Ugh. Porsche should stick to autos and leave the phones to better design teams. And I agree with the other poster, littering the so-so phone design with “Porsche Design” IS gauche.

    But it’s a free country to blow money on outdated technology with poor design here.

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