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Research in Motion's (RIM) long running legal battle with Samsung Australia over its use of the name "BlackJack" for its answer to RIM's BlackBerry will continue in the Melbourne Federal Court tomorrow.
A few weeks back, while in Vegas for a long weekend, I posted a random Facebook status update from my phone about landing safely and being ready to play some blackjack. Later, when my wife found out that I had done that, she kind of scolded me: "Why don't you just put a big sign on the front lawn that says, "Come on in, burglars!
The Samsung BlackJack II is a fantastic Windows Mobile smartphone and has regularly ranked right up there as one of the best smartphones available. Today Samsung announced the successor, the Samsung Jack i637 that will be coming to AT&T next Tuesday, 19 May for a reportedly low $99.99 (after rebate and a contract). I just picked up a Nokia E71x and am now seriously considering a return to pick up the Jack instead. The Jack runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, but Samsung stated it will be upgradeable to WM 6.5 this Fall too.
I admit that my post yesterday on the AT&T E71x may have sounded a bit harsh, but the overabundance of non-removable trial games and apps on the default menu screen and some other missing functions ticked me off. After calming down a bit (I did pay AT&T $340 for the phone) and diving into the E71x I now have it doing about 90% of what the SIM unlocked E71 NAM can do and it looks like I will be keeping the device. In looking at the available messaging-focused devices at the AT&T store the E71x is one of the best devices available for less than $100 (the refurb BlackJack II and BB Curve are also nice devices) and if you stay tuned to my Nokia Experts site you will find lots of ways to make your E71x even better.
Episode 105 of the PowerPage Podcast has been posted. This week we interview Travis Yates, developer of A Blackjack Card Counter for iPhone, we discuss Apple outlawing jailbreaking, Hulu's fantastic suicide and we play "What's on your Mac?
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I live about 15 miles from Atlantic City and was surprised to see the iPhone land on the front page of our local newspaper this morning, and not in a good way.The AP story "Card Counting iPhone application prompts Nevada to warn casinos" is about an application called A Blackjack Card Counter (iTunes, $2) which which ruffled more than a few feathers when it debuted the App Store.
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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I started using Qik on Nokia Nseries devices, then tried it on the Blackjack II, and finally on my original Apple iPhone. I just received a note that Qik's live video streaming service is now available on several more Windows Mobile devices from HTC. The particular devices listed include the Touch Dual, Touch Diamond, TyTN II, Tilt, and SE XPERIA X1.
I took a look at the Blackjack II running WM 6.1 back in July and now everyone can finally update their device to the latest Windows Mobile operating system. Simply visit the Samsung Blackjack II (SGH-i617) update site and follow the instructions to update. Windows Mobile 6.1 is a great improvement on these non-touch screen devices and I recommend every Blackjack II owner update their device.
Qik is one of the well known mobile live video streaming applications that works particularly well on a device like the Nokia N95. They also have a beta for Windows Mobile Smartphones that I tried on the Blackjack II last month. Qik announced they were working on an iPhone application back in June and today announced that it is working on the iPhone 3G. However, it does require you to jailbreak your phone and install Qik using the Cydia installer as detailed in this Howard Forums post.
One week ago I wrote about my first impressions of the HP iPAQ 910 Business Messenger. I have been using it steadily every day since then and actually found something rather surprising over the holiday weekend. I had the Samsung Blackjack II, HTC Touch Diamond, T-Mobile Dash, and Nokia N95-3 with me over the weekend and out of all five, the iPAQ 910 outperformed them all in terms of RF reception. We were at the lake in the woods and reception was very weak, but the iPAQ 910 picked up the AT&T signal and gave me 2-3 bars of EDGE connection compared to no or very little signal on all the other devices.
I've had the opportunity to check out Windows Mobile 6.1 on a couple of Professional (aka touch screen) devices (the HTC Advantage X7510 and HTC Touch Diamond), but after seeing the Microsoft announcement at CTIA it seemed like the Standard (non-touch screen) devices had the biggest changes in the user interface. I was recently sent a Samsung Blackjack II (SGH-i617) running Windows Mobile 6.1 to evaluate for a bit and have to say the device is very impressive and it is great to see a manufacturer still making non-touch screen devices. I know the device has been out for a while, but I thought readers may be interested in this model with the 6.1 upgrade installed on it. According to the latest rumor mill, those of you who own a Blackjack II should be able to get the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade sometime in July.
The Samsung Blackjack II has been out for a few months, but will soon be getting an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.1. I had a chance to use this cool device with the latest operating system and find it to be a very solid and responsive Smartphone.
Jason posted on the fact that there are now over 150 web applications for the Apple iPhone, which is quite encouraging. I then used a Nokia N95, that has the same web browser base building block that the iPhone does, to visit a couple of the application index sites. The index sites work best in landscape mode on the N95 and you still have to do a bit of scrolling side to side. I recommend zooming into 50% on the N95 to make the experience better. I did find the information driven web applications, like GoMovies, to work quite well. Games and other apps that require you to interact seem to be hit and miss as chess did not work, but blackjack played fine. While these are not stand-alone applications and you must have a wireless data connection to use them there are many helpful titles already available and they are all free.
I have a phone that runs Windows Mobile. It's a somewhat aging Audiovox unit that I intend, at some point in the near future, to upgrade to a Samsung Blackjack.
Motorola is starting to promote the latest Q -- the Q 9h (below, left) -- on its Web site and given the shortcomings of the original Q (below middle), existing Q users like me will no doubt be pouring over the new Q's design to see if anything is remarkably different ....continued below.....
commentary Here's a quick quiz: name three smartphones that put mobile e-mail atop their roster of features.We're betting that your list included the BlackBerry at least once if not twice -- citing the conventional 8700 series and the more consumer-friendly 8800 Pearl, Palm's Treo, the Samsung BlackJack and/or Motorola Q.
When you take a step back and look at the new crop of cell and smart phones coming onto the market these days, it's almost as if all of the entries are working off of one or two designer's playbooks. Whereas one handful of entries (ie: Motorola's Q, Samsung's Blackjack, etc.
For you late holiday shoppers, Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal's personal technology columnist, shows me an assortment of new gadgets, including the Microsoft Zune, an HDTV receiver for the computer, a bunch of iPod accessories and Samsung's new BlackJack cell phone.
Maker of BlackBerry devices files lawsuit charging copyright infringement for the naming of Samsung's new smart phone.
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