The new Samsung Jet has been advertised as a phone for the impatient. It’s the all new touchscreen mobile from Samsung and we impatiently took it for a spin to see how it rates in the already crowded touchscreen marketplace.
What we like
It’s an elegant looking handset. The front of the Jet has a polished black sheen while the back has a reddish tint to it. It feels sturdy but compact, fitting nicely in our pockets. Considering Samsung’s track record of waif-like handsets, it’s thicker than we expected, but this doesn’t detract from its stylish design.
The Jet’s 5-megapixel camera produced good pictures in daylight and there’s a physical key for taking photos, which we found handy. Photos and video look great on the Jet’s AMOLED screen and we’re really glad to see a 3.5mm headphone jack so that you can plug your cans in and listen to your favourite tracks.
What we don’t like
Considering that the Jet adverts make it sound like the most amazing phone ever, we were seriously disappointed by the use of a resistive screen. Unlike the iPhone’s capacitive screen, the Jet’s screen requires pressure to work and although it works well enough, it’s not as slick as it could be.
Something else that bothered us was the lack of xenon flash on the camera. The LED photo lights weren’t bright enough in certain conditions, particularly if you were standing at a distance of the subject. Our greatest disappointment though was the fact that it didn’t feel that much faster than any other phone.
The Samsung Jet has a fantastic looking screen, a good camera and solid call quality. If you’re not a touchscreen connoisseur then some of the issues that we had with it may not affect you. This felt more like a fashion phone than an iPhone competitor and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re more about style than substance then you may like it.