The Samsung Blackjack is a slim, stylish mobile entertainment and organizational powerhouse. It plays with Cingular Video and Cingular Music – exclusive TV content and your digital tunes. Please check carrier details for the cost for the services. The Blackjack also works with Microsoft® Windows Mobile 5, Mobile Office TM applications, personal and corporate email and attachment support all at 3G speeds. The Samsung Blackjack can be found by talking to folks in Cingular AT&T. Cingular serves up its second HSDPA Smartphone, this time in a slim, compact shell that puts the Samsung SGH-i607 Blackjack squarely in competition with the Motorola Q, Blackberry Pearl and the T-Mobile Dash. The question in time will be if the Blackjack will hold its own with the likes of the Q, the Dash and other Smartphones in the market today? For sometime now the folks in Samsung Inc. has been squarely in direct competition with Motorola Inc. If you remember, the Samsung MM-A900 was the first to compete with the Razr editions by Motorola. But who cares about competition anyway from a consumer point of view right! I bet that all you are searching for is to find more information about the Blackjack, to see if it will be the right cell phone for you. Therefore, this review hopefully will give a more in-depth analysis of what the Blackjack can do.
What’s In The Box
Packed with a whole load of incredible features, the Samsung SGH-i607 Blackjack comes with the SGH-i607 in black, two (2) 1200mAh Li-on batteries, a travel adapter, a data cable for data transfer capabilities, Napster’s promotional offer, a battery charger, a getting started CD, and Parental control insert. I recommend that you purchase a headset, a case, Bluetooth® or multimedia card to accompany your Samsung SGH-i607 Blackjack. The headset you will need with a the new headset law being passed back in September. The case you might as well get to protect for what you paid for. You can opt to get a Bluetooth device for a headset or other purposes due to the technology within the phone. And you will definitely need additional memory options if you are a heavy user. So with that said lets talk about the Blackjack’s features and specifications.
Features / Specifications
Cingular’s first 128 MB ROM / 64 MB SDRAM Microsoft® Windows Mobile 5.0 Edition (TM) Smartphone OS-based PDA with a fully integrated QWERTY keyboard the Samsung SGH-i607 Blackjack was designed for the mobile professional on the go as well as the consumer in mind. Most people love the 3G (HSDPA/UMTS) and EDGE data speeds and the convenience of the built-in QWERTY keypad, which has access to Microsoft applications such as Mobile Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Blackjack currently runs at $449.99 without a plan and $299.99 with a two year plan after a $100.00 rebate, which is a total savings of 33% as Cingular loves to point out. The Blackjack is a powerful device that is considered both a PDA and phone giving you the ability to stay connected by checking email using Xpress Mail or Microsoft® Direct Push from Cingular, sending or receiving text messages, IM or multimedia messages, explore the Internet, watch streaming video or listen to satellite radio or download your own tunes through the Cingular network – all with the advantages of simultaneous voice and data connections. Plus you will have the ability to have access your outlook inbox, which is synchronized with your contact folder, which can be accessed using the thumbwheel contact dial on your Blackjack. The Blackjack also allows you to take notes, plan tasks and view Microsoft office documents and Adobe PDF attachments. Remember, the Blackjack is not just a phone, its a partner in your pocket that will accompany you in your daily life. This is the perceptual viewpoints that Samsung wants to point out to you especially if you visit their dedicated Blackjack site. So when you are done with work you can play, right! So when you are in a playful mood you can utilize your Windows Media Player® 10 Mobile to listen to music or watch music videos by accessing Cingular’s Video network. You can also have the ability to view HBO Mobile or sports on ESPN. However, keep in mind that you will be paying additionally for these services. So check Cingular for service charges prior to getting too excited. In addition to streamlining videos and music using the stereo Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR capabilities built in your phone, you also have the ability to put your 1.3 megapixel camera / camcorder with 2x digital zoom to the test. The Blackjack takes real live pictures and captures video splendidly folks, its no joke here! With the Blackjack you can take several minutes of video. What do I mean by several? Well that really depends on the amount of external memory you have on your microSD memory card. Finally, lets get to the main feature, the calling-features on the phone! The Blackjack has absolutely incredible calling capabilities. Its not only easy to call out and receive calls, but reception was wondrous. I cannot tell you for certain why the signal strength was great on the Blackjack? But I can logically say with certainty, with so many networks arising today, Cingular was one of the first to provide wireless services and today has built a great and strong network throughout the country. Hey, when a carrier says nationwide coverage, I don’t ask the price of the service, that’s self-explanatory right. What is pertinent to ask is how many towers do you have up and are you borrowing towers or how new are you to the market. This should give you a better impression of what type of signal strength you are going to get under that particular carrier. With that identified, Cingular has been around a long time and has more towers up than any carrier except Verizon. So logically when you have a powerful phone and a strong carrier to back the phone you will have good reception. Plus the business applications on the phone will go to waste if reception is a problem. So Samsung has made the Blackjack to respond to such problems. For the last time, I want to warn you to find out the service charges for features listed above prior to purchasing the Blackjack if interested in the phone just for wireless features. For fun visit the Blackjack sweepstakes for a chance to win a either a personal makeover & BMW Lease, a designer office makeover, or 10 runner-up prizes of 10 Samsung Blackjack smart devices. The Samsung i-607 Blackjack comes standard with the Microsoft® Windows Mobile 5.0 non-touch screen version and supports wireless frequencies: Dual-band HSDPD/UMTS 850/1900 MHz and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900 MHz for enhanced global use. It’s dimensions are 4.4″ L x 2.3″ W x 0.5″ D making it a very thin PDA cellphone much like the Motorola Q. The Blackjack weighs in at 3.5oz and has up to 5.5 hours of talk-time and 11 days of standby-time. The QWERTY keyboard is backlit and the phone supports Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity. The QVGA 320 x 240 65k color display is only 2.2″. This makes it a bit difficult to view major applications through your Blackjack. Finally the Blackjack comes with a integrated Micro-SD slot that supports up to 2 GB SD cards for greater storage and expansion.
Overall the Blackjack SGH-i607 with HSDPA support, great streaming media options and its slim design vaults the Samsung i-607 Blackjack ahead of most Smartphones in the market today. Though the lack of Wi-Fi wasn’t a deal-breaker, thanks to the Blackjack’s 3.5G network support, and an excellent pixel viewer, coupled with the tethered modem support (both of which the T-Mobile Dash lacks) give this phone the edge. That said, sorry folks the Blackjack cannot edit office documents and its small screen size really bothered me when navigating through the phone. Coupled with a way-to-large default font on a small screen and no Wi-Fi makes little difference to what the Blackjack actually does. But if anyone really needs document editing you should consider the Cingular 8525, over Blackjack, though you probably have to get it for twice the price. Sorry and good-luck!