Samsung Jet S8000 Preview
Now, think of at least two different, touch sensitive screen makes by Samsung that utilize exactly one and the same interface. Yes, most of them run the famous TouchWiz, but there are differences, always, no matter how insignificant they may be. What all phones have in common is a home screen full of widgets. You have three different screens on the Samsung Jet S8000 where apps can be placed plus there is the option to download more. There is a small icon that gets you to the widget settings menu on top of the list. We couldn’t set single wallpaper that shows on all three screens as we can on the Samsung Star S5230, Preston S5600 or any Android powered cell phone, but may be this is to be changed when retail units arrive. Still, you have this nice option to unlock the device and start apps by drawing a symbol on the screen. Pretty cool if you don´t feel like searching for buttons and icons or holding them pressed.
The most significant change to previous TouchWiz versions is to be found in the main menu, or is rather the main menu itself. Now it´s divided into three separate screens that are switched between by sliding your finger and give you access to all telephone functions (quite similar to the iPhone, really). This way there is no need for submenus that host their own dedicated functions, say, an Organizer you need to open to get to your Alarm Clock, Calendar etc. Unlike the iPhone and the S-CLASS 3D interface, TouchWiz doesn’t allow icon rearrangement.
3D cube. Well, it´s really three dimensional here, since all six sides are usable. While the one found on S-CLASS 3D devices allows you to navigate between home screens, the cube on the Samsung Jet S8000 lets you access multimedia, entertainment and internet content, although all these have limited functionality if visualized through the cube itself. For an instance, the Gallery previews your pictures in reduced size only; the audio player only shows songs and album art of the last playlist loaded etc.
Motion Gate, where two shortcuts are to be found, which can be assigned functions to your own liking through the settings menu. Either of them can be selected by shaking the phone and controlled through the accelerometer. Say, a simplified camera interface is started through a double shake. Honestly, far be it from us to pass final judgment, we believe these two only exist to show that complex functions can be implemented through the accelerometer and despite the fact it´s pretty useless in places like the main menu.
The Samsung Jet S8000 delivers comfy onscreen keyboard that changes depending on the application and of course, you also have hand writing recognition. Similarly to the LG ARENA KM900, it offers support for Microsoft Exchange server. Sound of incoming calls can be muted by turning the phone sideways and device switches over to the built-in loudspeaker automatically the second you place it onto a flat surface. All told, these are all the novelty features in this version of the interface. Now, let´s take a look at the browser and multimedia capabilities of the phone.
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.