Product Type: Samsung mobile phones
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How more technologically advanced can mobiles Jet?
Samsung GT S8000 Jet
Member Name: berrydelight
Samsung GT S8000 Jet
Advantages: Seriously good spec
Disadvantages: Having to actually refer to the user manual
"Miss Berry its Blob calling from Vodafone, your phone contract is up for renewal can I interest you in a new phone"
"Erm....hi blob (shuffling of papers in the background distracted by the intricacies of the town planning system) erm yep, happy with Vodafone just renew the contract"
"Well what phone would you like?"
"Erm (more paper shuffling) just send me a touch screen one, I like those"
"Really no preference? LG, Samsung?"
End of call, two days later my nice new shiny surprise phone arrived!
Now I appreciate most people put a lot more thought into phones but I really don't mind as long as it looks good and works. They are all pretty much the same these days, or so I thought and providing it can satisfy basic phone functions how much complaint could I have? However this phone has really been a tale of two halves, my initial first week of using it and now, a good month on and therefore a much more balanced user review. This will be very much a user review of this handset and may not contain all the technical specifications that this handset offers, as I am sure it offers more than even I know about
**One week in**
"I hate this phone!!" I squawked before throwing it in my boyfriends direction. "It's the first phone I have ever known that has needed an instruction manual!"
This frustrated me on two levels:
1. I just wanted a functional phone and yes this one looked and felt good but I was struggling to find my way around its extensive menu and features
2. Needing an instruction manual made me feel old!! Really old, Ive always prided myself on being technically savvy but with every passing minute with this phone I was beginning to feel like I should be reaching for the zimmer frame and turning my back on all technological advances!
At this stage the main frustrations were as follows
1. Battery life was poor and needed to be charged every day
2. Bluetooth, after getting the manual out and reading how to turn on and search I still could not get the stupid thing to connect to my car. I drive a lot and need the handsfree for my job so had to resort to using an old phone in my car
3. The three homepages. I only need one but this has three, it took me three days to figure out how to put the 'widgets' (explained fully later on) back into their rightful home and not fill up a homepage screen then I couldn't figure out how to change the wallpaper, no problem changing it on one but not on the others.
I sort of gave up, my boyfriend even offered to swap because I was becoming almost allergic to the sight of it however a month on I have grown a little more accustomed to its quirks and it has risen in my estimations, but before that the technical bits.....
**Look and Feel**
Sleek, the front of the phone could be mistaken for an Iphone and the back is truly original, with a deep red prismatic effect. It weighs about 110 grams and fits perfectly in a jean pocket. The phone is made of plastic and came with a protective cover, I used this religiously at first because I was convinced it must be an easily scratched screen but I have since ditched it and had no scratches evident. The screen when in use is well lit and the colours impressively clear and detailed, this is all thanks to the AMOLED (active matrix-based organic light-emitting diode) screen that it features. That basically means that instead of a back light the screen can respond almost instantly to applications etc, perfect for touch screen devices.....ahh all take a moment to think back to your first impressive black and white text only device
**Specification and Features**
List is extensive..... how can they pack so much into one little phone? Could it be the 800Hz processor behind it? For those of you that know about these kinds of things that's pretty incredible and certainly goes some way to explaining the instant nature of this phone, you want to start a message or play a game this will respond within a second. Back to the facts!
*5 mega pixel camera and camcorder feature
*GPS navigation (very good)
*Memory card slot (might be necessary when you realise like I did how good the camera is on this)
*Connects to wireless internet (keeps your GPRS bills down)
*Good PC connection
*MP3 and radio player (you can load songs on very easily using the PC connection
*Bluetooth, email, organiser, poly ring tones, text, phonebook, calls etc
*It's a Smartphone
*Motion thingy, turn the phone on its side when typing and the screen moves with you! I will probably never appreciate exactly why this feature enhances my life.....
**One month on**
My initial complaints have now been resolved or at least I realise they were not necessarily the phones fault
1. Battery life is now pretty amazing, a good three days with normal use and still have two bars of life. I have in fact been unable to run it down yet and it appears to improve its charge holding ability with every charge
2. It turns out that cars with inbuilt Bluetooth require software updates.....poor phone taking the brunt of my anger when all along it was the fault of the car. That explains why the phone could see the car but seemingly the car could see the phone. Of course this does present a compatibility problem and as of yet I have not had a cost for an upgrade to the car but no doubt it wont be cheap. Alternatively I could just use the handsfree kit that came with the box....
4. After a boring hour waiting in B&Q car park I appear to have mastered the changing of the wallpapers, basically each wallpaper is its own homepage and so you have to change the wallpaper for each whilst your on the one you want to change, almost too easy!
**So what are my opinions now?**
This is a good phone! The real bonus points are the excellent camera, this will be for the first time I can actually leave my camera at home on a night out, large storage for photographs, fm radio and a responsive and working touch screen. I have small fingers so have no problem typing or moving the icons. The 'widgets' are essentially shortcuts to your most used items that you can plonk on your home pages. For example you could have a work homepage and have diary and gps widgets or a home homepage with birthdays and reminders. Maybe a little excessive but quite pleasant when you get used to it.
The ability to connect to Wifi is pretty good, isn't it scary that at the start of this decade we all thought text messages were amazing! I have used the GPS and it navigated me round Bury so it seems to work. Oh and crucially it is easy to text and make calls, and actually remembers those words you add to its dictionary!
**What could be improved on?**
- the instruction manual which was a necessity is not all that comprehensive and the trouble shooting section covered none of my set up issues
- It doesn't come with any games, unusual I find for a new handset
- The phone lock feature is easily unlocked when rustling around the confines of my bag and I would prefer this to be a little more robust.
- The alarm, ok now Im being picky but it bugs me, you have to swipe the dial to off or snooze, quite a task when you've just been roused from a deep slumber!
I suppose the moral of the story and of this handset is to firstly read the instruction manual and take your time, enjoy learning how to use it, try not to smash it with frustration
£20 a month with Vodafone on a 24 month contract, although if you really pushed I reckon you could get it for 18 months and to buy off the shelf for just under £200.
Summary: A good phone but prepare yourself for a introductory period
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