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Guess the Device: Much Better Than People Gave It Credit For

by Brandon Russell | April 5, 2014April 5, 2014 12:30 pm PST

Gadgets in this category just don’t exist anymore—kind of—mainly because of the versatility of smartphones. But back in the day, they were all the rage—I owned two or three myself; everyone did, and probably still do, though they have probably been relegated to a spot in a desk drawer by now. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen a device in this category for some time now. Demand, sadly, just isn’t there, but that’s all due to the progress of the mobile market. These devices definitely had their heyday.

This particular piece of hardware was introduced back in 2009, and didn’t exactly capture the market the way one of its more esteemed counterparts did. However, handling it today, it feels like one of the more beautifully crafted pieces of hardware I’ve seen—even in a market of iPhones and HTC Ones. You have to hand it to the company that made it—it feels light, but durable, small but substantial. I can see it turning a few heads even today, though that might be due to its size, which is absolutely tiny compared to today’s enormous phablets.

There’s a long and turbulent history that surrounds this handset, receiving update after update, along with some minor hardware iterations along the way. The company that put this out certainly tried to make this into a household item in the tech market, but it was unfortunately no match for a device that had a much larger market presence, and was always one step ahead.

Even if you had this device today, you wouldn’t be able to use it the way it was designed to be used. I mean, yeah, it’s operational, but the company has moved on from this device and its services, instead focusing on bigger and more popular platforms. It least it still looks awesome. Better than many of the devices we see churned out today.

Last week’s Guess the Phone was the BlackBerry 9900.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.