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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.
- Samsung i617T
Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Tri-band 3G 850/1900/2100 (Dependent on country)
HSDPA 3.6 Mbits data speed (download)
- 114 x W60.9 x D12.8 mm
Weight 114 grams
External TFT 320 x 240
- Video Camera
176 x 144 video call 15FPS
Up to 128MB
Up to 4Gig microSD card
- Ring tones
MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
Music and Media player
SMS, MMS, IM, Email
JAVA MIDP 2.0
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Up to 14 days Standby
Up to 8.5 hours Talk Time
- Price history
Under $500 AUD MID-2010 (Outright)