From clamshell to multitouch, these cellphones made their mark -- for better or worse.
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Tech writers today love to dump on the BlackBerry, and understandably so. The once-hip handset, a pre-iPhone favorite revered for its powerful email capabilities and well-designed physical QWERTY keyboard, now seems hopelessly outdated, despite valiant efforts by its manufacturer to give it a modern makeover in an increasingly Android- and iOS-dominated world.
But to paraphrase Shakespeare, we come to praise BlackBerry, not bury it. In its mid-2000s heyday, the BlackBerry was so popular among business users in the U.S. that it earned the nickname "CrackBerry" for its seemingly addictive qualities. The once-great handset also helped smartphones gain acceptance as secure communications devices in the enterprise.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
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