Lately, RIM has been releasing new devices every few months and they just keep getting better and better. Seeing all the new capabilities made me think back to not all that long ago when a BlackBerry was just a cool little 2-way pager with a keyboard. Oh how things have changed.

Take a walk back with me all the way to 1999. Gaze in wonder at the dawn of the BlackBerry revolution as I present to you, an illustrated history of the BlackBerry.

BlackBerry 850

BlackBerry 850 was the first BlackBerry device introduced in 1999. Supporting email and limited HTML browsing, the small device featured a monochrome screen.
BlackBerry 857

The BlackBerry 857 came with a larger monochrome screen
BlackBerry 5810

The BlackBerry 5810 was the first model with phone capabilities but a headset was required.
BlackBerry 6200

The BlackBerry 6200 featured a medium 160×100 pixel monochrome screen and phone.
BlackBerry 6510

BlackBerry 6510 came with an integrated phone and integrated two-way radio.
BlackBerry 6710

The BlackBerry 6710 had a large monochrome screen, 900/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS integrated phone.
BlackBerry 7210

The BlackBerry 7210 was the first one to come with a color screen.
BlackBerry 7100t2

The BlackBerry 7100t introduced a reduced-key keyboard and uses a technology called ‘SureType.’
BlackBerry 8700

The BlackBerry 8700 featuring a large 320×240 pixel screen and 65K colour depth.
BlackBerry 8100

The BlackBerry 8100 marked the introduction of a new trackball interface and a 1.3 MP camera.
BlackBerry 8800

The BlackBerry 8800 with GPS support.
BlackBerry 8300

And the latest BlackBerry 8320 featuring Wifi.
The future looks bright for BlackBerry, and I can’t wait to see where we’ll go.

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