Reviews and Problems with Samsung i617 / BlackJack II
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Samsung Jack Review
11 June 2009
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,
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.