Samsung Jet S8000 review

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

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The camera on the Samsung Jet S8000 is a 5MP effort, but with the added beauty of a dual LED. What this means is while colours don't look any more vibrant (the method of producing white LEDs means they are very poor at reproducing a full colour gamut compared to the likes of Xenon) the lighting isn't so harsh, and the shadows are reduced somewhat, which is a good thing obviously.

The sheer variety of scene modes we've been treated to on previous high-end Samsung models are here once again on the Jet S8000, with the likes of night mode, sports, sunset and dawn all giving you a wide variety of options. Of course there's no digital zoom, but you can always put together some lovely panorama shots instead to make yourself feel better, and of course 2GB of internal storage means no more worrying about filling up another memory card.

The samsung jet s8000 camera

The video recording on the Jet S8000, a VGA 30 fps offering (with a 120fps slo-mo mode too) is pretty darned decent, and probably a shade better than the iPhone 3GS (which people have been going a little crazy for if you haven't noticed), with manual or auto exposure adjustment keeping things nice and crisp.

It's not going to take over from a dedicated camcorder, nor does it even hope to be in the same league as the Samsung i8910HD, but for taking a video of your mate trying to leap over a ditch, failing and then slipping up when trying to get out this is perfect.

How our Samsung Jet S8000 camera compares to a fancy Olympus SP-565UZ:

The Samsung Jet S8000 in 'backlight' mode:

The samsung jet s8000

The Olympus SP-565UZ

Olympus sp 565uz

The Samsung Jet S8000 in a low light foreground, bright light background with flash:

The samsung jet s8000

The Olympus SP-565UZ with flash:

Olympus sp 565uz

The Samsung Jet S8000 in sunset mode:

The samsung jet s8000 in sunset mode

The Olympus SP-565UZ

Olympus sp 565uz

The Samsung Jet S8000 in night mode:

Samsung jet s8000

The Olympus SP-565UZ:

Olympus sp 565uz

The Samsung Jet S8000 same shot with flash:

Samsung jet s8000

The Olympus SP-565UZ with flash:

Olympus sp 565uz

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameS8000 Jet Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-S8000OWAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Package Contents
  • S8000 Jet Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Travel Adapter (charger)
  • User manual