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: $329.95
- 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.
Pretty face; terrible software
by daa365 on November 28, 2006
Pros: Very light and beatiful, easy typing
Cons: Really, really buggy software
Summary: Looking finally to replace my Palm Tungsten and Cell Phone combo with something light and friendly I was one of the first adopters of this lovely phone over two weeks ...
Summary: Looking finally to replace my Palm Tungsten and Cell Phone combo with something light and friendly I was one of the first adopters of this lovely phone over two weeks ago. It's been downhill from there:
> I set up the MS ActiveSync software to download e-mails, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes to the phone. The first time, it worked well, though very slowly. Cons right off the bat: You cannot tell it which tasks to download - it brings them ALL, including all your completed tasks. For me, this meant over 2,000 tasks, which took up unnecessary space and made the app very slow.
> The SECOND time I ran ActiveSync, it just hung there. Next thing I knew, the phone was giving me an "out of memory" alert. Strange, since the first sync had taken only about 20MB and it had about 30MB still available. Nothing else to do but HARD reset.
> Tried again, this time just syncing Calendar, Notes and Contacts. About 12MB. Again, the second sync took ALL the available phone memory away.
> After 1 hour with Cingular tech support, they pronounced the phone dead. Went to the store to exchange it but of course, everyone wants this phone, so no exchange. Since at least it worked as a phone, I took it home.
> Yesterday, the phone stopped receiving calls. Even though another hard reset had cleared its memory, the phone does not register with Cingular. The SIM card works in my old phone, and a non 3G SIM works in this one, so it's yet another thing broken in this phone.
Note - Haven't even TRIED all the fancy 3G things it promises, or the push e-mail, or the multimedia... I doesn't even work as a Palm device.
Of course I could have gotten a lemon... But I am either keeping my old cell phone + Tungsten combo, or going to the new Treo.
Too bad. Such a pretty face.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Get something else...
by martinholmes4 on December 9, 2006
Pros: Size, looks cool
Cons: Always drops calls
Summary: This is my first PDA style phone so I can't compare any of those features to anything. I can, however, say that the Blackjack is THE WORST phone I ...
Summary: This is my first PDA style phone so I can't compare any of those features to anything. I can, however, say that the Blackjack is THE WORST phone I have ever had! This thing drops almost every call I make. Everyone I talk to on my Blacjack tells me my phone sucks because we can never finish our conversation. I am actually on my second Blackjack because I figured that I just got a bad one. Nope, they all suck. This thing is useless. I am going to return it today and buy something else because I can't take the dropped calls anymore. DO NOT BUY!!!
1 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Save you money!!!
by alpharaven on July 29, 2007
Pros: Slick looking
Cons: Poor battery life, Keys are too close to one another.
Summary: I would save my money if I were you. This phone is just a nice looking phone. But once you have it for a while you will want to return ...
Summary: I would save my money if I were you. This phone is just a nice looking phone. But once you have it for a while you will want to return it. Ive had this for 5 months and now I want to return it. The battery is horrible and the keys are way to close to one another. Not good for someone with big fingers.
0 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Blackjack is no Royal Flush
by crewcalls on July 16, 2007
Pros: Excelent Camera, Great Screen
Cons: Poor Construction, Not Logical in many ways.
Summary: I bought this phone because it promised so much; internet, MP3player, recording device, Pocket PC, camera, video, two batteries, and more. But what I didn't know was that it ...
Summary: I bought this phone because it promised so much; internet, MP3player, recording device, Pocket PC, camera, video, two batteries, and more. But what I didn't know was that it is a camera, with a phone built in, instead of the other way around. I don't know where to start with the problems I have with this phone. He goes:
1) There is no way to control the volume other than going into a bunch of menus and changing the "profile."
2) The numbers are mixed into the keypad with no discerning colors.
3) When dialing a number like 1-800-eat-joes, there is no way to do it without referring to a normal phone.
4) The paint on the numbers/letters on the keypad wears off so that you can not tell what number is what.
5) The batteries are a huge nuisance because you must carry both to have one on charge at all times. They last about 5 hours.
6) The soft keys change up where in one instance the selection is menu, and in another function the same soft key is cancel making it very difficult to get a rhythm or custom of use. Entire text messages can be lost by not being very aware of which function has switched to what button.
7) When texting, if you lock the numbers, you can not use the space bar (0) because you then get a "0".
