For a very long time, Blackberries were standard issue battle-gear for pretty much every lawyer I knew. They were the tool of choice for a generation of professionals that wrote legal treatises and emails galore with their thumbs while sitting in airport departure lounges, standing on the sidelines of their kids' soccer games, and virtually everywhere else.
Nowadays Blackberry hardware always appears to be on the verge of extinction. Will young lawyers of the future look back on these with the same bemused expression I do when I remember the giant suitcase-sized dictaphone I was issued as my primary work tool as an articled student?
BlackBerry says it is phasing out its Classic device as the company updates its smartphone lineup. In a blog post Tuesday on the Waterloo, Ont.-based company's website, Ralph Pini, chief operating officer and general manager for devices, said the Classic model has been an "incredible workhorse device for customers, exceeding all expectations."