|Samsung SGH-i617 at&t Cell Phone i617 FAIR Condition - 481003|
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|Evolve the way you work, play and live introducing the next stage of the smartphone: the Samsung BlackJack II. It's a smart device that doesn't just keep up with you, it helps you get where you want to go in life faster, and in style. Powerfully advanced, it's also fashionably sleek and ultra-light, so you can multi-task, and multi-play, with considerable ease.|
|Family Line||Samsung BlackJack II|
|Storage Capacity||128 MB|
|Network Technology||GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)|
|Band||WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSD|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1700 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 420 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 336 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||2.4 in.|
|Display Resolution||240 x 320 pixels|
|Color Depth||16-bit (65000 colors)|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
The Samsung BlackJack II improves on its predecessor with Windows Mobile 6; GPS; a 2-megapixel camera; and more memory and better performance. The smartphone also features a larger display and enhanced full QWERTY keyboard as well as HSDPA support, Bluetooth, and AT&T Video Share support.
The front jog wheel feels loose and unresponsive, and the smartphone uses Samsung's proprietary connector port for headsets and other accessories. The BlackJack II lacks Wi-Fi, and there's also no support for voice dialing. We also had some ActiveSync connection problems.
Although the Samsung BlackJack II doesn't bring any revolutionary upgrades, there are a number of welcome additions, including GPS and better performance, to make it a worthy successor and a good-value smartphone.
Average review score based on 182 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The original Samsung SGH-i607 BlackJack was a great phone that was hampered by pretty poor battery life, like many of the thin QWERTY equipped smartphones of the past. In spite of that issue, the BlackJack was still a very popular cell phone for AT&T (then Cingular). This time around, Samsung has addressed the battery issue and added a few new goodies to the mix, like a d-pad that serves double duty as a scroll wheel. The resulting device is a millimeter or two bigger in height and width, and an extra 10g heavier, but those minor tradeoffs are well worth the results.
The new SGH-i617 features the same basic form factor and design as the original BlackJack. The phone's flat block shape tapers down at the bottom, giving the phone a pleasing look and an equally pleasing feel in the hand. The lines used by Samsung's designers are all very clean and soft, with the only exceptions being the squared corners on the buttons found in the d-pad control cluster beneath the display. New for the BlackJack II is the piano black glossy finish on the cover, which makes the phone something that any CSI investigator would love to find at a crime scene. It is worth noting that the wine red version has a textured back cover that doesn't show fingerprints, but it still has a glossy front cover.
The display on the BlackJack II has a 2.4" screen that can render 65,000 colors. This QVGA resolution screen is crisp and colorful, and can be set to any one of 5 brightness levels, all of which I found to be quite workable. It has an almost paper-like appearance to it that I just love. The aforementioned control keys and d-pad all work quite well and are attractively designed. The BlackJack II's d-pad scroll function works better than the one found on the T-Mobile Shadow that we recently reviewed, and proved itself to be quite useful. I do think that it would work even better if it had a more fingertip grabbing radial pattern on it instead of its concentric circles design, which doesn't provide enough grip for dry and cold wintertime fingers.
The d-pad isn't the only thing that lacks a bit of grip on the SGH-i617. The phone's otherwise stellar QWERTY keyboard's keys have the same glossy surface as the rest of the device, something that makes them a bit slick at times. The older BlackJack didn't have that problem, though it did suffer from a strange number key layout that has been fixed on the new model. The new BlackJack II also has a couple of additional shortcuts keys that I find quite handy. Overall, it is an exceedingly good keyboard, it just could have been a tad bit better if it had kept the old design's matte finish.
The remainder of the device is pretty simple. A nicely shaped volume rocker control is found at the top of the left edge of the phone, and the multi-purpose power/data/headset port is located directly beneath it. I would have preferred for this port to have been on the bottom of the device, though, as side-mounted headsets are a real problem in pockets. A power button is located on the top of the device, which I like since it also calls up the Quick List menu. A small multi-color status LED is located nearby. It provides information about charging and new events, like received messages. The right edge of the phone is bare except for the microSD slot, and the nicely sculpted back cover of the phone bulges out where the 2 megapixel camera is located. Otherwise, the rear cover is plain except for the subtle Samsung
After a bad experience with an older Android phone, I wanted a phone with a physical keyboard that doesn't have crashing problems. Could I have found a newer Android to fill the gap? Yes I could, but I didn't want another Android.
