O2 Jet Review


Not long ago I looked at Nokia’s E60, a handset unashamedly aimed at the business user. Utilising the Symbian S60 operating system, it offered a full range of smartphone features such as PC synchronisation (including over the air sync for corporate networks), Wi-Fi, 3G, a high resolution screen and decent Web browsing facilities. Its missing camera, an odd choice of memory expansion support and poor battery life went against it.

O2’s camera-free handset, the Quad-band Jet, may tempt many business users. It has two headline grabbing features: no camera and, to quote O2’s Web site (linkout:https://shop.o2.co.uk/phone/specification/O2/Jet) ‘incredible battery life’.

In many respects the Jet is not a patch on Nokia’s E60. Where built in software is concerned, if the E60 is Fred Astaire, the Jet is more of a penguin in Wellington boots. In fact, there is only one reason you are likely to plump for this handset. Like O2 says, the battery life is indeed incredible.

I was not able to run my standard music rundown test on this phone because there is no music player. Instead I had to rely on the ‘standby’ test. O2 reckons you should get up to 540 hours on standby, 9 hours of talk. After 7 days of sitting on standby (168 hours), I finally saw the battery monitor on the Jet go down to below half way. Maybe O2’s estimate is a bit wide of the mark – 540 hours is 22.5 days – but battery life does seem to be outstanding.

O2’s accessory bundle includes a car charger and desktop cradle with a USB sync and charge cable as well as a mains power adaptor. Between them these should make recharging on the road as easy as possible, and the car charger is a superb idea.

The plastic protective case that is also supplied with the Jet is frankly horrid, but it is not crucial to using the handset so ditching it is not a problem.

The desktop cradle is supplemented with PC software. This installs drivers which let you use the Jet as a GPRS data modem. Once the install routine has been finished the Jet can be used with a PC in two modes – Mass Storage and Sync mode – you choose which you want to use on the handset when you connect it to your PC.

In Sync mode the phone will synchronise contacts and calendar with Outlook or Outlook Express. In Mass Storage mode you can access folders in the Jet’s internal memory and copy them to and from the phone. There is 55MB of internal memory, and that’s your lot. You can’t expand on it with flash memory cards.

Earlier I alluded to the relatively basic nature of the Jet’s software. What this boils down to, in addition to calendar and contacts software are Web and WAP browsers, email, MMS and SMS software, a clock with alarm, and a set of applications gathered together under the heading of Tools.

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