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As BlackBerry announces the end of its smartphone production, a look at what really set the iconic handsets apart
THE QWERTY KEYPAD
After the ‘abc’ keypads of the bulky Nokias, the QWERTY keypad was a ‘key’ point for BB users to flaunt; whilst their Nokia friends took 10 seconds to send a message, BB users could send one off in 3!
Before WhatsApp there was BBM—in the days when exclusive club of BB members exchanged PINs and spent the whole day messaging for free, while the rest of the world watched their balance plunging lower with every message sent; what’s more, it was perhaps one of the few truly secure IM services to have been created
No other phonemaker was able to match the slick trackpad of the Canadian-born BlackBerry, which made browsing so much simpler than pressing the ‘up’ & ‘down’ key on other mobile phones
THE FIRST ‘SMART’ PHONE
BB was the first phone that could access email & provide some amount of Web functionality, which made it indispensable to businesspeople prior to the advent of the iPhone
The preloaded BB game, in which you had to smash a wall of bricks by deflecting a bouncing ball with a paddle, had quite a fanbase; many a sibling fight has been waged on who gets to play on dad’s BlackBerry
THE ICONIC POUCH
The belt pouch which could be attached to the belts of BB-owning business executives became a symbol of importance, giving the wearer that look of someone about to rush off to a meeting
Aka De Quervain syndrome or texting thumb became a medical disorder characterised by an aching & throbbing pain in the thumb & wrist, owing to a “repetitive strain injury”; a less glorious outcome of the addictive keypad
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
Having reported a loss of $372 mn in the 2nd quarter ending September, BlackBerry announced it would be closing shop soon and outsourcing its smartphone production to other companies.
Courtesy: News Flicks