Published On: Sun, Oct 9th, 2016

Bye Bye BLACKBERRY

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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

How BlackBerry changed communication

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!

BBM

How BlackBerry changed communication

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

THE TRACKPAD

How BlackBerry changed communication

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

How BlackBerry changed communication

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

BRICKBREAKER

How BlackBerry changed communication

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

How BlackBerry changed communication

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

BLACKBERRY THUMB

How BlackBerry changed communication

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

How BlackBerry changed communication

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

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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