"A Smart Phone without the"4.5 starson by jmb2003
Pros: Display, full keyboard, call clarity, scroll wheel, etc.
Cons: Preset menus that cannot be customized and fingerprints
Summary: This phone is just as easy as to adapt to as any other phone. While I myself did not buy the phone for business use, I do everything else on it. I have read complaints about the ringtones not being loud enough, the battery doesn't go very far, and the usb cable will not charge the phone. Well, I have to disagree.
The first thing I did was take my ringtones from my SLVR L7 and put them onto my Blackjack II--it sound quality is nearly the same, although for the first couple of minutes I had the ring volume on 4 (which I at the time thought was the loudest), but then I realized the mistake and placed it on loud.
The battery may fall short a couple of hours compared to other phones that I have had, but most phones do these days. Actually, I have been using it heavily and have had hardly any reduction to my battery life. Now, I must admit that I did immediately turn off my 3G and activated the GSM/Edge capabilities to save battery life, as well as turning off the beaming option until I would need it, both of which have made an improvement. The only con about the battery life is that it is perhaps one of the longest times I have ever had to charge a phone...even with 75% of the battery life intact.
While I didn't try to charge my phone with my USB cable directly out of the box, I did go ahead and install the activeysnc software and then began charging my phone immediately via usb.
Now, the only thing that took the most work is getting the bluetooth to send a ringtone to another phone, but Samsung has recently had a different process of bluetoothing it seems.
Other reviews I have read mentioned the status light, it's red when charging, green when fully charged, blinking violet when receiving a phone call, and blue when bluetoothing or sending a message. As far as I know there is no way to change the lights, but I thought I would clarify what I have noticed for anyone reading.
Text messaging is great, you can press the bottom right button and immediately have the option of texting or e-mailing. I still need to get used to this keyboard over the inferior one of the SLVR, but I fully appreciate the keyboard on the Blackjack II.
For a speakerphone call, all you have to do is press "Menu" and then "Speakerphone On" while in a conversation, and it is one of the most clear speakerphones I have ever used, in fact it is so loud I often have to turn it down unless there is just a real quiet talker.
The biggest annoyance to me currently is just not being able to customize the icons on my homepage, other then by using templates provided by samsung, at&t, and windows. The screen clarity, however, is gorgeous and displays a picture I had taken last summer with brilliance.
I personally have no problem with the camera option, I haven't owned too many cell phones that had better camera capabilities, so I can't complain. Sure the color may be a little washed out, but in terms of pixelation, there is no problem. Also, the camcorder records with fantastic quality.
I hate how easily the phone picks up fingerprints, but that is becoming a more common thing for phones, but it's shame because the phone is sleek and attractive, the fingerprints are a bummer, but this is coming from someone who has to obsessively clean them off. If everything fingerprinted as easily as this phone then OJ would more than likely be behind bars.
I think the scroll wheel is pure genius. At first, I was a bit disappointed because I love my fair share of jog wheels, but I absolutely enjoy the feature now.
Bottom Line: I have had the phone for only a couple of days, and I have never been more impressed with a phone initially. Granted, I haven't used a lot of the features, but as I said I am not a business user, nor could I great the business features as well as someone using the phone for business. The phone exceeds all of my expectations and I would definitely refer someone to the phone.