CNet pits BlackBerry against BlackJack

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What I love about CNet is how technical they get in their reviews. In a recent head-to-head comparison of the BlackBerry 8800 and Samsung’s BlackJack competition, CNet looks into the categories that matter, giving ratings out of 5 for each: sexiness (Samsung took it 4-3), navigation (tie, 4-4), connectivity (5-4 for Samsung), multimedia (Samsung again, 4-3), and call quality (4-3 for, you guessed it, Samsung).

Check out the full video after the jump. I just wanted to post that screen cap up there because CNet’s Veronica Belmont is probably used to guys fawning over her all the time. Just goes to show that even the hotest tech girls on the net can sometimes have a sexiness rating lower than the BlackBerry 8800. For a more flattering (and accurate) portrait, go here.

Well, I don’t know what to say and why CNet waited so long to put the two against one another. But here’s the thing: give it a year. If Samsung’s still kicking around the smartphone market in a year or two, I’ll be surprised if their efforts are as successful as the BlackBerry. It seems to me like folks just want to get the BlackBerry off of it’s throne, and it just won’t happen. Not yet, at least. I’m still waiting on some sort of revolution (and no, I’m not talking about the iPhone).

  • http://www.kradest.com/ Krad

    What the hell is that woman doing in the picture… there should be a quote contest on that pic. lol

  • http://www.kradest.com Krad

    What the hell is that woman doing in the picture… there should be a quote contest on that pic. lol

  • http://www.veronicabelmont.com/ veronica

    Nice screenshot! Wow, you sure took me down a notch! I’ll try to look more lovely in every frame for you next time, ok? LOL!

  • http://www.veronicabelmont.com veronica

    Nice screenshot! Wow, you sure took me down a notch! I’ll try to look more lovely in every frame for you next time, ok? LOL!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Steve St. Pierre

    We just like to catch tech beauty’s at their worst, is all, and thankfully YouTube was more than willing to provide.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Steve St. Pierre

    We just like to catch tech beauty’s at their worst, is all, and thankfully YouTube was more than willing to provide.

  • Thought

    What a joke. If they had considered factors like stability of operating system, ease of use, not to mention the whole email system, the BB would have won hands down.

    Ultimately, the consumers have their say, and there’s no way any Windows Mobile device like the BlackJack will dethrone the BB.

  • Thought

    What a joke. If they had considered factors like stability of operating system, ease of use, not to mention the whole email system, the BB would have won hands down.

    Ultimately, the consumers have their say, and there’s no way any Windows Mobile device like the BlackJack will dethrone the BB.

  • Bradley

    Whats so funny is that I have about 50 BlackBerry clients and 10 ex-BlackJack (moved to BlackBerry) clients…

    The only people I know left on any Mobile platform claim e-mail is not important and it was too expensive to switch devices right now. Also, have you ever seen battery life on a mobile hooked into Exchange? Carry an extra battery…

  • Bradley

    Whats so funny is that I have about 50 BlackBerry clients and 10 ex-BlackJack (moved to BlackBerry) clients…

    The only people I know left on any Mobile platform claim e-mail is not important and it was too expensive to switch devices right now. Also, have you ever seen battery life on a mobile hooked into Exchange? Carry an extra battery…

  • Bradley

    Whats so funny is that I have about 50 BlackBerry clients and 10 ex-BlackJack (moved to BlackBerry) clients…

    The only people I know left on any Mobile platform claim e-mail is not important and it was too expensive to switch devices right now. Also, have you ever seen battery life on a mobile hooked into Exchange? Carry an extra battery…

  • http://www.billpena.com/ Bill Pena

    Oh come on, that’s just low. Veronica is cute as hell, she’s a great tech commentator (have you ever listened to Buzz Out Loud?) and she deserves the fawning for having such a killer combo of beauty and brains. I disagree with CNet now and again — I tried the Blackjack, didn’t like WinMo or the tiny keyboard, and chose a BB — but you don’t have to snipe at their looks!

  • http://www.billpena.com Bill Pena

    Oh come on, that’s just low. Veronica is cute as hell, she’s a great tech commentator (have you ever listened to Buzz Out Loud?) and she deserves the fawning for having such a killer combo of beauty and brains. I disagree with CNet now and again — I tried the Blackjack, didn’t like WinMo or the tiny keyboard, and chose a BB — but you don’t have to snipe at their looks!

  • MIke

    Hey CNET? I dare you to find a more reliable, stable, and powerful email device on the planet!

  • MIke

    Hey CNET? I dare you to find a more reliable, stable, and powerful email device on the planet!

  • AngelJo

    I agree with THOUGHT on this one…If they had considered OS and reliability then the BB would have won hands down. Win Mobile devices just aren’t reliable like BB devices are ;) and I’ve used both!

