"One of the best!"4.5 starson by 2006ucsdgrad
Pros: Size, function, battery life, sync ability
Cons: Buttons are too close together
Summary: I am a phone geek, I started off with the Treo 650, then to the HP 6515, then to the ever so popular Razr, and now and I settled in with the Blackjack. Out of all the phones I have used in the past, the Blackjack probably had to most to offer, and by far one, if not the, most useful phone I have ever used.
The size of this phone is amazing. The thickness is close to a Razr. And unlike the Razr, it is actually pretty comfortable to hold, no uneasiness what-so-ever. The screen is beautiful, it is not a touch screen, nor is it as big as the Treo's or HP, but it gets the job done. The built in click wheel reminds me of the Blackberry, it allows for quick and easy access for opening certain applications or messages. The thickness of the phone is also a very attractive selling point(To be honest, this is the point that won me over.)The phone is no thinker than the Razr, and it fits in your pocket very nicely. All the software options are very user friendly(its what you expect from Microsoft) and if you like installing mp3 ringtones on your phones, this is the phone for you because the speaker is clear, loud, and you can tell they didn't go cheap on the media aspect. Last but not least, the camera. It was a better camera than I expected. I took a couple of pictures of my dog and a video clip of her running around, the quality is pretty gosh darn good. And with the built in media player and microSD card slot, I am sure watching movies on the phone won't be a challenge to do at all.
There are some things that can be better for this phone, after all, nothing is perfect in the world except God Himself. First off, the button are very close together. So for someone who have big hands(I am a fomer basketball player), you would sometimes hit the call button when you really wanted the menu button. The bluetooth connectivity is limited because they expect you to use the USB cable(USB sync is so Yesterday.)And finally, there is no built in WiFi. But with the 3G network and the option to use HSPDA provided by Cingular, no WiFi, no harm done. Another thing that I thought they could of improve on is the ability for the user to customize the menu, but then I guess that is a MS Windows thing.
With all that said, this is truly a great phone. With Palm not being innovative about their smartphone design and other companies making smartphones the size of a Hummer, the Blackjack offers consumer a breath of fresh air, just like Motorola did with the Q. Unless Apple come out with the Iphone anytime soon, I think I might just keep this thing for awhile.