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

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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.

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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.

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Travis Hudson, MWW Group on behalf of Samsung

The entire battery issue is a tough one. Samsung could include a gigantic brick-size battery that would last a week under heavy usage and then people would complain about the size.

Then they could include a smaller battery that last a couple days and people complain about battery life.

What was done with the BJ1 is a happy medium. If you wanted more juice and a little bulk, then the extended was the way to go, or if you were happy with the slim battery life, then you could stick slim.

@pantsonfireliarliar: And the second charger wasn't even a second charger. It was an external charging adapter so you could use up the 2nd battery while using the first one. Still uses the same plug and everything.

@auger282: End of the month.

@omg-ponies: What do you think all of the Samsung Mobile employees use? Blackberrys? Every one of them is using a Samsung phone (Blackjack 1 and 2 most commonly) on a day to day basis. The quality control teams also test the phones in every possible way, as well.

If you have the backlight always on, Bluetooth always searching and 3G on and always surfing while taking calls all day it is only inevitable that the battery will drain quickly. That is how batteries work.