All the 80s and the 90s kids would agree to the fact BlackBerry was a huge name back in the days. It’s still an iconic name but BlackBerry as a brand, sadly, isn’t as exciting as it once used to be.
That being said, BlackBerry will always be close to our hearts for changing the way the world sees mobile phones today. It offered something its competitors couldn’t even imagine – access to emails on the go. It was a big deal when people weren’t even used to sending text messages from their phones.
Even if you didn’t own a BlackBerry phone, we bet you knew someone who did and you’ve had a major FOMO of things like the QWERTY keyboard and BBM. Well, let’s take a look a look at some of the most iconic BlackBerry phones of all time, shall we?
The BlackBerry 7290 came out in 2003 and it was the first unit to arrive with color panels, switching from the monochrome display. It was also one of the first ones to offer Bluetooth, which is a rather underrated feature today. It’s also worth pointing out that the BlackBerry 7290 comes with 16MB RAM, which is, well, a little different from what we have in modern smartphones.
BlackBerry Pearl is probably what comes to your mind when you hear the name BlackBerry. Well, that’s because it was extremely popular back in the day and it featured a mini trackball in the center of its five-button wide keyboard. Like it not, but the trackball revolutionized device navigation. The 8100 was the first Pearl model to arrive and had a 1.3MP camera and support for microSD card for up to 8GB expansion, ringtones, and a media player.
The BlackBerry Curve was more or less similar to what the BlackBerry Pearl offered. However, the BlackBerry Curve offered a wider format for a full-sized QWERTY keyboard. This device was a game-changer because it also offered some smartphone features in a unique-looking package. It was also much more affordable than the BlackBerry Pearl, so it had that going for it as well.
The BlackBerry Bold is the phone that you may have seen in a lot of people’s hands. The BlackBerry Bold became extremely popular and it shook the world up by being that premium device that everyone wanted. The original BlackBerry Bold offered a leather back panel and it was probably the most iconic handset that BlackBerry ever produced. The updated model of this device replaced the trackball with a trackpad.
BlackBerry Bold Touch
This particular phone arrived in the summer of 2011 and it offered an optical trackpad, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a touchscreen interface for those who prefer that as well. It had some really cool features for that time like NFC, a 5MP camera, etc. It was very popular because it was the thinnest BlackBerry device to come out.