Device Advice: Samsung Jet – over-hyped speed freak

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When we attended the launch of the Jet a couple of months ago, we were led to believe it was going to be the phone of the century. When the smoke lifted, the result was a phone that seemed rather plain.

With a 5-megapixel camera, it looks rather dated compared to other Samsung models that come with 8 or 12-megapixels. The Jet comes with an Active Matrix OLED display, but then again, so does almost every recent Samsung phone.

So what makes the Jet so special? According to Samsung it’s the speed – hence the reason for its name. The phone has an 800MHz ‘Application Processor’, which sounds incredibly quick. In comparison, the iPhone 3G S has a 600MHz processor and the Toshiba TG01 an even faster 1GHz processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the TG01 is considered to be state-of-theart, so for a non-smartphone, 800MHz is incredible.

But is it really that good in reality? Not really. There may be little in the way of lagging as you switch between menus, especially when the animated transitions introduce their own delay anyway. When the web browser is started up, it can be quickly scrolled around, but not to the point where people will be left astounded.

Entering text, using the on-screen keypad or the handwriting mode is fast too, but the average-sized screen makes the virtual keyboard in landscape mode slightly tricky.

800MHz processor
There’s actually no real sign of the benefit that a 800MHz processor gives and anyone that knows anything about computing will know that there’s more to speed than the clock speed.

However the user doesn’t really need to care much about the innards of the phone once they have one, and they can instead focus on what it does, at a cost that’s priced competitively in the mid-range phone market.

Full review in Mobile News issue 449 (October 5, 2009).

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