It wasn't meant to be

by Volker Weber

This happens very rarely. But the Cingular Blackjack was a complete failure for me. I am not going to write about all the difficulties I had, because many of them are related to the fact that this is a Cingular branded device and I am trying to use it on a European network. It would be unfair to criticize it for the issues I encountered.

Anyway, after only four hours of trying to get this thing to do anything interesting I gave up.


Hi Volker! When is your Nokia E61 review coming up? Can't wait for it :-)

Markus Dierker, 2007-05-11

E61i that is

Markus Dierker, 2007-05-11

The E61i is finally listed as "on stock" at, by the way.

Haiko Hebig, 2007-05-11

Markus, it all depends on Nokia. They have more important things to do than to make sure that I get a speedy delivery. So I am not going to put any pressure on them. Eventually there will be a box at my door. I should not have told you there is something coming up. My mistake. :-)

Volker Weber, 2007-05-11

i have recieved mine -> comment on

Samuel Adam, 2007-05-11

Personally, I'm looking forward to your review of the iPhone. I need to know if it comes anywhere close to justifying the replacement of my beloved Pearl... *grin*

Rob McDonagh, 2007-05-11

Rob, the iPhone will not come to Europe before the end of the year. And I probably won't see one before that time. I am afraid I can't help you with that.

I can give you an opinion though. The iPhone will be a great toy. But it will suck as a phone, for only one reason: you need two hands to operate it. I have more opinions regarding the lack of buttons, the delicate shell which does not look like it can survive a drop on the floor, and more. But those will have to wait until I had the chance to actually use one.

Volker Weber, 2007-05-11

I hear you, Volker. I'm definitely concerned about dropping it on the floor (I've accidentally punted my Pearl on 4 separate occasions, no damage done), as well as how the screen holds up over time. On the other hand, I don't have the particular usage pattern where two-handed operation is a problem. I know I'm strange, there. I only ever use my phone with two hands anyway. Maybe it goes back to all the time I used Treos, and how the early versions really required the stylus for most operations? That plus the fact that I rely on voice activation and integrated bluetooth hands-free in the car - I spend more time on the phone with zero hands than with one...

In any event, much as the demos make me drool, I think you'll still have one in your hands before I do - my Pearl is only 6 months old. I hope that screen makes its way into the next gen video iPod quickly. That's one I'd jump on.

Rob McDonagh, 2007-05-12

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