Samsung BlackJack SGH-i607 (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: I607
- Bottom Line:
- 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.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.95
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Edited by: Kent German
- Reviewed on: 11/12/2006
The good: 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.
The bad: Navigation controls are cramped, and there is no integrated Wi-Fi. Certain applications take some time to load.
The bottom line: 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.
I do not understand cnet.....
by jaxrad on November 28, 2006
Pros: sleek, excellent performance as a phone and prodctivity device
Cons: Cant' think of one yet
Summary: I do not understand. People want small devices, but find the controls too small or too close together. you can't have it both ways, you want a huge device ...
Summary: I do not understand. People want small devices, but find the controls too small or too close together. you can't have it both ways, you want a huge device with keyboard, buy a laptop. this is a PHONE, with great added capabilities. Sound is good, Paired well with my bluetooth compatible car. The email and productivity suite is very functional. The camera takes great pictures, again if you want GREAT pictures use your camera, this is a PHONE.
When people review this device has to remember that this is a PHONE, yes a smartphone so if you need something to take pix buya a good camera or your finger are too big for it buy a notebook with wifi.
Hits close to the bullseye.
by mikek007 on November 27, 2006
Pros: Size, browsing speed, call quality, ease of use.
Cons: Battery life, hard to edit menu, document software lacking.
Summary: Call quality, browsing speed, and bells and whistles make me not miss my nearly-deceased Audiovox SMT5600. However, I've gone just 8 hours with probably 5 short calls and 10 ...
Summary: Call quality, browsing speed, and bells and whistles make me not miss my nearly-deceased Audiovox SMT5600. However, I've gone just 8 hours with probably 5 short calls and 10 emails, and I know I'll get the "low battery" message before the day is over. I've actually completely run the battery down twice in the 4 days I've owned it.
Another issue is that I'd like to be able to modify the start menu to have my most used features up front, and eliminate the ones I plan to never use. Maybe free up some memory for other things.
The document reader should open files to a point of magnification that you can read them, not just a postage stamp view. And I do miss my pocket MSN.
Yet with all of it's shortcomings, it's a keeper. Lightweight, feels normal holding it to your ear for a call, and so far does its job well.
Best phone EVER!!!
by Punisher911 on November 26, 2006
Pros: Nice screen, 3G capability, bluetooth 2.0, slim, call quality, video and music support, full QWERTY keyboard
Cons: battery life when on 3G mode, buttons are slightly cramped
Summary: I just got this phone a few hours ago, and I immediatly called almost everyone in my address book to test the call quality, which is excellent. I use the ...
Summary: I just got this phone a few hours ago, and I immediatly called almost everyone in my address book to test the call quality, which is excellent. I use the 3G capability to watch videos and browse the internet, and the full keyboard makes txting a breeze. Would highly recommend to anyone who needs a phone with windows mobile that has to be small and light.
There is so much Free Software for the BlackJack
by big4uk on November 25, 2006
Pros: flexible device
Cons: Battery life
Summary: I love this phone....It is so diverse, the nly thing that i dont like about the phone is the battery life, but this seems to be standard across smartphones....
Summary: I love this phone....It is so diverse, the nly thing that i dont like about the phone is the battery life, but this seems to be standard across smartphones.
There seems to be a heap of free software for this phone already available, along with homescreens and loads of other stuff.
I found a load of it at forum.blackjacksmartzone.com they have loads of stuff..load of it free too...
Ovverall this phone is by far the best i have had yet....
I think I have found it!!
by MakersArge on November 24, 2006
Pros: Size, 3G, ease of use
Cons: Lack of WiFi, no touch screen
Summary: I have been looking for a replacement for my Treo 700w after having to leave Verizon. I went to Cingular and have tried the Nokia E62 and did not like ...
Summary: I have been looking for a replacement for my Treo 700w after having to leave Verizon. I went to Cingular and have tried the Nokia E62 and did not like the platform or the unit itself. I swaped for the Blackjack the day it came out, and could not be happier. I love the size and the windows platform. After tinkering for a few minutes, I had it ready to go. Was hoping for WiFi and full size SD, but small things in the realm of everything else with this phone.
by cdtphilpot on November 22, 2006
Pros: Slim, lightweight, User Friendly
Cons: Nothing Yet
Summary: Ignore all the naysayers. This is the best smartphone I have ever owned. People have whined about the battery life and I don't have a problem. I'm a ...
Summary: Ignore all the naysayers. This is the best smartphone I have ever owned. People have whined about the battery life and I don't have a problem. I'm a moderate user and I got 1 1/2 days of usage on one charge. The jog dial they have included is a great feature and I use it all the time.
The Cingular Music function is seamlessly integrated and provides great performance especially on the 3g network.
This really is a superb phone.
Everything I had hoped for.
by matthewmarcotte on November 20, 2006
Pros: Amazingly small, reasonably priced, well featured
Cons: Smartphone edition (not full edition) of Windows Mobile 5.0, camera is only 1 megapixel
Summary: I was planning on getting the Blackjack and interchanging it with my RAZR when I was going out or having it in my pocket. However, its so small that I ...
Summary: I was planning on getting the Blackjack and interchanging it with my RAZR when I was going out or having it in my pocket. However, its so small that I haven't actually ended up swapping them... 3G service is awesome (downtown Chicago.) I wasn't used to the key placement at first with the way the numbers are aligned but I quickly became used to it. Menu controls are very intuative, unlike Motorola devices I've had in the past. I love electronic toys and this is the best one I've ever purchased.
