With the new BlackBerry Priv set to be released before the end of the year, we wanted to have a look at how the renowned ‘for business’ device has evolved over the years. Diving into our own treasure trove of historical phones, weeding our way through the large and unbranded to the tiniest of Nokia’s, we managed to find a fascinating collection of Blackberry devices.
The BlackBerry 5810 was launched in 2002 and was the first BlackBerry to feature a built-in phone, as they had previously been used as data-only devices. The device however lacked a speaker and a microphone, therefore the only way to use it was via a headset to make and receive calls – although it was a step in the hands-free direction it was far from the Bluetooth technology we use today.
Since then there has been, like all mobile, an annual release of an updated device. This year is set to be no different with the release of the BlackBerry Priv. After years of the BlackBerry trailing behind Apple and Android and some criticism over the quality of apps available for the BlackBerry, it has listened to consumers and now joined forces with Android to produce the Priv.
BlackBerry have stated that Priv stands for ‘privacy’ and ‘privilege’- as in to maintain privacy. This is based on the main features of the phone, combining BlackBerry security and Android OS.
“Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform” John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO.
We will have to await its arrival to see the success, however why not share your BlackBerry models with us? Did you own one of the original devices as shown above and, if so, what was your experience of using it?