Blackberry mobiles have always been one of the most popular smartphones, specially in the corporate world. Blackberry used to rule the smartphone market along with Nokia before iPhone and Android mobiles. Market share of RIM’s Blackberry has been affected a bit, after the advent of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android Operating system. But it is still going strong in the corporate world because Blackberry is still the most secure email and messaging platform for mobiles.
If email and messaging is your most critical need then a Blackberry mobile is the best solution. iPhone and Android can be ahead in terms of look and feel of UI, apps, games and multimedia but when it comes to work (email, messaging, call and battery life), Blackberry is far ahead. Simply put, iPhone and Androids can give you thrill but it is the Blackberry which gets the work done. Probably this is why most professionals still prefer (and live by) Blackberry compared to any other mobile / platform.
Following are the Top 5 most popular Blackberry Mobiles available in the Market.
Top 5 Most Popular Blackberry Mobile Phones
1. BlackBerry Torch 9800
Best of both Worlds – Large Display with Touchscreen and the same awesome QWERTY keypad.
This is the latest Blackberry mobile and is also the regarded as one of the best. It comes with 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen (with multi-touch capability) with a resolution of 360 x 480 pixels and runs on the latest Blackberry 6 OS. It also features the trademark Blackberry Qwerty Keypad (slide out) and the optical track pad. Blackberry Torch has a 512 MB RAM and comes with a 4 GB internal memory with external memory support of up to 32 GB. It is equipped with a 5MP auto-focus camera with a LED flash. GPS navigation with A-GPS support is also available. All in all Blackberry Torch is a complete package.
Best Price: Rs. 31,499
2. BlackBerry Storm2 9520
Blackberry for all the Touch Screen Lovers
If you love large displays and touch screens, this one is for you. Blackberry Storm2 is the next version of the popular Blackberry Storm. Storm 2 comes with a brilliant 3.25 inches (360 x 480 pixels) TFT capacitive touchscreen. It features Sure Press technology which along with SureType allows for faster and more intuitive typing and feedback. Best part about Storm2 is its battery life which lasts for around 48 hours (with push mail, 3G and wi-fi active) unlike any other touchscreen smartphone. This is probably the best touch screen phone if your primary requirement is email, messaging and web browsing.
Best Price: Rs. 31,500
3. BlackBerry Bold 3 9780
The Best QWERTY Bar Blackberry
If you love the standard Blackberry form factor i.e. the Qwerty then this is the one for you. Blackberry Bold 3 9780 is one of the most recently launched blackberry and comes with the new Blackberry OS 6. Screen is 480 x 360 pixels, 2.44 inches. It has same awesome qwerty keypad with a touch sensitive optical track pad. It comes with a 5 MP camera and a LED Flash. It keeps up RIM’s reputation of manufacturing well built, rugged, tough mobiles. It comes with the usual connectivity options like 3G, Wi-Fi, global roaming etc and also GPS navigation. Battery life is also superb.
Best Price: Rs. 25,999
4. BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300
Best Value for Money Blackberry
Blackberry Curve 3G 9300 is the advanced version of the cheapest Blackberry Curve 8520. It comes with a 2.46 inches display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, touch-sensitive optical trackpad and the standard Blackberry Qwerty keypad. Connectivity options include global roaming (on GSM), 3G, Wi-Fi. It comes with GPS Navigation and supports Blackberry maps as well as Google Maps. It runs on BlackBerry OS 5.0 which is upgradable. Where it lacks, is in the multimedia department. It comes with just a 2 MP camera. Battery life is awesome and can last up to 2 days with normal usage and 3G active. With its reasonable price, this is the best value for money Blackberry phone. But if you are looking for a good multimedia and camera phone, stay aware from it. It is best only for email, messaging, communication and social networking.
Best Price: Rs. 15,249
5. BlackBerry Curve 8520
The Cheapest Blackberry
BlackBerry Curve 8520 is the entry level mobile from Blackberry. It comes with a 2.46 inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, standard Blackberry Qwerty keypad and the optical trackpad. It runs on Blackberry OS and a 512 MHz processor. Camera is just 2MP which is justified for its price. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi but it lacks 3G, so if you want 3G, this will be a deal breaker for you. If you are fine with standard blackberry push mail, messaging, texting and social networking updates on standard GPRS/EDGE, this is a great device to have. Overall if you are on a budget but still want a blackberry for email and messaging, this is the one to choose. It is much better than the earlier generation Blackberry’s with trackball and older OS.
Best Price: Rs. 11,499
Other Notable Mention
BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100
Blackberry for people who want a Blackberry but hate its size
BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 is latest in series of Blackberry Pearl mobiles which are the compact Blackberry’s. Pearl 3G 9100 comes with a 2.25 inches display with a resolution of 360 x 400 pixels. It features the unique Half-Qwerty Keypad with the optical track pad. This half-qwerty keypad is a 20-key condensed hybrid Qwerty and can take some effort to get used to it. It runs on Blackberry OS 5.0 and comes with GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi and a 3.2 MP camera. Overall is a phone targeted for people who need to have a Blackberry for their work but don’t want to carry the bigger size full qwerty phone.
Best Price: Rs. 14,059
PS: The above prices are good as on 26th Jan 2011 and are taken from the available at Mysmartprice.com
This is a guest post by Sitakanta whose startup, mysmartprice.com, helps people to find the best price of mobile phones and books. The prices mentioned above are taken from the Blackberry mobile price list available at Mysmartprice.com.