Great!!! Almost perfect!
by gValdivia88 on November 19, 2006
Pros: Size, 3G!, Screen, Keyboard
Cons: No wifi ( but no big deal)
Superior Quality-Great Price
by jo5723 on November 18, 2006
Pros: Great color screen; excellent picture from camera; unblievable video playing quality; easy to sync; excellent sound quality; great speaker phone;
Cons: battery like is not the greatest, especially to use as professional item and personal fun. Type of charger is not available for car to keep charged. Didn't come with headset.
Summary: Although others find the keys cramped, after using for a while user gets use to it. It's a great device that finally adds professional features of a blackberry with ...
Summary: Although others find the keys cramped, after using for a while user gets use to it. It's a great device that finally adds professional features of a blackberry with the ability to add personal fun touches. Great instant messaging. Absolutely perfect picture taking. This phone is very good. I would recommend this to anyone who needs organizational support and fun features of regular cell phones. GREAT PRODUCT.
Frustration of purpose
by jabari on December 9, 2006
Pros: slim, styish, 3g enabled
Cons: unsupported, stripped of features,terrible buttons, bad lay out, bad OS, awful battery life
Summary: The BlackJack may not be as bad as a 5 to some but i do not have the heart to give it a higher rating. I received my Blackjack with ...
Summary: The BlackJack may not be as bad as a 5 to some but i do not have the heart to give it a higher rating. I received my Blackjack with high expectations, and learned the lesson again, do not buy anything that is advertised heavily on television.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way, yes its slim, yes it’s stylish and nothing is perfect but lets be realistic. I purchased this as a data device for email to supplement my other mobile (I still refuse to hold a smart phone to my face (except the pearl) or where a Bluetooth to receive calls and risk looking crazy or pretentious walking down the street). Unlimited data plan, unlimited email, 3G this should all work out right...NO. Again everything is not perfect, and you will not get true broadband on a mobile device but I still question what is America doing regulating the telecom industry. It gives companies like Cingular the power to provide terrible service and intentionally give end users bad deals in order to increase there profits instead of competing.
What do I mean? Well, again i was hoping for a device that is data heavy. I was hoping to access email, surf the net on the go, maybe chat on a messager, and occasionally maybe access other software like Slingbox mobile and Skype. Well my wishes were not granted. Yes i can go in and send/receive my email as I would on outlook if I couldn't set that to auto download, and yes it will give me the last few items in my inbox. Very mediocre. No auto download, no indicator to say you have an email you should look at. I guess if you only need it to check your mail when you know someone has sent you something that you care about and can't wait to you get to a computer this is for you.
Surf the net. Again soso, as long as you are in a 3G market and as long as you don’t want to go to a page that for some reason does not work....ummmm, say like skype.com....
Oh and onto messangers, luckily they are included by Cingular but the little problem they forget to mention is even though you sign in and it seems like you are using data... no those are text messages, hope you bought the package.
And don't worry about using programs like Skype, or aim mobile (the downloaded one), or Slingbox because I haven't gotten any of them to function. Some download, install to the last bar then say installation was unsuccessful. Umm so when i call to find out why or look for solution on the web the general consensus is that these programs are locked out. They would not want you using Skype, or aim, or another program that could replace their services so your unlimited data plan, well that's only to be used as Cingular sees fit for their needs. (Is that the net neutrality thing I keep seeming on television, that they won’t be able to do that...oh I guess that is bad for me.)
I know this sounds like a angry review(most of the times I actually write something they are) but it really didn't start that way. At first I felt bad about giving this such a low rating but after really thinking about it, I think it deserves lower so I will submit this before I change it. Oh an I did not even mention the fact that the battery lasts no more than 5 hours even if you are not using it heavily. But don't worry there is an extra battery they supply you with for such an emergency as having to take the time to charge your device or change the battery every two hours. Although I must admit I did the work around that was mention in another review and it has improved.
Oh and then, the OS, well it you have used Windows before you understand. In addition the buttons and trying to figure out how do you get to the menu that... again... oh... Blackberry makes it all so simple. If I want to carry a computer I would carry my five pound laptop that has limitless functionality not this stripped down PDA that has most of the things that makes Windows functionality worthwhile removed or nonfunctional. I know some of you are saying the size, but in this case size does not matter. There are other devices with integrated wifi (another missing thing and I can speculate why)and that run windows OS better why does this one has these problem.
All this to say that, I really had high hopes for this device but it fell flat, in my opinion due to things that should be overcome. I'm glad I have thirty days to return this because soon as I can get Cingular to actually answer the phone, it’s probably going back.
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: I607
- Description: The SAMSUNG i607 was designed from the chips up for one purpose: to make you look smart. It comes loaded with Windows mobile 5.0 software, a full QWERTY keyboard, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology and slim, sexy styling. In other words, the BlackJack will keep you organized, in touch, on the job and looking good. You're feeling smarter already, aren't you?
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Bar
- Phone Design Candy Bar
- Integrated Components Digital camera,
- Width 2.3 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 4.4 in
- Weight 3.5 oz
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone
- Application Software Windows Media Player,
- Input Device(s) Keyboard
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.0
- Communication Features Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Vibrating alert
- Additional Features TTY compatible
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
- Clock Speed 220 MHz
- RAM 64 MB
- ROM 128 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Sensor Resolution 1.3 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 2
- Digital Video Formats 3gp
- Type LCD display
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 2.2 in
- Display Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
- Color Depth 16-bit (65000 colors)
- Connector Type Headset jack,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 330 min
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter