BlackBerry Aims to Stay Step Ahead

State of the Art BlackBerry Aims to Stay Step Ahead

By DAVID POGUE The New York Times October 30, 2008

Boy, oh boy. The bunch who brought you the BlackBerry sure has been a band of busy beavers.

With do-everything wonderphones like the iPhone and the G1 "Google phone" breathing down its neck, the BlackBerry's status as the best-selling smartphone isn't guaranteed forever. So this fall, Research in Motion is introducing three radically different BlackBerry models, running all of them up the flagpole at once to see who salutes.

First, there's the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 ($150 with a two-year T-Mobile contract), the first folding clamshell BlackBerry. Second, there's the BlackBerry Bold 9000 ($300 with a two-year AT&T contract), a luxury-tinged design statement that screams, "Apple isn't the only one who can do gorgeous!" Finally, there's the BlackBerry Storm (coming soon from Verizon), the first BlackBerry with a touch screen.

That last phone isn't ready for review yet; evidently, that Storm is still brewing. But the Flip and the Bold are here - and they're very, very nice indeed.


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