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Samsung Jack

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What's hot: Compact, good keyboard

What's not: A workhorse QWERTY smartphone, but nothing is particularly cool and innovative.


Reviewed June 18, 2009 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief

The Samsung Jack is the follow-up to the very successful Samsung BlackJack and BlackJack II. These affordable and highly pocketable Windows Mobile smartphones feature front-facing QWERTY keyboards and a slim design. While the BlackJack models had a distinctive design, The Jack goes for a new look that's glossy and a tad reminiscent of the BlackBerry Curve. The gloss plastic finish looks nice, though not high ticket, and the Nokia E71x shows it up in terms of looking more expensive (though it's not).

Samsung Jack

The Jack gets a processor upgrade from the BlackJack II, WiFi and a better camera. The 3.2 megapixel fixed focus lens camera takes decent shots, especially for a budget smartphone. It has triband 3G HSDPA that works in the US on AT&T's bands and in Europe on the 2100MHz band. It's a quad band GSM world phone that will work anywhere in the world GSM service is available and AT&T has a roaming agreement.

Samsung Jack

The phone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Edition, the non-touchscreen version of Windows Mobile. It supports POP3, IMAP and MS Exchange email and sports the usual Internet Explorer Mobile web browser. It has a GPS that works with AT&T Navigator and it worked well in our tests (AT&T Navigator costs $9.99/month).

Samsung Jack

Reception is average and call quality and volume are both good. The smartphone works well with Bluetooth headsets and it supports A2DP Bluetooth stereo.

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If you're a QWERTY-bar smartphone person who could care less about a touch screen and you're not tied to BlackBerry's email service, the Jack is a solid choice and one of the better Windows Mobile smartphones currently on the market. It's responsive by Windows Mobile standards, has good battery life and good call quality. It lacks the sexiness and standardized ports of the Nokia E71x, but is more manageable and attractive than Samsung's own Propel Pro on AT&T (the slider counterpart to the Jack).



Price: $99 with a 2 year contract after rebate


Display: 65K color TFT color LCD. Screen size diagonally: 2.4". Resolution: QVGA 320 x 240, landscape orientation.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is user replaceable. 1000 mA. 1800 mA extended battery available for purchase.

Performance: I528 MHz processor. 256 MB built-in RAM. 256 MB Flash ROM.

Size: 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches. Weight: 3.6 ounces.

Phone: GSM quad band world phone with EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz) and triband 3G HSDPA for the US and Europe (850/1900/2100MHz).

Camera: 3.2 megapixel camera with fixed focus lens.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and Samsung blade connector stereo headphone jack. Windows Pocket Media Player 10 included for your MP3 pleasure.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP Bluetooth stereo.

Software: Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Edition. Mobile versions of MS Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook and Windows Media Player. ActiveSync 4.5 and Outlook 2007 trial for PCs included.

Expansion: 1 SDHC microSD card slot.


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