Photos: BlackBerrys through the ages

Photos: BlackBerrys through the ages

Summary: Updated: Take a tour of BlackBerry's most iconic handsets, from 2000's mobile connectivity-less 957 to the latest crop of BlackBerry 10 devices.


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  • BlackBerry Style

    The clamshell form factor resurfaced in 2010 with the launch of the BlackBerry Style — the first flip-phone to have a full Qwerty keyboard.

    The smartphone runs the BlackBerry 6 OS but has no touchscreen onboard. Instead, there's a two-inch external display — shown above — where users can check information such as when a new text message has arrived.

    Image: BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry Bold 9900

    The Bold resurfaced again in 2011 and this time, it featured short-range wireless NFC technology — typically used for contactless ticketing and payments.

    The Bold 9900 also came with a capacitive touchscreen and ran the latest version of RIM's operating system, BlackBerry OS 7, which includes an HTML5-friendly browser. There's also a five-megapixel camera onboard.

    Image: BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry PlayBook

    Announced in 2010 but reaching these shores in 2011 was perhaps RIM's most radical departure yet: the PlayBook.

    The tablet, an attempt to capitalise on the wave of slate love initiated by Apple, has a seven-inch display, is 1cm thick and has both front and rear cameras.

    The PlayBook was a lonely soul — for 3G connectivity, it had to be tethered to a BlackBerry smartphone using a feature called BlackBerry Bridge, which connected the smartphone and tablet over a secure Bluetooth link.

    Image: Natasha Lomas/ZDNet

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • RIM 957

    As a former employee for Lanier Worldwide, the 957 was a huge rollout for us in 2001. Lanier WW was based in Atlanta, so this product was sold to Lanier through US RIM vendor, which means this product was not just sold in Canada.
    • 957 wasn't the first

      RIM had pager models back in 1996 (160-65 pixels) before the 957 (160x160 pixels) was introduced. If this is supposed to be a tour through their models, you should start with their first model so we can actually see the growth of how RIM changed the devices over the years.
      Ray (Canada)
  • Um...

    Hate to break it to you, but 13 years (or even 17, if we take Ray's information into account) does not constitute even one age, let alone "ages." The article's title overshoots pretentious and goes right on into absurd.
  • Article is wrong about "no mobile connectivity"

    The 957 certainly had mobile connectivity; it would have been useless without it! At the time the voice cellular networks had no data capability, so a mobile-data network had to be used. As with GSM vs. CDMA, there were two competing standards, and RIM created models for both; the 957 used the Mobitex standard. (Mobitex did in fact include voice capability, but it was intended for only occasional use, e.g. emergencies, and the 957 didn't include voice.)
    Rohan Jayasekera
  • What do you expect?

    The author seems to have worked for a certain British publication that is famous for not spelling its own name correctly, unless Guardian Government Computing is different from what I think it is.