Summary: Samsung has updated its popular line of with a new model, named Jack. The Samsung Jack retains many of the features found on earlier BlackJack smartphones, such as excellent e-mail handling and good call quality, and adds a few new features, too.
Conclusion: Samsung's shrewdly updated BlackJack (now simply the "Jack") builds on its predecessors' positive attributes. It's a compelling Windows Mobile smartphone, even if said OS needs a major renovation.
Pros: Excellent value. Near-perfect form factor. Comfortable keyboard. Includes 3G and Wi-Fi radios. Good voice quality and reception. Solid battery life.
Cons: Clunky OS. Poor Web browser. Proprietary headphone jack requires a dongle. You need to pull the battery to switch microSD cards.
Conclusion: Surprise – Ozzy is right. As smartphones go, the Jack is a handy, fully-equipped and inexpensive Windows 6.1 option for technically-inexperienced and fiscally responsible buyers. This being the case, it makes a good fit for beginners who prefer to spend equal amounts of time working and playing.
Pros: Easy-to-navigate; Full array of email, text and IM options; excellent music and video playback options; WiFi; 3.2 MP camera
Cons: Dull style; not enough call volume; microSD card slot in battery compartment; variety of minor technical issues