  • AngelJo

    I agree with THOUGHT on this one…If they had considered OS and reliability then the BB would have won hands down. Win Mobile devices just aren’t reliable like BB devices are ;) and I’ve used both!

  • http://www.kradest.com/ Krad

    I actually didn’t watch this when it was first posted.

    This video should be directed towards teens. Veronica why not go and rate the devices on who can display myspace better?

    1) Someone at cnet has to make an emergency call for Veronica to “what not to wear” (my wife makes me watch it!)

    2) I don’t know cnet… why not rate the devices on the most important factors…

    hmmm..ummm…
    -Battery life
    -The actual main function of a smartphone being pim and email.

    Why not go into the fact that there is no backend setup for windows mobile devices on wireless networks… and why users are told to find an exchange server for direct push?

    Last I checked, every wireless provider offers “bis” and direct push for gmail and yahoo..

    My opinion may appear biased towards rim and blackberry, but it is plain as day as to what is easier and more reliable for everyone.

    doesn’t the 8800 have bluetooth as well?
    How about voice activated dialing?

    I used to look to cnet as an authority in reviews, but with this video I will look elsewhere.

    harsh, but true.

  • http://www.kradest.com Krad

    I actually didn’t watch this when it was first posted.

    This video should be directed towards teens. Veronica why not go and rate the devices on who can display myspace better?

    1) Someone at cnet has to make an emergency call for Veronica to “what not to wear” (my wife makes me watch it!)

    2) I don’t know cnet… why not rate the devices on the most important factors…

    hmmm..ummm…
    -Battery life
    -The actual main function of a smartphone being pim and email.

    Why not go into the fact that there is no backend setup for windows mobile devices on wireless networks… and why users are told to find an exchange server for direct push?

    Last I checked, every wireless provider offers “bis” and direct push for gmail and yahoo..

    My opinion may appear biased towards rim and blackberry, but it is plain as day as to what is easier and more reliable for everyone.

    doesn’t the 8800 have bluetooth as well?
    How about voice activated dialing?

    I used to look to cnet as an authority in reviews, but with this video I will look elsewhere.

    harsh, but true.

  • http://www.inspirednetworks.ca/ Scott

    Why do people bother comparing the Blackberry to anything else… if you are using the phone/communication device for work, then its without a question that you’re going to be a “crackberry” user!
    great battery life on my new 8800 by the way, and love the GPS feature for getting where i need to be

  • http://www.inspirednetworks.ca Scott

    Why do people bother comparing the Blackberry to anything else… if you are using the phone/communication device for work, then its without a question that you’re going to be a “crackberry” user!
    great battery life on my new 8800 by the way, and love the GPS feature for getting where i need to be

  • jason

    So I have a little experience with the Blackjack- I had that for about 2 weeks before the Pearl came out (remember that? Cingular fumbling the release dates).
    I haven’t used the 8800, but I use my Pearl every day. This is what I can say.

    1. In 2 weeks and countless phone calls to tech support I could NEVER get my MSN premium email account to work with the blackjack. Or any other email, for that matter. 15 min with my new Pearl I had my email, just like with my previous BB.

    2. The Blackjack comes with 2 batteries, warning bells should have gone off, but I thought “Wow, how cool of Samsung to provide for us heavy users.” The truth of the matter is, even using both I would only get maybe 10 hours out of the phone. But I’m a HEAVY user; I sit at my job and play on my phone a bunch. With any blackberry I’ve ever owned, I can do the same thing for 15 hours and still be on 40% power.

    3 Geez, xm radio on my cell phone is really cool. I think my wife will love one more thing to raise our already $120 a month cell phone bill

    4 Blackjack has not memory expansion. So if you DON’T want to pay for XM radio, you also can’t save your own MP3 on it.

    My main point is that Blackberries may not have fancy commercials, but simply put- BBs do what they are supposed to do better than anything else. They send and receive email and take phone calls. My BB does much, much more for me, very simply too.
    Until somebody else comes even halfway up the mountain that RIM has built, I will never look at another phone manufacturer.

  • jason

    So I have a little experience with the Blackjack- I had that for about 2 weeks before the Pearl came out (remember that? Cingular fumbling the release dates).
    I haven’t used the 8800, but I use my Pearl every day. This is what I can say.

    1. In 2 weeks and countless phone calls to tech support I could NEVER get my MSN premium email account to work with the blackjack. Or any other email, for that matter. 15 min with my new Pearl I had my email, just like with my previous BB.

    2. The Blackjack comes with 2 batteries, warning bells should have gone off, but I thought “Wow, how cool of Samsung to provide for us heavy users.” The truth of the matter is, even using both I would only get maybe 10 hours out of the phone. But I’m a HEAVY user; I sit at my job and play on my phone a bunch. With any blackberry I’ve ever owned, I can do the same thing for 15 hours and still be on 40% power.

