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Samsung GT S8000 Jet
Member Name: reallyreview
Samsung GT S8000 Jet
Date: 29/08/11, updated on 01/09/11 (15 review reads)
Advantages: looks great, camera is fantastic
Disadvantages: touch screen
Ok. So I actually have had this phone for about six months. I bought it from a friend when she got a new one. I do like this phone but there are a few things I think you might like to know if your thinking of purchasing it for yourself.
If you're intrested here is the tech spec from Samsung.
Display: PENTILE AMOLED
Resolution: 3.1 inches (7.9 cm) 16M-color R-Resistive touch screen of 800 × 480 pixel resolution
Weight: 110 g
Dimension: 108.9 × 53.5 × 11.9
Battery Talk Time: up to 8.2 hours
Standby: up to 442 hours
Connectivity: HSDPA, WIFI and BLUETOOTH
800 MHz processor
3.1-inch touch screen AMOLED display
2 or 8 GB of internal storage with a micro SD slot slot for an additional 16GB
Webkit-touting web browser entitled dolphin.
Now that's the specifications for all the hi tech know it alls (one of which am not)
The look of the phone
My first impressions were: its fantastic and I love everything about it, it looks impressive. It's tough and can handle a drop to the floor, without breaking into 10 parts on impact. It's neither too light nor heavy which can sometimes make a phone feel cheaper. It has a nice feel in the palm of your hand and it weighs 110g. To look at it's a bit different from your average phone. A large touch screen swamps the phones look a bit, but hey, its a touch screen so i don't suppose that really matters. There are three main buttons on the phones interface with a cube shaped middle button inbetween the outer two.
The top of the phone has a very small USB charger and the phones side buttons control the volume, the camera and camera functions and the menu interaction cube (which i will explain later), and an additional button to lock your phone. All these side buttons are small as the phone is very slim. I do think if your fingers are on the larger side it might prove a bit of fiddle. While were on the subject of the look of the phone I will mention, just how good the on screen colour is. It's vibrant, bright and pictures are incredibly clear and crisp. This could be unnoticed on many other phones but it really is good on this s8000
The phones functions and capability
Ok, as most phones go you can customize lots of different things but the thing that like about this is you can slide between three different home screens on your main screen with a simple swipe of a finger. You can have different options on each one. I suppose this is more relevant to someone who has a busy work and pleasure life. Instead of using them as I do, just to rotate different wallpapers with ease . (simple things please simple minds and all that)
This phone has something called a online widget, it's a collaspable side menu bar you can customize for your personal taste. It's for the online applications such as the weather news and and search engines etc. Again I like to keep it simple, to the things I use most often like alarm, calculator, etc none of which are online. Either way I found useful purpose for this handy side menu.
On the bottom of the display home screen my options are the keypad, to make calls save numbers etc, the address book, messaging and the menu. I don't know if you can change these I haven't tried, they work good for me the way they are. Then the phone has all the usuals settings, call history, organizer, music, games etc.
Another menu this phone has to offer is the cube menu as I refer to it . On the side camera button there is a "double function" button which brings up this cool 3D cube. You can flip and turn to your hearts content (not the point or purpose I know but its still fun) each face of the cube has different menus which you can change. So why is it so good? It's easy accessd side button makes it quick. Once you've selected your chosen face subject, it brings up neat photographic choices . It's kind of like flicking through lots old LPS or or a baby size photo book. God its sounds quite silly (where I'm trying to explain it) it is good I promise. The professionals gave it a posh name its a Dynamic User Interface (DUI). God I love using big words it makes me feel special.
I don't use my phone for online purposes thats why I have a laptop. I have tried it and to be honest everything seems to be laggy and slow, but this might just be how mobiles are in general I don't know . I wont be holding it against my phone. You can open lots of web pages as you surf online if you like to go online thats quite cool though.
The camera its super crisp and takes a really sharp clean pictures and films which is problery one of my top three uses for a mobile. There is a smile recognition function for a perfect photograph, Blink detection function, and a panoramic view function which lets you take a couple of different photos and then links them together to make one panoramic picture.wow. There are lots of others but these are the ones I think are definite worth a mention.
Accessing your pictures is easy and fun you can flip the phone to the landscape angle, tilt it slightly and the phone will slowly show you your shots. Its quirky.
This phone does feature FM radio as well as being able to download music and choose from lots of different categories online i.e. rock indie, pop etc you can search your favorites too, the headphone jack is 3.5mm so most of your personal head phones will fit this which is good for me. This brings me onto my first downfall with this phone I can't seem to be able to listen to the radio with the headset out. I have sat and flicked through the phone countless times but it just doesn't seem capable of it. Which is a shame.
Messaging is easy and has all the usuals and more a so called " QWERTY keypad" I think this when you turn the mobile on its side and it gives you a full keyboard and all its functions I like this best, though I do find my fingers don't work that well (pressing unwanted buttons) I use my daughters DSi stylus pen it works a treat.
Any important things like battery, speed, I've left in the spec because to be honest it all very truth full.
Samsung claim that it's smarter than a smart phone I don't know because I don't know what a smart phone is basically. Though I will say this phone would be pretty intelligent if it were a person. My only worry about this mobile is that after 6 months use I have notice the touch screen doesn't work that well, I will elaborate small icons and options that you sometimes need or want to press are difficult like I mentioned above my daughters dsi pen is handy .I don't know why Samsung made them so small if they didn't include a pen. Its a shame about the radio not working without headphones but I don't want to say thats a definite not working.
So overall I really like my s8000 from Samsung, would recommend it to anyone who has fingers like E.T they'd get on great wouldn't they? The phone has a lot to offer everyone, is got lots of extras, its looks good, feels great, easy to use, has quirky functions, and does what a mobile is supposed to, ....makes a telephone call .
This is why I rate my s8000 as a sophisticated 8/10
Summary: great phone for the everyday person maybey not good enough for the hi tech minded
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