My New Blackjack
I recently purchased the Samsung Blackjack when the joystick on my Cingular 2125 phone died and I'm pretty happy with it. The screen is pretty nice, as is the QWERTY keyboard. The numbers (i.e. dialing a phone number) take a little getting used to. It's extremely hard to dial by touch. But all in all the phone is much zippier (read: faster) than the 2125 and due to the fact that it's much thinner than the 2125 the Blackjack actually feels smaller in my pocket.
I know what you're thinking - why didn't I wait until the iPhone came out? Well, that doesn't get released for six months, and I was a little disappointed about three things in particular: 1) only 8 gigs. Very low for a guy who travels all the time and wants lots of TV shows and movies to watch. If it maybe had 16 or 24 gigs I could get by without the 80 gigs that the video iPod currently has, but 8 is just too little. 2) No 3G (yet). Why this wasn't put in I have no idea. 3) No developer support. I was really anxious for this particular ability. Don't misunderstand - I love what Apple has done and I do absolutely want one. I'm just going to wait for the next model since they're so expensive.
Any-hoo, back to my Blackjack. Something very cool that I stumbled upon was David Ciccone's narrative, which taught me how easy it was to use my Blackjack as a high-speed internet connection (3G) for my MacBook Pro when there's no WiFi around (or I'm in a place that only offers pay-as-you-go WiFi).
One thing I did notice, however, is that there doesn't appear to be any way to save an email attachment to the phone's file system. I emailed myself a JPG file to use as a background, and all I could do was view the image - I couldn't save it. I had to use my Mac to "beam" the image to my phone using Bluetooth. I'm trying to discover if I just can't figure out how to save an email attachment or if there really is no way to do it that's built in to WM5. If the later is true, doesn't that seem like an enormous oversight?
Also, I can't seem to find an easy way to get to the Bluetooth setting so I can turn it on and off without having to click Start -> Up -> Settings -> Connections -> Bluetooth -> Bluetooth -> Turn Bluetooth On? I'd love to assign it to a speed dial or a soft key, but I can't figure out how to do it.
Does anyone know of a way to (correct me if I'm using the wrong term here) unlock the phone so I can remove a bunch of the Cingular crap that's on there? Most pressing is my desire to remove their startup and shutdown "splash" screens. You see, Cingular has decided (for reasons beyond my comprehension) to add sound to these now. So if you're in a movie theater or it's late at night and you want to shut off your phone, you have no choice but to listen to their sound effect. In addition, I KNOW that I have Cingular. There's no need to advertise it to me each and every time I turn on or off the phone for no apparent reason. I pay the bill every month. So these animated startup and shutdown screens are annoying to me.
There's also this app on the Connections menu called "Wireless Manager", but when I go in there all I can do is turn the bluetooth or phone wireless on or off. Why would this app exist if I can do that from the Connections menu directly? Is it an app just to have another app?