    3 Geez, xm radio on my cell phone is really cool. I think my wife will love one more thing to raise our already $120 a month cell phone bill

    4 Blackjack has not memory expansion. So if you DON’T want to pay for XM radio, you also can’t save your own MP3 on it.

    My main point is that Blackberries may not have fancy commercials, but simply put- BBs do what they are supposed to do better than anything else. They send and receive email and take phone calls. My BB does much, much more for me, very simply too.
    Until somebody else comes even halfway up the mountain that RIM has built, I will never look at another phone manufacturer.

  • jason

    So I have a little experience with the Blackjack- I had that for about 2 weeks before the Pearl came out (remember that? Cingular fumbling the release dates).
    I haven’t used the 8800, but I use my Pearl every day. This is what I can say.

    1. In 2 weeks and countless phone calls to tech support I could NEVER get my MSN premium email account to work with the blackjack. Or any other email, for that matter. 15 min with my new Pearl I had my email, just like with my previous BB.

    2. The Blackjack comes with 2 batteries, warning bells should have gone off, but I thought “Wow, how cool of Samsung to provide for us heavy users.” The truth of the matter is, even using both I would only get maybe 10 hours out of the phone. But I’m a HEAVY user; I sit at my job and play on my phone a bunch. With any blackberry I’ve ever owned, I can do the same thing for 15 hours and still be on 40% power.

    3 Geez, xm radio on my cell phone is really cool. I think my wife will love one more thing to raise our already $120 a month cell phone bill

    4 Blackjack has not memory expansion. So if you DON’T want to pay for XM radio, you also can’t save your own MP3 on it.

    My main point is that Blackberries may not have fancy commercials, but simply put- BBs do what they are supposed to do better than anything else. They send and receive email and take phone calls. My BB does much, much more for me, very simply too.
    Until somebody else comes even halfway up the mountain that RIM has built, I will never look at another phone manufacturer.

  • Tyrone

    Out of all the pointless posts for this article, the one before mine by jason was the only informative reply. Thanks J.

  • Tyrone

    Out of all the pointless posts for this article, the one before mine by jason was the only informative reply. Thanks J.

  • ChrisBlaze

    Just to correct Jason, the Blackjack does have a SD expansion slot.

  • ChrisBlaze

    Just to correct Jason, the Blackjack does have a SD expansion slot.

  • Naveen reddy

    I just bought a blackjack very difficult to use and very hard to get my emails going to turn it in before thirty days and bet a blackberry

  • Naveen reddy

    I just bought a blackjack very difficult to use and very hard to get my emails going to turn it in before thirty days and bet a blackberry

  • Dylan

    Well, the two phones compared here are not as similar as they appear-despite its lack of GPS and a full QWERTY keyboard, I think that the Pearl is much closer to the audience Samsung is marketing the BlackJack in. Unfortunately, RIM has yet to release 3G on either the Pearl or 8800 series. The Pearl has a nicer camera, and better battery life. Also, the BlackJack has very cramped controls-how CNET could give it an equal score in navigation makes no sense.

    That said, I still like the BlackJack better. For starters, oddly enough, it works with my Linux system much better, despite the Windows Mobile environment. It has more features, and 3G. I am waiting for a BlackBerry with 3G and a camera integrated into their full QWERTY models-that would be nice. As for the iPhone, a revolution it’s not. Sleek, stylish, and nice-but the only thing new is the iPod (and MacOSX on a phone, but that is just Apple refusing to use Windows Mobile or some other OS, and being Apple, I doubt there will ever be MacOSX on any other phone). Visual voicemail is nice, and being able to create a conference call, and the touch screen works great. Still, it wants to market itself at the young, techno-hip, music listening iPod market-and does not have a single game on it. Not like a game would even be usable with the touch screen-even the DS had buttons, and computer games use the keyboard AND the mouse. The iPhone is closer to the BlackJack-for home and personal use much more then for work-the BlackBerry has both beat there (and no, visual voice mail is NOT enough).

    For the price of an iPhone 8GB, you could get a BlackBerry and an iPod (or a BlackJack and an iPod). The only thing new is the widescreen iPod with touch controls-and I personally think Apple will release a standalone iPod with the features from the iPhone.

  • Dylan

    Well, the two phones compared here are not as similar as they appear-despite its lack of GPS and a full QWERTY keyboard, I think that the Pearl is much closer to the audience Samsung is marketing the BlackJack in. Unfortunately, RIM has yet to release 3G on either the Pearl or 8800 series. The Pearl has a nicer camera, and better battery life. Also, the BlackJack has very cramped controls-how CNET could give it an equal score in navigation makes no sense.

