Reviews and Problems with Samsung i617 / BlackJack II
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Inexpensive, tough on battery
Yan G., Newegg
10 February 2012
Summary: The packaging the phone was in did not look like the one advertized. The box was different, the manual was different, no USB cable. This makes me believe I actually received a cheap version or even a counterfeit one. Maybe that is why the battery doesn't last.
Pros: -Full keyboard -Great 3G phone for the price -Can be used as 3G USB modem
Cons: -Did not come with the USB cable, only the charger and a very short user manual. -Goes through the battery charge in 24hr -Internet explorer does a really bad job at displaying web pages.
Pros: Nice, sleek, easy to carry, thin. Got it at a good price for a non contract phone. Disappointed
Cons: Extremely hard to close the back cover (battery area). Does not close flush to the point where it strains and break. The back cover was cracked in trying to cover the battery and that is not replaceable by NEWEGG. Extremely disappointed.
Summary: The phone looked great on the website. It was unlocked. However when I received this phone, it looked to either be refurbished or used. The battery was a generic battery and didn't say "Samsung " on it like the picture showed.
Summary: If you want a smartphone, look somewhere else. If you just want an unlocked phone with a QWERTY keypad and all 2G/3G bands, this phone delivers at a *very* good price.
Pros: I bought this phone only for a couple of reasons - texting and global travel. I wanted a QWERTY keyboard, and the 2G/3G bands this phone offers. This phone delivers that, and does it pretty well. The 2.0 MP camera is definitely an improvement over my previous 1.3 MP phone. Now the rest...
Cons: Not much of a smartphone for these days. MS seems to have deactivated update servers - the management software on Windows 7 sends you to a web page with the new MS phone. Samsung's web page doesn't show any software updates. UI is way more difficult to use than current generation of smartphones. ...
Summary: WinMo 6.1 isnt the greatest mobile OS but it gets the job done well. This phone has absolutely everything I need and would need to use it for. It's a good buy for someone looking to upgrade functionality over the traditional "dumb-phones" but doesn't need all the bells and whistles of a Blackberry,...
Pros: Competitive price given abilities and features. Sleek and light, yet still retains a solid, well built feel. Keyboard is easy to use, good storage with miniSD availability.
Cons: Dust on the screen/under the lens. This seems to be a bit of a problem with some models of the phone. Apparently the seal is bad in some models and dust will inevitabley get under the screen. It's pretty easy to take the phone apart to clean it, but its a hassle, and should be noted.
Excerpt: Had this phone for only 5 months, screen went bad. Contacted Samsung warranty, got the run around, but was finally able to send phone in. Once received, they said I sat on it or dropped it and it would not be fixed unless I paid to have fix. Needless to say, I didn't drop it or sit on it.
Better Followup on the Original, Though Marginally Better
behemoth85, Phone Scoop
23 September 2008
Excerpt: I decided to give the Blackjack a 2nd try, but naturally waited till the next generation for the BJ2. PROS: -Keyboard is laid out much better than in the previous generation, but feels a bit lacking compared to other QWERTY phones; namely the Moto Q9h. -Photo quality not too shabby for a phone.