8) When texting, if the numbers are locked and you want to use a decimal point, you get a quote mark.
8) The protective stoppers for the charging/earphone slot, and the micro card, break off very easily.
9) If the phone is plugged in, and you go to change the worthless battery, the phone will shut off.
10) The case I bought for $20.00 does not form fit and stay on the phone, it is merely a carrying case that you either hook to your belt, adding a 4 inch protrusion to your waist, or a large and bulky addition to your pocket. When using the phone, if you drop it, the case will not be of any help.
11) The headphone jack is also the charging jack, so don't try to plug in your Blackjack, and listen to the MP3 player.
12) The headphone jack is proprietary, so be ready to spend whatever they want to have a pair of headphones.
13) When going to save a new number to and old contact, there is no way to skip to the name. You have to scroll. Not a big deal until the name begins with a letter between H and Z (depending on how many contacts you have).
14) When adjusting the earpiece volume, you must tell the phone that you are finished with that function before anything else can happen, including a call waiting function.
15) Forget about playing games on the phone unless your fingers are a little as a 6 year olds, the buttons are way too small.
16) There are no logical assumptions with this phone. Example: When you set the alarm to the desired time, do not hit the done button until you scroll back up and turn the alarm that you just set to the on position.
17) The keypad turns off very quickly leaving the user in a bad place while dialing in the dark.
18) Internet is slow and difficult to navigate.
19) You need two hands to unlock the phone, so don't have it locked if you are driving.
20) The giant screen scratches very, very easily.
I could keep going, but I won’t. I truly dislike this camera with a phone. One good thing though, giving credit where it is due. It really does take a good picture.
John J Byrne
0 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
No way a 7.3...how many did you get free? Redefines a new meaning for short battery life.
by ElectraGlideInBlue on June 28, 2007
Pros: small, and the phone works well
Cons: way too small, lack of dedicated dialing keys
Summary: I have had this thing (not a phone since it does everything a 13 yr old wants) for two tortuous weeks and I ship it back tomorrow. I am a ...
Summary: I have had this thing (not a phone since it does everything a 13 yr old wants) for two tortuous weeks and I ship it back tomorrow. I am a 52 yr old exec who wants a good phone PDA combo. I don't need the latest hip hop videos or ring tones. My glasses need glasses to see the screen and keys. Oh yes the keys. In operating the navigation tool and the soft keys I have never gotten a task done right the first time. I do have a little larger tan normal male hands, but you simply can't hit the right keys up near the navigation button and the soft keys. Some times I can' figure out how I got to where I am, so I just go back to the start screen and try again. Dialing is near impossible as the phone keys are mixed in the QWERTY pad and difficult to differentiate. This thing is a toy for children with small fingers. Try to even listen to a song if that's your thing...you aren't going to get the headphones that fit at Radio Shack. Special conector needed.
Oh yea...the batteries. You have got to be kidding. Now they send you a extra capacity (read extra 12 hours) and a different back along with a separate charger and a standard back and battery. HUH? You have to carry a menagerie of components to keep this thing on the air. Not practical for business use. But if you want to watch the latest rappers on the screen and down load the hottest new tunes, you just may put up with all this silliness.
Buy, try, cry and resupply...doesn't even warrant the time I took here.
0 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
I have the Htc S620 aka Excalibur and i'm keepin it
by ghostown on November 20, 2006
Pros: i can not think of one
Cons: read my opinion
Summary: I have the Htc S620 aka Excalibur unlocked that i use on cingular, so i had to go see my self. #1 will not let you go to full web ...
Summary: I have the Htc S620 aka Excalibur unlocked that i use on cingular, so i had to go see my self. #1 will not let you go to full web pages, only wap. i even tried to go to cnet.com an it would not go. i swear. i have a tytn with umts. so i know how fast that can be, but this was way to slow for some reason. i tried to go to espn. com on my excalibur an the blackjack at the same time. The htc with edge beat it (i swear)
#2 looks like a fake q. it's very ugly #3 the screen is way to small #4 the keys are slipery ans glossy. I heard so much about this phone i really thought about getting it, but after playing with it NOPE. Plus htc is updating the excalibur around febuary with the cavalier with umts. and the same operating system as the blackjack. I have come to understand that people who really know about phones know where to get them, that these things cingular put out are only for people who dont really know what a phone like this is really good for. People who are into fades, not phones, at least phones that really do everything.
2 out of 7 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