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October 16, 2007

Samsung i617



Samsung i617 The Samsung i617 offers a 2 megapixel camera as well as the following features:

* HSDPA 850 / 1900
* Windows Mobile 6

Via Engadget.

Samsung BlackJack II (i617) Reviews

CNET reviews the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "The BlackJack II gets an upgrade in the camera department with a 2-megapixel lens. It continues to offer video-recording capabilities, and it features a 4x zoom and a self-timer. For still images, you have your choice of five sizes, four quality settings, and three shooting modes. Sadly, there's no flash, but you can adjust the white balance. Once you've captured your image, you can add various effects and frames. As per usual, options are a bit limited in video mode with just two sizes and two recording modes. Picture quality was subpar, not because images were blurry but rather because the colors were washed out in our photos."

LaptopMag reviews the Samsung BlackJack II and writes, "Samsung upped the camera resolution from 1.3 megapixels to 2 megapixels. Unfortunately, you'll appreciate the extra detail only if you're shooting a still life or landscape. The BlackJack II struggled mightily with shots that had any movement, and we noticed a significant shutter delay. We were more impressed with the camcorder, which captures 320 x 240-pixel footage. Playback on our notebook looked decent in a small QuickTime window, and the footage is just good enough for YouTube."

InventorSpot reviews the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "The BlackJack II sports a better 2 MP camera (1.3 MP in the original BlackJack) that takes decent photos when you don't have your digital camera around. There are a few settings adjustments that can be made with the camera feature, but it does not have a built-in flash. You can even take video with the phone."

MobileTechReview has a review of the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "A welcome, though not earthshattering upgrade to the BlackJack. As the adage goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it; and the original BlackJack was an extremely popular phone thanks to its low price, slim design and power. The II adds features that keep the BlackJack competitive in 2008: GPS, Windows Mobile 6, 2MP camera, more memory and a single slim high capacity battery. The phone appeals both to business power users and heavy texters thanks to its QWERTY keyboard and relatively low price, but it has the features power users crave (minus WiFi). Whether you choose the BlackJack II, Moto Q9 Global or Pantech Duo, you won't go wrong. AT&T;'s MS Smartphone lineup is impressive and the BlackJack II is one of the most pocketable phones with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard on the market."

The Washingtonpost reviews the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "If you use or have seen the original BlackJack, you probably noticed the potentially confusing layout of the alphanumeric keys: A column of alphabet-and-symbol keys sits between them. Thankfully, Samsung fixed the issue on this model by placing the alphanumeric keys directly next to one another. Other keyboard-related enhancements are in the bottom row, where you get a dedicated key for the silent mode and a dedicated key for the camera. Samsung also changed a couple of the bottom-row keys to accommodate shortcuts to AT&T;'s Cellular Video service and its home page."

InfoSync reviews the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "Really, we only review the camera on a smartphone because one day, we hope, a manufacturer will use quality optics and some autofocus to produce usable images. That day hasn't come, at least not in the Samsung BlackJack II, but we're waiting. Images from the BlackJack II looked lousy, an unfortunate pattern for Samsung phones (don't you guys have some good lenses lying around over in the Samsung Camera department?). Image management was standard Windows Mobile fare, which is like looking at Windows Explorer on a laptop. Easy enough, but not really elegant or intuitive."

PC World reviews the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "Samsung took almost everything about the first BlackJack and turned it up a notch, making a good PDA phone a little better. Though the BlackJack II doesn't look drastically different from the original and still leaves room for improvement, the subtle changes in design and components are a nice upgrade."

PDAStreet reviews the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "When you do something right the first time, you don't need to overhaul it for the next version. The Samsung Blackjack quickly became a favorite when it was introduced, as it was an attractively compact smartphone that ran over AT&T;'s zippy 3G network. Now, the second version has been released, and while it offers important new features, it's more fine-tuning than a massive overhaul...The Blackjack now runs Windows Mobile 6 and features a more powerful processor (260-MHz instead of 220-MHz). While we'd love to see a standard audio jack on the next version, this revision has certainly cemented the Blackjack's hold as one of the top Windows smartphones."

Digital Trends reviews the Samsung BlackJAck II (i617) and writes, "Phone calls are straightforward and clear, and the equally effective email system works with AOL, Yahoo! and others. The same goes for Instant Messenger. The 2-megapixel camera isn’t so bad for a phone, but any photos or video requires a good, consistent light source. Pressing the camera button on the keypad turns it on quickly, and pressing the right menu button switches the still camera to a video camera. Both can be easily attached to email or text messages."

ZDNet reviews the Samsung BlackJack II (i617) and writes, "On the back of the device you will find the 2 megapixel camera and self-portrait mirror. As you can see in the photo below and in a couple others in my image gallery the device takes decent photos and is one of the better for Windows Mobile devices. I am also using a beta version of the Qik streaming video service and it is performing very well with the camera and 3.5G wireless data connection."



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Posted by BJ at October 16, 2007 01:34 AM