Samsung Jet S8000 Review
Similarly to most of Samsung’s models equipped with touch sensitive screen, the Jet utilizes TouchWiz interface, but it´s been updated here. Let´s get down to the renovated version, starting with the screen that turns up if the phone is locked. It allows you to use gestures to unlock your device, call someone or activate applications. You just need to choose one of the 12 letters that are offered. You can also pick a language, but we wouldn’t recommend you to go for one with complex symbols (say, Chinese). As a whole, the function makes for a nice extra feature that comes in handy at times, especially if you need to give someone a ring fast.
There are three start screens and they can be customized with different wallpapers and widgets. The small, active apps are a prominent feature of the TouchWiz interface and the Jet comes preloaded with a great number of these. Our unit features 35 preinstalled widgets, but what is available on your phone would depend on the particular region you purchase it in (in our case, Germany). We do consider the so called “ActiveSync” widget interesting, because it allows you to sync the phone with Microsoft Exchange servers, create messages from your account there or check your email inbox. You also have the option to download more applications and update the ones you already have. As a whole, the home screens of the Samsung Jet S8000 deliver similar functionality to the S-CLASS 3D interface running on LG devices, with several minor differences, like, you cannot set alarms via widgets. Moreover, substantially less favorite contacts can be placed here and reaching the striking Photo Contacts app requires that you navigate to and through the main menu. Well, let´s do that.
The main menu has been through some changes, compared to previous versions of TouchWiz. It´s now separated into three different screens that are switched between by sliding a finger. All phone functions are available in them, which eliminates the need of submenus (say, Organizer to host the Alarm or Calendar etc.). Unlike the iPhone and the S-CLASS 3D interface, icons cannot be rearranged. This is not a big issue, because the first screen page does contain most of the overused functions. Well, we made it to the menu to tell you about the Photo Contacts, so let´s do just that.
It is an improved version of the favorite contacts with pictures. The extra feature is available on the Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300 and OMNIA HD i8910 as well and even if we have seen previously seen it, we just keep getting quite a kick out of it. You can tag pictures and assign them to contact entries. Faces get automatically recognized and a single snapshot can be tagged with information about more than one person. So you can take a picture of all your friends (Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker) and call them whenever you need. Unfortunately, tagged pictures are not automatically assigned to the relevant contact entries, so you would have to do that manually and associate them with people, if you want them to pop up on screen when you are being called.
Pressing the middle button gets us back to the main menu. As you can see in the pictures, a small icon appears at the top right of the active app (Photo contacts in this case). The multitasking function is implemented really well – all running apps are showed as cards (similarly to the Palm Pre). The good news is they visualize the app indeed and not only indicate it. For an instance, you can see how´s your message composing coming along or what is the last song that played before you had to exit the player. You don´t actually see the programs running in real time in the multitasking menu, but rather, their status when you left them. Switching apps off doesn’t look as spectacular as on the Pre, but the overall multitasking functionality is really good.
We do like the new TouchWiz version. It´s less appealing alongside of the LG´s S-CLASS 3D and seems to lack the small, eye-catchy elements of the latter, but on the other hand, icons are larger and easier to press, plus the phone works much faster. You have the option to switch off all transitional effects (they are not really appealing anyway), which makes the phone react to your actions almost instantaneously, so you don´t need to wait for 6 seconds until the calendar loads like you have to with S-CLASS 3D devices. The date and hour rollers are present here again, although at Samsung have finally figured this is not the fastest way to set time, so you can also do it via an on-screen keypad now. The accelerometer is rarely used, provides acceptable functionality and reacts without a hitch to even sharp or swift motions. It allows you to do different things, say, turning the phone face down mutes the incoming call alert, while placing it on a table face up will activate the loudspeakers. We were really pleased to find out the Samsung Jet S8000 supports kinetic scrolling, because it comes in pretty handy with long lists such as the phonebook for an instance.
