Make Mine a Treo^M^M^M^MBlackberry 8800

As a longtime Treo user the new Blackberry 8800’s physical appearance is awfully familiar: Stubby Treo antenna aside, the 8800 is a near keyboard clone of the Treo 700.

The non-iPhone smartphone market is apparently converging on something approaching a standard layout, which is interesting or threatening, depending on whether you’re a market ecologist, or a Palm exec.


  1. It would be more correct to say that Treo is a clone of the Blackberry or they’re clones of one another. Palm devices have only had keyboards since 2002-2003 whereas the Blackberry 850 circa 1998 had a full qwerty keyboard in a similar crescent shape. The introduction of the directional cursor on the 8800 seems to be the main similarity here.
    However, I agree with you on the design convergence. Mobile computing will move more towards smartphones to the detriment of laptops. One day, I’d like to see handhelds that you can plug into a dock at Starbucks or your local coffee shop to go large-format. Smartphones are the ideal vehicle for this.

  2. Don’t you think it actually looks alot more like a Moto Q?

  3. Michael Robinson says:
  4. Best mobile phone debut by a manufacturer ever – fullstop.
    I real kick in the teeth for those who say that the choice is either between style or innovation, because it is really an
    innovative and stylish product.
    No 3G but then 3G is hardly mass market, and as I’ve heard (as I live in the UK) 3G reception in the US is patchy. No HSDPA
    and GPS but then what current phone out now has that technology, and the N95 (which has) will be €550 (upwards of $750 in
    todays money) and the N95 is hardly as pretty.
    4/8GB of RAM standard is evolutionary, hopefully it will raise standards.
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