Blackberries have always been mundane, utilitarian business devices with little to no appeal for young people. They’re more of a badge of adulthood; receiving one means your dreams of youth have been squashed and you’re locked into a cubicle calculating expense reports. RIM may be trying to change that image. Check out these concept pics of a possible Blackbery 9000 series device with a slideout keyboard, a-la Sidekick fame. There’s also a rumored optical touchscreen which RIM has supposedly been developing for a while. If they emblazoned these with plastic diamonds and anime stickers the kids might just eat these up.
New sliding Blackberry gunning for the Sidekick tween market?20 03 2008