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Samsung Jet

Monday 03 August 2009

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

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.

The good

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.

The bad

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.
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User comments (38)

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Martin

Ok, this is more of a mainstream phone, it's not bad but why on earth have you not reviewed the Samsung i8910 HD? You never even included it on your lastest touchscreen comparision on your show. Why?!

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james

the x series sony phone with oled screen ! perhaps a little more research . . . .ah martin !!

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Josh gledhill

i own this phone and i have to say it is utterly brilliant. although it sometimes forgets to ask you for your password you've placed. the camera is brilliant and is great for close ups and far away shots although when you try to take a picture of someones face in the dark the flash is too bright. these are my only two bad points the rest is fantastic!!!

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vince1

Famtastic phone beutiful to look at & to hold & the screen is amazing. Be alot better though if Samsung do launch an apps store to upload extra widgets from other than that would recomend it to anyone

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S.Sri

Very nice built quality. Still camera is good but still INNOV 8 is better.Of course the OLED screen is brilliant. Sadly some of the applications,such as Etiquette pause and speaker call functions are not functioning in my phone.Battery life is not exceptional but it is acceptable. No third party applications could be uploaded since this is not a smart phone. In general, a good buy and it cost me Saudi Riyals 1599/- (USD 425/-). I am a Samsung fan & eagerly await the release of Omnia HD.

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fat-boy

good phone, great screen (no surprises there! ) what it really needs are some 3rd party apps and soon too because if not the iphone 3s will win the battle of the "smartphone" for only that reason its not any good at anything else, but apps seem to make a phone popular these days...

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tom

can you use facebook and other networking sites from this phones internet? and if so is this use free?

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Andy

The Samsung i8910 HD is by far better than the JET, had one now for five months it better than all the other touch non iphones on the market.

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Anonymous

Had one of these since June, I was looking at the Omnia HD also but as it was exclusive to Orange only I didn't go for it as Orange isn't a good network for me. I'm very happy with the Jet, the screen is good and I find it pretty responsive. I do occasionally have to re-calibrate it but not often. I also get the same problem someone else posted in that the passwords I set up on it are not always requested but again hardly a show stopper. The battery is pretty good comparing to Samsung phones I've had in the past I think this is down to the low power consumption of the OLED screen. Video playback is excellent and the picture and video capture is adequate for my needs. My only criticism is the MP3 playback - it's not good, the sound is muffly and not clear but I may be being a little unfair as I am comparing it to my Sony X Series MP3 walkman which probably has the best sound quality of any MP3 device. All in all a good phone, robust and easy to use, if like me you want to snub iPhone just because everyone seems to have one then this could be the phone you need but I think the Omnia HD is a better unit it would have been my preference if I could have had it on Vodafone.

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jamie

i like it

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jacobxxx3

I have this phone and i have to say that it's a very good and fast phone best phone i've ever have Recommend it to any one

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tom

ive got it its an awsome fone you tube not good on it signal rubbish but everything else is good

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RichardW

I think that the HTC-HD2 needs to be looked at and compared with this as well as the iPhone.

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henryg

BEWARE!! - no 64bit USB drivers, so USELESS for syncing anything with pc with 64bit OS.

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jamie

the sony ericson satio is definatly the best

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jamie

the sony ericson satio is definatly the best

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patrick

Nice product...very stylish...!!!

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Dara

i recently got this phone as an update as i wanted something a little different than the iphone, plus i read about its fast processer! while it does have many great features i feel some of the basic functions are lacking, the text messaging is not that great and u often end up getting frustrated with the stupid words predictive text thinks your trying to spell, ( e.g if u type the letters for but, the first word to come up is a.tv? which is nuts) also the smart unlock function does not work properly, it just ends up speed dialling your friends while still in your pocket! so it has to be turned off! browsing is also not a fluid experience! touchscreen finds it hard to be precise!

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Mikey

Er, pardon me for intruding, but... the Samsung Jet at around £250 is the "luxury" choice whilst the iphone at anything from £440 to £600 is the "mid-range" choice? If you need a financial consultant to explain how money works, I am available. For about, say, a Jet per day. Very reasonable.

