Basex, a research firm specializing in knowledge worker management and productivity has named the BlackBerry Pearl, Product of the Year for 2006.

The Basex Product-of-the-Year Award singles out the best product or service launched in the past year designed for the knowledge worker that has achieved industry-leading and all-around excellence.

Basex selected the BlackBerry Pearl because of it’s interface which seamlessly couples comfortable mobilephone form factor with smartphone functionality.

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.

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