BlackBerry was at the forefront of the smartphone revolution, but lost its way, seemingly uncertain about whether it wanted to make business or consumer products. In the past two years it has lost substantial market share to Apple and Samsung in particular. The new BlackBerry 10 operating system, launched on 30 January 2013 may revive the company's fortunes.
The PRIV by BlackBerry is a unique phone, running the Android Lollipop OS together with BlackBerry apps and security software. It has a unique design too, with a slide-out keyboard, and a double curved edge display, rather like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It's not cheap, but it offers a unique combination of premium build, physical keyboard, large screen and Android apps.
The Blackberry 9720 is a traditional-style BlackBerry running the old BlackBerry 7.1 OS and with the benefits of a touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. But the low specs and lack of apps lower its appeal.
The BlackBerry Passport is different, but in a good way. It's big, heavy and strange to behold, but it offers business users everything they need - an incredibly powerful keyboard, a great OS with BlackBerry and Android apps, a beautiful square screen, and powerful performance to match.
The BlackBerry Classic combines a physical keyboard with the power of the BB10 touchscreen operating system. It allows limited Android apps too, and is a very competent business smartphone. But the small screen and dated processor won't make it a good choice for multimedia fans.
A mid-range entry in BlackBerry's Curve series, the 9320 delivers all your messaging essentials - a QWERTY keyboard, BBM, email, social networking and texting. It even packs GPS, a media player, FM radio and a camera, but don't expect too much from these.
The BlackBerry Q10 resurrects traditional BlackBerry style with a beautiful physical keyboard and the touchscreen power of BlackBerry 10.
The BlackBerry Q5 combines a physical keyboard with the touchscreen power of BlackBerry 10, but is over-priced and under-powered and doesn't really meet the needs of most users.
BlackBerry phones reviews & articles (archived)BlackBerry 8100 review - If email on the go is your top priority, and you don't like the size and weight of the big BlackBerries, then the 8100 could be a good choice. However, the 8100 lags behind other smartphones when it comes to most features, and it isn't the easiest phone to use either.
BlackBerry 8110 review - If email on the go is your top priority, and you don't like the size and weight of the big BlackBerries, then the 8110 could be a good choice. However, the 8110 lags behind other smartphones when it comes to most features, and it isn't the easiest phone to use either. Available in Black, Red or Pink.
BlackBerry 8120 review - If email on the go is your top priority, and you don't like the size and weight of the big BlackBerries, then the 8120 could be a good choice. However, the 8120 lags behind other smartphones when it comes to most features, and it isn't the easiest phone to use either.
BlackBerry 8220 review - A BlackBerry in a clamshell form factor! Not our favourite BlackBerry, as the Pearl series is looking rather dated now, but still a good compact phone/PDA for mobile email, with a camera and MP3 player thrown in!
BlackBerry 8800 review - The BlackBerry 8800 is packed with a wide range of communication features, including phone, email, instant messaging, GPS, maps, web browser, a wealth of personal organiser functions, and even a media player. It's the most businesslike of the BlackBerry series, but lacks 3G and WiFi.
BlackBerry 8820 review - The BlackBerry 8820 is packed with a wide range of communication features, including phone, email, instant messaging, GPS, maps, web browser, a wealth of personal organiser functions, and even a media player. It's the most businesslike of the BlackBerry series, but lacks 3G.
BlackBerry 8900 review - Smaller than the Bold, but packing in nearly as many features, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is one of our all-time favourite BlackBerries. Ideally-sized, with a brilliant QWERTY keypad and a hi-res screen, this is an almost perfect device for mobile email. Other top features include a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, a video camera, a music player, GPS, a heavy duty battery, WiFi, and plenty of memory. The only significant thing missing is 3G.
BlackBerry Bold 9000 review - The BlackBerry Bold is the best BlackBerry yet, although its size and weight mean that its for serious users only. If you're a serious user, you'll love the full keypad, outstanding email support, high-res display with user-selectable fonts, 3G HSDPA, 1GB of built-in memory, WiFi, satnav and many other features.
BlackBerry Bold 9700 review - The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is an upgraded version of the original Bold. It retains the full QWERTY keyboard of the original, but replaces the trackball with a new improved Trackpad, and is smaller and lighter too. It's the perfect device for mobile e-mail, with a high-res screen with user-selectable fonts and the legendary BlackBerry email interface. Other highlights include 3G HSDPA, up to 16GB of memory, WiFi, GPS and outstanding battery life.
