Of course the Jet supports Samsung’s Widgets system found across its range of touchscreened handsets. The convention remains unchanged. There are three main screens through which you fingerpan. Each can be filled with Widgets, drawn from a side bar that you pull out by tapping a tab on the left side of the screen.
Some Widgets take you to a website (e.g. social networking sites like Facebook or content sites like YouTube), others grab info over the air (e.g. AccuWeather gets a forecast), others provide on device controls (e.g. music playback or the handset’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), while others link you to on device apps (e.g. calendar).
I often comment that the Widgets idea is great but some are too large for my liking, as I can’t cram enough of them onto a screen. That problem persists here, and I wish Samsung would think slightly laterally about how Widgets work.
Samsung has included a menu option too far on the Jet. Let me explain. We have the Widgets. Or, press the hexagonal button beneath the screen and we have the classic icon based menu stretched across three, finger-pannable screens. Or, press a button on the right side of the casing and you get, er, a cube. Rotate it with a finger through its six sides and you move between six multimedia features of the phone: FM radio, video player, games and more, Internet, music player and album. Choose one and you might get a carousel of further options or a link right into the main application on offer. It is entirely redundant given the other two menu options.
The web browser, Samsung’s own Dolphin browser, is pretty good. It is easy to go full screen by tapping an icon, finger-panning was responsive and a neat one-finger zooming feature works really well. You hold a finger on screen until the zoom icon appears then push upwards to zoom in, downwards to zoom out. The same system works when viewing photos. Pinch to zoom eat your heart out.
There is a GPS antenna and the handset is 3G with HSDPA. The HSDPA only runs to 3.6mbps, though, so if you’re in a coverage area for higher, you may find this disappointing. And another irritation is that while the Jet supports TV-Out there is no cable in the box.
One interesting plus point is the Jet’s support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. This means anyone more used to a traditional PDA type smartphone could conceivably think of switching to this altogether trendier option to sync their emails, calendar and contacts with an Exchange server.