The BlackBerry smartphone range traditionally provides users with a miniature QWERTY keyboard, in order to allow easy composition of emails and text messages. This is beginning to change as a result of the growing popularity of touchscreen smartphones. The BlackBerry Storm is an ideal combination of touchscreen usability and the benefits of BlackBerry’s “Push” technology, whereby users are informed immediately when a message arrives.
BlackBerry cell phones rarely offer sophisticated camera technology — the cameras typically max out at 5MP — but many offer a very satisfactory web-browsing experience (especially those with a larger screen).
As the top choice for business users over the last decade, BlackBerry unsurprisingly first made headway in the marketplace by concentrating on email. But it’s not quite that simple. BlackBerrys use a clever technique whereby emails and messages are pushed out to the device by the BlackBerry servers. Without going into too much detail, this means that you have the benefit of an always-on internet connection without actually having to pay for a constant stream of data. The data service is essentially like signing up for DSL from a land line provider — it provides the network connectivity to layer on top of voice service. Some carriers may also require purchase of a BlackBerry plan, either for BlackBerry smartphones or for devices that will be used within an organization and connected to a business back end server. Check with the carrier for details.
Once the device, data service, and BlackBerry service is set up, there is one other device side piece to consider — the software on the handheld itself. New versions are often being released with new features. If you are part of a large organization, the on staff Information Technology (IT) team may upgrade the device on behalf of the users or coach users though how to do the upgrade.