BlackBerry phones through the years
BlackBerry Ltd., formally known as Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), is a notable name in the field of telecommunication and much of its success is attributed to devices such as pagers, smartphones and tablets. RIM was founded in 1984 by Mike Lazaridis, an electrical engineering student at the University of Waterloo, who dropped out of college after being awarded a contract with General Motors. A versatile company, RIM first dealt in network computer display systems before teaming with Velocita Wireless (formerly RAM Mobile Data) and Ericsson Phones in 1998 to create a wireless email and two-way paging network. That year, the BlackBerry 850 pager debuted and RIM began to produce more user-friendly, consumer-based wireless devices. Despite finding success in the technology field, BlackBerry has also experienced its share of struggles. Its stock has been steadily declining since the mid 2000s; sharply in 2006 and again after 2,000 employees were laid off in 2011 (the biggest lay off in BlackBerry's history) due to diminishing profits and rapidly declining market shares.
The BlackBerry 5810 was an early Java-based phone released in 2002. The 5810 model included a single core, 32-bit microprocessor and a system memory of one MB of RAM and eight MB of ROM.
The BlackBerry 7100T was released in 2004 and featured a 16-bit (65000 color) display and 32 MB of ROM storage.
The 2006 BlackBerry Pearl 8110 was known most notably for its trackball interface, 1.3 megapixel camera and microSDHC storage capability.
The BlackBerry Curve 8310 was released in 2007 and featured a 320 by 240 pixel display with 65,000 colors, a GPS receiver and an internal microSD card slot.
BlackBerry's 8800 model was critically acclaimed after its 2007 release. Positive feedback was given to the 8800 for its sleeker design, push-to-talk capabilities and various multimedia features which include GPS, wireless internet and a flash memory of 64 MB.
Released in 2008, the BlackBerry Storm was the first Research In Motion phone with a touch-screen and without a physical keyboard.
The BlackBerry Storm 2 was released in 2009 and is the only Research In Motion phone equipped with piezoelectric sensors (for added touch sensitivity) under its fully clickable touch-screen. Unlike earlier Storm models, the Storm 2 features Wi-Fi connectivity.
Released in 2013, the BlackBerry Z10 was the first phone to include the BlackBerry 10 operating system. The BB 10 system interface utilizes tap, swipe and pinch features similar to the iOS system.