Fancy a phone that allows you the freedom to work from anywhere but the office? Well, now you can with the Blackberry, a handheld device made by RIM (Research in Motion), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market.
Marketed primarily for its wireless e-mail handling capability, the Blackberry is also a personal digital assistant (PDA) which supports various applications and softwares for entertainment, business and productivity tools besides the general features like address book to store contact details, text messaging and web browsing.
Makers of the Blackberry provide software that forwards a user's incoming mail from the user's individual e-mail account (or to a user's corporate e-mail address) through a customer-selected wireless network to the Blackberry, where it is then stored for reading. Outgoing e-mail goes directly to the addressee from the Blackberry while a copy goes to the user's home e-mail box. Software is also provided for synchronizing address books and schedules with the desktop system.
Compared to other PDAs, the Blackberry is somewhat simpler and offers fewer options and applications. Its unnamed operating system apparently takes up a relatively small space in its built-in memory which can be extended using a memory card.
Most BlackBerry devices come with a QWERTY keyboard (dedicated keys for the English alphabet) with a self-configurable AutoText feature that can be used for frequently typed words. The 7100 series and Pearl (8100) devices feature a reduced-key keyboard and use a technology called 'SureType', which allows each key to represent multiple letters, numbers, and symbols. It uses a prediction dictionary similar to the T9 function of many cellphones to figure out which word a user will want.
Text: Ankur Jain Image: Blackberry 8700g, MRP Rs 29,990
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