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Blackberry is the flagship brand of RIM mobile devices. It is characterized as a business-focused mobile product line, with very strong Email and a one of the first phones to boast a full QWERTY keyboard. RIM also has a number of Blackberry SmartPhone offerings which are very popular world-wide.


All BlackBerry devices have a signature style, look and feel. The keyboards are one of the defining factors, and a Blackberry was one of the first mobile devices to incorporate a full QWERTY keyboard. Even their first line that lacked a physical QWERTY, the touch-screen ( Storm) line, bears a striking resemblance to the original devices:


Some of the most popular lines include:








The first to support all major 3G standards (CDMA/UTMS/EVDO/GMS)



The first sliding keyboard line:



The first touch-screen only line (without a physical keyboard):



The Playbook is the first (and possibly last) line of tablets from BlackBerry:


While they received mixed reviews upon launch, they garnered a loyal following and boasted specs which were quite cutting-edge at the time. To date, performance of Blackberry Playbooks were comparable to iPads and Android Tablets, however they are now being surpassed at an increasing rate as support has officially ended[1] and no further upgrades to the platform are being done by Blackberry. Key features include: Flash support, Mobile Video (Streaming), BB Messenger, Video Chat, Gaming, Accelerometer (which can be used as an input to games/apps), MicroHDMI (to hook up to a larger screen) BB Bridge (which allows you to pair your BB phone and use it as a mouse to control the tablet remotely, ideal for when the tablet is hooked up to a TV, Computer Monitor or Projector), among others. The weakest point of the Playbook though, and the most complained about problem is the complete lack of leading apps that you can find on the other main platforms (iOS & Android).

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The major OS and App functionality upgrade, BlackBerry 10 (aka BBX):






App Store

The BlackBerry AppWorld offers a central portal where BlackBerry device owners can download Applications, Games, Themes and other additional content.

Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), is the former name of Blackberry, one of the world's leading manufacturers of Mobile Devices and handset related technologies (hardware, accessories and software).[24]

On January 30th, 2013[25] set to coincide with the introduction of the BlackBerry 10, RIM officially changed their name to BlackBerry (which was previously just the brand name of their successful mobile phone line).


"Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, text messaging (SMS and MMS), Internet and intranet-based applications."



From the corporate website: "What is the RIM vision/mission statement? RIM does not have a vision/mission statement that is publicly available."[27]




External Links


  1. Official BlackBerry support for the PlayBook ends this month:
  2. Former Playbook landing page now down:
  3. wikipedia: BlackBerry PlayBook
  4. BlackBerry PlayBook NEWS:
  5. BlackBerry PlayBook APPS:
  6. How to Use the BlackBerry PlayBook Gestures:
  7. BlackBerry PlayBook: Time to resurrect it!:
  8. CrackBerry POLL -- Do you still use your BlackBerry PlayBook? If so for what?: (from IoT Kitchen/SmartFridge controller to Home Theatre via MicroHDMI & BB Bridge, and, from Kids' gaming/car-trip device to "bedroom pornblet", yes there are still a few uses for BlackBerry's abandoned Tablet)
  9. What to Do with a BlackBerry PlayBook Now that BB10 Update is Cancelled:
  10. Best 'Hacks' for Playbook?:
  11. Watching movies on PlayBook:
  12. Take Your Display to the Next Level with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 & HDMI Cables:
  13. Remote Control feature in BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 lets you control your BlackBerry PlayBook with your BlackBerry smartphone:
  14. How to copy files to and from a BlackBerry PlayBook using Wi-Fi Sharing:
  15. How to download a video off of Youtube onto your Blackberry Playbook - HD: (using SaveMedia)
  16. Homemade VPN server (raspberryPI+raspbian) for Playbook:
  17. Connect Raspberry Pi to Playbook over USB:
  19. Hands on with the new Android Player in PlayBook OS 2.1:
  20. Blackberry - Android App porting/publishing for Developers:
  21. BB now having all the Amazon apps and Fitbit being one of them, can we get Notifications?:
  22. Using Blackberry Passport & FitBit Blaze:
  23. How To Sideload Android apps on PlayBook OS v2.0 for use with the Android App Player:
  24. RIM website:
  25. RIM no more. Name change to BlackBerry a 'brilliant' move says expert:
  26. RIM Company
  27. RIM Company - FAQ:
  28. BlackBerry Portal:
  29. BlackBerry 8830 - Handbook:
  30. Bell's Blackberry 8830 handbook (BACKUP LINK):
  31. How to program the BB 8830:
  32. 8830 specs:

See Also

Mobile Device | RIM | Android | iPhone | Apple | Microsoft