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Barnie17

This is the Best phone i have ever had, with a good set of head phones music sounds very good, Just buy a large mircosd card for more storage 8gb or 16gb. The camara is far better than my last phone a Sony K800i.The display looks amazing better than any iphone my friends have. I bought mine from vodaphone on a £20 contract as i don't use it very much. Much better value that any phone and way lower that the iphone even on its lowest contract. Very recomended to all.

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Anonymous

good price @ £200 brilliant value for money and on the whole a very good phone would recommend it to anyone.

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angelsoc

i really want it

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matthew goldsmith

my uncle has this phone and it is great, a bit like a REALLY powerful tocco. i like the black backround

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Curt

i have the samsung jet and it is a brilliant phone. i think it would be great if samsung launched an app store and the games are far to expensive for what you get, around £4.50 per game (lots of games are free on the iphone) i think it is annoying that you cant send a long text message without having to send 2(that might not be the phone that might be my network provider). It takes great photos but when using in the dark with the flash, the flash blinds people and you dont get a good shot. its very responsive and the display quality is fantastic the phone is quite lound when playing a song/game and the internet is superb

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Danny Turner

I bought this phone the other day second hand for £120 which I thought was a reasonable price for such a "current" piece of gadgetyness. It looks great but I have to say having bought it second hand I have had some trouble linking it to my laptop which I only got at christmas. Without my own tunes and little features I can't see me loving it. So if you do go second hand I would make sure it comes with the correct PC suite for it otherwise you might find yourself wishing you had bought something else. Does look damn good tho...

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Lisa

I got this phone yesterday and I really like it...However..... I am frustrated that it will not recognise my 1GB memory card. Any one got any suggestions ? I've tried installing it with the phone turned off, then turned on but still no joy. Other than that its a great looking phone.

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GadgetShow100

i got it , had it a week , the AMAZING? touchscreen wasnt responsive and i took it back to get a blackberry curve 8520!!

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b;aa

i think that it is a good phone but a bit to out of my budget

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Luke

the samsung jet is a very powerful phone alowing you to do a variety of tasks. however there are many down sides to this phone. for instance the touch screen is ok but not very accurate. the texts are near enough awful especially when you want to lay town and the screen keeps tilting from side to side, so you end up sitting up texting. also you are not able to download apps for the phone, so you are stuck with the crappy samsung apps which are so boring . it would be great if the phone allowed you to download apps to the computer and then transfer them to the device. Also the naviagation app on the phone is usless. you have to purchase what you want for the navigation and only a few things are free. Iphones are the way forward

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DeeDee

i have the n97 which i think in a good fone but crashes alot but my fiancee has the jet and it runs perfect its also alot faster than mine and easier to use.

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James

I cannot get Sky email to work on it. Why? Always get a login failure :(

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GadgetLover2010

Mine Broke , It Froze And Wouldnt Swipe Plus It Wouldnt Lock So Much For The Amazing Touchscreen . I Find It Funny That The Website For The Superfast Phone Take Forever To Load When I Activated The Warranty.

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ron-burgandy

Should be named Samsung Steam-Engine rather than jet. This is the most frustrating to use phone I've ever owned. The processing speed is anything but jet-like, touch screen completely inaccurate despite continuously re-calibrating it, texting is a complete chore and predictive text is totally horrendous. The phone also has a habit of locking up and freezing, especially when halfway through writing a message. Battery life is also poor, but this is a common thing with touch-screen phones. However the screen is fantastic when watching videos and viewing pictures. Perfectly clear and very good contrast. But sadly having a pretty screen will not save this phone from all its faults. All in all, a very frustrating phone to own and use. Roll on my next upgrade.

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Anonymous

I've got this phone and have found it easy to use but recently I've come across a fault in design. When you lock the phone the only way to unlock it is to press the same button, this will often happen when in my pocket and obviously what follows is the obligatory phone call to someone from my address book. I've also ended up using the internet when I've not intended to through being in my pocket. This isn't a problem if you unlimited phone minutes/internet access, I don't and can't wait to change to a more secure phone

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