Samsung Jet S8000 review

  • £399

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

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The applications on the Samsung Jet S8000 are standard fare, but at least this time they're much more on show.

There's the usual tight integration with Google, giving us access to Maps, Mail and Search, although these are run in Java and as such are pretty basic.

Maps does offer the My Location service, but there's no double tap to zoom or Streetview on offer here, and Gmail is stripped of a lot of key features (still better than using the Jet's on-board email system though).

The samsung jet s8000 google maps

The other options are certainly worth taking a look at, even though they're never going to be deal breakers for a phone like this. Photo contacts, which lets you tag parts of a photo with a person's contact information, seems a little bit pointless, although it is fun to play with. It just assumes you'll enjoy staring at the same photo time and again to get your friends' details, which you probably won't.

Video editing is fairly comprehensive (much more so than the iPhone 3GS, and we know how giddy the world went for that when learning you can TRIM A VIDEO) with the ability to splice, cut, copy and more, as well as adding audio tracks, although MP3s weren't compatible for some reason.

Dynamic canvas sounds a lot more fun than it is, by the way, as it's nothing more than a glorified Paint program allowing you to rather haphazardly daub over things using your finger. We can't imagine you'll ever take a picture of your boss, draw a moustache on it then show him, for instance.

The gaming on the phone is among the better options from Samsung, as it allows you to play Rollercoaster, which uses the motion sensitivity to guide a rollercoaster around a track safely (it sounds better than it is), as well as other trial games such as Tetris, which are cool but leave you a bit angry at the prospect of having to pay for them after shelling out so much for a handset.

The samsung jet s8000 rollercoaster game

GAMING ON THE JET: Rollercoaster makes use of the motion sensitive controls

The rest of the applications are such standard fare that they're not worth going into, as you can probably work out what a world clock, timer, voice recorder and converter all do (although the voice recorder does pick up sound impressively well when we tested it out at a recent interview).

One other thing the Samsung Jet S8000 brings to the table is the ability to unlock the screen by writing a letter on the lock display - not only was this a laggy system, it refused to recognise if we'd written a C (our unlock letter) and sometimes instead decided we'd written a T, which started the internet.

If a company is going to put a feature like this on the phone, it should include some pretty wide parameters, or else the rest of the world will do like we did and swiftly turn the feature off.

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