Yeah, we weren’t too sure who these Basex folks were either… but after looking over this press release, we figured it out and boy do they ever love RIM’s latest. So yes, looks like the Pearl with the big prize of being listed as the Product of the Year for 2006 by Basex, a research firm specializing in knowledge worker management and productivity. Well, that sounds pretty credible. In reading over the press release, you can tell they’re so chuffed about the Pearl – I don’t know if we’ve ever seen more praise.
“Basex analysts selected the BlackBerry Pearl from a wide field of hardware and software solutions, citing its unique ability to combine the mobile telephone form factor with smartphone functionality via a single interface, through which mobile knowledge workers can surf the Internet and manage e-mail and calendar.
“The BlackBerry Pearl exemplifies the type of device that has broken new ground and points the way to the future,” said Jonathan B. Spira, CEO and chief analyst at Basex. “It is truly a masterpiece of design and the pearl- like trackball used for navigation allows the mobile knowledge worker to literally tap into tremendous functionality without a struggle.”
“The Pearl provides the knowledge worker with as perfect a mobile telephony experience as possible,” said David M. Goldes, president and senior analyst at Basex. “The designers of the Pearl created a better mobile phone and managed to add BlackBerry functionality without any compromises.”
Check out the full release here. Congrats to RIM and the Pearl. Here’s wishing you plenty of spots on year-end lists across the globe.