Samsung Jet S8000 Preview
Devices with awesome multimedia capabilities have been all the rage in the mobile world lately. Samsung has taken over the competition with their blitzkrieg introduction of the OMNIA HD i8910i. Now the manufacturer needs to put a more affordable device on the table, since not everyone is willing to shell out an amount equal to the gross military spending of a small European democracy over such a thing as cell phone, even if this happens to be the ultimate move to watch the next Miss Universe contest with stunning quality. This is exactly the market niche Samsung is targeting with the Samsung Jet S8000, initially known as the Cubic. It comes with new version of the TouchWiz interface that is all about a 3D cube that, truth be told, brings the LG ARENA KM900 to mind the second you see it. Although it is not a smartphone, Samsung touts it to be smarter than one, with multitasking, Microsoft Exchange support and a fast 800MHz processor.Let´s go over its design and overall look first.
Even if the unit we have got our hands on is not a final, retail one, we simply must say this is one of the most polished pieces of workmanship by Samsung we have ever had the pleasure to behold. Most similar devices, i.e. ones with huge touch sensitive screens, tend to have rather nondescript faces with the only exception being the Samsung BEAT DJ M7600, due to its oddish overall shape. The front side of the Samsung Jet S8000 houses a beautiful 3.1-inch display with 16 mln colors and WVGA resolution, send and end buttons and a key with prismatic shape. The latter is used to enter the main menu, while holding it pressed calls up the multitasking interface on screen. It´s also half transparent and the particular way it reflects light is quite an eye catcher.
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back of the phone as well. There are these small, nicely looking, red-colored, light reflecting plates that create a curved-mirror kaleidoscope-like effect. Unfortunately they love dust and fingerprints even more than Megan Fox in the nude would attract paparazzi.
The good news is the Samsung Jet S8000 sports standard connectors only, which are both on its top – 3.5mm jack and microUSB port. The volume rocker is on its left hand side, while the screen lock and a double button are on the opposite – the part that is more protruding is actually the camera shutter and the second button that is almost flush with the surface brings the 3D cube on screen. We are going to tell you more about them and all the new things in the interface on the next page.
1. mikeaud44 (Posts: 30; Member since: 05 Dec 2008)
maybe it's just me, but I didn't notice any mention of the radio on this (GSM, CDMA, etc.). any word on any potential carriers?
2. KaisenSengen (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
In the beginning of the preview "This is a European GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA but without 3G"
3. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
YES!!! T-mobile!!! looks a lot like the samsung omnia II showed a few days ago......except with a 3.1 screen not 3.7 or whatever
5. mgw (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jul 2009)
The 5MP pictures look great. I would buy the camera for that alone.
6. Tsais (Posts: 19; Member since: 16 Jun 2009)
so this is a proprietary OS ? no S60 5th edition? can't install any software on it, I guess... meh, looks better than 5800, but I guess if you want flexibility and navigation, this won't do the trick
7. mob (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
After using the Samsung Jet for one month, here is exactly what I get: THE GOOD: very good screen resolution and colors, but only in the shade. THE BAD: extremely weak battery life. Half a day in average usage. The phone EATS the battery in a very high rate. Screen not visible in sunshine. Phone restarts by its self, this happens during using its menus. I have tried 2 phones same result. Touch screen is not sensitive and phonebook freezes in the first 2 or 3 touch trials then responds easy. Very annoying. (don’t even think of comparison with iphone). Extremely weak GPS, almost useless. Also you have to pay to use Route 66 GPS navigator. No light color theme, all very are in dark background. Browser does not re-arrange pages after enlarging. Very difficult to read pages after enlarging. I did not succeed in opening a single flash file. Power point files are not supported. Body is very slippery it will fall from your hand for sure (someday). The NEW PCSTUDIO will not be installed on your computer if you are using Win7. A Final word, this phone is not reliable, too much advertisement but reality is totally different.
8. mobdemob (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)
When will phone arena people learn to write some honest down to earth reviews like the one from mob? I mean it's nice of them to introduce to us the features of the phone but they should cover a little bit about the real life behavior of the phone also.
9. Mohab Shalash (unregistered)
Simply, a piece of junk, without any support from Samsung. I baught it from "Union Group" company in Egypt as authorized agent for Samsung. The phone screen stops working completely in addition to all buttons, i have to take off the battery and put it in again to restart the phone. I sent it for maintenance 4 times (4 TIMES!!!), and everytime they say they changed a part inside the phone, but in vain. They refuse to give me another phone and they actually lied!!! I sent an email to Samsung for help but as expected i received no reply because i know this phone is a failure and they would not support it.