Samsung Jet S8000 Review
A 5-megapixel camera would have been considered all the rage two years ago. These days however, it´s qualified as characteristic of midrange multimedia devices. The first thing we noticed about it was how fast it was. Well, apparently we will have to change our views about what´s considered mainstream today, because we were actually able to start the camera and take three snapshots in about 7-8 seconds, the time needed by the optics to properly focus included. The interface starts in less than a second, focusing takes another one, saving a picture about one and a half seconds and you are ready to capture the next image in a blink.
Moreover, the handset delivers a decent set of camera functions as well – you have different shooting modes (including smile detection that actually works the way it´s supposed to), a total of 13 presets, exposure control, self-portrait mode plus image resolution and white balance settings. You can also customize ISO sensitivity, the focusing mode (auto, macro, face detection), add different effects, there´s image stabilization, WDR function and blink detection (no more “sleeping” people in your pictures).
Now, let´s take a look at the quality. Most Samsung models with camera resolutions of 5-megapixels and over deliver quite good colors and the Jet is no exception. In proper lighting conditions, colors are nice indeed – slightly warmer, but vivid and eye-pleasing. You can notice white looks somewhat color burned in certain spots, but bear in mind all pictures were taken in the scorching sun on an extremely sunny day. The camera delivers very good image quality with pictures, taken in a shady place during the day as well, with a bit more details than the average. Snapshots taken indoors are passable - image noise becomes more evident, but is still acceptable. Finally, the built-in flash is up to its task and provides proper lighting to nearby objects. As a whole, the Samsung Jet S8000 has a better camera than the LG ARENA KM900 and what´s more, even better performing one than the 8-megapixel Viewty Smart and Crystal. Image quality is totally acceptable and the option to capture snapshots in a rapid succession makes the handset perfect for outdoor events.
The ISO 12233 Chart is a I3A/ISO standard, used to determine the resolution of still imaging cameras. It is a an indicator of sharpness, Chromatic Aberration and distortion.
Despite the decent resolution, videos are pixilated and blurry, but are smooth, for what it´s worth. The audio track of your videos will be relatively loud and therefore, it’s usable for interviews if the speaking person is not too far away.
Samsung Jet S8000 sample video at 720x480 pixels
The gallery starts, by default, in a view mode where pictures appear in a horizontal row, but you can zoom out so more become visible. Aside from the standard options to filter content by name and date, you have the option to divide images into groups depending on the prevailing color in them. As a whole the gallery app is good, but its interface is rather slow, which spoils the otherwise good overall impression. Unfortunately, you don’t have access to the image editor from within the gallery, so you will have to edit pictures by opening it via My Files. The app called “Dynamic Canvas” lets you draw and create your own pieces of art.
If you come to feel a more creative impulse, you can create or edit your own videos. The available options include clipping video length, cutting files into smaller pieces, adding effects and music. Unfortunately, you cannot have MP3 soundtracks embedded to your video, because the supported audio format is AMR only, which is rather limiting indeed.
The audio player is cool. It allows access to a variety of equalizer effects and 5.1-channel sound in landscape mode that reminds of the iPhone Cover Flow and visualizes album covers. This is one of the few cases when the handset gets slow, so browsing a huge audio library may turn to be a real time-eater. Moreover, you have absolutely no control over the volume loudness and settings from here. Audio quality is above average, but since we´ve been slightly spoilt lately, we found the sharp sound through the boxed pair of earphones somewhat annoying. Plugging in one of our midrange pairs produced slightly better results and the audio loudness was enough so as not to hear environmental noises and immerse in the songs properly. The loudspeaker is average and sound tends to be sharp and annoying when going at full blast.
You will also have an FM radio with RDS and the option to record content at your disposal, plus there´s a service that recognizes what you are listening to that unfortunately, doesn’t suggest similar genre and style songs like the last.fm or Shazam.
Videos… wow. Did we mention the screen delivers stunning image quality? Yes? Well done. So, you have the opportunity to watch DivX/Xvid content with resolution of 720x480 pixels on the excellent AMOLED display without a hitch. Higher bitrates don´t make the Samsung Jet S8000 break sweat either. The quality is simply awesome – no artifacts, no stuttering or hang-ups, beautiful colors from start to finish. Perhaps only the OMNIA HD can deliver comparable experience, although mostly due to its larger display. MPEG4 (H.263 and H.264) videos also play properly, provided their resolution width doesn’t exceed 720 pixels.
We almost forgot to tell you about the extra feature that makes many compare the phone interface to the LG´s S-CLASS 3D. There is 3D cube here as well that´s called up on screen via the button, adjoined to the volume rocker. Well, this one is really three dimensional and you can use all its 6 sides. While the S-CLASS 3D cube is used to navigate between home screens, the one found in the interface of the Samsung Jet S8000 is actually a menu that allows access to multimedia, entertainment and internet features, although most of them have limited functionality. For an instance, you can browse only miniature versions of your pictures in the gallery there and the audio player shows album covers, but only visualizes the last used playlist. As a whole, this is just an alternative way of browsing multimedia files and functions and you can certainly go without it.
Keeping the cube button for a while opens the so-called “Motion Gate”, where there are two shortcuts (customized to your own liking in the Settings menu) that can be selected and controlled by shaking the phone. Say, a simplified camera interface takes pictures when you tap on the handset twice. We tend to think this is a function that is entirely void of meaning that merely shows off the capabilities of the built-in accelerometer. Well, the latter is good indeed and does a great job if you want to switch to landscape mode while typing a message or watching videos. Controlling a wagging cube by shaking or taking snapshots by tapping, erm, no, thanks.
Software and GPS:
The Samsung Jet S8000 allows you to use popular social network services like Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, Friendster and MySpace. Unfortunately, there are no specifically developed, dedicated app for that, rather, the phone just opens the relevant web pages for mobile devices.
Our unit came preloaded with 6 games and most of them turned out to be merely demo versions and far from really amusing. You can get more through the phone Download service that gets you to the Samsung´s online store that looks differently depending on the country you access it from. Finally, all titles come with rather steep price tags, say, a Harry Potter game available for 5 EUR.
The built-in navigational software is actually the Java version of Google Maps. Finding your location at first start takes about 5 minutes and about one after software restarts. Our gripe here is that the app itself uses traffic, so you may be surprised when you see your next monthly bill.
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 :)