Research in Motion (RIM) produced this Blackberry model 957 Internet Edition in 2000. The first Blackberry was introduced in 1999 as a two-way pager before pivoting to become a device featuring an always-connected e-mail with personal digital assistant functionality. The Blackberry 957 came with 5 megabytes of flash storage, 512 kilobytes of random access memory, with an Intel 386 processor running at 20 megahertz. Blackberrys came with applications that included e-mail, address book, calendar, alarm, calculator, memo pad, and a task list that could by synchronized with a user's PC through the included dock. The Blackberry 957 Internet Edition was one of the first devices that allowed mobile web use and e-mail, now ubiquitous in smart phones.

Date Made: 2000

Maker: Research In Motion

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, American Enterprise, Computers & Business Machines

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: from Daniel Henderson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0095.030Accession Number: 2003.0095Catalog Number: 2003.0095.030

Object Name: personal digital assistant

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)vinyl (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11.6 cm x 7.8 cm x 1.8 cm; 4 9/16 in x 3 1/16 in x 11/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1191300

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