The Samsung S8000 touchscreen phone is a jet-set performer. Check out our review of the phone that details the phone’s technical specifications, features are price.

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Samsung S8000 Jet

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The Samsung Jet is a touchscreen novelty, reminding users of the full potentials of a touch sensitive device complemented by an equally awesome user-interface. Where it does not score well is the somber feature set that it packs in which stands at odds with the lively user interface. Still, the phone is fun to use and performs the bare-minimum well.

Design and Looks
There are very few design elements that set the Samsung S8000 Jet apart from other touchscreen phones. Like any ordinary touchscreen phone, the Jet has three buttons in the front below the large touch sensitive display; they are the call and end keys at the sides and the big cube button at the centre. The back however is the prominent visual feature of the phone featuring black edges and a red-blackish centre that is glossy all over. Holographic effects are observed when light is shone onto the back.

Continuing with the design, the front surface of the Jet is framed in black glass which is a finger-print magnet. Only the bottom half of the surface that houses the hardware buttons is made of matte plastic. Needless to say this portion of the phone won't attract many finger prints. Another distinguishing feature of the design is the edge of the phone which is bordered with stylish glossy plastic.

The main external feature of any touchscreen is the touchscreen display itself. In this case it is a whopping 3.1inch WVGA AMOLED resistive screen. Don't let the 'resistive' part disappoint you because this screen has the sensitivity and responsiveness of a capacitive one with the added benefit of being able to interact with anything such as a stylus, pencil or even fingernails. The display however is not all smiles: it's legibility under sunlight is rather poor.

This time around the Cube button does not launch the Cube Launcher or the Motion Gate functions. But giving it a short press toggles the menu screen on and off and pressing it for long invokes the Task Manager. This leaves the knob next to the shutter key as the assigned button to launch the Motion Gate and Cube Launcher interface.

Other external features on the front include a secondary call camera, speaker grill, ambient light and proximity sensor at the front just above the display. On the whole, the ergonomics are perfect allowing for single-handed operation. The top of the phone has a 3.5mm audio jack and a universal micro USB port that is used for everything from data transfer to charging the phone.

The 5MP camera at the back remains largely unprotected except for the fact that it its surrounded by a raised metal edging. The dual LED flash unit surrounds the camera. The loudspeaker grill is at the bottom of the phone. MicroSD slot is found under the cover and this should pose a problem if you choose to swap cards a lot. Thankfully the phone promises a lot of internal memory. Overall, the phone has a decent build.

The phone features the TouchWiz UI that houses three home screens where all applications are laid out in a flat iPhone like structure. Each screen can be customized to have a separate wallpaper. The current screen selection is indicated by three bars at the top of the screen. Each screen houses widgets and the placement of widgets is completely user-dependent. Also, widgets may be removed and added into the home screen by moving them to and from the side-tray.

There is another way to access applications and that's by invoking the Cube Motion or gate motion user interface. In this interface, users are presented with a cube with icons of applications present on each side of the cube. Moving the cube around can be done by tapping, flipping the cube on the screen or even by tilting the phone. When the desired side of the cube is facing the user, the user can then invoke the required application by touching that side of the cube. Icons of applications are also present at the bottom of the screen, offering users with an alternative to opening applications via the Cube.

The phonebook on the phone is standard Samsung fare with the option for photo contacts. Telephony is excellent offering users with great reception and voice-quality. Another feature that's not directly related to the call quality but that has an important role to play is the proximity sensor above the display- when users place their ears close to the display while making or receiving calls, the proximity sensor, on detecting the users face coming closer to the screen switches off the touch screen so that the user's ear does not accidentally press something.

While hardware-key message addicts may be weary of touchscreens in general and QWERTYs in specific, Samsung offers a simple solution where it's possible to type messages using a virtual numeric keypad- the virtual buttons are generously spaced and there is also haptic feedback that offers some degree of touch orientation. But if you turn the phone to its side, out comes the landscaped virtual QWERTY keypad. As a final option, users may use the handwriting recognition, but this is unwieldy given that the phone does not come with a stylus.

The music player is modestly functional. But the Jet manages to spice things up with the help of a 5.1 channel equalizer preset that does its best to emulate 5.1 speaker configuration to give users that full home theatre sound on their headsets. There is however no option to programme custom presets and users will have to make do with whatever presets are available on the phone. The video player too offers the same 5.1 ch equalizer preset in addition to support for DivX and XviD video formats.

The camera on board is a 5MP shooter with autofocus and dual LED flash. Needless to say the LED flash does not make a big difference to low-light shots. The images taken show good contrast and colour representation. Images also feature low noise levels thanks to the noise-suppression algorithms which remove excess noise without loss of fine detail to the photos. Much like the optics, the camera application is loaded- it offers a lot of image processing options including wide dynamic range, anti-shake image stabilization, geo-tagging, face detection, smile shot, viewfinger gridlines to name but a few. The layout of the camera interface is well thought out and provides for a smooth and instant capturing experience.

The Smasung Jet features the WedKit based Dolfin browser which has a built in AdBlocker and multiple download support. The browser claims it can handle up to five pages at a time but in reality it struggles to support more than three full pages at a time. Luckily the browser features full slash support and one-finger zoom. There is also a double-tap zoom feature where if you double-tap any portion of the webpage it zooms to that part of the screen.

The final application that deserves a mention is the office document viewer powered by Access. It offers support for the most common types of office documents including word, excel, powerpoint and PDF. There is also an option to edit documents. What's missing here is a pre-installed GPS application- we presume the primary purpose of the GPS on the phone is for geotagging. Nonetheless, you can always download one off the web.

The final verdict- there are other feature loaded features already available that can give the Jet a run for its money but the Jet's ergonomic design and intuitive user interface saves it. If you can forgo smartphone capability, then the Jet and you are a perfect match for each other.

  • 3.1 inch 16 million colour 800 x 480 pixel resolution AMOLED touchscreen
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • Fast 800MHz processor
  • Standard MicroUSB port and Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Intuitive TouchWiz User-Interface
  • Motion User-Interface with Motion Gate application
  • Smart Unlock
  • Camera options include Wide Dynamic Range, geotagging, image stabilization, face detection and Smile Shot
  • Wide range of connectivity options including WiFi and a built-in GPS receiver
  • Proximity sensor and accelerometer for autorotate
  • DivX and XviD video support

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Samsung S8000 Jet Price India
Price:Rs. 18,000
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Black

Technical Specifications of Samsung S8000 Jet
Overview Body Type Bar
Battery Life/Talk time 7.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 415 Hours
Dimensions Width 54 mm
Depth 12 mm
Length 109 mm
Weight 110 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera Yes
Camera Resolution 5 MP
Camera Flash LED
Auto Focus Yes
Display Display Size 3.1 inches
Display Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Dispaly Type AMOLED
Colours 16 million
Memory Internal Memory 2GB/8GB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card 2GB
Expandable Memory 16 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
3G Yes
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Java based UI
Features Input Type AMOLED Resistive Touchscreen
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
Flashlight NO
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