Blackberry Revisited

In my November 22 post about smartphones, I pretty much dismissed Blackberry as a not too technically brilliant product.  I have revised my opinion.  My original Blackberry was a lowly 8700 model, which too be fair, was $49 on a new cell phone contract.  There was a reason it was $49 – because that was all it was worth!!  Thanks to the quick work of the thief who stole my Blackberry, wallet, credit cards, driver’s license, and watch from my locked gym locker, I was able to upgrade to the Blackberry Bold 9700.  At $450 it was the most expensive of the four Blackberry options at the T-Mobile store.  It is far and away an entirely more enjoyable smart phone experience. The screen resolution is crisp and easy to read, the keyboard buttons easy for my fat thumbs to use without a lot of typing mistakes.  The SMS chats exist as a string instead of a bunch of separate send and receive messages.  There is built in WiFi connectivity, which means I can link up to speedy wireless connections when using the Web enabled applications in my  home, office, client site, or coffee house.  It has GPS capabilities, which incur an additional monthly fee, but its there at least.  A pretty decent 3 megapixel camera, with a flash!!

So, surprise – you get what you pay for in the Blackberry too.  But I still think the Android phones are the ones to watch, you just cannot beat the advantages of open-source, unfettered by the controls of an oligarchic megalomaniac (Steve).


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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