BlackBerry phones have certainly come a long way from where they started over a decade ago. BlackBerry smartphones have helped to transform the way people looked at communication devices and helped lead the way into a revolution that would give us the phones we have today.
The Start of a Revolution
The company introduced the first BlackBerry device in 1999, one of the world’s first two-way pagers. With the pager, users could use a keyboard, much like the ones you see on modern BlackBerry phones, to return a message back to the original sender. This pager, which would seem so simple now, paved the way toward smarter phones and emailing devices that have been utilized by every major communication manufacturer today.
The First BlackBerry Smartphone
This pager finally evolved into a smartphone four years later in 2003, several years before competitors came out with their own versions of smartphones. Between the years of the first BlackBerry device and the smartphone, other devices were developed, some offering only emailing services. In 2003, they released their 6000 series with integrated phone and the 6210 made it on the Time All Time 100 Gadgets list.
The first BlackBerry smartphone was capable of mobile calling, texting web browsing, Internet faxing and more. While designing these devices, the company focused on email, creating user-friendly keyboards, secure connections and intelligent email applications. At the time, few devices were capable of emailing while on-the-go, making the first BlackBerry smartphone a popular device among business people.
As the years went on, BlackBerry smartphones continued to be further developed and enhanced. By their 7000 series, the phones had color screens and some of the models even came with Bluetooth and Wi-fi connectivity. Soon, BlackBerry phones started coming with cameras, speakerphone, media players and GPS.
Where They Are Today
Today, BlackBerry smartphones are among the top devices that business people use, accounting for 29 percent of mobile corporate network use, says Cnet.com. The phones are very business-centered, focused on quality emailing features and productivity applications, holding the same initial ideas of the importance of email and secure browsing. They have introduced efficient BYOD capabilities to make their smartphones more user-friendly for both the user and corporate needs.
The types of BlackBerry smartphones available today offer many more functions than the original phones. While the first BlackBerry device contained only 2 MB of RAM, they come with 2 GB of internal memory today, which is over 1,000 times more working memory. The latest phones offer touch screens, some with the original QWERTY keyboard and some without, 16 GB of internal storage, front and rear facing cameras, NFC technology and countless other popular smartphone features. Plus, they come with numerous pre-loaded apps and you can always download additional applications so that your smartphone can perform even more functions.
While companies across the world created smartphones and other mobile devices both before and after Blackberry’s smartphones took the stage, BlackBerry devices were clearly a stepping stone in the right direction to get our smartphone technology where it is today.
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Teddy Hunt is a freelance content writer with a focus on technology and BYOD advocate. When not behind a computer, Teddy spends the majority of his free time outdoors and resides in Tampa, Florida.