Samsung Jet S8000 Preview
Well, it´s clear you need a proper browser to get better and easier access to the Internet. The Samsung Jet S8000 delivers one, along with high speed 3G and Wi-Fi support.
It´s still somewhat early to compare it to the leaders, but we do like what we see. Zooming is implemented through double tapping the screen, plus text gets instantly formatted for easier reading. You can fine tune its size via the volume rocker. Pages are rendered properly and selecting links is fully supports flash content, say the computer version of YouTube and there is specialized player for hassle-free streaming video playback. An option called “Communities” allows you to share snapshots on a variety of social networks such as Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, Friendster, MySpace etc.
The Samsung Jet S8000 sports a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash. It features pretty much the same camera interface as the original OMNIA, which is good despite the fact it looks somewhat antiquated alongside of the S-CLASS 3D itself. It´s still comfy to use with your fingers though and offers a bunch of nice options like smiling face detection, fast motion shooting of up to 9 frames, blinking eyes recognition etc and allows proper control over white balance, contrast, color saturation and sharpness. Take a look at the pictures we snapped, just bear in mind this is a prototype, so overall quality might be completely different with retail units.
Video is captured at a maximum resolution of 720x480 and 30 frames and there is a slow motion option that is, unfortunately, only available at QVGA resolution. As a whole, the Samsung Jet S8000 can hardly measure to its elder sibling, the OMNIA HD.
Samsung Jet S8000 sample video at 720x480 pixels
LG ARENA, and manages to play DivX and Xvid content with 720 pixels width. Quality is good, but we do hope to see retail units cope even better.
The audio player can work in two modes. First, you have the portrait one that looks outdated, but allows you to access options like equalizer presets and 5.1 channel virtualization. While you will be able to relish album art in landscape mode, you have no control over sound volume in it. We do hope this is a software bug that plagues the prototype only.
Radio operates in one mode only, but features the audio recognition called Find Music. The Samsung Jet S8000 features a built-in GPS receiver, but the only navigational software that comes preloaded is the Java version of Google Maps.
All told, we are definitely fascinated with what the Samsung Jet S8000 offers. Despite the fact its interface doesn’t feature any ground-breaking novelties or the much talked about 3D cube is simply a sophisticated way to make use of shortcuts, the phone is definitely up to the task of being more than decent midrange device.
If Samsung gets to offer the Jet S8000 at a reasonable price, we believe the days of the LG ARENA KM900 along with its beautiful S-CLASS 3D interface that can only play DivX/Xvid content at QVGA resolution are numbered. Unfortunately, we do not have any information on its pricing, so we can at least keep dreaming until it finally hits the shelves.
Samsung Jet S8000 Video Preview:
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.