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Samsung officially announced its Jet handset today, but I’m not sure what to make of it. It offers smartphone features, but doesn’t run a traditional smartphone operating system. Instead, the Jet runs on Samsung’s own TouchWiz 2.0 platform. TouchWiz takes full advantage of the 800×480 AMOLED […]

samsung-jetSamsung officially announced its Jet handset today, but I’m not sure what to make of it. It offers smartphone features, but doesn’t run a traditional smartphone operating system. Instead, the Jet runs on Samsung’s own TouchWiz 2.0 platform. TouchWiz takes full advantage of the 800×480 AMOLED touchscreen, offering an intuitive-looking menu system and cube-like 3D interface. The phone even supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, a feature common to most devices defined as smartphones. Don’t expect to download and run full-fledged mobile apps, though. Unless I’m mistaken, it looks like widgets are what supplement the native applications.

For current feature-phone owners, that might be enough. Jet comes with Samsung’s Dolfin browser, which supports five simultaneous browser windows and single-finger zooming. Also included are audio and video playback apps that support a host of formats and media enhancement: DivX, 30fps video recording, SRS WOW, and more.

In terms of specifications, I can’t think of any recent feature-phones that offer all this:

  • Quad-band EDGE/GPRS, dual-band HSDPA (900/2100 MHz)
  • 800Mhz application processor
  • 3.1″ AMOLED display at 800 x 480
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Face Detection and Geo-tagging
  • Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 via microUSB slot, A-GPS
  • 2GB/8GB of internal storage, MicroSD slot for an additional 16GB

Samsung says the Jet is “Smarter than a Smartphone.” I’m not sure that’s true, but I think it just blended smartphones and feature phones better than most of its competitors. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what the device “class” is. If it appeals to, and meets the needs of, many consumers, there’s a good chance it will sell like hotcakes.

  1. Don’t take this the wrong way but there were lots of people that said that the first gen iPhone was a smartphone and this seems to be the same as that.

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  2. It has an accelerometer too.

    I personally would be very leery of anything not based on established os: iphone, wm, android, symbian.

    This is like a completely unsupported OS right? Something tells me sammy won’t get it right on their own.

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    1. HI!You are ALL right…java can’t be a smartphone.JAVA IS JAVA,and willbe.BUT-omnia hd i8910 and OMNIA 2,those 2 handsets shoulod be and are the best.Jet is good as a normal phone for dayly use.Best greetings 4 everyone.
      I have “jet”,is fast interface and good if U someone watching pictures,etc…fast-cool.

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  3. Cool graphics in their links, and the claim of a screen that uses 66% less power, but that doesn’t tell what the UI is like to actually use the thing.

    Still waiting for my Pre. Every goofy thing to go by looks better simply because I’ve looked at all the Pre videos twenty times.

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  4. Windows Mobile has the opportunity to be the decisive player in the touch screen phone market. Touch screen phones need a better on-screen keyboard.

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  5. its a lovely phone indeed, just that its using their owns samsung OS (touch wiz 2). But i love the scree, very bright and wider color range. Overall, this thing is fast, snappy camera, powerful flash.

    things i dont like, maybe the system, coz not much applications for it. i tried using 3.5mm headset, hmm, the sound doesnt sound that good compared to diamond. slow copying of files through NPC suite, dunno yet with microsd. maybe this thing doesnt run full speed usb2.0

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  6. feature phone + smart phone = fart phone. that’s all i have to say about that.

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    1. yup, you got that right! ;-)

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