You might remember that the president was basically a walking ad for BlackBerry and was rarely seen without his beloved smartphone. Early in his first term when there was talk that he would have to give up his beloved 'Berry for a more secure phone, RIM gave Obama a special BlackBerry 8830 World Edition with a special app called SecureVoice that was designed to work with the NSA. But the president has seemed to replace his once trusty BlackBerry with a tablet.
Apple iPad 2 given to him by none other than the late Steve Jobs who gave it to the president before the slate was launched, most likely at a dinner the president attended with other high-tech stars in Silicon Valley.
Now that the president has another four years to rule, he might be looking around for a new smartphone. in April 2011, the president said that the White House needed cooler phones. Microsoft responded with a tweet saying that its Windows Phone 7 is a cool phone and offered to send him one. Considering that we've never seen a picture of Obama with such a device, we assume he never took Microsoft up on the offer. A month later, the Feds replaced their BlackBerry devices with Android phones.
Think about how far we've come in Obama's first four years. Android came from a miniscule market share to ruling the smartphone land, tablets have become a mainstream device and we now have 5 inch phablets available. High-end smartphones now are driven by quad-core processors with 2GB of RAM aboard. We can't even start to guess what the next four years will bring.
Perhaps the president will give BlackBerry 10 a chance once it is launched. It certainly won't be anything like the BlackBerry models that Obama used on his first presidential campaign and his early days in office and could be cool enough to satisfy the president's desire for such as smartphone.