Samsung Jet S8000 review

Named after its processor and its colour – it might have media credentials but is the Jet an effective business device?

Round the edges of the device you'll find a regular 3.5mm headphone jack at the top so you can use standard headphones, and a micro USB port, rather than mini USB. A cable is provided on the box, and the charged goes in there too. The sides are fairly bare save for a volume up and down control and a lock and hold key. There's also a button for the camera and a Gate' button for the interface we'll describe later.

At the rear there's a 5-megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus and a holographic like line or red ridges rounds things off nicely. Take the back off and you can fit a microSD card slot, though the door for this is rather fiddly.

The Jet' in the name though doesn't just refer to the colour it also refers to the 800MHz processor inside one of the fastest around in a phone, at least until Toshiba busts out its 1GHz TG01. The speed though is no more than what is necessary to power the OS, which is chock full of gizmos and gadgets.

Three screen interface

The Jet takes a leaf out of Android's book with three home screens that are available with a left or right sweep of the finger and three lines at the top indicate which screen you're on. On each page, an arrow tab peeks out on the left and double tapping this brings up a dock with a line of widgets attached, which you can scroll up and down in. You can't launch apps from here, but tapping puts them onto the home screen. However, with more than two on each screen, things do get cluttered up quickly.

Press the Gate' button and up comes one of the Jet's headline features a six-sided animated cube by which you can get to different applications. It works fairly smoothly and it is cool, but it very much has the feel of a needless flashy function with which to impress your mates', rather than a serious method of navigation. This is compounded by the serious of buttons running across the buttons for getting to the various functions the buttons are easier, which makes the cube seem all the more pointless.

Tap on a side of a cube and the rest of the options - such as a list of images or tracks - become available to flick through. This is akin to cover view and when in the music player you get a version of this too, though this is sluggish to use.

Featured Resources

BCDR buyer's guide for MSPs

How to choose a business continuity and disaster recovery solution

Download now

The definitive guide to IT security

Protecting your MSP and your customers

Download now

Cost of a data breach report 2020

Find out what factors help mitigate breach costs

Download now

The complete guide to changing your phone system provider

Optimise your phone system for better business results

Download now

Recommended

Intel teases microarchitecture collaboration with Samsung
components

Intel teases microarchitecture collaboration with Samsung

29 Apr 2021
Samsung launches 'highest performing' SAS enterprise SSD
solid state storage (SSD)

Samsung launches 'highest performing' SAS enterprise SSD

27 Apr 2021
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: Ultra in every sense of the word
Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review: Ultra in every sense of the word

22 Apr 2021
Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling update turns old smartphones into IoT gadgets
Internet of Things (IoT)

Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling update turns old smartphones into IoT gadgets

21 Apr 2021

Most Popular

KPMG offers staff 'four-day fortnight' in hybrid work plans
flexible working

KPMG offers staff 'four-day fortnight' in hybrid work plans

6 May 2021
Dell patches vulnerability affecting hundreds of computer models worldwide
cyber security

Dell patches vulnerability affecting hundreds of computer models worldwide

5 May 2021
16 ways to speed up your laptop
Laptops

16 ways to speed up your laptop

29 Apr 2021