Written on 6/28/2009 08:14:00 AM by poison_ivy
Update: As someone commented, it seems the newer version of the Samsung Jet now has the middle button as a menu button. As I've already mentioned, the one I've reviewed is an early retail unit so it's possible that Samsung updated the firmware on the newer units. Firmwares are being updated by phone manufacturers regularly to address some issues and improve the phone's performance. If this is so, the middle button change is very welcome and will improve the Samsung Jet's user interface.
I finally got my hands on the new Samsung Jet, the phone that was launched on Samsung's unpacked event. I'm pretty excited about this phone since this seems to be the same phone as the Samsung i8000 Omnia II but only different operating system.
The Samsung Jet is a very sleek phone that is a magnet for fingerprint smudge. It has a 3.2 inch resistive, AMOLED touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The screen is definitely super clear and the colors just pop out at you. There are three buttons on the front,
Features and Performance
When I first handled the Samsung Jet, I thought I was handling a capacitive touchscreen phone. No really, everything was very smooth and fluid, totally comparable with the iPhone. You can customize everything, from your menu screen to the transition effects when you swipe your finger left and right. Everything is really fast and almost better than the capacitive touchscreen on the Samsung Tocco Ultra Touch. The improved and fast UI may be attributed to the Qualcomm 800MHz processor on the device. There was a time when I experienced a hiccup though when there were too many widgets in the homescreen but it may be a glitch on the unit which is VERY early retail unit.
The other additional user interface feature of the Samsung S8000 Jet is the 3D cube interface reminiscent of the 3D interface on the LG Arena. The Samsung Jet on the other hand, makes use of all six side of the cubes so you can access your photo browser, music, videos, radio, games, and the internet. The Cube is really a fun interface and it's nice that there's a dedicated shortcut button for it. Of course, Samsung may have overkilled their user interface a bit, what with their widgets already offering shortcuts to everything else and now a cube interface, it would be hard for users to choose which interface they want but it's good that all of them are useable.
The Music application did not change much. It's still the same music application found on the Samsung Tocco Ultra Touch. When you tilt your phone to landscape mode when playing music, you will get a CoverFlow like interface. Music quality through the speakers is okay though very soft. It may be because of Samsung's DNSE technology. There's a 3.5mm headset jack onboard which is a really nice addition. Thank God that Samsung didn't feel the need to put the headset jack on their proprietary connection again. Music quality when using your headset is really great, I haven't tried using the Bluetooth Stereo headset though.
One thing I hate about the Samsung Jet S8000 is the onscreen keyboard. When you're in portrait mode, you don't get to choose between alpha-numeric keypad or QWERTY keypad, you can only choose alpha-numeric or handwriting recognition, however, when you tilt it to landscape mode, that's the time you'll find the QWERTY keyboard. This would be a pain for those who're used to typing messages in portrait mode.
The Samsung S8000 Jet has a 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash. It has everything like face detection, smile detection, autofocus, image stabilizer, geo-tagging etc. Image quality is okay in low light conditions (sample below) though images come out a bit washed but that's because I didn't tweak any settings, I just pressed the camera button and this was what came out. I wasn't able to take a sample picture outdoors but no doubt that if it can produce an okay looking picture indoors it would definitely do well outdoors when there's ample lighting.
Samsung Jet S8000 Sample picturesI don't have a sample DivX file with me to play but the Samsung Jet can play DivX videos outright without the need to convert it. I have no doubt that the Samsung Jet would be able to handle DivX videos without any problem since the Samsung Ultra Touch was able to handle an 358MB DivX file without so much as a hiccup then with an 800MHz processor, 358MB DivX files would be a breeze. I'm looking forward to watching high quality DivX videos on the screen of this device.
I also like the WiFi application on the Samsung Jet. Like the Bluetooth Application found on the Samsung Tocco Ultra, all you have to do is turn on the WiFi by pressing the screen and the phone will find available hotspots.
Wow, if Samsung can make the Omnia II this fast and responsive as the Samsung Jet then I'll definitely like the Omnia II. The Samsung Jet is a very media-centric device. The user interface is something else, I really like the 3D cube and the new TouchWiz 2.0 interface especially the transition effects. I just do hope that the slight hang that I encountered while putting too many widgets on the homescreen is just a one-time glitch or it would otherwise hamper a perfectly great interface by Samsung. A good buy and a good alternative if you're tired of hearing all about the iPhone and you just want a simple phone that has good UI, camera, and media player.
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