Here is my situation... in addition to the basic communication functions, I expect my phone to keep my calendar, in sync with my MS Outlook (which also syncs with Google Calendar). The Blackjack does that effortlessly!
I originally became so frustrated with my Samsung Solstice a887 Phone (AT&T) that I resolved to spend the bucks to get an unlocked phone a full year and a half before my contract was to expire. My chief complaint with the Solstice was the calendar, it's bad enough that it doesn't sync directly with Outlook (it has its own proprietary calendar/contacts software that does that) but the real problem is that the file record limitations for the Solstice mean that you'll retain little more than the name of the appointment, the phone number or address and little else.
The Blackjack has none of those limitations, which means that I can put an entire travel itinerary in an appointment file and easily retrieve flight numbers and references without the fear of the text ending early.
I like the keyboard, it's great for texting. And using Activsync, all I have to do is plug my phone into a USB port and the calendar is updated within minutes.
Technologically speaking, this is probably a couple years behind the curve. I wouldn't suggest this to heavy mobile internet users, but for the occaisional email retrieval or send it's fine. What's important is that you have a good idea as to what functions you'll actually use and/or need. Why spend more for bells and whistles that hold little or no appeal to you?
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The Samsung BlackJack was designed from the chips up for one purpose - to make you look smart. As its start-up program, you’ll get Windows mobile 5.0, so you’ll never be far away from the operating system you’re familiar with. A full QWERTY keyboard makes it easy as 1-2-3 for you to send text messages or e-mails to your friends and colleagues. There’s a time for work, and a time for play; when it’s time for play, use the 1.3 megapixel camera to take memorable pictures of your weekend outings. This Samsung phone also comes with Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology, making sure you’re up-to-date with the latest wireless connection. You’ll get 65MB of built-in memory, but you can also insert your microSD card for additional storage space. All in all, the BlackJack will keep you organized, in touch, on the job and looking good. You're feeling smarter already, aren't you?