Yesterday, a brand new copy of the Samsung S8003 Jet arrived at our office. Samsung tags it “Smarter than smartphone“. While not a smartphone per

Samsung S8003 Jet First Impressions

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samsung jet1Yesterday, a brand new copy of the Samsung S8003 Jet arrived at our office.
Samsung tags it “Smarter than smartphone“. While not a smartphone per se, it certainly has specifications and performances that puts many smartphones to shame.

Here are the core specs upfront:

  • 3.1 inch, AMOLED resistive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • GPRS/EDGE/3G/3.5G
  • TouchWiz v2.0 UI
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and Motion UI
  • Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
  • Multi-tasking + Built-in Task Manager
  • 2GB built-in memory
  • 5 MP camera + autofocus + Dual LED flash + Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, wide dynamic range
  • Qualcomm MSM6246, 800Mhz processor
  • 256 MB RAM (208 MB for CPU + 32 MB for baseband + 16 MB shared between both)
  • Dolphin (a WebKit-based browser)
  • Media player + DivX/XviD/H.263/H.264/MP4/WMV support
  • GPS + Assisted GPS
  • DNSe (Digital Natural Sound Engine) + Virtual 5.1 channel Dolby surround
  • Built-in Modem

Besides the handset itself, the sales package includes a battery, charger, USB data cable, pouch, Software CD, User Guide, and wired headset.

Here are our first impressions, itemised:

  • Very good build with materials that speak of quality
  • Very bright, sharp and responsive display. We’ve played with an iPhone 3GS, and the Jet is close. Very close. (actually Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review says that the Jet’s display “…wins head-to-head comparisons with the Nokia N97 and Apple iPhone hands down“.
  • User interface is nice to use
  • The built-in web browser (named Dolphin) is Samsung’s new development. It is WebKit-based (same as S60, Android and iPhone browsers), and it rocks! Opens secure sites, Cpanel, WordPress et al. Pages load fast. One finger zooming. Also runs multiple tabs. Flash animations work. Javascript support. Kinetic scrolling.
  • Camera is good! We took some sample shots innear pitch darkness and got surprising clarity and details
  • Internet connectivity and modem works fine
  • Music and video players are good, with album art support. Speaker is loud.
  • Messaging (SMS and email) works fine. However we could not get the device to connect to Gmail via IMAP (Google actually has an official statement on this here; it is an issue across ALL Samsung feature phones). POP3 worked fine for Gmail though.
  • The onscreen virtual QWERTY keyboard is one of the best we have ever experienced. Haptic feedback helps out here too
  • The built-in multi-tasking abilities and the task manager make the user experience on this device as close to a smartphone experience as can be. So far, it has run multiple apps smoothly and not once has an app been closed in the background
  • GPS, A-GPS,with Google Maps pre-installed. Smooth panning and usability here too.
  • For games, it has some pre-installed games. We are not much of gamers here, but we tried out one of the games, Rollercoaster 3D and the 800MHz processor did a fine job of keeping the experience smooth

There is almost nothing to dislike about the Jet, plus it is one of those devices that just seems to be complete. The 800 MHz processor certainly makes a difference. Even heavy web pages load fast.

Our model has 2GB built-in memory, and we have been so used to keeping most of our files on external memory cards that we really arenot surre what to do – transfer the files on our card to the internal memory or what. Yes; the Jet aslo has a microSD clot that supports up to 16GB cards.

We say that the Samsung Jet is looking like a smashing device, and we are liking it so far, minus the quibble with IMAP on Gmail. Everything else screams at us: awesome!

We are fast becoming fans of Samsung here on MobilityNigeria, as they seem to spin out good devices one after another.

We hope to be able to bring you a more detailed review of the Jet.

For Sale
As usual, we purchased this device for review purposes, and it will be available for sale once we have put it through its paces. If interested, send your bids to mobility[@]

PS: Please don’t bid too low. Consider it as part of your contribution to helping keep this site running just the way you like it 😉

But we are so loving the Jet right now that one of us might just be tempted to pick it up too.

Other phones for sale:

  • Samsung Star 5230 Tocco Lite
  • Sony Ericsson S312
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  1. A really impressive phone. It is a big shame, though, that this is not a smartphone.

    This phone is said to be incapable of running certain versions of Java applications.

    Since the phone runs a proprietary Samsung Operating System, the ability to extend its capability and functions -via third-party applications – is severely limited. We are restricted to only Java applications.

    This would be an outstanding phone for people who do not need smartphone capabilities. An intermediate between a ‘dumbphone’ and ‘a smartphone’. Looks like we need a new term to describe this sort of phone – ‘SavvyPhone’?

    iPhone Killer? Nah. Not with this software extensibility handicap..

  2. Oga, abeg, when you review phones, please put the price…..

    Thanks for the good information on your blog. I know how much hard work goes into creating good content.

  3. this model is no good. the touch is not at all sensitive compared to iphone .also the so called qwerty is not very comfortable itz not a full fledge qwerty . there is always a difficulty in typing on the keypad by the way the default keypad is not qwerty and it is painful to swich to qwerty mode. guys check and plan before you buy this. i would say this is a bundle of all blufs

  4. Samsum,

    I used the Samsung Jet for a significant period of time, and I must say that your description above is flawed and untrue.

    No good? Not a full fledge QWERTY? The default keypad is not QWERTY and it is painful to swich to QWERTY mode?

    I found it one of the most amazing touchscreen devices I have used. It is an excellent device. It has a full fledged QWERTY that I found fairly comfortable even with my large fingers, and I had QWERTY mode as default. I never needed to switch around.

    It appears that you need to sit back and get acquainted with your S8003. Perhaps reading through my series of reviews of the S8003 Jet on this site will help you.


  5. I just had this at a reasonable price about (300 US Dollars) here in the Philippines. With all its cool features and the 5 Megapixel camera, Wi-fi, cool widgets and interface, plus the great display screen. I say its better than the iPhone (which has a little more additional features) but is priced at about double here in the Philippines.

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