Welcome to the Samsung i617T Blackjack review.  The i617T released in 2008 is a version specific to the Telstra NextG network.  As we are writing this in 2010 you should know that this is one of the last remaining Windows 6.1 based smart phones that you can still buy.

In terms of construction the i617 is a very solid phone, feeling sturdy and looks like a business style paper weight. However start to use it and it becomes clear that the fiddly Windows mobile OS is confusing.  That said once it has been set up you will probably be happy if your are comfortable with the Windows XP environment.  Mind you the 6.0 version was incredibly unstable so make sure it is the 6.1 version if you really want one.

In terms of functionality the i617T is a bog standard Windows Mobile 6.1 phone.  If it is business functionality that you want than this is the phone to get.  It comes with the usual Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF apps to keep you busy and Activesync and exchange server compatible. Like other Windows phone of its generation it is not the most stable phone either. The fast processor (in its day) was quite good although the interface was still sluggish to use.  It’s media player and its screen quality does not impress which seals its fate.

Unfortunately you really need additional apps to maker you of the hardware, a proper web browser would be a good start and access to online app store would also be nice. Along with Wi-Fi and A-GPS would be good inclusions too.  It is an old phone so forgivable.

In conclusion the i617T is an old phone and certainly shows it.  Try the Palm Treo Pro if you can get one instead.

Specifications

  • Samsung i617T
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Tri-band 3G 850/1900/2100 (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 3.6 Mbits data speed (download)
  • Design
    QWERTY based
  • 114 x W60.9 x D12.8 mm
    Weight 114 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 320 x 240
  • Camera
    2MP
  • Video Camera
    176 x 144 video call 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
    Micro-USB
  • CPU
    ARM9
    260Mhz
  • Memory
    Up to 128MB
    Up to 4Gig microSD card
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
  • Features
    Activesync/Outlook
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    3.5mm AV/headset
    3.7V 1700Ah
    Up to 14 days Standby
    Up to 8.5 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $500 AUD MID-2010 (Outright)

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