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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  • Z10

    Early in 2013, BlackBerry brought out its first devices bearing its revamped OS, BlackBerry 10.

    The operating system's flagship, the Z10, marked a departure in design terms — the touchscreen device moved away from the rounded and bubbly feel of the older BlackBerrys in favour of a sharper, sleeker rectangle.

    The touch-centric OS brought in new UI concepts, including Hub, Peek and Flow.

    The most recently used app is shown to the top left of the screen with up to eight of the most recently run apps alongside.

    On the hardware side, the Z10's core specs included a 4.2-inch display with a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card.

    Image: BlackBerry

  • q10

    While BlackBerry 10 marked a departure for the company, it couldn't say goodbye to its heritage entirely, and launched a Qwerty device alongside the Z10, called the Q10.

    As well as having a smaller touchscreen — 3.1 inches compared to the Z10's 4.2 — its display had a noticeably lower resolution.

    Image: BlackBerry

  • Q5

    A lower-end Qwerty followed: the Q5 had a slightly squarer feel and more colour options than its predecessor.

    While it had the same screen size as the Q10, the Q5 has an LCD screen rather than AMOLED, less storage, and a more plasticy feel.

    Image: BlackBerry

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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.