The Samsung BlackJack smartphone from Cingular (now AT&T) made a splash last year when it was released, but with all the new smartphones released since, it came time for a new improved BlackJack to show up.Â Now we have the BlackJack 2 smartphone from AT&T which is described as a sleeker, smarter, simpler BlackJack with new features like built-in GPS, video share, and 3G HSDPA connectivity with AT&T’s BroadbandConnect network. BlackJack 2 runs Windows Mobile 6, so you can keep track of schedules and contacts through Outlook Mobile, browse the Internet with Internet Explorer Mobile, work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents using Office Mobile, and view and compose HTML e-mail. Tri-band 3G UMTS/HSDPA and Quad-band EDGE/GPRS technology takes advantage of AT&T’s international wireless footprint for access to e-mail, the Web and other data applications in more than 135 countries.Â
BlackJack II from AT&T (Samsung SGH-i617) has a full QWERTY keyboard, a large 2.4″ QVGA color display screen, a front jog wheel, and a 2.0-megapixel camera with video-capture capabilities. You’ve also got stereo Bluetooth technology with stereo headset support, an RSS reader client and Windows Media Player 10 Mobile on board. It’s available in black and red wine colors, and is expected to be available by the end of the year for $149.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate.