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 Pearl 8100

    Having bent the enterprise to its will, RIM started to target the consumer segment with the launch of the Pearl in 2006.

    One of the most obvious changes brought in for the Pearl was the addition of the trackball, replacing the thumbwheel previously used for navigation.

    The Pearl 8100 was also the first BlackBerry to sport a camera, featuring a 1.3-megapixel snapper.

    Image: BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry Curve 8320

    By 2007, RIM had started to include wi-fi in its devices, including this Curve 8320.

    As well as wireless connectivity — opening up the possibility of VoIP — the Curve 8320 made a step up in the camera front, with a two-megapixel included.

    Image: BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry Pearl 8120

    By 2008, the BlackBerry was making its way firmly into the non-business user segment, as this blinged-up mobile shows.

    Luxury gadget maker Amosu gave the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 a very expensive makeover with the Limited Diamond edition, of which only 20 were made.

    The device's sides and base are made of 18-carat gold, and it sports 900 hand-cut diamonds.

    Image: Amosu

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.