A short history of the BlackBerry: gallery

As Research In Motion (RIM) prepares to lift the lid on BlackBerry 10, we look back on the varied history of the BlackBerry device.

On Wednesday, a little more than a year since CEO Thorsten Heins took over from Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, RIM is set to unveil its long-awaited BlackBerry 10 OS at a media event in New York.

The announcement is welcome news for loyal BlackBerry fans who've long bore the brunt of jokes from iOS and Android users. Yet, it's also good news for the smartphone industry as a whole. RIM, after all, played a leading role in creating the smartphone and the QWERTY keyboard. It produced more than its share of groundbreaking and influential devices, so even if it's just for competition's sake, I'm eager to see whether the company can reinvent itself. But while we're waiting, let's take a look back at a decade of BlackBerry devices. We'll skip the pagers, but what follows is a sampling of the company's handset successes and duds. So join us for a bit of BlackBerry picking.

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