In this article, we will take a look at the past of BlackBerry, one of the most famous companies in the modern world of mobile phones, which produced products with physical keyboards. Earlier this week, users and enthusiasts of the smartphone world said goodbye to one of the world's most popular phone brands, despite their ulterior motives (some of them). All those cool and lovely products that used to be familiar with those physical keyboards before Android are no longer working, they have lost access to the Internet, it is no longer possible to send messages or make calls, even in an emergency.January 4, 2022 marked the end of the beloved BlackBerry phones that have been on the market for more than two decades. Products whose signature work was the physical keyboard that BlackBerry intended for them. The company's handsets also had very advanced instant messaging capabilities, and were often made for business purposes rather than ordinary people. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
Before this happened, BlackBerry partnered with Google, the BlackBerry 10 operating system was unveiled. A completely new operating system that also supported touch gestures. This operating system was first used in the BlackBerry Z10 and was introduced to the world, but there was no physical keyboard in this phone. A very big and unexpected event because everyone knew BlackBerry because of the physical keyboard of their phones.
This was not the first time that BlackBerry tried to remove the physical keyboard. If you remember, the BlackBerry Storm was one of the strangest BlackBerry phones. The American company tried to keep the feedback of the keys in its phones, but it was no longer news of that big keyboard. As a result, he embedded a series of physical keys on the display and named the related technology SurePress. By doing so, BlackBerry intended to divide the display into two sections, one of which consisted of large physical keys. Of course, the idea of making such a product, although it became a reality, did not succeed and did not bring any benefit to the company. Do not take. However, the operating system itself had problems such as not responding to touch feedback. The same problem later arose for Symbian's operating system, and Nokia's insistence on using it led to the destruction of the Finnish company. After this phone, BlackBerry unveiled the next model called Storm 2, which no longer had any physical keys, but the company tried to keep that feeling of clicking in the phone anyway. This design and innovation was not welcomed by users, so BlackBerry had to launch another product.
A few years later, BlackBerry tried another way of designing its products. To take. Hence the Bold Touch series, which, although using a physical keyboard, their display also supported touch commands. These phones were based on the BlackBerry 7 operating system, but the previous problems still persisted to some extent. In terms of quality, the 2.8-inch display of this phone could not compete with the best of 2011. BlackBerry unveiled several other models in those years called the Curve and Torch, but none of them brought the company the success it expected.
After Blackberry's work ended with the seventh version of the operating system, the American company tried to focus on the operating system of its tablets. The tablets were designed exclusively for touch feedback and were expected to perform very well in this regard. The company's operating system was based on the QNX operating system, first designed by Canadian company QNX Software Systems but later acquired by BlackBerry. In 2010, we first saw the use of this operating system in the BlackBerry Playbook tablet.
Except for a 3G model in 2011 and a 4G model in 2012, BlackBerry did not unveil any other tablet in this series, but the tablet operating system The company continued to operate. Of course, we can not say with power, but whatever it was, we witnessed its presence later. For example, the BlackBerry 10, as we mentioned earlier, was a QNX-based operating system that was first used in the Z10. This operating system was an improved version of what was used in tablets.
About QNX: This operating system is very similar to real-time Unix, which is mostly used in areas such as industrial control, electromechanical automation components, medical instruments, defense systems, nuclear power plants, and automobiles. The momentum nature of the operating system led companies such as Ford to use it for systems such as cruise control, ABS, and their cars.
In addition to the BlackBerry Z10, another phone was unveiled called the BlackBerry Q10. A mid-range phone that the company used as a backup so that if the Z10 could not succeed in the market with its full touch screen, it could do so with the same famous physical keyboard. A few months later, a cheaper model called the BlackBerry Q5 hit the market.
The best and most powerful phone in the series was the BlackBerry Z30, which was unveiled in 2013. The phone has a 5-inch display with an AMOLED panel, which compared to the Z10 had a faster and more powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a larger battery and a number of other improvements.
But we come to the BlackBerry Passport, one of the strangest smartphones that BlackBerry designed and launched throughout its history in the field of smartphone production. This phone had a very interesting and at the same time strange design. The aspect ratio of this display was 1: 1. Compare that to 19: 9 or 20: 9 on today's screens to see what a strange product the BlackBerry Passport was. The phone, which was about 90.3 mm wide and 9.3 mm thick, was strangely large and handy. Another downside is the 4.5-inch display, which did not look too big. There was less space on the screen of this phone than the Galaxy S5.
Although BlackBerry used its famous QWERTY physical keyboard for this phone, the phone was so wide that it could be easily operated even with two hands. On the other hand, the phone was a bit small. For example, the keyboard uses 26 letters, which included space bar, inter and delite, but there was no news of numbers, and the user had to use the touch screen to type the number. What made the BlackBerry Passport typing experience so much fun was the powerful word-guessing company the company used, which also used a very interesting technique.
The physical keyboard used in this phone was also touch sensitive. This means that it could also be used as a touchpad to move text cursors. To use the suggested word, just below the same word, swipe up on the keyboard to select it.
The BlackBerry Passport has a truly unique design. The keyboard was so large that it forced the user to use the phone with both hands. In fact, it was more like a small tablet than a big phone. But in spite of all this and even the clever techniques that the company considered to make the BlackBerry Passport a unique type of typing experience for users, this phone was not welcomed at all by users and we can not say that it was favored.
Let's go back to Blackberry Prio. This phone made up for any lack of a passport. For example, it had a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 16: 9, and a small, sensible keyboard that could be physically displayed under the display, which slides open and close. The 77.2mm-thick phone was not too thin, but it could be handled and held with one hand.
Although the BlackBerry 10 operating system in the Passport also supported Android apps, it never did. It did not work as users expected because it required a third-party store such as Amazon to download the apps. Of course, Prio had full access to Google Play with the use of Android 5.1, and its users could download or purchase the software they needed directly from their Google store without any problems. Support for BlackBerry services and security services was also seen in this phone, but these features could never attract as much attention as BlackBerry worked independently.
Android, which was included in the BlackBerry Priv as the default operating system, offered a similar experience to Android Stoke. Of course, BlackBerry tried to include some of the best features, such as the BlackBerry Hub from its proprietary operating system, but still nothing changed. Everything related to making calls, sending messages, and the like was inside the hub, but after a while messenger apps like WhatsApp came into play, the hub lost its power and necessity.
There were many users in BlackBerry messengers, but because these messengers were designed exclusively for BlackBerry phones and on the other hand, these phones had a very small market share, so this memorable messenger was also forgotten. In 2013, of course, these messengers were also released for Android and iOS, so that it could be used for the first time on hardware other than BlackBerry hardware. Of course, it was too late because no one was using it, and in fact we should consider it a failed attempt by BlackBerry.
In 2020, BlackBerry and TCL parted ways. This was the end of the BlackBerry era. Of course, it seems so at the moment. Now a company called Onward Mobility has promised to re-produce and market BlackBerry phones. It also has a physical keyboard. But so far we have not seen any specific action from this company. A product was even supposed to be officially unveiled by the end of 2021, but that did not happen so that the BlackBerry could be downhill again. Let's review. Great and unique products that were too weird to become famous. Of course, we said at the beginning of the text that BlackBerry phones are out of order; Android-powered models continue to work, but it seems unlikely that anyone around you would use such a phone.