Samsung Blackjack Update
January 30, 2008 at 6:43 AM
A year ago, I purchased a Samsung Blackjack through my carrier, AT&T. I had previously been using a Cingular 3125 and had greatly enjoyed being able to voice dial with my BlueTooth headset and was very disappointed to discover that voice dialing would not work with Windows Mobile 5 and the Blackjack. At the time, I did some research and found there was a throng of Blackjack owners who were putting there hopes on an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 that Samsung and AT&T were going to provide at some point in the future. For months, I've periodically checked around to see if an upgrade had been released. Lo and behold, I checked, yesterday, and found that an upgrade was available on Samsungs site, here. I quickly installed the upgrade, but found that Voice Command 1.6 running on Windows Mobile 6 STILL would not support voice dialing. Guess I'll have to upgrade to the Blackjack II to get that functionality back :-(
Regarding the upgrade, I found it to work as advertised and adds the ability to edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files on the device. However, the directions instruct you to install the modem drivers (they allow your PC to talk to the phone without Activesync) and then use Activesync to back up any data from your device. After installing the drivers, connecting and disconnecting the phone - attempting to get the device to connect through Activesync slowed my PC to a crawl and required a reboot to remedy. I'd suggest you perform any backups PRIOR to installing the modem drivers to prevent this problem.