BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

We just got hands-on with the BlackJack II, the Windows Mobile Smartphone follow-up to the popular BJ1. The things we noticed: it's thin like the original, and small enough to feel the same in your pocket as non-smartphones. The OS is Windows Mobile 6, which improves greatly on the original's WM5, and is definitely speedy.

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

BlackJack II Hands-On (Verdict: Speedy, Slim and Sexy)

We liked the scroll wheel (think the original circular movable wheel of the original 1G iPod) that let us scroll around. It's not as convenient as having a touchscreen, but it's good enough. The screen, although 320x240 resolution, is still large enough at 2.4 inches to clearly display Barbara Walter's mug on the on-board Slingbox Mobile app. We couldn't test the GPS since the phone was bolted down, but Telenav was fantastic when we tested it with the AT&T Tilt earlier this month. So far the BlackJack II is a decent, if similar, follow-up to the original.