As promised, Cingular Wireless began offering the 8525 and the Samsung BlackJack today. Both of these run Windows Mobile, but one is a Pocket PC phone while the other is a WM Smartphone.
These are some of the first from this carrier to offer support for 3G cellular-wireless networking. Specifically, they include UMTS/HSDPA, giving users download speeds between 400 and 700 kilobits per second and upload speeds up to 384 Kbps.
An Overview of the Cingular 8525
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The 8525 has a landscape orientation, with a QWERTY keyboard located on a slider so it can be hidden behind the QVGA touchscreen.
This Pocket PC phone uses a 400 MHz processor and has 64 MB RAM. It sports 128 MB of internal storage (51 MB available to user) and a microSD slot.
This 850/1900/2100 MHz GSM device includes EDGE, Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.
The 8525 has a 2.0 megapixel camera, but Cingular is also selling a version of this Pocket PC without the built-in camera called the 8500.
It is a version of the HTC Hermes, and is similar to a model already offered by this carrier, the 8125. However, its predecessor lacks the new model’s 3G capabilities.
The Cingular 8525 can be ordered now from this carrier’s web site. The price is $400 with a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.
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An Overview of the Samsung BlackJack
The BlackJack is a slim WM Smartphone. It uses a form-factor that is proving to be very popular: a tablet shape with a non-sliding QWERTY keyboard.
In addition to its 3G capabilities, the BlackJack is a quad-band GSM phone with support for the 2.5G standard EDGE. It also includes Bluetooth 2.0, which allows it to use stereo headsets
Cingular is primarily emphasizing two things about this device. One of these is the fact that, because it is a quad-band world phone with dual-band UMTS/HSDPA, it can be used virtually anywhere on Earth.
This carrier is also talking up the BlackJack’s multimedia capabilities. Users have access to Cingular Music, a music subscription service, and Cingular Video, its on-demand streaming video service. Video can be played on this model’s 2.2-inch, QVGA screen.
It uses a 220 MHz TI processor, plus it has 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM.
A 1.3 megapixel camera and a microSD card slot round out this device’s features.
The Samsung BlackJack is selling for $200 with a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebate. It is available now on Cingular’s web site.