The history of Blackberry

This was BlackBerry's first handheld device and it sat within the two-way pager category. (image credit: ZDnet)
The Blackberry 5810 was one of the early Java-based devices, offering a built-in mobile phone, even if a headset was required. (image credit: CNN)
The BlackBerry 6710 was one of the first to offer an integrated phone and featured a large monochrome display with 160 x 160 pixels. (image credit: CWtejP1)
The BlackBerry 6210 arrived in 2003 with an integrated phone but with a monochrome display. (image credit: ZDnet)
The BlackBerry 7290 was one of the first to offer Bluetooth and had 16MB of storage. Measley by today's standards. (image credit: GSM Arena)
The BlackBerry 7100 series had a QWERTY-like layout but used two letters per button, allowing the devices to become much slimmer than the others. (image credit: Softpedia Mobile)
The BlackBerry 8700 series models introduced in 2005/2006 added more consumer features, such as a better displays. (image credit: All Techie News)
The 8100 was the first Pearl model and it arrived with a 1.3-megapixel camera, as well as microSD support for up to 8GB expansion, ringtones and a media player. (image credit: GSM Arena)
The Curve offered a wider format, with a full QWERTY keyboard and instantly found consumer favour thanks to its low price and wide range of smartphone features. (image credit: BlackBerry)
The BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip was announced in 2008 with a clamshell form factor. It boasted a 2-megapixel camera and 128MB internal memory. (image credit: CrackBerry)
The Bold shook the BB world up, making a premium device that everyone wanted. (image credit: CrackBerry)
With the Storm, BlackBerry tried to do its own thing with touch, and struggled to match rival offerings. (image credit:
The BlackBerry Tour arrived on the scene in July 2009 and saw the return of the trackball and QWERTY keyboard. (image credit: Phonegg)
BlackBerry updated the Bold range at the end of 2009 with the 9700 model and replaces the trackball with an optical trackpad. (image credit: BlackBerry)
BlackBerry launched an update to the Pearl in 2010, bringing the optical trackpad found on the newer Bold to the smaller-format device. (image credit:
The first BlackBerry Torch launched in 2010 with the 9800 model featuring a large touchscreen and a sliding keyboard. (image credit: Phone Bunch)
BlackBerry updated the Curve model in 2010, adding the optical trackpad found on the Torch in the 9300, as well as a 2-megapixel camera with video recording. (image credit: Phonesdata)
The BlackBerry Style launched at the end of 2010 featuring a flip design and that classic QWERTY keyboard. (image credit: Crackberry)
The BlackBerry Bold Touch arrived in the summer of 2011. It offered the optical trackpad, a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen interface. (image credit:
The BlackBerry Z10 was the first model to feature the new BB10 operating system. The OS tried to offer full-touch convenience but still struggled to compete. (image credit: Amazon)
The BlackBerry Q10 was the second BB10 device to arrive, launching in April 2013. It was small and fun, but ultimately, the consumer world had moved on. (image credit: BlackBerry)
The BlackBerry Q5 boasted a 3.1-inch with a 720 x 720 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 8GB internal memory. (image credit:
The BlackBerry Z30 was the biggest play for a direct competitor device to compete with the likes of Android. (image credit: BlackBerry)
The BlackBerry Passport arrived in September 2014 to a huge mix of reactions. It was a Marmite device that people either loved or loathed. (image credit: BlackBerry)
The BlackBerry Classic followed the Passport in December 2014, bringing back a similar design to the Bold, which was one everyone knew and loved. (image credit: BlackBerry)
The Leap was the product of a new production agreement with Foxconn, seeing a cheaper touch device produced. (image credit: BlackBerry)
As an Android device the Priv was packed with innovation. The format was perhaps a little large, offering that sliding action, but the Priv was a good handset.  (image credit: Carphone Warehouse)
Having decided it couldn't afford to keep its hardware division running, BlackBerry turned over its license to TCL, who then made the KeyOne. (image credit: BlackBerry Mobile)
This was a slim Blackberry flagship, with a big keyboard and long-lasting battery too. (image credit: BlackBerry Mobile)
In 2020, OnwardMobility won the license to produce the first 5G BlackBerry phone. Rumour has it'll have a keyboard like the classic Blackberry phones.  (image credit: Pocket-lint)

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