The Samsung Jet is a touchscreen multimedia phone with some impressive specs, including a touchscreen, hi-res WVGA OLED panel, 8GB of storage expandable via microSD, a five-megapixel camera, HSDPA and Wi-Fi for fast browsing wherever you are, and GPS to stop you getting stranded.
Samsung's been toiling in the labs day and night to come up with the OLED screen on the Samsung Jet, and it's paid dividends. It's by far the most luscious we've ever laid eyes on in a phone, and threatens to make films watchable on a 3.1-inch device. While not as responsive as an iPhone's display, it's still the best resistive screen we've ever typed on, leaving both Nokia and LG in the starting blocks. The camera grabs great stills and video, and the whole thing feels as compact as a central London bedsit (A compliment), with well placed audio and micro USB ports. On the software side, there are some clever touches, like Smart Unlock, which lets you unlock and automatically dial a contact depending on what letter you trace on screen.
Samsung says the Jet is "smarter than smartphone", which is a fib Pinnochio would gouge your eyes out with. It's not a smartphone, so there's no way to load up on third party apps, leaving you stuck with the programs Samsung has deigned to pre-install on its TouchWhiz 2.0 interface. Sure, you've got YouTube on there for chuckles, but how long will you find sneezing pandas funny for? The media "cube" Samsung's touting is also entirely pointless: it's far quicker to load up your songs and videos via the main menu rather than spin it round to find the right side. Speaking of speed, the Usain Bolt level 800MHz processor inside ought to provide much more oomph than it does: not everything is as fluid as it should be.
The bottom line
The Samsung Jet's got us perplexed: it's powerful, beautiful and intuitive, but we don't get the point of a dumbphone that costs as much as a smartphone. It destroys the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and LG Arena, but unless you've never needed to check your email on your phone, we suggest holding back for Samsung's similarly specced, upcoming Android blower instead.