BlackBerry Bold 9780 review - The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is probably the best business phone we've ever reviewed. Business essentials include its outstanding QWERTY keyboard, exceptional email support, rock solid battery life plus Wi-Fi and HSPA for fast internet access. We're loving the BlackBerry 6 OS too. Available in Black or White.
BlackBerry Bold 9790 review - The Bold 9790 is a touchscreen phone driven by the BlackBerry 7 OS with the added benefit of a full QWERTY keyboard. The Bold 9790 is a competent business phone except for the fact that its battery life is poor.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 review - Bigger than previous Bolds, the 9900 benefits from a larger keyboard and a touch-sensitive screen. Although it's now looking very dated, BlackBerry's messaging and security continues to deliver the goods. We wish it had a larger battery though.
BlackBerry Curve 8300 review - The BlackBerry Curve 8300 is an excellent device for keeping in touch with your email whilst out of the office. With extensive push email support and a full QWERTY keypad, emailing on your phone becomes a completely practical possibility. Other features such as a 2 megapixel camera, media player, Bluetooth connectivity and expandable memory complete the package.
BlackBerry Curve 8310 review - If you want to keep in touch with your email on the move, then the BlackBerry Curve is the choice for you. With a full QWERTY keypad and BlackBerry's renowned push email applications, you really will have a mobile office in your pocket. It also includes a camera, a media player, Bluetooth connectivity and a memory card slot. The BlackBerry 8310 is our pick of the Curve series, as it also includes GPS navigation.
BlackBerry Curve 8320 review - The BlackBerry 8320 incorporates push email, a full keypad, a camera, media player and expandable memory. With both Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a WLAN connection, the 8320 is the best connected of the Curve series too.
BlackBerry Curve 8520 review - An entry-level BlackBerry Curve, the 8520 offers a full QWERTY keyboard, mobile e-mail, BBM, a basic camera and a media player. It's missing 3G, but it's the cheapest BlackBerry you can buy.
BlackBerry Curve 9300 review - A good mid-range BlackBerry, offering a full QWERTY keyboard, mobile e-mail, media player, plenty of memory, GPS receiver, 3G and Wi-Fi. The display and the camera are pretty basic though.
BlackBerry Curve 9360 review - A gorgeously thin BlackBerry, with a very high quality feel, and the benefit of a full QWERTY keyboard and optical trackpad. The 9360 comes with BlackBerry 7, which integrates facebook and twitter into the communications hub of the phone.
BlackBerry Curve 9380 review - This mid-priced BlackBerry with a full touchscreen is perfect for social media & messaging. But watch out for the underpowered processor and poor battery life.
BlackBerry Pearl 3G review - The Pearl 3G is a BlackBerry with an alphanumeric keypad. We don't know why anyone would want such a thing.
BlackBerry Storm review - The Storm has a touchscreen user interface that incorporates a full virtual QWERTY keyboard. However, the Storm is generating a lot of negative reviews from our users, so we have downgraded our rating to 2 stars.
BlackBerry Storm2 review - The Storm2 offers a touchscreen user interface with a full virtual QWERTY keyboard together with powerful email, messaging and internet access, plus a good range of office applications and an organiser. In addition it includes a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, video recording, a media player, GPS navigation, WiFi, HSDPA and expandable memory. A range of improvements make the Storm2 easier to use than the original Storm, but the battery life is weak and some users may not like the SurePress touchscreen technology.
BlackBerry Torch review - The Torch is a groundbreaking phone for BlackBerry, with the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and a slide-out keyboard design.
BlackBerry Torch 9810 review - The Blackberry Torch 9810 is a hybrid touchscreen/QWERTY keyboard phone, bringing BlackBerry's core strengths in messaging and business communication into the twitter age. The new touchscreen-based BlackBerry 7 operating system makes it an easy phone to use, despite a relatively small screen, but it's looking very dated now.
BlackBerry Torch 9860 review - The BlackBerry Torch 9860 retains the safety of RIM's legendary email and messaging services, but enters the modern world with a touchscreen user interface (BlackBerry 7) and a virtual keyboard.
BlackBerry Z10 review - The BlackBerry Z10 is a pure touchscreen phone running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system With a 4.2 inch HD display, a powerful virtual keyboard and user interface, it's a great phone for power users, especially with 4G. Battery life is an issue though, and so is the price.
BlackBerry Z30 review - The BlackBerry Z30 brings BlackBerry 10 to a big screen, but sadly this isn't the perfect business phone for a number of reasons, not least the potential demise of the company itself.