O2 Jet - O2 Jet

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Bizarrely enough, the Tools include a Body Mass Index checker. You enter your gender, height and weight and get a BMI report. I can’t fathom why on Earth O2 thinks this is useful for such a basic handset, but there you go ”(for Fat Cats that are worried they’re getting too fat?…ed).”


The other applications in this group seem a tad more useful. There is a voice recorder, converters for currency and units of weight and length, calculator and a manager for Bluetooth. The Tools area is also where you find the Jet’s file manager and memory monitor.


The O2 Jet looks rather dowdy. Its almost entirely black colouring and obviously plastic casing aren’t going to endear it to anyone who wants a bit of bling from their phone.


It is also a bit on the clunky side. It weighs 121g which is not too much for the average pocket, but it is fairly sizeable at 118mm tall, 47.7mm wide and 19.1mm thick. The slightly greater than usual dimensions mean there is room for a large number pad. Above this the softmenu buttons and Call and End keys are also fairly large. Though the navigation button is not particularly oversized it is ridged which makes it easy to use with the thumb.

The screen is a bit of a disappointment. It measures just 2.0 inches corner to corner and offers 65,000 colours. I couldn’t get any detail out of O2 on the screen resolution, but I’d say that the pixel count is low. It is ‘good enough’, but those who like to be at the leading edge will find it a little staid. Then again, anyone wanting to be at the leading edge might have stopped reading this review by now!


Side buttons are minimal. A volume rocker is on the left edge, heavily disguised as a piece of metal trim – it is not marked in any way. The handsfree speaker is on the right edge. On the bottom edge are the mini USB port for mains power and wired PC connectivity and a 2.5mm headset connector.


There is a profile selector key on the top edge. This enables you to switch between your normal profile (either normal or outdoor depending on what you’ve set as the default) to silent or vibrate only. If you choose one of the latter two the front screen shows ‘silent’ or ‘vibrate only’ as a constant reminder.


”’Verdict”’


There is no doubt in my mind that if your primary consideration is battery life then the Jet is worth considering. Ditto, if you aren’t bothered about fancy stuff like multimedia, music and cameras, but do want desktop diary and contact synchronisation. Yes the Jet is clunky, No it doesn’t do a lot of stuff that many modern phones do. But if you want a handset for phone calls and don’t care about the rest, it’s worth a punt.

Score in detail

  • Usability 8
  • Value 8
  • Features 5
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