This bears repeating: the Samsung S8003 Jet is one of the most complete, full-featured non-smartphones in the market. It has impressed us way beyond anything we expected. Plus, don’t be too quick to laugh if we told you that the Jet is smarter than some smartphones in some ways.
But the Jet has its shortcomings, and we are glad to point those out too. So, here are the things that have us grouchy about the Jet.
- While the Jet multitasks and does it well, if you run a couple of heavy applications, you will get a “Not enough memory. Please close some applications” message. The nice thing is that the Jet immediately opens the task manager and allows you to choose which running applications you prefer to close. That’s smart, unlike some smartphones that simply close whatever catches their fancy. Still, we wish the Jet had more RAM.
- Still on multi-tasking, you cannot run the browser and the camera at the same time. If you want to take pictures, ensure that the browser is shut down or else the camera will not launch – and vice versa
- We wish that the Jet was equipped with a documents editor and not just viewer. The viewer workss well though, allowing you to read Office and PDF documents
- Once the Jet is connected to the Samsung PC Suite (via USB cable), you cannot access other applications on the phone. Similarly, when using the Jet as a modem, all phone-based internet connections are suspended
- The Jet supports music playback over Bluetooth A2DP. It is good quality music too, but there is no option to adjust the volume of music once the Bluetooth headset is connected
- Lack of support for Gmail IMAP in standard email client
- There is no functionality to highlight, copy and paste text! We searched and searched, to no avail. No!!
Samsung PC Suite gives us the impression of an unfinished product. We have installed over three different versions, and not one of them features an internet connection menu (though the manual says it should have). The Jet works as a modem though, if you know how to create a connection manually. But that is just bad for usability for the average Joe.We retract this point. Please see update and screenshot below.
Yes; we didn’t quite get to ten. Just
We will also mention that there have been a few times that the Jet restarted spontaneously whenever we carried out an operation in Exchange ActiveSync. We have not found any reports on the internet concerning this, so it may just be our own unit. This hasn’t happened frequently, so it isn’t a big issue. We simply think it should be mentioned anyway.
Update: 23rd January 2010
The Samsung PC Studio actually has internet connection functionality, so our eight gripes are now cut down to just seven. The internet connection feature is hidden in the “Widgets” menu. See screenshot below. In addition, there are widgets for several other applications, including a Video Converter, Disk Ripper and Disk Burner. Apparently, PC Studio is quite comprehensive; just different from what we are used to.