Reviews and Problems with Samsung i617 / BlackJack II
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L.A. Audio File
5 August 2011
Conclusion: The Samsung BlackJack™ II (with AT&T Service) is one of the best smartphones that I have used to date. The design offers a user-friendly interface and has powerful features that we have become dependent on. Support for multiple e-mail accounts quickly got me addicted to this device and much time was spend responding to emails in realtime. This is a great tool for those used to BlackBerries.
As one of my colleagues put it, the
could be described as a "me too" device in a long list of similar mobile phones. It isn't an awful device, or even a bad one, but more middle-of-the-road in that it doesn't have anything terribly unique to set it apart from the rest of the pack.
It has acceptable voice quality, but not great; it offers good performance, not blazing speed; a pretty good keyboard, but not a great one -- you get the idea.
Summary: At $99.99, the Jack is a good bang-for-your-buck smart phone. Although we favor the superthin design and standard Web browser on the Nokia E71x, the Jack is an attractive phone that feels great in your hand. Moreover, this device will support Microsoft’s new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system when it becomes available, making the Jack somewhat futureproof.
Pros: Strong call quality, Sharp industrial design, Comfortable keyboard, Good battery life, Upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5,
Cons: No 3.5mm headphone jack, Keyboard keys could use more space,
Excerpt: The Samsung BlackJack II is the cleanest, meanest and most stylish smartphone in my neck of the woods. It has literally world-wide functionality. If I am in Europe I can buy an international SIM card for this quad-band dynamo. It has domestic tri-band functionality with EDGE technology. I can download data easily and quickly.
Samsung BlackJack II / Motorola Q9 Global Showdown
6 September 2008
Excerpt: If you’ve had your eye on the Samsung BlackJack II and the Motorola Q9 Global, you’re not alone. Both run Windows Mobile 6 Standard and have a similar form factor and spec list – no wonder you’re having trouble making a decision! I sought out to find which device is truly the best. Read on for a comprehensive showdown between the two devices!
AT&T Samsung BlackJack II with Windows Mobile 6 Standard
5 September 2008
Excerpt: For me, the original BlackJack was as close to the "ideal" of what I want in a Windows Mobile phone than I’ve ever come. Sure it didn’t have GPS, WiFi, or decent battery life (with the standard battery), but it was attractive, thin, snappy in terms of performance, and easy to use from a form factor perspective. I was elated when I heard tell that AT&T would be issuing a successor to the BlackJack, dubbed (fittingly) the BlackJack II.
Conclusion: A welcome, though not earthshattering upgrade to the BlackJack. As the adage goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it; and the original BlackJack was an extremely popular phone thanks to its low price, slim design and power. The II adds features that keep the BlackJack competitive in 2008: GPS, Windows Mobile 6, 2MP camera, more memory and a single slim high capacity battery.
Pros: Full-featured and the price is right at $99 after rebates. Super-slim and quite pocketable. Attractive looking and reasonably solid. GPS is handy for those who hit the road and the camera is actually decent, unlike the original BlackJack's. Plenty of memory to run programs and store data. Supports SDHC high capacity microSD cards. AT&T has strong service nationally and 3G HSDPA makes for fast downloads and page rendering.
Cons: Slippery! Proprietary Samsung connector for sync/charge/headset. GPS is slow on initial satellite acquisition. Voice dialing software not included.
Excerpt: Originally released in 2006, the first BlackJack gave more high-end (and expensive) handhelds a run for their money with its sleek design, easy use and overall approachable setup. The new BlackJack isn’t so much a redesign as it is an upgrade. Lovers of the original will be happy, but it isn’t different enough to attract anyone new.
Pros: Simple to use; stylish and compact; affordable
Cons: Poor video quality; inconsistent media downloading; headphones are not included