Cingular just released the Samsung BlackJack, yet one more thin (relatively small) Windows Mobile device. It does have the full QWERTY keyboard. It is stylish and has the multi-media capabilities we have seen recently in the 81-day-experiment with the T-Mobile Dash and the Cingular 3125, and earlier with the Motorola Q. So what is unique about it? you might ask.
The HSDAP network
What is most unique about it is the fact that it supports the HSDPA network (which stands for High-Speed Downlink Packet Access). The HSDPA network promises speeds of up to 1.8 Mbits/sec to individual handsets (currently the announced speed is in the 400 to 700 Kbps). With this speed, streaming live video and music from Cingular Video and Cingular Music becomes a reality.
The future of HSDPA and the devices that support is quite promising
Another aspect that makes HSDPA unique is that it is GSM compatible which is great news for international travelers who want to be able to use their smartphones outside the U.S. In addition, HSPDA supports s simultaneous voice and data transfers which can have several potential applications including the ability of talking and e-mailing at the same time.
How about prices and plans?
While the list price is $424.99, you can get it for as low as $199 with the 2 year contract. The data plan that offers can range from $29.99 to $54.99 which would then include unlimited data.
So should you jump on the Samsung BlackJack Cingular wagon?
The Samsung BlackJack from Cingular is definitely a strong player in the Windows Mobile category of devices. It adds the high-speed element to international support. The previous devices in this category seems to offer one or the other. The Verizon and Sprint high-speed devices (using EV-DO) such as the Treo 700p and 700w and Motorola Q don’t offer the international support. The T-Mobile devices such as the BlackBerry Pearl and T-Mobile Dash provide international support but only the EDGE speed for now.
So at least for some time, the Samsung BlackJack from Cingular will enjoy an interesting niche. Before jumping on the wagon though, put your hands on the device to check out if there is “chemistry”. That is the part that speed and international support can’t buy.
For additional information about the Samsung BlackJack from Cingular, you can also refer to this review at the Red Herring online.