    That said, I still like the BlackJack better. For starters, oddly enough, it works with my Linux system much better, despite the Windows Mobile environment. It has more features, and 3G. I am waiting for a BlackBerry with 3G and a camera integrated into their full QWERTY models-that would be nice. As for the iPhone, a revolution it’s not. Sleek, stylish, and nice-but the only thing new is the iPod (and MacOSX on a phone, but that is just Apple refusing to use Windows Mobile or some other OS, and being Apple, I doubt there will ever be MacOSX on any other phone). Visual voicemail is nice, and being able to create a conference call, and the touch screen works great. Still, it wants to market itself at the young, techno-hip, music listening iPod market-and does not have a single game on it. Not like a game would even be usable with the touch screen-even the DS had buttons, and computer games use the keyboard AND the mouse. The iPhone is closer to the BlackJack-for home and personal use much more then for work-the BlackBerry has both beat there (and no, visual voice mail is NOT enough).

    For the price of an iPhone 8GB, you could get a BlackBerry and an iPod (or a BlackJack and an iPod). The only thing new is the widescreen iPod with touch controls-and I personally think Apple will release a standalone iPod with the features from the iPhone.

  • me

    to the dinglberry faithful (jason) in two weeks at work with nothing to do but play on your phone you should check the phone out. maybe even know what your buying before you buy it. SD 2gb mem. card mean anything to you. bad bat. life? really? do you have electricity at your work? a plug near by? charger? so, you couldn’t get your e-mail to work. well….ok? my wife has the pearl she loves it, i have the blackjack and love it. different strokes for different folks! happy teching to all and to all a good night.
    me…………………

  • me

    to the dinglberry faithful (jason) in two weeks at work with nothing to do but play on your phone you should check the phone out. maybe even know what your buying before you buy it. SD 2gb mem. card mean anything to you. bad bat. life? really? do you have electricity at your work? a plug near by? charger? so, you couldn’t get your e-mail to work. well….ok? my wife has the pearl she loves it, i have the blackjack and love it. different strokes for different folks! happy teching to all and to all a good night.
    me…………………

  • joe

    you all need to get a life and stop arguing about cell phones.

  • joe

    you all need to get a life and stop arguing about cell phones.

  • Sammy

    Everyone that has been putting WM down due to it’s reliant on Exchange server to push emails are only looking at less than half the picture. To have BlackBerry receive emails, there needs to be a hefty amount of investment by your carrier to setup proprietary RIM servers to enable this. therefore if you want to switch carriers, you have to be sure they can support BlackBerry. And when you consider travelling overseas and roaming, you will be paying a hefty amount to receive those emails as compared to WM if you are using POP as you will only require WiFi or GPRS to get your emails.

    If you are just concern with making phone calls and receiving email, then the BlackBerry does that 5/5, but if you want to do that and take your work internationally, you are looking at 2/5 depending on where you are travelling to. I found it extremely difficult to customise the BlackBerry, but with WM it was surprisingly easy to add, tweak videos, music, pictures, Office files, java applications…etc. So if you know what you doing and want to do much more, I will not choose BlackBerry.

  • Sammy

    Everyone that has been putting WM down due to it’s reliant on Exchange server to push emails are only looking at less than half the picture. To have BlackBerry receive emails, there needs to be a hefty amount of investment by your carrier to setup proprietary RIM servers to enable this. therefore if you want to switch carriers, you have to be sure they can support BlackBerry. And when you consider travelling overseas and roaming, you will be paying a hefty amount to receive those emails as compared to WM if you are using POP as you will only require WiFi or GPRS to get your emails.

    If you are just concern with making phone calls and receiving email, then the BlackBerry does that 5/5, but if you want to do that and take your work internationally, you are looking at 2/5 depending on where you are travelling to. I found it extremely difficult to customise the BlackBerry, but with WM it was surprisingly easy to add, tweak videos, music, pictures, Office files, java applications…etc. So if you know what you doing and want to do much more, I will not choose BlackBerry.

  • http://www.pressrepeat.com/ caleb

    I don’t mess with BB’s. Woop-de-doo, you get to scroll with a bal that lights up whenever someone calls. I just got into an arguement with an ATT employee about this debate.
    I don’t think BB’s can be used as a modem like my I607, and if they do, more power to them.
    If BB’s will link with MAC and put Tiger software on it, I will crush my Blackjack, sim, SD card and all and go bankrupt for one.

  • http://www.pressrepeat.com caleb

    I don’t mess with BB’s. Woop-de-doo, you get to scroll with a bal that lights up whenever someone calls. I just got into an arguement with an ATT employee about this debate.
    I don’t think BB’s can be used as a modem like my I607, and if they do, more power to them.
    If BB’s will link with MAC and put Tiger software on it, I will crush my Blackjack, sim, SD card and all and go bankrupt for one.

  • ShortViking

    Blackberry is the PC of smart phones. It will never be dethroned. No matter how much they polish a mac it’s still a turd.