Samsung Jet S8000 review

Billed as 'better than the iPhone'... but can it even compete?

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Calling on the Samsung Jet S8000 was a pretty decent experience, with call coverage better than average in most cases. The pleasing thing was this was mostly 3.5G HSDPA coverage too, meaning that where we could chat, we could also surf should we be so inclined.

Something Samsung phones do very well is give the full range of calling and contact options directly from menus. For instance, should you want to send a buddy a text message, but haven't got a recent message to reply to, then you can just head into the contact list and there's a messaging icon to press ready and waiting.

Similarly, pressing the Call button from the home screen will bring up not only a list of all calls made or received, but also text messages too, so if you have more often contacted friends, then there's an option to communicate with them easily.

The samsung jet s8000 contacts list

The contacts book, as discussed earlier, looks nice thanks to the colourful screen and high contrast ratios, with icons to call and message clearly standing out.

However, the problem comes when trying to scroll through them, as unless you want to manually roll through around 200 names or so (10 friends and 190 cousins... Auntie Radar was 'into' the '60s) you've got to try and grab the little scroll handle, which as we said before, is harder than trying to fight a legion of rabid rabbits for the world's last carrot.

The samsung jet s8000 personal setting

Perhaps that's over-exaggerating it a little bit, but needing two or three goes to hit it and a lot of concentration doesn't scream user friendliness to us. You could always use the up and down arrows to achieve the same thing, and given the system that's probably your best bet.

Each contact screen is also well laid out with the option to call (both voice and video) as well as message within easy reach, and the now-standard contact photo should you forget what your Mum looks like or something.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourUltra White
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time8.17 Hour
Product ModelS8000 Jet
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108.8 mm
Width53.5 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time420 Hour
Product NameS8000 Jet Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S8000OWAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • S8000 Jet Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter (charger)
  • User manual