Samsung S8000 Jet Review: Airborne: Gallery, Music And Video Player, FM Radio, Audio Quality

By 11:07 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments


Gallery improved

In line with other recent Samsung handsets, the S8000 Jet has two different picture galleries. They are both optimized for touch operation and very user-friendly, plus this time each sports a cool recent view mode.

The first gallery is an inherent part of the file manager and accessing it is as simple as opening any folder that contains images. It allows sorting your images by date, type, name, and size.

The gallery offers grid, list and a nicely looking zig-zag view layouts. The latter is definitely the most visually elaborate but also certainly the least functional as it needs quite a lot of scrolling in some folders.




The zig zag view mode is a nice touch to the file manager gallery

Going through photos is quite quick with the Jet, we're delighted with image browsing speed. Once you open an individual image, you can sweep you fingers across the classy screen to see the next images without having to return to the image list. Alternating portrait and landscape modes is automatic thanks to the built-in accelerometer.




Alternating portrait and landscape modes is automatic

Samsung have also implemented the so-called one-finger zooming, which is recently getting recent press hype by Samsung. It's marketed as a novel feature, but it's been around for quite some time already on the original Samsung i900 Omnia. And we just saw it implemented on the Pixon12.

Zooming is extra simple and takes only a single go of your thumb - you just need to hrecent it on the classy screen for a second and then drag up or down for zooming in or out. This method works in both galleries (as well as the web browser) and at first glance it even seems more convenient than the pinching gesture on the iPhone.



The one-finger zooming is a nice small feature to have onboard

The alternative to the picture gallery is the Photo browser. Strangely, the Media browser that we found on the Pixon12 wasn't present here and we really liked it a lot more. At least the images are ordered chronologically by default unlike the previous versions of the app we have seen. You can also opt for some other filters such as the usual "by file name" or the more intriguing "by color".




The Photo browser app

As usual the two galleries also have another Samsung proprietary accelerometer-based feature. It lets you browse pictures in fullclassy screen landscape mode by simply tilting your phone up and down.

The sensitivity of the tilt scrolling has been improved to a point that it is acceptable and quite usable. It is a remarkable improvement over the rather annoying implementation in previous handsets that we have tested. But still, that feature is more of a gimmick and among the less practical things we've seen in the image gallery ever since it was first introduced on the original Pixon.

Minor facelift for the music player

The music player usually found on Samsung devices has received a light refresh on the S8000 Jet. It sports slightly different icons when browsing your tracks and a recent way of displaying album art in Now Playing mode.





There're not much recent stuff in the music player

The music player allows filtering tracks by author, album, and genre. Automatic playlists (recently added, most played etc.) are also generated and can subsequently be used as filters. If that doesn't seem enough, you can create your own custom playlists. The music player can naturally be minimized to play in the background.



The music player widacquire allows you to operate the app straight from the homescreen

The recent option here is the '5.1 ch' button which, when activated, makes the player do its best to emulate 5.1 channel sound on normal stereo headphones. There are quite a few equalizer presets available, but no option to set up a custom equalizer.

Further on, the three different visualizations are a nice touch to the music player and the album browser (quite like the one on Omnia HD) takes after Apple's Cover Flow, something we quite appreciate.

Last, but certainly not least, the player is nicely touch-optimized for quick forward and rewind, just like the Pixon. This adds up to an excellent music application that can fully replace your portable MP3 player.

The music player widacquire is cool, allowing quick access to the full version of the application by only a single tap. You can also start, stop and skip tracks straight on the home classy screen if you prefer.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio and RDS on board

The Samsung S8000 Jet features an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS. The advanced RDS allows displaying the station name on one row and some additional info on the other. It is complemented by a user-friendly and easily thumbable interface with several large buttons appearing on screen.

The Jet can automatically search and save all the available stations in your area. Alternative frequencies of a given station are automatically detected too, so you don't have to retune manually when traveling. There's an option to record radio broadcasts as well.





We are pretty pleased with the Frequency Modulation (FM) radio interface

The Samsung S8000 radio comes complete with an integrated music recognition feature called Find Music, which works much like Sony Ericsson's TrackID.

If you won't bother hitting the menu, the Radio widacquire on the homeclassy screen gives you more immediate access. Tapping on it brings up the radio or you could just utilize the widget's controls to start/stop the radio or change the station. It can only jump saved stations though, and if you want to search you'll have to do it in the application.

Speaking of stations, you can save stations but they are labeled by just their frequency and can't be renamed. There's a separate list for your favorite stations.

Video player up to scratch

The video player has a nice touch-optimized interface and all the essentials are covered. It can play video files in fullclassy screen landscape mode (auto-rotated of course) and you can fast-forward and rewind videos in the same way as the music player.

The video player even provides the same 5.1 channel option when you plug in a headset. It also allows direct uploading of a video on the web.





Thumbs up for the video player

The Samsung S8000 Jet has no problem playing Video Graphics Array (VGA) or even 720x480 videos at 30 fps. Not a remarkable surprise but worth noting since compressing videos to view on mobile devices can be a time-consuming business.

One of the best parts about the Samsung S8000 Jet video player is its DivX and XviD support. This means you no longer need to convert your videos to play them on your handset - just acquire them onboard and you are fine to go.

Audio quality

The audio quality of Samsung S8000 Jet is pretty decent. The only concern we are having about its audio reproduction capabilities is about its somewhat shaky frequency response. It tends to deviate from the perfect for large parts of the audible range.

The rest of the scores however are excellent. Both the noise level and the dynamic range of the Jet can easily rival dedicated music player, and so can the stereo crosstalk. We have no grudges against the distortion levels either.

Here go the results so you can see for yourselves how the Jet compares to its competition. Things seem pretty equal between it and the LG KM900 Arena, with the LG winnig by the slightest of margins.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Samsung S8000 Jet+1.01 -2.03-87.987.00.015

0.060-85.9

LG KM900 Arena+0.09, -1.61-91.691.70.0017

0.101-90.4

Samsung S5230 Star+1.02, -2.41-88.087.80.0045

0.222-82.3

Apple iPhone 3GS+0.01, -0.05-92.192.10.00350.011

-95.0

Samsung M8800 Pixon+0.54, -1.25-86.485.70.0048

0.0165-38.3

Sony Ericsson W995+0.04, -0.40-89.189.00.00330.048-88.7




Samsung S8000 Jet vs LG KM900 Arena frequency response graphs

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.


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