3. Thijs (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2009)
After reading a lot about the Jet, Arena and Omnia, I bought the Jet a few weeks ago. Because I'm one those gadgetfreaks who cares about details there is a few nuances I'd like to point out (to Samsung if there 'listening') - The camerafunction has lots of options, but when I select one of the situation-scenes, like portrait I can no longer put the flasher on, what's up with that? - Unaware that there is a new connector on the market called MicroUSB besides MiniUSB, like used on digital cameras, some more info on that could be handy. - Activating Divx via VOD on divx.com doesn't work, I've tried it several times. (Xvid-videos do work) - Getting a GPS signal for Samsung Navigation takes a long time, like 10 minutes. (anyone know how to solve this?) - I was looking forward to the TV-out option/connectivity. I have tried to connect several mini-jack to the three tulip yellow, white&red-cables from Jet to a TV. All did not work. I called up Samsung if there is a special cables available(like with the first Omnia), they replied "No, and we don't know when it will be available..." If anyone knows more about this cable please let me know. Besides these details the Jet is really fast, on internet aswell. Taking pictures during the day is good, great shutter speed. Texting in wide screen is handy. Because we can't check how a cellphone functions in a store; Phone Arena: thanks for the preview & reviews of cellphones! Grts
5. mjpower4 (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)
Good for a feature phone - it isn't a smart phone so cannot be compared to that but in it's class feature wise it is really good. Tried it on Vodafone in the shop and it is a little slow so jet by name not by nature. The way the widget goes to the website for facebook etc instead of a specific app is disappointing as surely this could have been incorporated without too much difficulty which is odd as it is targetted at the social networking crowd
6. olip74 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Don't buy it!!! I sent this phone back after two days as it is severely compromised. The screen is beautiful and a nice novelty but the main problems are as follows: * The touch screen is resistive, not capacitive and is nowhere near as good as iPhone or HTC products. It was painful to use, sometimes I had to press 3 times to register a touch, other times I would select something while trying to scroll. Also there is no multi-touch support. * The widgets are huge! Once you've added two or three to a screen you can't fit anything else in. They could at least have provided smaller 'shortcuts' to the apps or something. * With a 16GB card full of music the phone lagged badly when browsing. Unlike the phone book the menus in the music player do not support search or alphabetical indexing, this means browsing through the entire song list took more than 7 minutes - made worse by the touchscreen issues mentioned above. The list doesn't loop back either, meaning you need to browse all the way down to a song beginning with W for example. * Playlist support is abysmal. You can only add tunes from the song list (see above) and the artist is not displayed so you can't see what version of a song you are selecting. Once you select your tunes they are added to the playlist in reverse alphabetical order and you can't reorder them - no kidding!!! This kind of feature is important to me but the implementation on the Jet is no use at all. * The sync software kept dropping the connection when transferring large amounts of music or media. Also if you drop media files onto the card in mass storage mode the media player will not pick up the tags (everything shows as 'unknown'), basically forcing you to use the sync software. * There are absolutely no apps available for this phone!!! The biggest buzz in the mobile world at the moment is around apps - the iPhone app store, the Android marketplace. Samsung has nothing, about 18 apps in total, none of which are very good. The official Samsung app site and their Jet Facebook page have gone silent and I couldn't find any statement from Samsung about addressing this glaring gap. I could go on but these were the worst aspects for me. The phone looks nice, has a lot of gizmo features and was heavily hyped by Samsung at launch but the user experience is fundamentally flawed. I sent mine back and got an HTC Hero on similar terms - the contrast is like night and day!
7. olip74 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
...to follow up on that last point, Samsung have finally set up a passable apps store. So far there are just over 500 apps there, but most look pretty useless and those that look useful are pretty pricey compared with the Android marketplace. e.g. * There is a remote control app (for playing files on your computer) but it's £2.50 , Gmote for Android is free. * No FTP client (e.g. FileDroid on Android, free) * No torrent app thin client (Transdroid on Android, again free) * No iPlayer, Spotify, Imeem, Pandora apps * Etc, etc
8. 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). It is not quick as expected, even with the 800mhz processor on board. 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
9. RAMG (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)
After 2 months of my Jet, its audiojack get f*cked up suddenly, and it has not repair! What I most did in it was listening to music, so I threw away my money in this cheap shit. This phone is a big CRAP!
10. Carogers (unregistered)
I would like to say that this is one of the CRAPIEST phones ever made by samsung!!! nothing on it works proprely!!! the touch screen is slow, the camera functions are crap aswell ( but samsung are the best for the photos)!! to send a msg it takes you ages coz you have to press the buttons twice, i even had to buy a mobile pen for it so maybe it would work better,.................. STILL CRAP!!!! no apps available!!!! the navigation doesnt work!! if you have alot of photos on it u cant get into facebook, a 2gb memory card is useless, has to be over 8gb!! Whats the point of offering a smartphone without alot of memory!!! i have always bought samsung, but this is the last time!! i had about 6 different samsung all good, and they last for ages, but PLEASE SAMSUNG, when u offer a smart phone, see that it is SMART!!!! worst phone ever!!! FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS A PROPER SMART PHONE BUY THE i-PHONE 4G OR HTC EVO, nothing more, those are the proper ones
11. OverratedChild (unregistered)
I've had this phone for about 2 years now, since I had a contract. I got it for free, so no real money lost. I do have a few things to say about the fone tho.
1. Crappy Screen sensitivity / Resistive technology SUCKS
2. Lack of app support / goto a hundred different Web Forums to find a working touch game
3. HORRIBLE SPEAKER! Sound descriptions: Rock= Dying Cat,
Techno/RnB= Drowning Cat, Rap= Dying Rapper with a Lung disease
4. NO OFFICE SOFTWARE! WTF kind of smartphone, doesnt have office software pre-installed, or at least available for download.
5. For some reason, despite having a 800MHz proccesor, this phone is friggin laggy. I can be scrolling through my emails fine, then when i open the settings app, and start scrolling it starts to lag. Sometimes its the other way around.
6. Not very User friendly. You have to have used it to understand what I mean.
12. Spiridon (unregistered)
It's all about commercial... TouchWiz is so ridiculous. 800Mhz - c'mon, in combination with ressistive touch screen it's sometimes can be frustrating. Not to mention that Samsung stoped supporting it long time ago. I bought Jet 6 months ago,and I was hoping that project Jetdroid will be succesfull,now I have lost my hope. Switcing to Nokia X6, so we will se :)