I was one of the 10 lucky winner who won the Samsung Jet (or Samsung S8003) during the launch event. Some PR folks were saying that the Tech65 namecard is thicker than most namecard, that why I keep winning at lucky draw. Well, that is exactly the reason why we use TommyPrint for our namecard. Haha. Kidding kidding. Honestly, I’m plain lucky lately.
The Samsung Jet is small and handy. It has a beautiful 3.1 inch AMOLED touchscreen. I tried playing video on it and it looks beautiful. 5.0 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. HSDPA, WIFI, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS. Charging and data transfer is thru a Micro-USB port that is covered with a flap when not in use. 3.5mm jack for your normal earphone. Comes with 2GB internal memory which you can extend with a MicroSD card.
Perhaps one of the reason why Samsung call this phone the Samsung Jet is because of the fast processor. The Samsung Jet comes with a 800Mhz processor which makes loading and ending application a breeze. I guess the proprietary Operating System also plays an important part in making the phone as fast as a jet. Oh, and the operating system allows you to multi-task, thus making full use of the fast processor. (PS: Press and hold the middle button to access task manager) I quite like the task manager. It makes switching between applications a breeze.
The slogan for the Samsung Jet is “Smarter than Smartphone”. Initially, I thought that the Samsung is a smartphone. But in actual fact, it isn’t. You can’t install additional applications on the Samsung Jet. But it does has a lot of features that makes it feel like its a smartphone. For a start, the Samsung Jet comes with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Some smartphone don’t have Exchange support! But strangely, the Jet doesn’t have any applications that support opening of MS Office files. Weird omission I would say.
PS: Some sources tell me that Samsung will release a App Store on Samsung Jet for users to install application. Until then, we will classify Samsung Jet as a non-smart phone.
Samsung did a pretty good job with the proprietary Operating System. It is fast and responsive. Interface is simple and works great when paired with TouchWiz 2.0. There are 3 panels for you to put TouchWiz Widgets which is good since you only have to 3.1 inch real estate. The Dolfin is pretty good too. It can play flash if you want to. But playing flash on phone is still not very stable at this moment and Samsung Jet is no exception. Samsung came up with a new method for zooming in/out a web page/picture. Long press and drag up to zoom in and drag down to zoom out. Pretty good solution.
Samsung also did a pretty good job with the input option. On portrait mode, you can use the normal virtual keypad or handwriting. Handwriting is really not recommended, unless you need to push your blood pressure level a little higher. But virtual keypad works pretty fine. Rotating the screen to landscape mode will give you a full Qwerty virtual keyboard. Although the Qwerty keyboard is small (due to the 3.1 inch screen), input is still pretty alright. My only complain is the small SPACEBAR.
As a whole, the Samsung Jet is suitable for those who doesn’t need the all the functionality of a full fledged smartphone. If you are looking for a small and handy phone, Samsung Jet is a good option.
A small and fast, almost smartphone.
Beautiful AMOLED screen
Small 3.1 inch screen