BlackBerry Evolution

BlackBerry Smartphones have come a long way since the original models were introduced way back in 1996. And I mean a loooooong way. The first devices were not really even smartphones at all. BlackBerry got its start improving upon pagers, with the introduction of the 850 Interactive Pager.

That's a far cry from today's 9000 series smartphones that feature color screens, wifi, microSD slots, GPS, Bluetooth and so much more. BlackBerry has moved from a trackwheel to trackball to trackpad to full touchscreen -and BlackBerry 10 promises to take the experience to a whole new level. So as we look forward to BlackBerry 10, let's take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and check out the evolution of the BlackBerry Smartphone - in pictures. 

The Evolution of BlackBerry Devices

While this is a pretty good size sample of BlackBerry devices, keep in mind that it's not every model and color that was made available (there are quite a few).   

850 and 950 Series

The original BlackBerry - the [email protected] Pager -  was announced on September 18, 1996. The device provided only basic email and WAP services. The series included the model 850, 857, 900, 950, 957 and 962 devices. 


Interactive Pager

[email protected] Pager 


BlackBerry 850



BlackBerry 857



5000 and 6000 Series

The 5000 and 6000 series devices were the first to incorporate a mobile phone with a pager. The 5810 was released on March 4, 2002. The 5000 series included the 5810 and 5820 (which had phone capabilities using a headset) as well as the email only 5790. The 6000 series included the 6210, 6220, 6230, 6280, 6510, 6710, 6720 amd 6750.

BlackBerry 5810

BlackBerry 5810



BlackBerry 6200

BlackBerry 6200


BlackBerry 6510

BlackBerry 6510


BlackBerry 6710


BlackBerry 6710


7000 Series

The 7000 series built upon the same features as the 5000/6000 series, but introduced a color screen as well. Various models included phone and/or two-way radio and the 7290 and 7520 also had Bluetooth. Models included the 7210, 7220, 7230, 7250, 7270, 7280, 7290, 7510, 7520, 7730, 7750 and 7780. This was also Kevin's first BlackBerry and ignited the fire that became CrackBerry!!

BlackBerry 7210


BlackBerry 7210




BlackBerry 7100


BlackBerry 7100



8000 Series

The 8000 series was the start of the "consumer" devices. These models included an updated color screen, more memory, a microSD slot, camera and more. The Pearl 8100 was also the first to introduce the new trackball naviagtion, breaking away from the trackwheel that had graced other devices. The name Pearl came from the look of the trackball on the device.

The 8000 series includes the well known Pearl and best-selling Curve lines of devices. 

The Curve 8520/8530 was the first device to introduce the optical trackpad, a replacement to the longstanding trackball navigation.

The Pearl Flip 8220 was the first BlackBerry flip phone made available. 

BlackBerry 8700


BlackBerry 8700



BlackBerry 8100

BlackBerry Pearl 8100


BlackBerry 8800

BlackBerry 8800


BlackBerry 8320

BlackBerry Curve 8320  


BlackBerry 8350i

BlackBerry Curve 8350i


BlackBerry 8900

BlackBerry Curve 8900


Pearl Flip 8220

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 

BlackBerry 8530

BlackBerry Curve 8530


9000 Series

The 9000 series is the most recent, beginning with the Bold 9000 launched in 2008. Dubbed the Cadillac of devices, the Bold 9000 is still a long fan favorite. The 9000's again featured updated hardware including better cameras, more memory, Bluetooth and wifi. This series included the first all-touch device, the BlackBerry Storm 9530 and the flagship Bold line.

The Torch 9800 was the first device running BlackBerry 6 and offered a slider form factor with both a touchscreen and slide out keyboard.  

The Curve 9380 and Torch 9860 were full-touch devices perfect for users who prefered not to have a physical keyboard. 

Notable 9000 series devices include the Storm, Storm2, Bold 9000, Bold 9700, Tour 9630, Bold 9650Style 9670, Torch 9800 and Bold 9900/9930.

BlackBerry 9000

BlackBerry Bold 9000


BlackBerry 9630

BlackBerry Tour 9630


BlackBerry 9530

BlackBerry Storm 9530 


BlackBerry 9700

BlackBerry Bold 9700


BlackBerry 9650

BlackBerry Bold 9650


BlackBerry 9670

BlackBerry Style 9670


BlackBerry 9380

BlackBerry Curve 9380


BlackBerry 9860

BlackBerry Torch 9860


BlackBerry 9360

BlackBerry Curve 9360


BlackBerry 9810

BlackBerry Torch 9810


Bold 9790

BlackBerry Bold 9790  


BlackBerry 9900

BlackBerry Bold 9900 


BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 10 will be released in Q1 of 2013. The "mobile computing platform" will be a fresh start for BlackBerry and bring two new devices, the L-Series (touchscreen) and N-Series (QWERTY).   

BlackBerry 10 

BlackBerry 10