With all the hype given to Apple's iPhone and Android devices, it's easy to forget about BlackBerry. But you shouldn't: BlackBerry phones are sleek, stylish, and easy to use. And they are a far cry from the staid, boring business devices that BlackBerry phones used to be.
BlackBerry Bold smartphones have always impressed, but they've also lacked a key feature: a touch screen. Not anymore: the BlackBerry Bold 9930 (Sprint and Verizon Wireless) and the Bold 9900 4G (T-Mobile) add that missing element to a device that retains the classic BlackBerry look. The Bold 9900 series also features the upgraded BlackBerry 7 OS, and is the thinnest BlackBerry to date, too.
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 offers only a few upgrades from the phone that it succeeds, the original BlackBerry Torch. But the upgrades are important ones. First is the price: this phone sells for $150 less than the original Torch did at launch. And then there's the faster processor, which makes for a zippier phone. Plus, you get the new BlackBerry 7 OS.
The BlackBerry Curve was the first BlackBerry phone with mass consumer appeal, thanks in large part to its rounded, curved design. The latest line of BlackBerry Curves, the 9350 (Sprint; compare prices
), the 9360 (T-Mobile; compare prices
), and the 9370 (Verizon Wireless; coming soon) retain that attractive design in the slimmest form factor yet.
Love your BlackBerry phone, but miss the idea of a big, bright touch screen? Meet the BlackBerry Torch 9850, BlackBerry's first all touch screen phone since the Storm and Storm2 failed to win over consumers. This Torch features a 3.7-inch touch screen, the BlackBerry 7 OS, and the ability to record video in 720p HD.
The original BlackBerry Torch may lack the zip of its follow-up, the BlackBerry Torch 9810. But the two Torches share the same attractive design, usable keyboard, and reasonably roomy touch screen. Plus, the first BlackBerry Torch is now available at a true bargain price.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 was my favorite BlackBerry smartphone for a very long time. While that model has since been surpassed by newer, flashier BlackBerry phones, the Bold 9700 remains a solid device. And so does its replacement, the BlackBerry Bold 9780, thanks to its familiar form factor, easy-to-use software, and low price.
The odd, folding design of the BlackBerry Style isn't for everyone. But if you like it, you'll really, really like. The Style is fun to use, fun to look at, and easy on the eyes -- and the wallet.
Looking for a BlackBerry that offers all the basics, plus just a little bit more? Meet the BlackBerry Curve 3G, an easy-to-use smartphone that combines the sleek design of the BlackBerry Curve with the speed of 3G networks.