This phone is horrible! Seriously! This thing shouldn’t be called a smartphone it should fall in to the standard old cellphone category. To try and name all the features it lacks would be ridiculous so I think I will just name the ones that drive me up the wall.
Where to begin is a good question. The fact that the phone is running Windows Mobile 5 is the largest downfall in my opinion but, it seems to run a modified version because software developed for WM5 doesn’t work on the i607. I am a UNIX System Administrator so access to shell sessions via SSH is vital for my job. Pocket Putty is the Windows Mobile solution for that and it doesn’t run on the i607. I know people that have other phones running WM5 that use Pocket Putty just fine so it is a Blacjack issue.
Let’s see, what next, how about the lack of ability to easily share a bluetooth connection for internet browsing on my laptop using my phone as a modem. I know people that have figured out hacks to get it to work but I just managed to lock my phone up and had to reinstall the OS when I tried it.
The next thing that pisses me off is that the phone will not play YouTube videos. It will load the media player and then error out. This is attributed to some authorization flag that AT&T has embedded in the video player. Videos, of the same format, that you stream from AT&T mobile video have an “authorized” flag set in the file. Again, I have seen hacks, tried them, and had to reinstall my OS.
I use Mac’s at work and at home so the fact that I had to pay money for a piece of active sync software to be able to sync my phone and computer kind of ticked me off.
The phone does not have an accessable GPS which I can live with because of Google’s new “My Location” triangulation software for Google Maps but guess what, “My Location” doesn’t work. This is due the lack of Cell ID data in the system registry. Apparently, AT&T decided to leave the ID tags out of the registry for WM5 so “My Location” can’t keep track of the towers that it hears and hence the location is perpetually unavailable.
I could keep going but essentially, it boils down to the fact that the phone is a piece of junk and that is why AT&T payed me $50 to get the phone (free phone with a $50 mail in rebate).
Bottom line, don’t get the hunk of junk and get yourself something more useful like an iPhone, Blackberry, or Treo because the Blackjack is bust.