Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphone

Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphone

Summary: I enjoy checking out Consumer Reports ratings on products and in their January 2009 issue that was recently posted online they rank smartphones, cellphones, and US wireless carriers. I have to say I was quite surprised by their highest rank choice, not because it isn't a fantastic device, but because I didn't think anyone else besides my friends and a few others though the same thing. The highest ranked smartphone by Consumer Reports is currently the Samsung Blackjack II. While at the Mobius event last week, the BJ II was one of the most popular devices being used by attendees and after using it for several weeks myself I have to say it really is a solid choice.

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Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphoneI enjoy checking out Consumer Reports ratings on products and in their January 2009 issue that was recently posted online they rank smartphones, cellphones, and US wireless carriers. I have to say I was quite surprised by their highest rank choice, not because it isn't a fantastic device, but because I didn't think anyone else besides my friends and a few others though the same thing. The highest ranked smartphone by Consumer Reports is currently the Samsung Blackjack II. While at the Mobius event last week, the BJ II was one of the most popular devices being used by attendees and after using it for several weeks myself I have to say it really is a solid choice.

The T-Mobile Wing (now this one really was a surprise to me because of the lame processor), Motorola Q9C, T-Mobile Shadow (one of my personal favorites), and BlackBerry Pearl Flip round out the top 5. The iPhone 3G and T-Mobile G1 had the same ranking (61) as several other devices, rated below the BB Pearl Flip 63 value. It does not look like the BlackBerry Bold or Storm, Samsung OMNIA, or all of the HTC Touch Pro variants were included in this round of evaluation.

My top 5 current smartphones would be the following:

  1. Nokia E71
  2. HTC Touch Pro (AT&T Fuze for me)
  3. iPhone 3G
  4. Samsung Blackjack II
  5. T-Mobile G1

What would you choose as your top 5?

In regards to the cellphone rankings, the Motorola ROKR E8 took the top spot with a rating of 66. The LG Dare, Pantech Breeze, SE TM506, and SE K850i rounded out the top 5. As far as carriers go, Verizon was almost always the top ranked in each metropolitan area, with T-Mobile in second in most all areas. Sprint was last in every area, except San Francisco with AT&T in 3rd or tied with T-Mobile in second in other areas.

Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung

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  • Odd selection of phones reviewed

    What rationale did they use to not review things like the Bold or the HTC Touch Diamond/Pro? The Storm I could understand since it just came out but those other phones have been [b]huge[/b] sellers and came out months ago.

    I can't give you a top 5 because, unlike you, I don't own 50 phones! ;) However, I'm still [b]extremely[/b] happy with my HTC Touch Diamond. I've recently been playing around with flashing new ROMs and if the device was great before, it is even better now. The great thing is that HTC actually encourages these custom ROMs. What a different attitude compared to a [url=http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=2652] certain company that shall remain nameless![/url]

    The one addition that I couldn't live without is the TouchPal keyboard. Again, what a concept that a company will allow you to replace built-in functionality with superior 3rd party products! While the built in keyboards are adequate, even the free version of TouchPal is fantastic. Not only does it guess at what letters you were trying to hit which is now basic functionality, it supports many gestures so you rarely have to hit extra keys or move to a different keyboard to get capital letters, punctuation, or numbers. I've had the mispleasure of using an iPhone keyboard and TouchPal completely blows it away.
    NonZealot
  • Nokia E71

    I'm guessing the Nokia E71 wasn't included because no carrier has officially picked it up (rumored to be coming). It would surely score very highly, probably at the top, given that it does everything they write about the BJII doing, most of it better.
    BillShepp
  • RE: Consumer Reports picks the Samsung Blackjack II as the top smartphone

    I love it. I have long touted the Blackjack (first I and now II) as my fave phone. I brag about it all the time and finally turned 2 of my friends into BJ owners but everyone is always surprised. I guess because it's low key compared to the "touch" phones. Oh and before someone says "it must be your first smartphone," I've used Blackberry, Treo (palm and windows), and the HTC Touch. BJ still tops my list.
    Techic
  • How the hell did the Touch Pro make it?

    The Touch Pro is utter garbage, at least, until HTC fixes their interface to - I dunno, RESPOND TO TOUCH INPUT?

    Bleh. The best Windows Mobile smartphone I've ever used is the Palm Treo Pro. It was easily the trimmest Windows Mobile phone I'd ever received - straight from Sprint, the thing was FAST, had very little bloatware. It had HTC's upper right-hand corner task manager (apparently Palm licensed it), a multi-protocol IM client (AIM, WLM and Y!), and a few other programs... but otherwise, it was pretty bare.

    It's about the size of an iPhone, and frankly, the footprint of the Treo Pro is actually noticeably smaller (my girlfriend's iPhone felt kinda big to me). Camera was nice, and had a nice interface... and the Palm physical keyboard was just a joy to use. Even the browser included, the new Pocket IE, was nice, fast, and responsive to touch scrolling. It had embedded YouTube videos (though, they were often bigger than my screen :( shame, Microsoft/Adobe/YouTube).

    I really wanted the Touch Pro, but after playing with them at Sprint, Alltel, and Verizon... I decided that if I got one, I'd want to go and put my own ROM on it (like I did with my Sprint PPC-6700) and everything - but the Palm is vastly better. I can use the phone one-handed and everything.

    My vote is in, and the Palm Treo Pro is dead sexy. I returned it, though - waiting for the Pre. ;)
    A_Pickle