Samsung Jet S8000 review

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

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Ah, we were looking forward to this. The internet experience on the Samsung Jet. Overhauled, re-vamped and ready for anything, the launch promised us a new internet experience from Samsung.

And it certainly was an improvement on the Tocco Ultra Edition, with extras like being able to toggle the address bar to not only accept web pages, but also Google search and on-page text search.

Added to that was the ability to have multiple pages open at once, and you can see that Samsung has gone to town on the new web browser.

The samsung jet s8000 internet

Except, well, it hasn't really. It's essentially the same web browser as found on the other TouchWiz handsets with a few new party tricks. When browsing, the phone would flip between offering you a mobile version of a page or the full HTML, although much of the problem can be laid at the feet of Google.

For instance, the BBC home page is brilliant when accessed via the mobile portal, and a nightmare to load when not.

When using the in-built Google search bar to search for said site, it takes you straight to the full HTML page, and you have to scroll for the mobile version. However, type it into the address bar and it auto-finds the right version.

The samsung jet s8000 google search

Perhaps the fact that this is the only way forward isn't anything to do with the software, more to do with the fact the whole experience is cramped on the 3.1-inch screen. After the beauty of Safari Mobile, or even Opera Mini, the TouchWiz internet browser just feels under powered and too cluttered.

We tried to open up a few sites at once, and it worked, but you're never going to use this in the same way you would on other phones (ie the Android line up or the iPhone 3GS). It simply takes to long to load them in full HTML, and WAP versions of sites are 90 per cent boring.

One nice touch is the 'Hide Ad' function, which masks the advertisements on sites to help speed up the loading process - but this still didn't bring the overall speed of the browser in line with other internet-enabled smartphones.

The final piece of irritation is the lack of smart fit on board, or at least one that we could find to easily toggle on and off. Double tapping does bring things closer, but only after the Samsung Jet S8000 has had a chance to think about what you're after and then zoom in on the page.

The samsung jet s8000

Hitting links isn't easy either, with sometimes a double tap and sometimes a single tap needed to register a push, and even then there's a slight delay before the haptics confirm you've hit the right spot. As we mentioned at the start of this section, the new upgrade was a chance to get things right (Samsung's managed it on its Symbian devices, and even its Windows Mobile efforts to a degree) but it hasn't managed that with the Jet.

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