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 6210

    The Blackberry 6210, introduced in 2003, was designed to be much easier than its predecessors to hold in the palm of the hand. The Java-based device packed 16MB of flash memory, a more stylish design and five hours of talk time.

    Image: BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry 7100V

    There was a change in look in 2004 as RIM eschewed the traditionally staid black-and-blue housing in favour of this vibrant red casing.

    The 7100V was similar in size to a normal mobile phone and had similar functionality to its larger siblings, but without a full Qwerty keyboard. It even had polyphonic ringtones.

    Image: Tim Ferguson/ZDNet

  • BlackBerry 7100X

    Launched in 2005, the 7100X was similar in its design philosophy but also offered Bluetooth and quad-band capability.

    Image: Tim Ferguson/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.
    svasqu01@...
    • 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.
    Ginevra
  • 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.
    virushunter83