Porsche Design P'9521 review: Porsche Design P'9521

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The Good Double-hinged display. Sharp, clear OLED display. Strong reception and call quality. Accelerometer.

The Bad Disappointing camera performance. Below average battery life. Jaw-dropping price tag.

The Bottom Line Maybe it's because we've never actually sat in a Porsche, but we're struggling to find the similarities between the P'9521 and Porsches of the past; except perhaps the exorbitant price tag. With no 3G or Wi-Fi there's very little to justify the expense.

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Would you buy a car made by Nokia? Perhaps, but what about a phone designed by Porsche? Aimed at the luxury end of the mobile market, the P'9521 certainly has some interesting features, not least of which is the fingerprint scanner on the front.

However, those tempted will have to have deep pockets because it has a wallet-bashing SIM-free price tag of AU$1,799.

The P'9521 is actually a joint effort between Porsche Design and Sagem, but the Porsche luxury stamp is all over the phone. For example, the handset is hewn from a solid block of aluminum with mineral glass used on the display. The screen is also double-hinged so you can rotate it up to 180 degrees and snap it back against the case — in this respect it's very similar to LG's old P7200.

Porsche produces a car called the Boxster and that name could easily be applied to this handset because the design is ridiculously angular. In fact, the sharp angles actually make it slightly uncomfortable to hold at times. All that aluminium has also added to its weight so it feels much heavier than most clamshell phones around at the moment.

The display uses organic LED technology, so there's no backlight which helps save on power. We've seen OLED screens before that look washed out with muddy colours, but there are no such problems here. Colours are bright and vivid and the QVGA (320 by 240) resolution means icons and text look nice and sharp.

Below the main screen sits one of the phone's key features — a fingerprint scanner. You can set the phone up to use the scanner instead of the usual PIN lock code, or alternatively assign it to certain numbers in the phone's contact book. It also doubles as a touchpad to move through the phone's menus, but as it suffers from lag when working in this way you probably won't bother using it.

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