While the OS is outdated and I have problems syncing it to my Macbook, as a whole I am satisfied with the phone. I can call and I can receive calls, text just fine and access the internet on the go. Not a perfect phone but for the price and ability to not sign a 2 year contract with AT&T, I will look past the phone's shortcomings and embrace it for what it is.
I have dabbled in Motorolas and LGs but I will ALWAYS go back to Samsung. This phone is great. Fast loading and great reception and for how much it handles the battery life is pretty nice too (I can get about 3 days worth, I don't talk on it very much but I text alot and use the music player most of the day) I love how easy it is to share music, ringtones and pictures between the phone and my PC. It's true while texting there is a small fraction of a second of delay between pressing the buttons and the letters showing up on the screen but if you're looking at what your typing it shouldnt bother you, I text on it at full speed just fine. the ONLY reason i dont give it a 5 out of 5 is the camera. For some reason when using the single shot, normal camera feature it takes about 2 seconds between clicking the button and when the pic actually takes. I haven't been able to get a single good shot of my kids, since they're so squirmy. The multi shot and video features, however, work great.
After some research I decided to purchase a used Samsung Black Jack 2 for myself and a Samsung Propel for my Husband. Though the Propel isn't a smartphone, it is fun and easy to use for a person who loves to text. As for the Black Jack 2 - it is easy to use, moderately speedy and fits in my hand.
We purchased used phones but wanted to stay within a decent price range. These phones are a nice upgrade, but do not expect the Black Jack 2 to out-perform the IPhone. Black Jack 2 has many choices, but the operating system can be slow at times. If you are a multi-tasker, this phone has basic Windows mobile, but few apps. Works fine with basic functions, would not depend on this phone for heavy video usage. The camera is of good quality for a cell phone, again, it does not compare to a digital camera. Battery wears down on Propel much faster when watching video or internet use than the Black Jack 2. But both phones use battery heavily. Would recommend Black Jack 2 for anyone wanting a basic smartphone with mild music/video capabilities. Samsung Propel is a great for minimal internet/video and heavy text/talking use.
I always wanted to get a Blackjack since they first came out. I had a Samsung sgh-a707 and I loved how easy it was to connect to my computer. From then on I swore by Samsung products.
This is a sleek, very aesthetically appealing phone. It doesn't have a lot of bulky buttons and is comfortable in the pocket and the hand. I haven't got to test it on AT&T's 3G network yet, but I will update when possible. It's actually a little slower (not by many kbps) than my AT&T Quickfire, possibly due to windows being a resource hog, but there's nothing that a good freeware utility can't solve, except why computers are becoming more of a toy now-a-days than a tool.
Moving on, the operating system is a little laggy when switching applications or pressing keys after a short idle period. Like I said, freeware utilities people. The features and PC compatibility are nice. The speaker sounds good when music is playing.
The keys are close together, which takes a little getting used to for you slider phone users. Even compared with the Blackberry Curve 8310 the spacing is narrow. I like the cursor control. It reminds me of the iPod cursor control, but the roller only moves up and down. In order to move the cursor left and right, you have to press in on the roller's left or right quadrants. This seems to eliminate using the roller 50% of the time.
I was able to install a few third party games and other apps from a great site called My Blackjack 2. Doom worked as if you were literally playing it from a computer. Not very graphics intensive, no, but very surprising with my past experiences with 3rd party gaming on mobile devices.
Syncing music with windows media player takes a while, but since you are syncing from a WMP to another WMP, it carries over all of your tag info (artist, album, song title, etc.). I believe there are also 3rd party media players available, but the included media player can play many formats, and there may be a codec pack available.
Browsers available range from a lot of popular browsers used on personal computers and laptops. Mozilla's now well-known Firefox has a port available that stores passwords, and Opera has a version available. Opera performs very well on this phone.
All in all, I'd have to say that even though I only gave this phone an average rating, I'm very glad I made this purchase. I went from the AT*T quickfire, which is a terrible phone, and I would recommend that no one get this phone unless you want something with a decent out of box experience that leads to nothing but problems.
In short, this was a good buy and I would recommend it to people seeking a good smart phone on a budget.