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Samsung Jack / BlackJack II review

6.3/10 AVG.
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6.3/10
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The Samsung Jack / BlackJack II currently has an Informr score of 6.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 79 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Blackjack is back, and Samsung has made some improvements, mostly marginal.

The Blackjack II sports a 1700 mah battery, which is key, since the prior model was heavily criticized for having an inferior battery. It also ships with Windows Mobile 6, has an improved combination D-pad/scroll wheel, which work together to allow for easier surfing. It also comes with a software suite that allows you to edit MS Office documents.

The Blackjack II also has a GPS receiver. You can either pay a monthly fee and use the Telenav service, or use Google Maps for free.

Unfortunately, they got rid of the rubberized exterior, which made for secure handling, replacing it with lots of shiny parts. Any shiny cell phone owner will tell you that fingerprints are a constant problem. The 2.4 inch screen is smaller than most smartphones, and screen display size is a critical element to consider for any phone that will be used to surf the web.

While Samsung did rearrange the number keys by grouping them together, the keys remain small and very close together. Many users state that the keypad makes it difficult to type without making errors. I found typing on the Blackjack very challenging.

The Blackjack II is definitely a viable entry-level smartphone. Its form factor allows you to use it one-handed. Its slim enough to slip into your shirt pocket. Because it runs Windows Mobile 6, you will be able to choose from a nice selection of third-party software, and the addition of GPS capability adds a meaningful touch.

But you’ll definitely want to test drive this model in the store and see for yourself how you feel with the closely-spaced keys.


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
260 MHz
Screen Size
2.4"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

Samsung's original BlackJack, the SGH-i607, was a very good device that had a couple of serious flaws. This new i617 variant addresses a number of them, including the biggest problem with the original: battery life. The BlackJack II still lacks voice dialing, which is disappointing for a business ph...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn


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Screen Size
2.4"

The Samsung Jack / BlackJack II's screen size is 2.4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
260 MHz

There is a ARM OMAP1710 260 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
155 MB

Internal memory is 155 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1700 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 15.5 days standby time.

Jack / BlackJack II Specs

Overview
Release date October 23, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM OMAP1710 260 MHz
Internal Storage 155 MB
RAM 128 MB
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.2 W/kg
Body: 0.92 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1700 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black, Blue, Pink, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 cm (4.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 116 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Scroll wheel
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Media Player Mobile
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-i617

A Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system update is now available.
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