The Blackberry phone was developed by a Canadian company based in Waterloo, Ontario called Research in Motion or popularly referred to as RIM. Prior to developing the Blackberry, RIM had worked with the Swedish company, Ericsson, to develop a two-way pager device called Mobitex. This device also paved the way for developing the Blackberry phone.
As mobile phones have since long replaced pagers in terms of efficient communication, RIM had set its eyes to developing a mobile telephone with the goal of easy email access and web browsing which goes together with the basic phone functions. Thus, in 2003 RIM introduced its Blackberry phone which also paved the way for other Smartphones.
The Blackberry Advantage
The Blackberry is always pitted against the iPhone. However, with or without the competition, the Blackberry stands out because of features that are uniquely exclusive to it. One of its earliest and unique features is the push email which you email system has an always on capability notifying you of any new email messages anytime, anywhere.
Blackberry users will give you many reasons why this phone is superior that its competition. However, some of the most notable features of the Blackberry phone are listed below.
- You can synchronize your Blackberry phone with multiple computers at the same time.
- It has the highest multitasking capability without slowing down its system which can be found lacking in other Smartphones.
- It has an expandable battery which can be removed.
- It is compatible to use with any carriers both local and international.
- You can choose from a variety of five designs – candy bar, flip phone, small or large keyboard, and touch.
Picking the Right Blackberry
There are only five types of Blackberry phones – Torch, Pearl, Storm, Curve, and Bold – which have different models under them.
This comes in two models, the 9860 and the 9810. Both the 9860 and the 9810 models have touch screen capabilities and a physical keyboard. Another similar feature of the Blackberry Torch 9860 and 9810 is they are both powered by the Blackberry OS7. This new software brought about many breakthrough technologies which enhances your Blackberry experience.
- Liquid Graphics: This makes your CPU faster with its quick response time. It also gives a much higher resolution to your animation and graphics which has a lifelike quality.
- Voice Activated Actions: Its text-to-speech quality is efficient that all you have to do is say what file you want in your phone and you can have in an instant. This is perfect when you need to multitask or in a hurry to find a file or an email you need.
- Expandable Memory: The Blackberry Torch has an 8GB expandable memory of up to 32GB. This saves you the worry of extra storage space for your pictures and videos.
This is the model which popularised the QWERTY keyboard on mobile phones. The Blackberry 9900 is considered the thinnest Blackberry Smartphone in its line and is Wi-Fi enabled. It also has the Blackberry Balance technology which enables you to separate business from pleasure by distinguishing business and personal tasks and contacts. It also boasts of a 5 megapixel camera which can capture a 720hp video.
The Blackberry Bold 9780, on the other hand, has 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has a 512MB memory which can be expanded up to 2GB. This phone is ideal for your business needs as it can hold up to 10 email accounts and sync your contacts and other files in one easy place. It also comes with a new apps switcher which makes it easier for you to switch between apps.
Although the Blackberry Curve looks similar to the bold series, it has certain differences especially in cost – with the Curve more expensive than the Bold series. The Blackberry Curve comes in 3 different models which are 9360, 3G, and 8520.
The Blackberry Curve 9360 distinguishing features are its sleek and thin design and the ease of use it provides to access your email and social networking sites. Its 24” LCD screen and a 5 megapixel camera with a 4X digital zoom function is perfect for storing and viewing pictures and videos with absolute clarity.
The Blackberry 3G, on the other hand, has a built-in GPS and Blackberry maps which allows easy navigation when you want to find a place. It also has longer battery life which allows you 4.5 hours of talk time and 29 hours of music without recharging. It is also equipped with a light sensor technology which adjusts the display according to the brightness of your surroundings.
The other model in the Curve series is the 8520 which is equipped with smooth track pad navigation and dedicated media keys. It has a 2X megapixel camera and also a light sensitive LCD screen. But what sets this Curve model is its size which you can conveniently carry in your pocket.
This series is similar to the Curve series. In contrast to the Curve, which is ideal for business people, the Pearl series is the perfect companion for your personal use with its sleek and shiny design. Only 13.3mm thin, it can easily fit in your pocket discreetly. Like the Curve 3G, the Pearl is a 3G and Wi-Fi enabled device which can hold up to 10 email accounts. Its 2GB memory can be expanded up to 32GB. A distinguishing feature of the Blackberry Pearl is the SureType keyboard technology which uses a multi-tap system where two letters are placed in one number key.
The Storm is the first Blackberry with full touch screen features. It has the SureType and SurePress technology for ease of use. While the SureType technology uses the multi-tap system, the SurePress technology gives you tactile feedback when you press the screen.
The Tablet Game
Like all other mobile phone companies, RIM has also developed its own tablet called the Blackberry PlayBook. One of its coolest features is the Blackberry Bridge which allows you to connect your tablet with your Smartphone. By using the Blackberry Bridge you can switch screens between your Smartphone and your tablet allowing your Smartphone to act as a keyboard and mouse for your PlayBook.
Aside from the Blackberry Bridge, on of the many features you can see in the Blackberry PlayBook is the Documents To Go which allows you to edit MS Office files and attachments easily - There are plenty of apps available for the Blackberry.
The Blackberry Series are a class of their own – sleek design combined with durability and innovative technology to meet your business or personal needs minus the complications.
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