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The new Samsung Jet

The new Samsung Jet

Samsung is touting the new Jet as “smarter than a smartphone”. Not sure how the folks at Samsung measure “smartness”, but the claim probably stems from the beefy 800MHz processor powering the phone. However, opting for Samsung’s own TouchWiz 2.0 platform instead of a traditional smartphone operating system means the phone is more likely to fill a niche between feature phones and smartphones.

Although the Jet is packed with features the first thing you’ll notice when laying eyes on the phone is the beautiful 800×480 Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) 3.1” touch screen display. With 480dpi the display provides a resolution four times higher than a WQVGA screen and allows the Jet to consume 40% less power than a mobile phone equipped with a TFT-LCD display. Being AMOLED the display is also very vivid and boasts a wide 180° viewing angle.

The touch screen is of the resistive variety meaning that it can’t support multi-touch, but Samsung has attempted to turn this into a strength instead of a weakness by designing the interface to be operated with just one hand. To this end they have introduced a ‘one finger zoom’ feature, which enables one hand operation to zoom in and out. It can be used in the Internet browser, Photo browser and file viewer to see TXT, PDF and PPT files in four times bigger size.

Samsung has also tweaked the widget-based TouchWiz interface found on other devices such as the Memoir and the Mondi to include new features such as the new 3D media gate UI and ‘smart unlock’.

3D media gate offers access to six key multimedia features, such as Photo album, Music player, Video player, FM Radio, Games and internet, by rolling a six sided cube UI on the screen. Samsung’s own motion recognition engine, ‘motion gate’, also provides access to your multimedia favorites as well as speed dialing just by tapping, tilting or flipping the handset.

To further enhance the one-handed usability of the touch screen Samsung’s new ‘smart unlock’ enables users to unlock the phone and execute the menu directly by drawing a letter of the alphabet on the screen. Users can set up the menu that they want to go to directly according to the alphabet letters from A to Z and users can even programme their own, customized movements in order to operate the handset.

One of the features that makes the Jet a cut above your average mobile phone is support for ActiveSync via Microsoft Exchange, meaning the phone can sync with your data remotely. But, without the ability to download and run full-fledged apps, the Jet manages to fall short of fully-fledged smartphones in this respect. Users will have to make do with widgets. The Jet’s online widget function provides access to live weather, news and search engines by online widget downloading with users able to download more widgets to supplement to more than 30 already available on the phone.

Samsung has also opted for an its in-house Dolfin WebKit based web browser, which supports up to five simultaneous browser windows and allows users to bookmark their favourite websites as widgets on the phone’s homepage. The handset also features a built in ad-blocker, multiple downloading, and multi-purpose address field, along with support for the aforementioned one finger zoom for zooming in and out of web pages using only one hand.

The laundry list of features continues with 5.0 Megapixel AF camera with face detection, geo-tagging and panorama shot, A-GPS incorporating 3D map navigation and D1 video playback and D1 30fps recording. Most popular video and audio formats are supported with the Jet’s audio player boasting DNSe and SRS WOW Sound Effect technology for superior sound quality. Connectivity capabilities include Bluetooth v2.1, microUSB and Wi-Fi, while the internal memory of 2 or 8GB can be extended up to 16GB via MicroSD card. All this in a device measuring 108.8 x 53.5 x 11.9 mm.

The 1,100 mAh battery should provide enough power for 492 minutes of 2G talktime or 300 minutes for 3G and standby time of over 400 hours.

There’s no word yet on when and at what price the Samsung Jet will land at stores, so stay tuned.

The Jet's widget-based interface

The Jet's widget-based interface

The Jet can multi-task thanks to its 800MHz processor

The Jet can multi-task thanks to its 800MHz processor

Happy snaps are cortesy of the Jet's 5.0 MP camera

Happy snaps are cortesy of the Jet's 5.0 MP camera

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 28, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Windows 7 RC was out in June 2009 if not earlier, yet Samsung did not see fit to provide the drivers and allow The PC Studio to work with the JET. Shame on Samsung. All my PCs are now win 7 loaded, and I cannot talk to them with the Jet.

    I’m afraid I will have to return it to the Manufacturer. It does not support Linux nor does it support the more common development systems such as Adobe Flex or even Java.

    Where is the SDK for their Wiz Bang OS. It’s all too proprietary for my tastes and will probably not be very popular for those reasons.

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