Summary: Thin is in when it comes to cell phones, and with good reason. A thin handset can be more comfortable to use, easier to stow away, and lighter to carry around than a bulkier counterpart. However, sacrifices in the way of keypad design, power and battery life must often be made in the name of saving space. When it comes to smartphones and their sophisticated controls and power hungry processors, successfully negotiating these trade-offs can be tricky business indeed.
Summary: The Samsung BlackJack heralds another 3G-enabled smart phone to Cingular's lineup. While it supports the carrier's video and music service, some design and performance issues trip up this otherwise sexy device.
Pros: The 3G-enabled Samsung BlackJack is sleek, has a gorgeous screen, and a full QWERTY keyboard. Highlights include Bluetooth 2.0, push e-mail capabilities, and good call quality. This Windows Mobile smart phone also comes with support for Cingular Video and Cingular Music services.
Cons: Navigation controls are cramped, and there is no integrated Wi-Fi. Certain applications take some time to load.
Conclusion: If I were not locked into a contract with another carrier and I was looking for the coolest phone/Smart Phone on the planet – I would buy the Blackjack – hands down. This phone is cool enough that one might even consider leaving their current contract, playing the early termination fee and signing up with Cingular I would not advise doing that, however, until you are sure you have good GSM coverage near where you live.
Conclusion: The Samsung BlackJack i607 simply looks and feels fantastic. The high speed data in 3G coverage areas is wicked fast and voice quality is excellent. The keyboard is excellent, though the number keys are a bit eccentric. We love the jog wheel and most everything about this phone. The camera takes better than average photos, Bluetooth stereo sounds great and Cingular Video is addictive.
Pros: Great looks, great ergonomics (other than the d-pad and immediate surrounding buttons). Super-fast data speeds on 3G and excellent call quality. Louder than many other GSM phones. Very good speakerphone. Good bundled software: useful apps that would cost around $100 if purchased separately. Cingular Video support is very cool. Better than average smartphone camera, strong Bluetooth, sharp display and well-spaced keyboard. The jog dial with integrated action key is exc...
Cons: No headset included, which is particularly bad since the BlackJack requires a proprietary one. The d-pad and flat buttons surrounding it will bother folks who talk and use the phone on the run. Battery life isn't great but the included spare battery and charger ameliorates that.
Summary: A solid, if not outstanding entry to the smart phone market, the BlackJack is a mixed bag. It has HSDPA, an excellent display and good email functionality, but the inability to edit documents and the lack of Wi-Fi are sour points.
Pros: HSDPA capable, ships with two batteries and a second battery charger, bright, wide display, three-way scroll wheel for navigation
Cons: Cramped keypad, no Wi-Fi, no included microSD card, no included headphones and no 3.5mm jack, limited multimedia file support, can't edit Office documents, USB 1.1