They really screwed up the looks with the beaver tail. It looks like, well, an Americanized version of the PPK/S.
I am one of the lucky ones with an Interarms PPK/S stainless that is functional, even with hollow points, I am very pleased with the gun, tho a real German PPK/S is on "my list" but an HK P7M8 will have to be first.
I hear what you are saying. Before S&W changed the look I would say always go with Walther, USA or German but now something like the Bersa, which gets rave reviews (better than the PPK and /S American in most cases) and is arguably a PPK inspired design would be more appealing for carry if you don't want a German Walther, as well it is also less money. Do a google search on Bersa and you will see what I mean.
Then there's always a lot of NIB or slightly used examples of the Walther PPK or /S American that are worth considering too, if you have to have the W.
The new Beavertail design makes the pistol awkward (and a little ugly) looking if you ask me.
WayneD, I used to have a stainless InterArms PPK in .380, I wish I still had it (friend owns it now, he practically begged for it) that thing was (is) great. It would digest anything. As far as something instead, how about this -:
Supposed to be available this summer - 10 shot 9mm, same size as PPK
DavidS, $1300 is way too much. Try gunbroker or AuctionArms, $850 is a more reasonable price for a .380 German PPK. And don't discount the old war guns, them things work just fine (with FMJ), and .32 is a good caliber for up close and personal.
Take a look at the pictures of the old PPK I've got in the Marketplace (although its not for sale anymore). It shoots real well.