BlackBerry had quite an interesting year in 2014. The company’s stock is up more than 45% on the year as investors find hope in several BlackBerry businesses. Meanwhile, smartphones have taken a backseat, with BlackBerry’s global market share plummeting to less than 1% by some counts. At the same time, Apple has had a phenomenal year, having enjoyed the biggest smartphone launch of all time as it continued to hold the title of the most valuable technology company in the world.
Interestingly, BlackBerry decided to go back to the basics in the fourth quarter this year, and it recently launched a phone it calls the “BlackBerry Classic.” While the phone does include a touchscreen and somewhat modern specs, it’s a spitting image of BlackBerry phones from before the fall.
But is a throwback to the days when physical keyboards were dominant enough to pull business away from the competition? One high-profile iPhone user made the switch, and he explained what it was like in a recent review. More →