Samsung Jet S8000 Review
The latest Samsung models deliver increased phone contacts storage capacity – 2,000 instead of 1,000 as usual. Well, we cannot say the Jet is smarter than smartphone in this respect, because the latter offer unlimited number of entries. Still, 2,000 contact entries should be more than enough for ordinary users, plus you can add ample info to each entry – name, family name, visualization style, picture, several numbers (mobile, home, fax etc.), group, unique ringtone, different vibration alerts, birth date and a note. And this is not all, you also have message ringtone, alias, company, position, address, website, email and many more. Phone groups can be customized with pictures, ringtones and vibration alert style only.
Aside from calling people, the phone contacts also allow sending of messages. You can use normal scrolling or the side slider on the right to jump to definite letters, which is comfy. Unfortunately, the phone searches only in the first names as you enter letters and it´s only numbers that are filtered from within the dialing menu. In other words (hackneyed, we know), 6-3-6 doesn’t lead to Neo.
Up to 18 of your contacts can be set as favorite and they are called by entering the relevant digits and pressing the send button. It´s odd, but the phone call register features an option that doesn’t seem to work – it adds certain contacts of your choice to the list of people that aren’t allowed to call you. Unfortunately, the function doesn’t work, so we have to put up with irksome colleagues that keep calling and insist on taking us out to a beer.
If you physically face such a person, you may try and take a French leave using the fake call function that is activated by keeping the button that turns volume down pressed for a short while. You can also set a period of time before the phone starts ringing and record a voice, so it looks like someone is talking to you, which makes the whole stunt more credible to pull. We would recommend that you record your irritated mom or mother-in-law, because voices like these can make even interstellar invaders beat a hasty retreat.
Sometimes we tend to think that cell phones are one of the major reasons that the planet has not fallen in the clutches of widespread chaos. At least to us, the opportunity to enter tasks and notes is a great feature than brings some order into our daily lives. The Samsung Jet S8000 delivers decent organizer functions. You can set up to 10 alarms to go off on different days with the alert style varying from soft melody to strong vibration.
The calendar function is the other major weapon to use in your daily routine. It shows in daily, weekly or monthly view and you have the option to see all events as well as all missed ones. There are two major event categories – schedules and anniversaries and in both cases you can choose start and end dates, alarm, additional details, event location, recurrence pattern and deadline for the latter.
Unfortunately, the phone tasks come as a separate application that cannot be accessed through the calendar. They can be assigned priorities, start date, deadline, current status, details and alarm and a task will get crossed off in the list when you mark it as complete.
The additional tools to help you organize your routine include world clock to follow local times in over 20 regions, notes, calculator (simple, really, without scientific mode), unit converter, timer and chronometer. You also have a nice recorder that captures sound with decent quality and length of up to 60 minutes.
The Samsung Jet S8000 can sync your contacts, calendar, tasks and messages with Microsoft Exchange Server while you´re on the run. This is a handy option, although not nearly enough to make the phone a direct rival to smartphones. If would have been great if the phone could download contact info and calendar events from Facebook and Google accounts, even if not as easy as on the Palm Pre. Another thing that could have made us think the Jet was smarter than smartphone would have been the presence of a link between the organizer functions and the phone contacts. Say, things like entering a calendar event then being allowed to associate contact entries with it, so in case you need help, you would know who you are supposed to ask.
As we mentioned, one of the major functions of a cell phone is to help us make our daily tasks easier to accomplish. We all have enough problems and things to do to be able to memorize everything or overload our brains with too much redundant information. Our email account settings make for an illustrative example. Why would anyone have to remember things like the Gmail SMTP server address? Unfortunately, the guys at Samsung are of the opinion that we need to know such things and it´s just too bad they didn´t provide for automated download of settings, even when it comes to popular email services.
As a whole, the message function is mediocre. Instead of getting you to your latest messages like the iPhone or LG handsets running S-CLASS 3D), the phone requires you to choose what you would like to open. Moreover, you don’t have the option to browse your messages in threaded style, which we consider immensely easier than the classic one, especially if you receive lots of messages.
The Samsung Jet S8000 comes with both horizontal and vertical on-screen keyboard layouts and three different hand recognition options, which are totally useable thanks to the proper sensitivity of the screen. Still, we would rather use the keyboards to type away things fast. Anyway, both options are easy and handy. The vertical keyboard layout will suit you best if you´re using just one hand and detects even very swift and light button touches. Paired with T9, you can come with a text message in seconds. The horizontal QWERTY is better than the one found in S-CLASS 3D handsets. The keys are sensitive enough and easy to distinguish, so you won´t need to write at a snail´s pace in order to avoid typing mistakes.
The Samsung Jet S8000 comes with both horizontal and vertical on-screen keyboard layouts and three different hand recognition options
Are you wondering why you granny doesn’t seem to look cookery shows anymore? Now, this one is easy, she´s been using Google to hunt down for recipes. Well, we are exaggerating, but the Internet has irrevocably penetrated the lives of almost all of us. That´s why we appreciate all cell phones that come equipped with capable browsers. They are a dying breed of animals, really hard to come by these days. Not to worry, we´re dealing with a rare dolfin here and the spelling is actually right.
In a nutshell, Yes. This is one of the better browsers we have ever had the pleasure to use and certainly one of the best that has appeared on feature phones with touch sensitive screens to date. As a whole, using it feels like surfing on Opera for Windows Mobile. Double tap to zoom in on things and bring the object in focus, so you can see it more clearly. Keep your finger pressed against the screen (up to 4x) smoothly or slide it downwards to zoom out in the same graceful manner. We do think this is the best way of controlling a browser, apart from multitouch of course. Pages visualize properly and navigating feels easy, except for really complex websites full of animations. We think that the iPhone and Android-based handsets feature browsers that are faster and easier to use, but the Samsung Jet S8000 has a major advantage over them – Flash support that makes the Internet a more colorful and funny place to be. You can watch videos on any website, play online games and… wait, wait. Yes, most Flash elements load properly and we even saw a video clip on YouTube, but encountered certain troubles as well. Vimeo gave a message saying we lacked enough system resources and Google videos failed to start at all. What´s worse, videos tend to stutter, which makes them virtually unfit to watch in the browser itself. The handset comes with a preinstalled streaming video player that can be also used to see content on the mobile version of YouTube.
Aside from the above mentioned issues, the browser is stunning and we mean it. Compared to it, the one of the LG ARENA KM900 looks like coming from the Stone Age and totally unhandy to use. Unfortunately, the phone supports only 3G bands throughout Europe and Asia (900/1200) and we still haven’t heard anything about the version for the North American market. Well, actually it´s not that bad in reality, because the Samsung Jet S8000 is a global, quad band GSM device that sports Wi-Fi that allows fast internet connectivity and permits you to enter manual IP settings.
Local connectivity is available via Bluetooth 2.1, which supports the following protocols - HSP, HFP, DUN, FTP, OPP, GAP, SPP, SDAP, SDP, BPP, GAVDP, A2DP, AVRCP, SAP, AVDTP, AVCTP and PBAP. There is a CD with Samsung PC Studio in the box that helps you synchronize your phone contacts, calendar and multimedia files with a computer.
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 :)