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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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. Support...
Cons: Slippery! Proprietary Samsung connector for sync/charge/headset. GPS is slow on initial satellite acquisition. Voice dialing software not included.
Conclusion: The BlackJack II offers the best of the original: the power of a PDA with the ease of a basic Smartphone. The video does leave a bit to be desired, as does the Internet download speed, but people would be hard pressed to find a more affordable – and let’s face it, stylish – multimedia phone.
Pros: Simple to use; stylish and compact; affordable
Cons: Poor video quality; inconsistent media downloading; headphones are not included